Richard Pavelski (right) congratulates Gregg Halverson on his Potato Man of All Seasons Award, presented Jan. 10 in San Antonio.
Richard Pavelski (right) congratulates Gregg Halverson on his Potato Man of All Seasons Award, presented Jan. 10 in San Antonio.

Strong potato industry advocates and leaders are sought for the Potato Man of the Year or Potato Man for All Seasons.

The awards are sponsored by TheGrower.com and The Packer in conjunction with the National Potato Council.

The recipient will be announced at the NPC’s annual award banquet, Jan. 9, 2015, in Orlando.

The Potato Man of the Year award recognizes somebody who has gone above and beyond the call of duty during 2014 further the potato industry.

This may have been somebody who spent countless hours representing the industry on trade missions or in front of regulatory agencies. Or it may be somebody who devoted a significant amount of time promoting the virtues of potatoes to consumers.

Past winners include Chris Voigt of the Washington State Potato Commission and Justin Dagen, former NPC president.

The Potato Man for All Seasons is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes someone who has spent his or her life bettering the potato industry.

Past recipients include Ben Kudwa, retired director of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, and Gregg Halverson, president and chief executive officer of Black Gold Farms, who has been a strong supporter of potato-related research and education.

Download a nomination form by clicking here. You may use two additional sheets of paper to describe why your nominee is deserving. The deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 1.

Email them to Vicky Boyd, editor of TheGrower.com.