Potato Industry Leadership Institute
The 2017 Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) provided training to 22 potato growers and industry representatives in leadership development, public policy, marketing, team building and public communication. The annual program, administered by NPC and Potatoes USA, aims to cultivate the next generation of industry leaders. The PILI was held February 9-16, starting in Bangor and Aroostook County, Maine, and concluding in Washington, D.C.
To culminate the week, the class put their sharpened communication skills into use during lobbying visits to Capitol Hill. Participants partnered with their state grower delegations to deliver the industry’s messages.
environmental stewardship award
Boyd Foster of Vista Valley Ag in Ririe, Idaho, received the 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award during the NPC 2017 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The award recognizes the safe and effective use of pesticides. Foster has a direct role in implementing the strategies to endure the long term sustainability of the farm. In order to conserve soil and foster native habitats for animals and insects, he plants a mix of natural grasses on pivot corners.
Potato D.C. Fly-in
The 2017 Potato D.C. Fly-In included more than 150 U.S. potato growers and industry partners from across the country who advocated for the industry's most pressing federal policy priorities. Growers visited Capitol Hill and met with federal regulators at USDA and EPA. During their Hill visits, growers urged Congress to address key industry issues including: immigration reform, potato breeding research funding, regulatory reform, and international trade policy.
Potato Statistical 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
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.