Spudman 7

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 »

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 »

Spudman 7: Matt Wilkes, Potato Services of Michigan

Potato Services of Michigan is in the business of getting potato products to where there is a need, and there are needs everywhere. PSOM buys and sell... more »

Spudman 7: Charlie Rush

Charlie Rush has been a plant pathologist since graduating from Texas A&M University in the early 80s. In 1986, he initiated the Texas A&M Agr... more »

Spudman7: Buzz Shahan

Buzz Shahan grew up on a cotton/potato farm in Queen Creek, Arizona. After attending Arizona State University for two years, he transferred to Brigham... more »

Spudman 7: Jennifer McEntire

Jennifer McEntire is vice president of food safety and technology at United Fresh Produce Association. A food microbiologist by background, she has al... more »

Spudman 7: Mac Johnson

Mac Johnson has spent his entire career in marketing, working for, or with, many of the country’s largest consumer product goods. In 2000, he joined... more »

Spudman 7: Doug Cole

Doug Cole has been the director of marketing and communications for Simplot Plant Sciences since 2012. In this capacity, Cole is responsible for build... more »

Spudman 7: Todd Forbush

Todd Forbush received his master’s degree from Michigan State University (MSU) in agricultural engineering in 1989. While at MSU, he studied the eff... more »

Spudman 7: Neil Gudmestad

Neil C. Gudmestad has conducted research on the diseases of potato for over 39 years. He began his career in seed potato certification with the North ... more »


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