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Potato industry leaders gather in Stevens Point Submitted: 02/06/2014
Story By Stephanie Fuerte


STEVENS POINT - Wisconsin grows a lot of potatoes. Only two states, Idaho and Washington, grow
more.

The top people in the industry met this week in Stevens Point to get up to date
on how to put the state's spuds on everyone's dinner table.

"We run the gamut in being number three in the nation in potato production. It's
pretty important here," says Ron Krueger. Krueger manages Felix
Zeloski Farm in Eagle River.

He's one of hundreds from around the state attending the 2014 Grower Education
Conference.

The event isn't just for potato growers. A group of researchers also gave
presentations at the event on potato genomics.

"We have several different variety discussions on what type of consumer
preferences are and the direction that's going, and then what direction are
our new varieties are going," says Executive Director of Wisconsin Potato &
Vegetable Growers Associate Duane Maatz. "Are we trying to match things
up for a better potato chip or a better French fry or a better table potato."

Leaders say a good understanding of consumer needs is what makes Wisconsin one
of the top potato producers in the country.




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