Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

There's nothing like lending a helping hand. Wisconsin potato growers give back.

Wisconsin potato growers appreciate being part of the community and giving back. Here’s a taste of our efforts!

Positive Potato Publicity

Potato-friendly Salad Bar Donation

WPVGA donates a potato-friendly salad bar to South Park Middle School in Oshkosh and offers Farm to School presentations about the industry to 6-8th graders.

WI Potato Growers Donate Potatoes to Feed the Hungry

Eagle River Seed Farm LLC in Eagle River, Wisconsin, and Gumz Muck Farms in Endeavor, Wisconsin, are feeding people in the state and Midwest by collaborating with the WPVGA and Feeding America on a donation of 1800 cwt (four semi loads) of potatoes to various food banks.

The donation began as seed potatoes produced for a USDA-funded research grant in Wisconsin’s Northwoods region of Eagle River and is now feeding families in Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Tennessee.

Potato Growers Donate Time and Money to Feed Starving Children

Hundreds of volunteers pack more than 100,000 servings of potato meals at the Auxiliary’s hosted Feed My Starving Children event. The meals are filled with dehydrated potatoes and other nutrients, which are essential to feed infants 7-12 months who are transitioning from their mother’s milk to solid foods.

WPVGA Sponsors Wellers Walk

The Wellers Walk is a unique event that offers participants the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the villagers in Cameroon, Africa, fetching water from the river to fill empty jugs and then hauling them back to the starting point (about 2 miles)! The event raises money to build wells in African cities, therefore, preventing women and children from walking long distances to retrieve clean water for their families. WPVGA donated $2500 to this annual event.

WPVGA Awards Scholarships at 2015 Spud Bowl Event

UWSP Chancellor Bernie Patterson introduces the Spud Bowl Scholarship winners at halftime of the 2015 Spud Bowl game in Stevens Point.  Also pictured are members of the Spud Bowl Committee including Ann Ninnemann, Tamas Houlihan and Dianne and Nick Somers of Plover River Farms.  There were five Spud Bowl scholarships awarded at $750 each (one recipient is not pictured).

Gifts and Grants

WPVGA regularly supports events and causes throughout the state.

  • $1,000 Donation – 5th Annual WI River Water Quality Improvement Symposium
  • $500 Donation – Guns ‘n Hoses Charity Softball Game to support Veterans
  • $500 Sponsorship – WI Nitrogen Science Summit Meeting
  • $250 Sponsorship – Agricultural Safety Connection
  • $250 Donation – UW Discovery Farms “Farmer Tested, Environment Approved” Winning Cropping Strategy


Spudmobile Visits Lambeau Field

Volunteers from across the Wisconsin Potato industry gather at Lambeau Field with the Spudmobile to hand out 800-1,000 samples of potato dishes before football games.

Spudmobile Visits Southern WI

The Wisconsin Potato Growers Auxiliary worked with schools in southern Wisconsin to have the Spudmobile go on a mini tour and visit several schools in the area. Several Auxiliary members also volunteered to help out at each school event, spreading word of Wisconsin Potatoes.

2015 WPVGA Associate Division and Auxiliary Scholarship Winners

The WPGA Board and the WPVGA Associate Division once again partner equally to invest in tomorrow’s leaders by awarding eight outstanding scholars with scholarships amounting to a total of $8,000 for the 2015-16 school years. The students earning scholarships are Kaitlin Kakes, Kaitlin Woyak, Lauren Sowinski, Nika Wanserski, Rachel Rine, Rachel Smith and Stephanie Fassbender.

Farm to Fork Commercial

Wisconsin Potato growers provide high-quality potatoes that are nutritious and provide the most nutrients per penny, which makes them outstanding in the field.

These facts are included in WPVGA’s Farm to Fork commercial.

Thank the Farmer Commercial

There are many businesses that are heavily involved in agriculture in an indirect way. At WPVGA, those businesses are members of the Associate Division, and they “Thank the Farmer” in this WPVGA commercial.

Water Commercial

Studies show that trees use more water than vegetables and Wisconsin potato growers use precise amounts of water on their crops only when and where it’s needed.

The facts are here in WPVGA’s Water commercial.

WPVGA Sponsors Portage County Youth Soccer

The WPVGA is the proud sponsor of the Portage County Youth Soccer Program this year.  A $400 donation helped pay for the green T-shirts sported by Sam Molski and his son, Grant, shown warming up at the soccer complex on Stevens Point’s east side.  The WPVGA sponsors a team in the 5-6 year-old division.  Heartland Farms, Inc. of Hancock also sponsors a team.

Article on Responsible Water Use Featured in Gannett Newspapers

WPVGA Board Member and Former Board President Andy Wallendal co-authors article on responsible water use. The article explains farmers’ dedication to Mother Nature and conserving her resources.

Read full article here.



WPVGA Donates $1,000 to Cancer Research

WPVGA donates $1,000 toward cancer research at the Pink Game, held the same day as the Spud Bowl in Stevens Point in September 2015.

Northwoods Retail Store Wins Wisconsin Potatoes Display Contest

The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) is pleased to present a 2015 Fat Bob Harley Davidson to the winner of the 2016 Wisconsin potatoes display contest. The Harley is in the state’s Northwoods, and specifically, Trig’s in Rhinelander.

On November 28th, 2016, members of WPVGA Promotions Committee presented the motorcycle to Trig’s at the Rhinelander store.

Read full press release here.