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Tater Talk – April 4, 2014

 

Tater Talk – April 4, 2014

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National Design Contest Announced for Wisconsin’s New Spudmobile

The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA), representing farmers, shippers and packers, seed providers and affiliated business and organizations, has announced a national design contest for its new rolling billboard and educational center on wheels known as the Spudmobile. The contest, open to anyone 18 years or older, is asking participants to submit their designs for the outer “wrap” of the Spudmobile. The Association will be awarding three first prizes of $1,000 each for the best designs.

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In the April 2014 Badger Common’Tater

Tomorrow’s Leaders Attend 2014 Potato Industry Leadership Institute

Wisconsin Tour Kicks off Training

Twenty-four potato growers and industry representatives joined together to form the 2014 class of the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI), an annual program jointly administered by the National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) that identifies and cultivates the next generation of leaders within the industry.

From Feb. 20-27, PILI participants traveled from potato growing regions across the country to attend eight days of industry training and professional development. This year’s class kicked off in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where the class received an overview of the local and national potato industry, including some of the challenges and issues beyond the production sector.

Participants then had a chance to visit potato growing and processing operations throughout Wisconsin, including Heartland Farms, Okray Family Farms, RPE, the Hancock Ag Research Station Storage Research Facility, and the Wisconsin Dairy State Cheese Company facility.  Tours were also held at InteVation Food Group, Jay-Mar, and the Point Brewery.  For full coverage, read the April 2014 issue of The Badger Common’Tater.

Gary Beadles explains potato processing at RPE.

Amber Gotch, Storage Manager at the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Storage Research Facility in Hancock, describes the many facets of potato storage research to PILI participants.

Wysocki Family of Companies Receives Honor for Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture

Sponsored by the Agri-Business Committee of the Portage County Business Council, the 2014 Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture Award was presented to the Wysocki Family of Companies in March.

Wysocki Family of Companies was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture Award for their outstanding commitment to the progress and success of the agri-business industry and for significant contributions to the Portage County agri-business community.

Wysocki Family of Companies consists of RPE, Paragon Potato Farms, and Wysocki Produce Farm; they are also co-owners of Tasteful Selections, LLC and Central Sands Dairy. For more details, check out the April 2014 edition of The Badger Common’Tater.

Members of the Wysocki family gathered for a photo after receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture Award.  Pictured are (L-R):  Front row:  Marc and Ryan Wysocki (sons of Jim and Sharon); Back row: Louis, Diane, Russell, Liz, Gary, Sharon and Jim Wysocki; Jacquie and Kirk Wille; Marla, Bill, Harriet and Francis Wysocki.

Central Wisconsin Processing Crops Meeting
March 5, 2014
Elizabeth Inn, Plover, WI

Waushara County Extension Agriculture Agent Ken Williams (left) is pictured with Portage County Extension Ag Agent Ken Schroeder.  Williams, with assistance from Schroeder, coordinated this year’s Central Wisconsin Processing Crops Meeting held March 5, 2014 in Plover.  Schroeder gave a presentation highlighting the upcoming Farm Technology Days which will be held August 12-14 in Stevens Point.  For more information on Farm Tech Days, visit:  www.portagecountyfarmtech.com.  For more photos and information about the Central Wisconsin Processing Crops Meeting, get the April 2014 issue of The Badger Common’Tater.

John Panuska, UW-Madison Extension Specialist – Natural Resource/Water Quality, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, provided an update on the Wisconsin Irrigation Scheduling Program known as WISP 2012.  Panuska said a key feature is the ability to manage root zone water content.  Using WISP’s water balance predictions, along with soil moisture monitoring, growers can plan irrigation timing and amount to take maximum advantage of natural rainfall while minimizing over-application of water.  He said the web-based water management tool is available at:  www.wisp.cals.wisc.edu/.

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Tater Talk – March 28, 2014

Tater Talk - March 28, 2014

Tater Talk – March 28, 2014

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April 2014 What’s Cookin’

April 2014 What's Cookin'Serving up another one of “Hungry Girl’s” healthy recipes featuring Wisconsin potatoes in our April 2014 What’s Cookin’ column.

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Interview with Marv Hopp

Interview with Marv HoppIf you’ve been in or around the Wisconsin potato and vegetable industry for any amount of time over the past 40 years, chances are good that you know Marv Hopp.

Marv has worked at Roberts Irrigation in Stevens Point for the past 38 years, assisting countless farmers with their water and irrigation needs. He is a long-time member of the WPVGA Associate Division who has served on the Associate Division Board of Directors, including multiple terms as President. He has served the industry in many capacities during his tenure, including helping organize the annual Industry Show, working at the Hancock Field Days and coordinating numerous industry golf outings. He currently serves on the WPVGA Water Task Force where he has been a valuable asset to the agricultural industry, providing insight on a wide range of water issues.

Read more of our April 2014 interview with Marv Hopp.

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Tater Talk – March 21, 2014

Tater Talk - March 21, 2014

Tater Talk – March 21, 2014

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Tater Talk – March 14, 2014

Tater Talk - March 14, 2014

Tater Talk – March 14, 2014

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Tater Talk – March 7, 2014

Tater Talk - March 7, 2014

Tater Talk – March 7, 2014

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In the March 2014 Badger Common’Tater

WPVGA Annual Meeting:
Pavelski says potato industry ready to meet challenges

Jeremie Pavelski

2013 WPVGA President Jeremie Pavelski

At the Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) held February 6, 2014 in Stevens Point, 2013 WPVGA President Jeremie Pavelski says the organization is in good position to meet the challenges of 2014 and beyond.

“I believe the WPVGA continues to be in a strong position to advocate for the needs of our members,” said Pavelski, who also serves as the President of Heartland Farms, Inc., Hancock. For the full story, read the March 2014 issue of The Badger Common’Tater.

Alsum Elected WPVGA Board President for 2014

At a brief meeting held immediately following the Annual Meeting on February 6, the WPVGA board of directors elected Larry Alsum of Alsum Farms & Produce, Friesland, as its President for 2014.  Alsum, representing District 3, succeeds Jeremie Pavelski of Heartland Farms, Inc., Hancock who served as Board President in 2013.  Andy Wallendal of Wallendal Supply, Grand Marsh (At Large) was elected Vice President, while Mark Finnessy of Okray Family Farms, Plover (District 2) was elected Secretary and Josh Mattek of J.W. Mattek & Sons, Inc., Deerbrook (District 1) was elected Treasurer.

Two new board members were elected for 2014:  Eric Schroeder of Schroeder Brothers Farms, Inc., Antigo was elected in District 1, replacing Ron Mach of Mach’s Sunny Acres, Antigo.  Gary Wysocki of Wysocki Produce Farm, Bancroft, was elected in District 2, replacing Kirk Wille, also of Wysocki Produce Farm.  In addition to the four board officers and two newcomers, the rest of the WPVGA board includes:  Ron Krueger of Felix Zeloski Farms, Eagle River (District 1); Pavelski of Heartland Farms, Inc., Hancock (District 3); and Steve Diercks of Coloma Farms, Coloma (District 2).  Read more in the March 2014 Badger Common’Tater.

WPVGA Board Officers

WPVGA officers for 2014 include (L-R): Larry Alsum (President), Andy Wallendal (Vice President), and Josh Mattek (Treasurer). Not pictured is Secretary Mark Finnessy.

WPVGA Associate Division Board Re-Elects Mancl President for 2014

The WPVGA Associate Division Board of Directors re-elected Eugene Mancl of Ron’s Refrigeration, Wisconsin Rapids, to be its President for 2014.  Mancl is in the second year of his second term on the Associate Division board. The rest of the officers for 2013 include: Chris Brooks of Central Door Solutions, Plover (Vice President); Steve Bohm of Wisconsin Public Service, Green Bay (Secretary); and Wayne Solinsky of Jay-Mar, Inc., Plover (Treasurer).

Brooks and Butch Fencil of Fencil Urethane Systems, Wisconsin Rapids were incumbent Associate Division board members who were re-elected to the board for their second terms.  Newcomers elected to the board were Zach Mykisen of Big Iron Equipment, Plover and Sally Surprise of Ansay & Associates, Neenah.  They were elected to replace Mike Maguire of United FCS, Stevens Point, and Cathy Schommer, Badgerland Financial, Baraboo, who completed their second terms on the board.

In addition to the officers and newcomers, the rest of the WPVGA Associate Division Board of Directors for 2014 includes:  Paul Cieslewicz of Sand County Equipment, Bancroft, and Fencil.

2014 Associate Division Board

The 2014 WPVGA Associate Division Board of Directors includes: Front row (L-R) President Eugene Mancl, Vice President Chris Brooks, Secretary Steve Bohm and Treasurer Wayne Solinsky; Back row (L-R) Butch Fencil, Paul Cieslewicz, Zach Mykisen and Sally Surprise.

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