Eye on Potatoes: A Podcast on All Things Potatoes

Eye on Potatoes

The Eye on Potatoes Podcast is brought to you by the National Potato Council. This is the place to tune in for conversations with growers and thought leaders on advocacy, production and all things potatoes. It's about talking with folks across the United States and hearing stories about how federal policy impacts potato farming and the important role the NPC plays in standing up for potatoes on Capitol Hill. Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Syngenta. Delivering solutions to help producers face the potato industry's complex challenges, Syngenta provides growers with unmatched field expertise along with an array of effective products. Explore syngenta-us.com/spud-doctor to discover solutions for your potato growing obstacles. read less
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Defending Potatoes in the 2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Process
Sep 8 2023
Defending Potatoes in the 2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Process
This week we chatted about the formulation of the 2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) and how the U.S. potato industry is working to ensure that the positive facts about potato nutrition are heard by those creating the guidelines.We were joined by NPC CEO Kam Quarles who submitted testimony to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which is charged with reviewing the current body of nutrition science and developing a scientific report for HHS and USDA to consider as it writes the 2025 DGAs. We were also joined by Beth Johnson, who has spent over 25 years as a food policy expert, both inside and outside of government, including at the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Senate Agriculture Committee, and the National Restaurant Association. While at USDA, she helped lead the department’s work in creating the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. She’s the Founder and Principal of Food Directions, which helps organizations and companies operating in a global food policy environment. She and her team at Food Directions have been working closely with NPC to tell the positive potato story. This podcast is possible thanks to our presenting sponsor, Syngenta. Delivering solutions to help producers face the potato industry's complex challenges, Syngenta provides growers with unmatched field expertise along with an array of effective products. Explore syngenta-us.com/spud-doctor to discover solutions for your potato-growing obstacles.
Reflections on the 2023 EPA/USDA Agency Farm Tour Hosted in Washington State
Jul 19 2023
Reflections on the 2023 EPA/USDA Agency Farm Tour Hosted in Washington State
The National Potato Council's annual EPA-USDA Farm Tour allows federal regulators the opportunity to meet with growers face-to-face to better understand how their decisions have real-world implications on family farms. In July 2023, NPC partnered with the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) to host its annual Agency Farm Tour in Washington’s Columbia Basin for USDA and EPA staff. Tour stops focused on the use of potato production technologies, including demonstrations of seed treatment, irrigation-mounted imaging cameras, drone and see-and-spray cameras, fumigation and chemigation equipment, and monitoring devices and models.The Eye on Potatoes podcast caught up with Washington state potato grower and NPC Environmental Affairs Committee Member Grant Morris, who hosted tour participants on his farm and demonstrated his operation's use of drone scouting tools to aid in his Integrated Pest Management efforts. Guests: Grant Morris, Partner at Schneider Farms, Pasco, Wash.; WSPC Commissioner; and National Potato Council Environmental Affairs Committee MemberMike Wenkel, COO, National Potato CouncilLearn more about NPC's annual agency farm tour here. This podcast is possible thanks to our presenting sponsor, Syngenta. Delivering solutions to help producers face the potato industry's complex challenges, Syngenta provides growers with unmatched field expertise along with an array of effective products. Explore syngenta-us.com/spud-doctor to discover solutions for your potato-growing obstacles.
Celebrating 20 Years of the Potato Industry Leadership Institute
Jul 7 2023
Celebrating 20 Years of the Potato Industry Leadership Institute
Previously administered by the National Potato Council (NPC), the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) is a program of the Potato Leadership, Education, and Advancement Foundation (Potato LEAF), a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity focused on leadership and education opportunities for the U.S. potato industry. As the program celebrates 20 years of training future potato leaders, the Eye on Potatoes podcast brought together four graduates during Potato Expo 2023 to talk about their experiences and how PILI impacted their careers.  Guests:Dave Warsh, participant of the 2002 Class and a past president of NPCDerek Peterson, participant of the 2012 ClassTaylor Grant, participant of the 2022 ClassRJ Andrus, participant of the 2006 Class, Board Member of Potato LEAF, and 2023 NPC PresidentThe Leadership Institute is a 10-day program that provides an overview of the U.S. potato industry, the challenges and issues beyond the production sector, and the roles of the industry’s state and national organizations in maintaining a positive business climate for potato growers. Learn more at pleaf.org.This podcast is possible thanks to our presenting sponsor, Syngenta. Delivering solutions to help producers face the potato industry's complex challenges, Syngenta provides growers with unmatched field expertise along with an array of effective products. Explore syngenta-us.com/spud-doctor to discover solutions for your potato-growing obstacles.