January 2016

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A Sense of Place

I feel the ice-cold breath of 2016 breathing down my neck. How can this be? Wasn't it just last week that I was sitting in the Spudman booth at the 2015 POTATO EXPO in sunny Orlando?EXPO and winter co... more

Agritourism helps Ohio farm survive

Road construction was going on right in front of Ramseyer Farms throughout the busy agritourism season this past fall. The thousands of customers who visited had a harder time getting in and out. But ... more

Band of Brothers

Iotts have been farming in Michigan for over 100 years, but how they ended up in Michigan is a tale with historical antecedents.As Dennis Iott tells the tale, his French Catholic Acadian ancestors had... more
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Fasten your seat belts

It's the start of a new year, and that means this is our state of the industry issue. So what is the state of the potato industry? In the short time that I've been editing this magazine (six years), I... more
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Making your voice heard in D.C.

In 2015, during the first session of the 114th Congress, potato growers made their voices heard by their Senators and Representatives both on Capitol Hill and in their home districts and states.Throug... more

Mars Needs Tubers

Though we have seen a great deal of science come down the pike in the potato world over the decades and we have seen a lot of science fiction movies come out during the same time period, one thing we ... more

Spudman 7: Warren Henninger

Warren Henninger is the founder and chairman of the board of Ag World Support Systems (AWSS) in Spokane, Washington. He was born and raised on a potato farm in Pennsylvania. He graduated with a bachel... more

Spudman 7: Willem Schrage

Willem Schrage is the director of the potato program for the North Dakota State Seed Department. He is a native of the Netherlands and a graduate of Agricultural College in Groningen, Netherlands, spe... more
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Support for Voluntary Labeling

As the First Session of the 114th Congress draws to an end, potato growers from Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Washington and Wisconsin went the distance by traveling to our nation's capital to lend their... more

Under the Tetons’ Shadow

With the jagged Grand Teton mountains rising in the distance on a brisk October morning, trucks laden with freshly dug certified seed potatoes arrived at the Parkinson Seed Farm's cellars in eastern I... more

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