AUGUSTA, Maine -- New England-based retailers are lauding a state-mandated certification program for Maine potato growers that was started this season to combat problems with product quality. The certification program, imposed by the State Department of Agriculture here, is an attempt to prevent poor quality potatoes from reaching the marketplace, which has been happening because of the unethical practices of some growers, said Ed McGlaughlin, who is the state's commissioner of agriculture. ...

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