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 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.
potato D.C. Fly-in highlights
Potato growers from multiple states came to Washington, DC, to meet with their representatives and stand up for potatoes on Capitol Hill in late February. The Potato D.C. Fly-In energized attendees, who shared their concerns about GMO labeling, WOTUS, and funding. Below is the Maine contingent meeting with Senator Angus King.
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.