There's still time to submit a Potato Industry Award nomination

11/12/2013 12:53:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Bed KudwaVicky Boyd (left), with and The Packer, presents the Potato Man for All Seasons Award to Ben Kudwa, retiring executive director of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission. The award was made at the NPC's 2013 annual meeting, Jan. 11, in Las Vegas.There's still time to nominate an industry leader for a Potato Industry Award.

The deadline isn't until Dec. 1, and anybody can submit a nomination.

The award is sponsored by and The Packer in conjunction with the National Potato Council.

The recipient will be announced at the NPC's annual award banquet, Jan. 10, in San Antonio.

The Potato Man of the Year award recognizes somebody who has gone above and beyond the call of duty during 2013 further the potato industry.

This may have been somebody who spent countless hours representing the industry on trade missions or in front of regulatory agencies. Or it may be somebody who devoted a significant amount of time promoting the virtues of potatoes to consumers.

Past winners include Chris Voigt of the Washington State Potato Commission and Justin Dagen, former NPC president.

The Potato Man for All Seasons is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes someone who has spent his or her life bettering the potato industry.

Past recipients include Ben Kudwa, who recently retired from the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and Allen Floyd, a Washington grower-shipper and former chair of the state's potato commission.

Download a nomination form by clicking here. You may use two additional sheets of paper to describe why your nominee is deserving.

Email them to Vicky Boyd, Editor. If you prefer sending paper nominations snail mail, the mailing address is on the nomination form.

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Sue Stuever Battel    
Cass City, Michigan  |  November, 13, 2013 at 02:06 PM

Kudos to the National Potato Council, "The Packer" and for recognizing those individuals who have played important roles in the potato industry. Please, though, make 2014 the year you update your language to be inclusive of the many notable women in agribusiness. Potato Person of the Year and Potato Person for All Seasons have a nice ring to them and leave no one out.

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