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Truck shortage hampers transport of Maine potatoes

Although Maine potato growers saw strong yields this season, a driver shortage slowing down shipment to the markets. Of course, this also drives up prices. Supply chain delays, higher fuel costs and lack of transportation will probably now cut into growers’ incomes.

Nationwide, the trucking industry was short of drivers before the pandemic. “Trucks have been a challenge, but they’re even more of a challenge now,” said Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board.

Despite the transportation roadblocks, one experts said he believes things will even out eventually. “People love potatoes,” he said.



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