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January 2011

January 2011

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Departments

  • Taking Stock: Editor's Letter
  • Cultivar Corner
  • Spudman 7: Rich Novy
  • The Guenthner Report
  • National Potato Council
  • United States Potato Board
  • United Potato Growers of America
  • As the Crow Flies
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Happy 2011

Happy 2011

Happy New Year! I hope that 2011 is a profitable year for you, economically as well as intellectually. This past year as the managing editor of Spudman has been one with a steep learning curve for me, but I've enjoyed the challenges and look forward reporting on the coming year's developments. From the staff at Great American Publishing, to the correspondents and columnists who contribute to the magazine, to the all the growers and researchers who have patiently explained their operations and the intricacies of their work, I want to say thanks for the past year's successes. Without your input and valuable feedback, Spudman could not achieve the level of professional reporting that we aspire to in providing the most current news on the nation's potato industry. This month's cover story, David Fairbourn's profile of Ritchey Toevs, gives us a glimpse into Ritchey's global adventures…  » Read more
Tuber Ambassador

Tuber Ambassador

From Beijing to Monterrey, Mexico, or even closer to home in Aberdeen, Idaho, United States Potato Board (USPB) member Ritchey Toevs champions market development for U.S. potatoes and potato products. A member of the USPB's international marketing administrative committee, Toevs has also served on the National Potato Council (NPC) board of directors and represented the interests of the potato industry before Congressional committees, testifying on behalf of growers in order to improve trade relations and market access. He is also active on the Idaho Potato Commission on the research and education committee. Toevs' family arrived in Aberdeen, in the northern end of the Pleasant Valley of southeast, in the early 1900s. His grandfather and great uncles worked to finish the canal system that diverted water from the Snake River onto the productive desert soils. His T6 Farms, a partnership, produces approximately 1,150 acres of potatoes…  » Read more
2nd Annual Industry Survey

2nd Annual Industry Survey

Overproduction and higher cost of production - specifically input costs - top the list of grower concerns for 2011, with water and contract prices following close behind, according to Spudman's Second Annual Grower Survey. Spudman's survey brought in responses from 125 potato growers from around the nation. In addition to the growers surveyed, Spudman sought input from the members of its editorial board, plus one more economist, for good measure, in reviewing the data. Growers included Randy Hardy of Idaho, Harry Strohauer of Colorado and Don Sklarczyk of Michigan. Other experts included Joe Guenthner, an agricultural economist with the University of Idaho; Robert Thornton, retired Washington State University Extension potato specialist; and Paul Patterson, an agricultural economist with the University of Idaho Extension office in Idaho Falls. Growers report spending more than $460,000 annually on equipment and crop protection products. Colorado's Strohauer said $300,000 in…  » Read more
A voice for the industry

A voice for the industry

High up in northern California's Klamath Basin, near Tulelake, Calif., Sid Staunton farms with his brothers Marshall and Ed as part of Staunton Farms Inc. Sid is currently serving his fourth year as a United States Potato Board (USPB) board member. He has spent two years on the administrative committee for both Domestic and international marketing. This is his second year on the executive committee, serving as chairman of the finance committee last year, and now serving as co-chair of the industry communications and policy committee. "My grandfather, Web Staunton, a World War I veteran, made an application on a 60 acre homestead near Tulelake in 1929," Staunton said. "He first came to the area in the 1920s and was attracted to the sporting opportunities and waterfowl hunting. The homestead program provided him an opportunity in the Klamath Reclamation project." The first potatoes were planted…  » Read more
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