2016 NPC Summer Meeting
Growers and industry leaders met in Park City, Utah, to discuss public policy and organizational objectives at the NPC 2016 Summer Meeting. Speakers covered a variety of issues, such as attacks on conventional agriculture led by well-funded activists, how the geopolitical climate affects agriculture (speaker Doug Robison pictured below) and North American Blackleg outbreak.
environmental stewardship award
Mike and Marge Finnessy and Mark and Shannon Finnessy of Okray Family Farms in Plover, Wisconsin, were named the recipients of the prestigious 2015 Environmental Stewardship Award during the National Potato Council’s (NPC) 2016 Annual Meeting, held January 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award is a component of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, a partnership between NPC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect the environment and promote the safe and effective use of pesticides.
Okray family farms
2016 potato stat yearbook
Download the Potato Statistical Yearbook to read overviews of national legislative, regulatory and marketing initiatives—along with U.S. and world potato production and consumption data.
NPC Awards academic scholarship
The National Potato Council (NPC) is pleased to announce that Justin Clements, a fifth year doctoral student in the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center working in the Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Academic Scholarship. The $10,000 award is provided annually to a graduate student with a strong interest in research that can directly benefit the potato industry. Clements is focused on uncovering molecular mechanisms of insecticide resistance in the Colorado potato beetle (CPB).
2016 Grower Leader Announced
Congratulations to Ryan Crane of Crane Brothers Farms in Exeter, Maine, for being named the 2016 PILI Grower Leader. At the farm he oversees the wash shed, manages corn planting, fertility, and variety selection; spraying, irrigation management, and coordinating harvest at the northern division.