Industry Profiles

Ryan Ellis, Idahoan

Overcoming negative reputation of dried potatoes biggest goal for Idahoan exec Ellis

The practice of dehydrating potatoes for later consumption started during World War II as a way to give soldiers in the field a more stable means of f... more »

Kelly Turner Michigan Potatoes

Kelly Turner, new head of Michigan potato commission, already has a mindset for farming

Among the ranks of state association leaders in the potato industry, Kelly Turner is still something of the new kid in class. She’s hardly new to ag... more »

Spudman’s Spudwomen series of articles finalist for Folio award

Spudman and its sister publications are celebrating today after several of the magazines were honored. Great American Media Services’ Agriculture... more »

TC Collins Model Elementary

Teaching kids about potatoes focus of Michigan man

Today, less than 2% of Americans are farmers by profession. Most American children have little inkling of what it takes to grow a crop, nor do they ap... more »

Gary Roth Oregon Potato

New Oregon Potato Commission head Gary Roth no stranger to state agriculture scene

Gary Roth may be new to the Oregon Potato Commission, but he’s no stranger to the state’s agricultural scene. Roth, who recently succeeded longtim... more »

D.C. Farms, Chandler family honored by Maine Potato Board

The Maine Potato Board has announced the Chandler family of D.C. Farms in Mapleton as the 2019 Farm Family of the Year. Darren Chandler, along wit... more »

Hollee-Alexander-National-Potato-Council

Hollee Alexander is National Potato Council’s ‘master sergeant’

If John Keeling has been the National Potato Council’s face and voice for the past 17 years, Hollee Alexander has been its backbone. Alexander, w... more »

Nathan Tallman Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania potato legacy Nathan Tallman heads state cooperative

Nathan Tallman is a Pennsylvania potato legacy. He grew up on a potato farm, helping his father, Bill Tallman, at the family farm in Tower City. I... more »

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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