Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association
Interview with Adam Bula
Wisconsin is recognized as a leader in the seed potato industry. In fact, Wisconsin is recognized as having the longest-standing seed potato certification program in the United States.
For 100 years, Wisconsin seed potato growers have had their seed potato crops certified by the Wisconsin Seed Potato Certification Program. This program was started as a collaboration among farmers and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1913. It is currently administered through the UW-Madison Department of Plant Pathology, with oversight from the Wisconsin Seed Potato Improvement Association (WSPIA) and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Among the long-standing seed potato producing farms, one name remains prominent in the Wisconsin potato industry: Bula.
Bula Potato Farms, Inc. is a fourth generation farm that began with 40 acres back in the 1920’s in Langlade County. At that time, they raised dairy cows along with potatoes. In the 1960’s, the farm went exclusively into potato production, and also purchased the farm located in Post Lake.