Industry Profiles

2019 Spudwoman of the Year: Alison Sklarczyk, Sklarczyk Seed Farm

Alison Sklarczyk, owner and lab manager at Sklarczyk Seed Farm in Michigan, is the 2019 Spudwoman of the Year, which is sponsored by Lockwood Equ... watch »

2019 Spudwoman of the Year Alison Sklarczyk

Nurturing potatoes was not how Alison Sklarczyk envisioned her future. Nurturing puppies was more like it. When Alison Hinshaw entered Michigan Sta... more »

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NPC’s new leadership team outlines focus for the future

The National Potato Council is entering a new era. On June 30, 2019, John Keeling will officially retire from his role as executive vice president ... more »

Spudman Names Shawn Boyle as 2019 Emerging Leader

Shawn Boyle, president of the Idaho Grower Shippers Association, is Spudman's 2019 Emerging Leader Award winner. RELATED: ... watch »

Kitchen Farms on quest for the best potato

The perfect potato breed is many things: reliable, resistant, high-yielding and, of course, marketable. Also add elusive. Like his potato-growin... more »

Alan Jones has feet firmly planted in potatoes in Florida’s Manatee County

For the most part, Manatee County in west-central Florida is tomato country. The exception is Jones Potato Farm. Alan and Leslie Jones’ potato-pr... more »

Phil Hamm, soon to retire, reflects on 45-year career

As the director of Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Phil Hamm has been at the forefront of potato... more »

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2019 Emerging Leader Award winner: Shawn Boyle proves to be quick study

Less than two years into his potato career, Shawn Boyle has made quite an impression. There seems to be no shortage of people willing to sing his prai... more »

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Atchley Farms’ sanitation practices cut down on disease threat

Emma Atchley keeps her half-acre greenhouse as sanitary as a hospital and uses laboratory techniques to propagate potato plants. There’s no toler... more »

San Luis Valley Research Center

Spudman 7: Chaks Mattupalli goes from finance to plant pathology

Chakradhar “Chaks” Mattupalli’s experience in agricultural financing in India put him on a very different career path: plant pathology. In deali... more »


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