Entries tagged with: National Potato Council

NPC awards $10,000 scholarship

     The National Potato Council has named Justin Clements, a fifth year doctoral student in the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center working in the Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the recipient of the 2016-2017 Academic Scholarship. The $10,000 award is provided annually to a graduate student with a strong interest in research that can directly benefit the potato industry.  Clements is focused on uncovering molecular mechanisms of insecticide resistance in the Colorado potato…  » Read more

EPA staff to tour potato fields

The National Potato Council's Policy Makers and Regulators Field Tour is set for Aug. 16-18. The tour offers EPA staff the opportunity to see potato production, discuss pesticide utilization, and interact with farmers. The 2016 tour will take place in various locations surrounding Park Rapids, Minnesota. A dozen staff from EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs, including members of the divisions that handle product registrations and reviews, will make visits to the local farms of Pete Ewing and…  » Read more

NPC joins US Agriculture Coalition for Cuba

The National Potato Council (NPC) has joined more than 100 national grower organizations, state grower associations, and agribusiness members as part of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC). The coalition's goal is to reestablish Cuba as a market for U.S. food and ag exports, NPC said in a news release. The coalition believes that expanding agricultural trade between the U.S. and Cuba is the foundation for building successful and enduring relations between both countries, according to NPC.…  » Read more

Trade Pact Benefits

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an Asian-Pacific regional free trade agreement among 12 nations, will open new markets for U.S. exports and offers the potential of nearly $1.5 billion in total exports of potatoes. In recent weeks, editorials from major news outlets have pointed to the numerous benefits that TPP would secure. For example, Bloomberg’s editorial board stated that the deal would boost the U.S. economy, help convince naysayers that the U.S. remains capable of cooperation both within Washington…  » Read more
Born to Lead

Born to Lead

Some are born to lead (think Queen Elizabeth II), some are born to run (think Bruce Springsteen) and some are born to grow potatoes and to lead the National Potato Council. For Jim Tiede, the National Potato Council’s (NPC) 2016 president, leading the NPC is a natural extension of growing up in the heartland of the nation’s potato country. Tiede has been immersed in potatoes and potato policy since he was knee-high to an emerging potato…  » Read more

Mexican judge bans U.S. fresh potatoes

A federal judge in Mexico’s northern state of Sinaola issued a decree that banned  fresh potatoes imported from the United States.  According to the Reuters News Agency the judged ruled that Mexico’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fish and Food (SAGARPA) could not guarantee the prevention of the spread of 63 quarantine pests potentially present in U.S. potatoes. A SAGARPA press release stated that the federal judge’s resolution was not definitive and that government…  » Read more

NPC endorses Roberts-Stabenow GMO legislation

The National Potato Council (NPC) issued a press release supporting legislation released by Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) establishing a national disclosure standard for bioengineered foods. If passed, the legislation preempts all state labeling laws related to the labeling of genetically modified food and uses a definition of genetic engineering that NPC supports. The legislation requires the secretary of USDA to “establish a national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure…  » Read more

Registration open for NPC Summer Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2016 National Potato Council Summer Meeting, July 13-15 in Park City, Utah.  The meeting will discuss federal policy impacting potato production, such as ongoing trade affairs, EPA's reviews of pesticides, and an update on state vs. national GMO labeling. The meeting, open to all growers and industry leaders, will identify ways to advance the potato industry's policy debates. Attendees will learn of policies currently being considered in Washington, D.C. and review strategies to convey…  » Read more

Aiming for a GMO labeling compromise

The need to see action on the voluntary genetic modified organism (GMO) labeling situation has reached a breaking point after the last few months of discussion. With Vermont’s mandatory on-package GMO labeling law set to take effect July 1 and Congress not yet moving on a national GMO labeling standard, U.S. food packagers and growers are being forced to take unprecedented steps that could significantly change how American farmers grow healthful, abundant and affordable food.…  » Read more

NPC, ag groups request meeting on FSMA

The National Potato Council (NPC) joined 21 agriculture and produce groups in a letter to FDA's Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor and his successor Stephen Ostroff to discuss "ramifications of the FSMA legislation that need attention." The signers recognized that the Sept. 19 compliance deadline for enforcement of the Preventive Controls Rule for specific "off-farm" facilities is rapidly approaching and requested near term relief for those facilities, NPC said. The Produce Marketing Assocation, United Fresh Produce Assocation and other state and national…  » Read more

NPC accepting applications for $10,000 scholarship

The National Potato Council (NPC) is accepting applications for its $10,000 2016-17 academic scholarship for one graduate-level student conducting research to benefit the potato industry. The winner is selected on a number of criteria, including academic achievement, leadership abilities, potato-related areas of graduate study, benefit to the U.S. potato industry and commercial value and extracurricular activities. Application deadline for the scholarship is June 15. Download an application here. For more information about the award and…  » Read more

National Potato Council praises advancement of federal labeling bill

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture approved the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions legislation introduced by Chairman Pat Roberts that will provide for permanent federal preemption of state food labeling laws. The bill was reported favorably out of committee by a vote of 14 to 6 and now awaits a full vote on the Senate floor. The National Potato Council (NPC) released a statement praising Chairman Roberts and his committee colleagues for advancing the legislation:   This measure would give consumers, businesses and farmers uniform standards…  » Read more

Okray Family Farms receives NPC Environmental Stewardship award

Mark Finnessy and his father, Mike Finnessy, of Okray Family Farms, from Plover, Wisconsin, were awarded National Potato Council’s 2015 Environmental Stewardship award. The award was presented during the NPC annual banquet at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, Jan. 14. The annual award is a component of the pesticide environmental stewardship program, a partnership between the NPC and the EPA, to protect and promote safe and effective use of pesticides. DuPont…  » Read more

Top Spud finalists announced for EXPO

The National Potato Council has announced the three finalists for the Spud Nation Throwdown on Jan. 12 at the POTATO EXPO 2016 at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The Spud Nation Throwdown is a competition among three food truck chefs for the title of “Top Spud,” with an award of $5,000. Phil Lempert, “The Supermarket Guru,” will emcee the competition. Lempert discusses the competition in this video. The three finalists are: 1) Heather Banter, Circle…  » Read more

U.S. announces TPP agreement

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced on Oct. 4 that the ministers of 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States – have reached a conclusion in their TPP negotiations. The TPP negotiations took more than five years to finalize this agreement. Negotiators will continue technical work to formalize the agreement and will release publically a complete text once the technical…  » Read more

NPC accepting scholarship applications

The National Potato Council (NPC) is accepting applications for a $10,000 graduate-level scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. The NPC awards one annual scholarship to a graduate student pursuing an advanced degree (master’s degree or higher) in an area that will improve the future of the potato industry. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership abilities and the potential commercial value of the applicant’s academic work. Application deadline for the 2015-2016 scholarship is June 30,…  » Read more

PILI elects Cheff 2016 grower leader

The Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) class of 2015 elected Bridget Cheff of Ronan, Montana its 2016 grower leader. PILI is sponsored by Syngenta and administered by the U.S. Potato Board and the National Potato Council (NPC).             From Feb. 18-25 the PILI class of 2015, composed of 27 potato growers and industry representatives from across the nation, spent three days in eastern Washington state learning about the local and national potato industry.             The…  » Read more

Krabill joins USPB

Ryan Krabill has joined the U.S. Potato Board (USPB) as the director of research and analysis. Krabill will begin his job on April 1, 2015. He will be responsible for coordinating and developing alliances with U.S. potato researchers and to help secure additional funding for potato research initiatives.             Krabill leaves his position as the National Potato Council’s (NPC) senior director, legislative & regulatory affairs, for the newly-created position at the USPB. He had worked…  » Read more

NPC elects 2015 officers and presents awards

 The National Potato Council (NPC) elected Dan Lake, of Ronan, Montana as its 2015 president during its annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.  Lake succeeds Randy Hardy, Oakley, Idaho as president. Hardy retains a position as immediate past president on the NPC 2015 executive council. Elected to the NPC executive council were: Jim Tiede, American Falls, Idaho, first-vice president and vice president of legislative and government affairs; Larry Alsum, Freisland, Wisconsin, vice president of office and…  » Read more

Congress approves white potatoes for WIC program

Through the combined legislative efforts of Sen. Susan Collins, (R-Maine), Sen. Mark Udall, (D-Colo.) and Rep. Mike Simpson, (R-Idaho), white potatoes are now included in the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).             John Keeling, National Potato Council (NPC) executive vice president and CEO, said that Sen. Collins and Sen. Udall were responsible for the provision in the Senate legislation and Rep. Simpson was responsible for the provision in the…  » Read more

NPC hires Steve Holton

Steve Holton is the new director of corporate and public relations for the National Potato Council (NPC). Holton replaces Mark Szymanski, who has become the communications director for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Holton has more than 10 years combined work experience as a legislative aide, public relations professional and writer. Holton has spent time as a legislative aide with the U.S. Committee on Agriculture and for Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) during her…  » Read more

2015 POTATO EXPO registration opens

Registration for the 2015 POTATO EXPO in Orlando, Florida is now open. The EXPO will be held at Rosen Shingle Creek from  January 7-9. The POTATO EXPO trade show has more than 60,000 square feet of floor space. Featured speakers include journalist Chris Wallace, marketing and business trends expert Kelly McDonald, author and journalist Mark Lynas and agricultural futurist Jim Carroll. For more information and to register visit the EXPO website.

NPC awards da Silva 2014-15 scholarship

Washington Luis da Silva, a plant pathology Ph.D. student at Cornell University, is the recipient of the National Potato Council (NPC) 2014-15 academic scholarship.             The $10,000 academic scholarship is awarded by the NPC to a graduate student pursuing advanced studies that will improve the future of the potato industry. Final scholarship selection is based on academic achievement, leadership abilities and the potential commercial value of the applicant’s academic work.             Da Silva is currently…  » Read more

Mexico reopens zone for U.S. fresh potatoes

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has resumed issuing phytosanitary certificates for the export of U.S. fresh potatoes into Mexico’s 26-kilometer zone bordering the U.S. According to Mark Szymanski,National Potato Council director of public relations, these phytosanitary certificates being issued are based on import requirements from a 2003 agreement. On May 19, 2014, the entire country of Mexico opened beyond the 26-kilometer zone for U.S. fresh potatoes. On June 9 trade was…  » Read more

Fresh potato ban in WIC program may be reviewed

The National Potato Council (NPC) reports that the U.S. House and  Senate appropriations committees may consider legislations to lift the current ban on fresh potatoes in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).             The National Potato Council is asking members of the potato industry to write their representatives and senators to lift the current ban on fresh potatoes.             To send a message to Congress go to this NPC website.

NPC offers scholarship for graduate students

The National Potato Council (NPC) is accepting applications for its $10,000 graduate-level scholarship. The scholarship must be applied toward the 2014-2015 academic year. Applicants must be graduate students pursuing advanced studies, master’s degree or higher, that will improve the future of the U.S. potato industry. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership abilities and the potential commercial value of the applicant’s academic work. Application deadline is June, 30. The scholarship winner will be announced in…  » Read more

Hardy new NPC president

Randy Hardy, of Hardy Farms in Oakley, Idaho, was elected president of the (NPC) for 2014. Hardy succeeds Randy Mullen, of Pasco, Wash.             NPC delegates also approved Dan Lake, of Ronan, Mont., as first vice president and vice president of the Environmental Affairs Committee. Additional members of the executive committee include: Nels Iverson, of Woodburn, Ore., vice president of the Finance and Office Procedures Committee; Jim Tiede, of American Falls, Idaho, vice president of…  » Read more

Halverson, Secor and Hoverson Farms receive awards

Gregg Halverson was presented with the Potato Man for All Seasons award at the National Potato Council’s annual banquet in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, January, 10, 2014. The award is presented by The Packer and TheGrower.com in conjunction with the NPC. Halverson, of Grand Forks, N.D., is the president and CEO of Black Gold Farms. Carl Hoverson and Hoverson Farms, of Larimore, N.D., received the NPC’s 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award during the NPC’s annual…  » Read more

Pavelski receives Emerging Leader Award

Jeremie Pavelski is the recipient of Spudman’s 2014 Emerging Leader Award. Bayer CropScience sponsors the award. Pavelski received the award at the National Potato Council’s annual banquet in San Antonio, Texas. Pavelski, 31, is the president of Heartland Farms, based in Hancock, Wis. He is a fifth-generation potato farmer from Wisconsin. His family has been growing potatoes in Wisconsin’s Central Sands area since 1873. He and his wife, Alicia, live in Arkdale. The March issue…  » Read more


Wednesday, Jan. 8: POTATO EXPO 2014 opened at 1 p.m. on the floor of the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, yesterday. Attendance was brisk though a number of people have not arrived yet due to weather related flight delays. Lots of folks have stopped by the Spudman booth to pick up free bumper stickers and Spudman license plates. Break-out sessions will be all afternoon today. Look for more reports later today. Below…  » Read more