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P.E.I. potato farmers anxious at start of new cropping season

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After potato wart was detected in two Prince Edward Island fields last fall, Canada quickly shut down most shipments of the province’s potatoes to the U.S., hoping to dissuade the Americans from imposing their own ban, as reported by Fresh Plaza.

Potato growers on the island, who produce more spuds than those in any other province, are feeling anxious at the start of the new cropping season. Fears that the wart might be found again this year and that exports could be shut down a second time are causing many growers to cut back production and shift to other crops.

Farmers in P.E.I. say the ripples are being felt across the rural economy. They say potatoes have helped finance community hockey rinks, church renovations, fire hall upgrades and school fundraisers. Projects like these are in jeopardy as farms are cutting their budgets.

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