Zimfo Bytes 8/17

Carrie Muehling

Three sponsors will be honored with the Distinguished Service Citation during an onstage ceremony at this year’s National FFA Convention & Expo, held in Indianapolis Oct. 24-27. Culver Franchising System of Prairie Du Sac, Wis.; DFA – Dairy Farmers of America of Kansas City, Mo.; and Lincoln Electric/The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio, will receive the …

FFA, NAFB, Potato, Rice, USDA, Zimfo Bytes

New Offerings for Specialty Crops from John Deere

Kelly Marshall

John Deere has something new up its sleeve again. Carl Weidemeier attended the Potato Expo in San Fransisco to show growers the latest offering for specialty crops. Beginning in the spring of 2017 growers will be able to connect their third party yield monitors to the My John Deere platform. A harness converts the message from the third party monitor …

Audio, John Deere, Potato

Continued Growth @NufarmUS

Chuck Zimmerman

Before this year’s Potato Expo ended I got to visit with Brian Rund, Nufarm, to get an overview of some of the projects and products that the company has been working on. The picture has the team that was attending the event with Brian in the middle. To start with, Brian says that Nufarm offers a full set of solutions …

Audio, Nufarm, Potato

2016 was Transition Year for @PotatoesUSA

Cindy Zimmerman

The Potato Board became Potatoes USA in 2016, making it a pivotal year for the industry, according to president and CEO Blair Richardson. “2016 was a year of transition,” said Richardson at the 2017 Potato Expo in San Francisco this week. “We spent the time revamping all of our programs and rebuilding our organizational structure to fit those strategic objectives.” …


Second Spud Nation Contest Goes International

Cindy Zimmerman

The second annual Spud Nation Throwdown cooking contest was held at the 2017 Potato Expo this week, featuring international chefs preparing dishes made with potatoes from the United States. The winner of the $2500 Top Spud prize was Ian Kittichai of Thailand who prepared Beef Massaman Curry. “It’s our first dish in Thailand that we used potatoes,” said Kittichai of …

Audio, Potato

Welcome to #PotatoExpo from @NufarmUS

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2017 Potato Expo is underway in San Francisco with more than 180 exhibitors at the trade show with the latest products and technology for the potato industry. Nufarm seed treatment specialist Evan Carlisle says they are showcasing four products at the show this year. “We have three fungicides and one insecticide for seed treatments for potatoes,” said Carlisle. “I …

Audio, Fungicide, Nufarm, Potato

It’s #PotatoExpo Time

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s still very early in the new year but it’s already time for the annual Potato Expo, which takes place this week in San Francisco, CA. I’ll be back on the agriblogging highway and on location by Wednesday evening to be your eyes and ears at the expo, thanks once again to our friends with Nufarm. Unite with others at …

Nufarm, Potato

Potatoes USA Inspires International Chefs

Lizzy Schultz

Potatoes USA brought 21 chefs from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines on a reverse trade mission (RTM) to the U.S. to learn about U.S. potatoes and products, as well as new and creative ways to put them on menus back home. The RTM began with potato training in …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, Education, Food, International, Potato

National Potato Promotion Board Makes Big Updates

Kelly Marshall

The United States Potato Board is no more.  Instead the board has chosen Potatoes USA as their new business name. This new update comes as a result of a recently created mission and strategic plan to “strengthen demeaned for U.S. potatoes.”  The organization promotes potatoes in all their forms and hopes to make potatoes exciting!  Their new goals include making …

Ag Groups, Potato

#SpudNation Food Truck Chefs

Chuck Zimmerman

Bettie the Spud Nation Food Truck was unveiled in dramatic fashion last week at the 2016 Potato Expo, but while Bettie is pretty and shiny, what makes her really special is the unique potato recipes that she will be offering for spud lovers. That’s where United States Potato Board (USPB) Executive Chef Travis Howard and Chef Derek Johnson come in. …

Food, Potato, Video