FORT FAIRFIELD, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today marched in the 2018 Maine Potato Blossom Festival Parade in Fort Fairfield. The parade celebrates Maine potato farmers and the rich heritage of potato farming in Aroostook County. King’s grassroots campaign has secured the support of more than a thousand volunteers from across the state, including young and old from Aroostook who joined him today.

            “Maine potato farmers are central to our state’s identity. For generations, families in Aroostook County have worked hard to establish the Maine potato as a world-renowned agricultural product,” Senator King said. “It is an honor to participate in the Maine Potato Blossom Festival Parade on a beautiful day in the County and celebrate the good people who contribute so much to our communities and the state’s economy.”

Throughout his time in public office, Senator King has been a strong supporter of Maine potato farmers and the agricultural community throughout Maine. This past June, the Senate passed the Farm Bill with Senator King’s support. Included in the comprehensive legislation were research and funding initiatives that support potato cultivation. In September 2017, Senator King introduced the bipartisan Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act to help Maine potato farmers compete and succeed in the domestic and global agricultural markets by increasing funding to USDA export promotion programs. Senator King is also a cosponsor of the AG RESEARCH Act, legislation which would establish competitive grants for schools of agriculture, including the University of Maine, so the next generation of Maine farmers can further grow and strengthen the state’s agriculture industry. In 2014, the Maine Farm Bureau, along with the American Farm Bureau Federation, awarded the Senator with the 2014 Friend of the Farm Bureau Award. This award recognized Senator King’s continued work on behalf of Maine farmers and their families.