Farm and Ranch March 6, 2009 The Washington State Potato Commission recently held its research review, which is the final meeting of planning for research for the coming season. Andy Jensen is the Potato Commissionâ€™s Director of Research.
Jensen: â€œBasically what it is, is all the scientists that work on potatoes and have been, are going to be funded by our commission, come to present their ideas and results. Then we have a group of industry people who rank the proposals in terms of how important they think they are.â€?
The commissionâ€™s research committee makes funding recommendations to the full commission, which will consider the research budget at a meeting later this month. Last year the Potato Commission funded over 700-thousand dollars in research.
One thing that stands out for Jensen from this yearâ€™s research review was the attendance.
Jensen: â€œOne of the things I was pleased with by the meeting was we had a large turnout of interested potato industry people who were not there because they had to be. They werenâ€˜t there to score the proposals. They were there to learn about our Potato Commission research. That was the main thing that was exciting to me.â€?
Thatâ€™s something Jensen has been working on.
Jensen: â€œI have tried for three or four years to encourage growers and industry people to attend because it is the main way they can learn everything about our research program, and this is the first year we have had real good attendance.â€?
Thatâ€™s the Northwest Farm and Ranch Report. Brought to you in part by the Washington State Potato Commission. Nutrition today! Good health tomorrow! Iâ€™m Bob Hoff on the Northwest Ag Information Network.