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We are excited to work with so many wonderful partners for this project! 

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Technical Advisory Committee

Nick David, RD Offutt Company

Twain Butler, Noble Research Institute

Jeremy Singer, J. R Simplot Company

Patrick O’Neill, Soil Health Services, PBC

Gerhard Bester, Frito-Lay, Inc.

Andy Jensen, Northwest Potato Research Consortium

A.J. Bussan, Wysocki Produce Farm

John Nordgaard, Black Gold Farms

Leigh Morrow, McCain Foods Limited

Ray Hammerschmidt, Michigan State University

Industry Advisory Committee

Heath Gimmested, Grower, Washington State

Greg Harris, RD Offutt Company

Karl Ritchie, Walther Farms

Jim Ehrlich, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee

Chris Voigt, Washington State Potato Commission

Patrick Kole, Idaho Potato Commission

Mike Wenkel, Michigan Potato Industry Commission

Bret Nedrow, J. R. Simplot Company

Jolyn Rasmuseen, J. R. Simplot Company

Troy Grimes, Lamb Weston

Chandler Dolezal, Lamb Weston

Project Director (PD)

Carl Rosen, Department Head and Professor, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota

Co-Project Directors (Co-PDs) for each objective

Objective 1. Enhance potato health, productivity, and quality via management-based optimization of soil microbiomes and physicochemical characteristics. Linda Kinkel, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota

Objective 2. Determine on-farm soil health-based indicators associated with potato crop health, yield and quality. Noah Rosenzweig, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University

Objective 3. Identify the incentives, impediments, and determinants of adopting practices and technologies that encourage practices to improve soil health in potato production. Christopher McIntosh, Department Head and Professor, Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology University of Idaho

Objective 4. Facilitate adoption of soil health best management practice systems by the potato industry. Matthew Ruark, Associate Professor, Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs)

Courtney Jahn, Assistant Professor, Bioagricultural Science & Pest Management, Colorado State University

Jane Stewart, Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Bioagricultural Science & Pest Management, Colorado State University

Kurt Steinke, Associate Professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University

Lisa Tiemann, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Michigan State University

Kate Binzen Fuller, Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist, Extension Economics, Montana State University

Julie Pasche, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, North Dakota State University

Andy Robinson, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Science, North Dakota State University

Kenneth Frost, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology & Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Oregon State University

Amber Moore, Assistant Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Science, Oregon State University

Bryn Evin, Postdoctoral Extension Specialist, Department of Crop and Soil Science, Oregon State University

Brenda K. Schroeder, Associate Research Professor, Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology, University of Idaho

Mike Thornton, Parma Chair and Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, Southwest Idaho Research & Extension Center, University of Idaho

Alex Maas, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, University of Idaho

Jay Hao, Associate Professor, School of Food and Agriculture, University of Maine

Richard Lankau, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Ann MacGuidwin, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Michelle Marks, Postdoctoral Extension Specialist, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Cynthia Gleason, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University

 

 

Collaborators

Robert Larkin, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS, New England Plant, Soil, and Water Lab, University of Maine

Robert Heinse, Associate Professor & Interim Director of Water Resources, University of Idaho

Ashlee Westerhold, Extension Area Economist, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, University of Idaho

Amanda Gevens, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin - Madison