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