Breeding / Variety Development
“In 1949, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognized the national importance of the Pacific Northwest in the production and processing of potatoes and supported the establishment of a potato research breeding program at Aberdeen, Idaho. While the state of Idaho had initially petitioned for the establishment of the potato breeding program, from its inception the program was meant to serve the potato industry in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Additional funding obtained in 1983 allowed the establishment of the Northwest Potato Variety Development Program, also know as the Tri-State Potato Research and Breeding Program. The objective of this regional program was to develop new potato varieties for the Pacific Northwest with enhanced attributes relative to varieties currently available to the industry.
The Tri-State Potato Research and Breeding Program is a cooperative, regional collaboration of the USDA/ARS of Idaho and Washington, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, Washington State University and the potato commissions of the three states. Research scientists work together with Experiment Station personnel in a coordinated program that has resulted in more than forty new potato varieties being released since the program’s inception.
Funding of the program is also cooperative, including state universities, USDA-ARS base funds, grower dollars from the state commissions, and federal grant funding through various USDA programs.”
USDA-ARS, Aberdeen, ID: http://www.ars.usda.gov/Main/docs.htm?docid=21884
WSU, Pullman: http://potatoes.wsu.edu/
U of ID: https://www.uidaho.edu/cals/potatoes/varieties
For detailed information on available varieties, see: http://www.pvmi.org.