Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

In the February 2011 Badger Common’Tater

POTATO EXPO 2011 Sets Attendance Records

The POTATO EXPO 2011 was the most successful potato industry meeting yet with over 1,400 attendees making their way to Las Vegas for the conference. The third annual industry-wide meeting was held January 5-7, 2011, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel. Over 110 companies filled the tradeshow with booths and displays showcasing cutting-edge products representing the entire spectrum of inputs and innovations for producing potatoes in 2011. For a photo essay on the 2011 Potato Expo, check out the February 2011 issue of The Badger Common’Tater.

In the photo above, Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw signs autographs for Potato Expo attendees after providing an inspirational and humorous luncheon speech.  Having reached the pinnacle of professional accomplishment (he is a two-time Super Bowl MVP) and survived the depths of depression, Bradshaw talked about sacrifice, pain, adversity and being thankful for life and the love of family.  “Every day I wake up in the morning is a great day,” he said.  “Be thankful you’re alive and remember to tell your family members that you love them—and make sure you SHOW them that you love them, too.”

Frito-Lay Honors Paramount, Schroeder Bros.

 Two Wisconsin potato farms won national supplier awards from Frito-Lay at the snack food company’s annual grower meeting held in Las Vegas in early January.  Paramount Farms, Inc. of Bancroft was named the 2010 Frito-Lay North America National Supplier of the Year, while Schroeder Brothers Farms, Inc. of Antigo was named the 2010 Frito-Lay North America Seed Potato Supplier of the Year, claiming the award for the third time.  For the full story, see the February 2010 issue of The Badger Common’Tater.

Frito-Lay honored Schroeder Bros. Farms, Inc. of Antigo as its 2010 Seed Potato Supplier of the Year.  Pictured are (L-R) Lance Knutson (FL), Chris Braun (FL), Craig Leafgren (FL), John T. Schroeder (SB), Eric Schroeder (SB), Judy Schroeder (SB), J.D. Schroeder (SB), Rob Schroeder (SB), Andy Schroeder (SB) and Tony Dunn (FL).

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