Industry Profiles

Simplot’s Rasmussen pushing to further define potato industry sustainability

Jolyn Rasmussen leads J.R. Simplot’s Raw Development and Sustainability team, which has a mission of “Bringing Earth’s Resources to Life.” The... more »

Charlton named permanent director of Klamath Basin research center

After two years of serving in an interim role, Brian Charlton has been named director of the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (KBREC). ... more »

Researcher Mark Pavek’s message to growers: Always question what you’re doing

At its core, Mark Pavek describes his professional focus as “finding the smartest and most profitable agronomic practices and varieties for (Pacific... more »

2020 Spudwoman of the Year Award Presentation with Britt Raybould

Britt Raybould of Raybould Brothers Farm in St. Anthony, Idaho, accepts the 2020 Spudwoman of the Year award from Spudman magazine editor Zeke Je... watch »

Warren Henninger remembered for kindness, generosity

“God, family, and potatoes.” That is how Warren Henninger’s passions are listed in his obituary. Henninger, a lifelong and very popular membe... more »

2020 Spudwoman of the Year Britt Raybould

Britt Raybould broke new ground in two ways for the National Potato Council this year. In January, Raybould was elected as president of the NPC’s... more »

Getting folks to ‘fuel up’ with potatoes is aim of Potatoes USA’s Dritlein

The potato industry has made a big push to get more potatoes in the school breakfast and lunch programs in recent years. Rachael Dritlein of Potatoes ... more »

LaJoie family creates opportunities predecessors didn’t have through support system

Normand LaJoie was thrust into manhood at age 17 when his father, Gilbert, died suddenly in 1955. Normand and his mother, Marthe, were left to run the... more »

Mark Szymanski sending the right message for National Potato Council

Mark Szymanski probably oversimplified his job as “easy,” adding that he’s only responsible for telling the world about the efforts of his fello... more »

Spudman announces honorees of first potato industry Dream Team

There are many roles within the potato industry. Grower. Packer. Truck driver. Researcher. Crop protection specialist. Salesperson. Just like with ... more »


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