Making a List, Checking It Twice

Recapping our list of 50 potato industry power players

Published online: Dec 31, 2021 50 for 50, Articles, Grower of the Month
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If you’re a regular reader of Potato Grower, you know that throughout 2021, we have celebrated our 50th year in publication by using our pages to recognize some of our most influential contemporaries in the potato industry’s past half-century. Compiling our “50 for 50” list has been an exercise in gratitude as we’ve been reminded of the countless contributions made by these individuals, companies and organizations.

Of course, these 50 aren’t alone, and there are dozens who deserve the recognition every bit as much. Alas, this list was always meant to stop at 50. Here is a reminder of all the great people we’ve profiled this year.

  

Larry Alsum

Friesland, Wisconsin

 

Clen & Emma Atchley

Ashton, Idaho

 

Barrett Family

Muleshoe, Texas

 

Black Gold Farms

Grand Forks, North Dakota

 

Jerry Bushman

Rosholt, Wisconsin

 

Chin Family

Klamath Falls, Oregon

 

Mark Coombs

Middleton, Idaho

George Crapo

Parker, Idaho

 

CSS Farms

Watertown, South Dakota

 

Steve Diercks

Coloma, Wisconsin

Nathan Gellert

Boise, Idaho

 

Neil Gudmestad

Fargo, North Dakota

 

Randy & Karlene Hardy

Oakley, Idaho

Darryl Harris

Idaho Falls, Idaho

 

Heartland Farms

Hancock, Wisconsin

 

Warren Henninger

Moses Lake, Washington

 

Cary Hoffman

Houston, Texas

 

Bruce Huffaker

Paris, Idaho

 

Idahoan Foods

Lewisville, Idaho

 

LaJoie Family

Van Buren, Maine

 

Lamb Weston

Eagle, Idaho


Gary Leever

Alliance, Nebraska

 

Lindsay Corporation

Lindsay, Nebraska

 

Arnold Mack

Lake Wales, Florida

 

Keith & Helen Masser

Sacramento, Pennsylvania

 

McCain Foods

Hartland, New Brunswick

 

Miller Research

Rupert, Idaho

 

Dan Moss

Declo, Idaho

 

Frank Muir

Eagle, Idaho

 

Marty Myers

Boardman, Oregon

 

National Potato Council

Washington, D.C.

 

National Potato Promotion Board (Potatoes USA)

Denver, Colorado

 

Phillip Nolte

Tetonia, Idaho

R.D. Offutt

Fargo, North Dakota

 

Joseph Pavek

American Falls, Idaho

 

Pieper Farms/Plant Grow Harvest

Williams, Minnesota

 

Potandon Produce

Idaho Falls, Idaho

 

Potato Variety Management Institute

Bend, Oregon

 

Reinke Mfg.

Deshler, Nebraska

 

Sackett Potatoes

Mecosta, Michigan

 

J.R. Simplot

Boise, Idaho

 

SouthWind Farms

Heyburn, Idaho

 

Spudnik Equipment Company

Blackfoot, Idaho

 

T-L Irrigation

Hastings, Nebraska

 

Bob Thornton Family

Washington and Idaho

 

United Potato Growers of America

Salt Lake City, Utah

 

U.S. Potato Genebank

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

 

Valley Irrigation

Valley, Nebraska

 

Wada Farms

Pingree, Idaho

 

Louis Wysocki

Bancroft, Wisconsin