November/December 2013

100 Years of PAA and Certified Seed Potatoes

One hundred years ago this autumn, U.S. potato farmers were harvesting and storing their first crop of certified seed potatoes. These pioneering farmers working with Extension professors across the no... more

African Adventure

This past spring I received an invitation to assist the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) in Kenya to establish routine ELISA testing and Tissue Blotting Immunoassay tests or TBIA. The assign... more

Aloha from Hawaii

Hawaii has become the hub for winter grow out of seed potatoes. Four more certified seed potato organizations, Idaho, Colorado, Michigan and Wisconsin, will be joining Montana and Minnesota on the nor... more

Southern Migration

Location, location, location.It's what prompted Joe Thompson and his family to move from the Grafton and Park River, N.D. region and relocate in Alliance, Neb. to grow seed potatoes.In 1995, Joe and h... more

Taking Stock — Trends and Conferences

A lot has happened since the last time I sat down to write this column, so let's cut to the chase and talk potatoes.First, Blair Richardson's been on the job as USPB president and CEO since August but... more

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