Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

WPVGA Celebrates Transfer of Storage Research Facility to UW

September 29th, 2011 | Posted in: News

Storage Research Facility Group Photo

Pictured at the Storage Research Facility on Monday, September 26th, 2011 - front row (l to r) Dale Nelson, Walt Stevenson, Bill Wysocki, Kirk Wille, Mary LeMere, and Dwight Mueller; back row (l to r) Jill Grennan, Jeremie Pavelski, Chuck Kostichka, Cliff Gagas, Tom Wild, Dennis Zeloski, Lexi Tenpas, Jim McCarthy, Rep. Keith Ripp, Sen. Julie Lassa, Duane Maatz, and Colleene Thomas.

March 18, 2011 marked a milestone that the WPVGA and its grower members have been working towards for over five years.  This is the date when the Potato and Vegetable Storage Research Facility (SRF) located at the UW-Hancock Agriculture Research Station (HARS) in Hancock, WI was paid in full. 

With the loan paid off, the WPVGA decided to transfer ownership of the facility to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  To recognize this achievement and to thank everyone who played a part in making the SRF a reality, the WPVGA held a short ceremony on September 26, 2011 that brought together growers, UW researchers, and others involved in the completion of the building and the work being done there.

The vision to build this multi-million dollar, world class storage research facility began back in 2004 when the Wisconsin Potato Industry Board (WPIB) allocated $100,000 for the project.  Additional funding from a Specialty Crop Grant in the amount of $700,000 and $300,000 in initial grower donation commitments was followed in 2005 with the WPIB approving a motion to budget a minimum of $150,000/year for the next five years.  The monetary commitment for the Storage Research Facility ultimately totaled $2.9 million.

More than 400 people were on hand at the newly completed SRF on July 26, 2006 for the ribbon cutting and dedication.  Over the last five years the Storage Research Facility Advisory Committee has worked with University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers to establish research priorities for a wide range of vegetable crops to include potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, and cabbage.  The WPVGA and its growers look forward to all the important storage research that will be conducted at the SRF.

Without the incredible commitment from our grower members and industry partners, the Storage Research Facility would have never happened.  The WPVGA would like to thank the following people and organizations for their time and financial support.

 Larry & Paula Alsum, Alsum Farms
Steve Diercks, Coloma Farms
Andy Diercks, Coloma Farms
JW Mattek & Sons
Edward Okray
Richard Pavelski, Heartland Farms
Richard Pavelski, Memory of Albert/Irene Pavelski
Paul Phillippi, Shiprock Farms
John T Schroeder, Schroeder Bros. Farms
James Spychalla, James Spychalla Farms
Tom Wild, Wild Seed Farms
Dennis Zeloski, Felix Zeloski Farms
Wysocki Produce Farms
Paul Miller Farms
Woodford Farms
Dennis Bula, Bula Potato Farms
Richard & Roderick Gumz, Gumz Muck Farms
Brad Igl, Igl Farms LLC
Al Sowinski, Sowinski Farms
Harvey Wagner, Wagner Farms
RD Offutt
Edward J Okray Foundation
Hamerski Farms
Cedar River Potato Co.
Klinger Farms
H & J Williams Farms
Reb’l Acres
Royal Farms
Gallenberg Farms
Hartman Farms
Triple C Acres
Taterland Farms
Wirz, Inc.
Northern Sand Farms
Gumz Muck Farms, LLC
Myron Soik & Sons
Lauritzen, Inc.
Coloma Farms
Allied Industry (Associate Division)
Pest Pros
M & I Bank
Wilbur Ellis
Farm Credit Services in Baraboo, Wausau & East Lansing, MI
Volm Bag Company
Quinlan’s Equipment
Bushmans’ Inc.
Wisconsin Seed Potato Improvement Assn.
Syngenta Crop Protection
Sandra Brown
In Kind Donations
Central Sands Buildings, Skip Tenpas
Nelson’s Vegetable Storage Systems, Dale Nelson
Bacon Construction, Dave Bacon
Design Tech, Brian Knutson
Glover Metal Building Erectors, Mike Glover
Gauge Electric, Rod Vezina
ALV Engineering, Al Verkuylen
Ron’s Refrigeration & Air Cond., Tim Mancl
TIP, Steve Tatro
Wallendal Supply Co.
McCain Foods USA – bin unloader
Paul Miller Farms – bulk potatoes for storage research
Wysocki Produce Farms – bulk potatoes for storage research
McCain Foods USA – bulk potatoes for storage research
JW Mattek & Sons – conveyor
Big Iron Equipment – parts & labor to construct conveyors

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