Pink Tractor Magazine: You Say Potato...

In the March/April 2018 issue of Pink Tractor Magazine we introduced you to four women who work in very different aspects of the potato industry:
  • Mary Hasenoehrl's rise in the agriculture industry from being an FFA chapter sweetheart (before women were allowed to be members) to her recent appointment as the first female grower on the Idaho Potato Commission.
  • Located in a region of Washington State known for its hay, Irish Eyes Garden Seeds specializes in seed potatoes and garlic. So how did this farm come to be the only seed potato producer in the Valley? 
  • We explore Calette Droge's role at London Hills Farm in Harrison, Montana.

To read the complete article, "You Say Potato...I say..." flip to page 13 of the Pink Tractor Magazine's digital issue. After you've finished reading about Calette, Mary, Alexa and Sara come back to browse numerous potato recipes.

  • According to Potatoes USA (a marketing organization for U.S. commercial potato growers), there are more than 100 varieties of potatoes sold throughout the United States. Each of those varieties fit into one of seven categories - russet, red, white, yellow, blue/purple, fingerling and petite.
  • Informally known as spuds, potatoes are a starchy, potassium filled root vegetable that became popular with farmers when they realized potatoes could be produced on a large scale, on fallow grain land. Today the potato is the world's 5th most important crop after wheat, corn, rice and sugar cane.
  • According to the USDA/NASS, nearly 1.1 million acres of potatoes were harvested in the United States, yielding 44 billion pounds of potatoes worth $3.87 billion in 2016. Although grown commercially in 30 states, on an annual basis half of the potato supply is produced in Idaho and Washington! Wisconsin, Colorado and North Dakota are also leading producers.
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