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March 2014

March 2014

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Taking Stock: Lessons in Leadership

The days are getting longer, the finches are singing louder and soon enough planting will commence here in the Pacific Northwest. As  author Lawrence Durrell once observed, “In the midst of winter you can feel the inventions of Spring.” This month we profile Randy and Karlene Hardy. During the past three years the Hardys have been doing double duty for the National Potato Council and the U.S. Potato Board. Randy Hardy was elected president of the NPC for 2014 at its annual meeting this past January in San Antonio, Texas. While he helps steer NPC policies in the coming year Karlene Hardy is a representative on the USPB’s International Committee. Randy Hardy is a bit of an old hand at helping shape national potato policy. Back in 2006 he served as USPB chairman. He also was on the cover of Spudman’s May 2006 issue. We…  » Read more
Double Duty

Double Duty

2014 is a year of double duty for Randy and Karlene Hardy, the dynamic duo from Oakley, Idaho. This past January Randy Hardy became the National Potato Council (NPC) president, succeeding Randy Mullen of Pasco, Wash. And while he is busy tending to his responsibilities as NPC president, Karlene Hardy will be busy with the responsibilities that come with being a U.S. Potato Board (USPB) member on the International Marketing Committee. This is not Randy Hardy’s first leadership role of a national organization. He served as USPB chairman in 2006-2007. When they’re not attending NPC or USPB meetings, often together but alone on rare occasions, they can be found overseeing the farming operation, Hardy Farms, with their son, Ben, 37, located on the outskirts of Oakley, in south central Idaho. Additionally, they are partners in Sun Valley Potatoes, a cooperative of 18 growers, based in…  » Read more
Making Connections

Making Connections

It’s a bit of a misnomer to label Jeremie Pavelski, the 2014 recipient of Spudman’s Emerging Leader Award (ELA), an emerging leader. The 31-year-old president of Heartland Farms, based in Hancock, Wis., has been involved in the potato industry since he was earning a paycheck in the first grade sweeping floors at the farm. The second annual Emerging Leader Award, sponsored by Bayer CropScience, was presented to Pavelski at the National Potato Council’s (NPC) annual banquet Jan. 10 in San Antonio, Texas. Pavelski and his wife, Alicia, live in Arkdale, Wis. They met in college and have been married for two years. He is the son of Barbara and Richard Pavelski, and has two older sisters, Michelle Peariso and Andria Davisson. During his ELA acceptance speech Pavelski thanked his wife, father and family for their support and also singled out four individuals that influenced his…  » Read more

PAA: Managing Potato Disease With Phosphites

During the past eight years, we have conducted a number of trials and investigations that have examined the efficacy of phosphorous acid-based products or phosphites (Phi) for control of pink rot and late blight and more recently, control of other potato diseases including silver scurf, early blight and Verticillium wilt (Figure 1). These products are mono- and dibasic sodium, potassium or ammonium salts of phosphorous acid, and when applied foliarly or as a root drench, can move systemically within the plant. An added bonus is that these products have a low environmental risk, compared to some of the more toxic protectant fungicides. They can act by directly inhibiting the growth and reproduction of the pathogen, but we also have acquired recent evidence that applying Phi to the foliage can stimulate the production of natural defence chemicals within the potato plant that makes it less susceptible…  » Read more

Growing the Industry’s Voice

At the National Potato Council’s (NPC) annual meeting in January, America’s potato growers placed their trust in me to lead the NPC as its president through 2014. It is a responsibility I take seriously as both a long time advocate for the industry and as the nephew of a former NPC president, W.B. Whiteley, who led the organization in 1955 and 1956. My uncle was a tremendous influence both personally and professionally. After returning from college at age 19 and marrying my high school sweetheart in June of 1972, my father suddenly died of a heart attack in August and I was left to take over the family farm. Even though I had been involved in our operation ever since I could drive a toy tractor, my uncle was the one who taught me how to run a business and make the long term plans…  » Read more
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