A Long Standing Tradition On November 4, the 71st annual Spud Bowl was held at at Adams State University. The tradition began in 1946 when potato farmers in the San Luis Valley would donate potatoes to the University that would be converted into cash to supplement the athletic program. Spud Bowl continues to be a highlight of the football season to this day. Each year, Adams State University and the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee partner to award scholarships and crown a Spud Bowl Queen. Spud Bowl Candidates Each school in... Read More
Winning Schools in Elbert and Loveland Receive Salad Bars Recently, two more salad bars were donated by the Colorado potato industry as part of their prize for winning the 2017 Colorado Potatoes Video Contest. Potatoes USA matched each donation, resulting in four salad bar donations total. The schools who received the salad bars were Elbert School in Elbert, CO and Mary Blair Elementary, Centennial Elementary and B. F. Kitchen Elementary in Loveland, CO. Stacy Libal’s 5th grade class from Mary Blair Elementary won the Elementary school division and Stephanie Gillen’s... Read More
Reaping in Taters Potato harvest is a huge undertaking for San Luis Valley potato growers, and this year’s harvest is coming to a close. It is the final step in a month long work tending to potato plants. Potato Storage Potatoes take around 2-3 months to grow depending on the variety. Potato harvest in the San Luis Valley typically occurs in September and October. These potatoes are then stored for future use, so you can enjoy Colorado Potatoes all year long!
Another Potato Festival in the Books! Colorado Potatoes hosted the 10th Annual San Luis Valley Potato Festival in Monte Vista on September 9th. The Potato Festival is a long tradition in the San Luis Valley that is put on by Colorado Potatoes to celebrate the Colorado potato harvest. Saturday kicked off with the Tater Trot Fun Run 5K. The Tater Trot is held each year by the Monte Vista Recreation Department. Runners faced potato-themed obstacles like the potato-sack-hop and mashed potato army crawl. After carrying a five pound bag of... Read More
The 2018 Colorado Potatoes Video Contest Entrants will submit a video that addresses the following prompt: Potatoes Power Performance! How do Colorado Potatoes power your performance? Videos must be sent to Colorado Potatoes by March 1, 2018. Videos may be sent as an attachment [email protected] A You Tube, Vimeo or Drop Box URL can also be sent to [email protected] or via the form above. Videos may be sent as an attachment in the following forms: MPEG-4, mp4, .mov or m4v. Please indicate if your class is in the Elementary... Read More
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The National Potato Council held their annual Summer Meeting in Denver, CO from June 28 to the 30. Potato industry leaders from around the nation came to the Brown Palace to discuss the policies that impact the United States potato industry. Attendees traveled to beautiful Colorado because Dwayne Weyers, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee member and co-owner of Aspen Produce, is the current President of the National Potato council. The Summer Meeting is open to all growers and industry leaders eager to advance the potato industry’s most pressing policy debates. Attendees... Read More
Each year, 2,000 cyclists from around the country and the world travel to beautiful Colorado to participate in Ride the Rockies. For their 32nd year, Ride the Rockies started right in the heart of the San Luis Valley, in Alamosa, CO! It is tradition for Colorado Potatoes to participate in Ride the Rockies when their route passes through the San Luis Valley, where we grow our potatoes. This was the seventh year that riders were treated to a delicious (and free!) Colorado potato along their route. After 58 miles of... Read More
On March 27, Segundo Diaz took a break from his farm in Colorado to travel to Cuba. Diaz joined 15 other members of the U.S. potato industry on an informational exchange mission to Cuba. The trip began in Havanna, and lasted for five days. The purpose of this visit was to explore the potential for U.S. potatoes in Cuba, specifically potato seed. They met with officials from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Commercial Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture. The group was met with “a lot of respect and friendship,” according... Read More
Wyatt Clark-Sargent High School The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee is proud to announce that our 2017 Doug Monter Scholarship recipient is Wyatt Clark from Sargent High School! Wyatt is an active participant in 4-H and in Sargent’s FFA chapter, student government and Knowledge Bowl team. Wyatt has won numerous 4-H awards, and has competed at the National level in FFA, and has even competed at the International Envirothon! Wyatt plans on pursing a degree in Agricultural Engineering, then returning to the San Luis Valley to work in the agricultural industry. Wyatt is a outstanding student, and... Read More