Entries tagged with: Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association

WPIB increases assessment by one cent

The Wisconsin Potato Industry Board unanimously passed a motion at its June 16 meeting that will dedicate $500,000 per year for the next ten years toward a potato research fund. The motion includes an assessment increase of one cent per hundredweight effective July 1, and an allocation of $250,000 from the current budget. The motion states: "To allocate $250,000 from the 2015-16 WPIB budget and increase the assessment on Wisconsin potatoes by one cent/cwt. beginning July 1, 2016 to dedicate…  » Read more

Wisconsin growers’ donation feeds the hungry

From the northern part of the state to the southern region, two Wisconsin potato growers are feeding people in the Badger State and the Midwest by collaborating with the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) and Feeding America on a potato donation to various food banks. What began as seed potatoes produced for a USDA-funded research grant in Wisconsin’s Northwoods region of Eagle River, turned into an 1800 cwt (hundredweight) potato donation, an amount…  » Read more

Faivre new managing editor at Badger Common’Tater

The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) has hired Ruth Faivre of Custer, Wisconsin to be the managing editor of the Badger Common’Tater. Faivre succeeds Tamas Houlihan, who is now the WPVGA executive director. “Ruth brings over 30 years of experience and advanced skill sets in writing, publishing, advertising, marketing, sales and public relations,” Houlihan said in the press release announcing Faivre’s hiring.

WPVGA presents awards and Hall of Fame induction

The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) inducted Robert Helbach of Amherst into its Hall of Fame during the WPVGA’s annual awards banquet at Stevens Point. Helbach Farms was started in the 1930s by Robert Helbach’s father, George, primarily as a dairy operation with 8 to 10 acres of potatoes. Robert and his wife, Helen, took control of the farm in 1974 and began concentrating on vegetables. He began growing potatoes in 1980 and…  » Read more

WPVGA elects new president

The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) board of directors elected Andy Wallendal of Wallendal Supply as its 2015 president. Wallendal succeeds Larry Alsum as WPVGA president. The WPVGA associate division board of directors elected Chris Brooks of Central Door Solutions as its 2015 president. Brooks succeed Eugene Mancl of Ron’s Refrigeration as WPVGA associate division president.

Houlihan named WPVGA executive director

Tamas Houlihan has been named executive director of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) by the board of directors, effective immediately. Houlihan has been serving as interim executive director since August, replacing Duane Maatz.             For the past 27 years, Houlihan has served as the WPVGA communications director and the managing editor of the Badger Common’Tater magazine, the official publication for the Wisconsin potato and vegetable industry. He previously had served as interim…  » Read more

Wrap contest for WPVGA Spudmobile

The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) is sponsoring a design contest for its new Spudmobile. The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18. The WPVGA is seeking designs for the outer wrap of the Spudmobile, a Holiday Rambler Ambassador motor home, and will award three first place prizes of $1,000 each for best designs. The mobile billboard and educational center will be used to promote Wisconsin potatoes and vegetables and…  » Read more

WPVGA presents annual industry awards

The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) recognized several members of Wisconsin’s potato industry at its annual awards banquet on Feb. 5 at Stevens Point. Myron Soik was inducted into the WPVGA Hall of Fame. Soik, 79, is a longtime potato grower and owner of Myron Soik & Sons, based Stevens Point. Soik was recognized by the WPVGA for his lifetime achievement in the development of the state’s potato industry. Ron Krueger was named…  » Read more