National Potato Council’s 2017 Summer Meeting

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

Brooke Eden to Perform at the 2017 San Luis Valley Potato Festival

Country music artist Brooke Eden will be playing this year’s San Luis Valley Potato Festival on Saturday, September 9.  This year’s Potato Festival promises to be bigger than ever, with the concert moving to Ski Hi Park Arena for the first time! Even ahead of its official release to country radio, Brooke Eden’s heart-bending torpedo “Act Like You Don’t,” immediately sparked rabid response among media and fans. Co-written by the RED BOW Records act, the punchy stand-out track, heralded as “powerful” by The Huffington Post, earned placement on NBC’s TODAY... Read More

Colorado Potatoes Power Ride the Rockies! 

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

Diaz Travels to Cuba to Represent Colorado Potatoes

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

2017 Doug Monter Scholarship Recipient

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

2017 Colorado Potato Video Contest Winners!

We are proud to announce the winners of our 2017 Colorado Potato Video Contest! Congratulations to our two winners and thank you to all the schools who participated in this year’s contest!  We received a large amount of entries, and determining the winners was very difficult. Elementary School Winner! Stacy Libal’s 5th Grade Class from Mary Blair Elementary in Loveland, CO Middle/High School Winner! Stephanie Gillen’s 7th Grade Class from Elbert Elementary School in Elbert, CO

Quick and Healthy Baked Potato Pizzas

Quick and Healthy Baked Potato Pizzas The flavor delicious pizzas, but with baked potatoes! Doesn’t get any better than this! Serves 4 Ingredients 4 (5-to 6-oz.) Russet potatoes, scrubbed 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt 4 teaspoons healthy buttery spread 1/2 teaspoon garlic or seasoned salt Snipped fresh chives or green onion tops (optional) 16 slices turkey pepperoni 1/4 cup warm pasta sauce 1/4 cup Italian blend shredded cheese 1 Tablespoon minced green pepper 1 Tablespoon sliced green onion Directions Cut a wedge out of each potato about 1/8-inch wide and 1-inch deep... Read More

Colorado Potatoes at the 2017 Ag Day at the Capitol

Ag Day at the Capitol Each year, Colorado celebrates the agricultural industry at the Capitol.  On Wednesday, March 22, growers, chefs, state officials and more from around the state gathered to celebrate Colorado-grown food.  Ag Day at the Capitol recognizes Colorado’s agricultural industry and all it does for our state, including feeding Colorado’s population, its stewardship of our resources, and its economic impact. ACF Colorado Chefs Association ED with CCA Chefs Joan Brewster, Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and Ag Day Chair David Collie all spoke about the... Read More

2017 Potatoes USA Annual Meeting

Representing Colorado in the Mile High City Potatoes USA’s Annual Meeting was held at the Denver Marriott City Center from March 13 to the 16.  Colorado was well represented with both staff from Colorado Potatoes and Colorado potato growers.  David Tonso, Segundo Diaz, Sheldon Rockey and Brian Meisner are all board members of Potatoes USA and grow potatoes in Colorado.  All four were in attendance at the Annual Meeting along with Colorado Potatoes staff members Jim Ehrlich, Linda Weyers and Savannah Schlaufman. Colorado Leading the Way One new Colorado Representative, Sheldon Rockey,... Read More