There is less than a month left to submit nominations for the Potato Man of the Year award, which recognizes someone who has made exceptional contributions to the U.S. potato industry.

Nominations for the award — and for the Potato Man for all Seasons lifetime achievement award — must received by Dec. 1.

Winners are scheduled to be announced Jan. 7 at the National Potato Council’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

The Grower magazine and its sister publication, The Packer, work in conjunction with the National Potato Council to present the award.

Nomination forms are available on The Grower’s website. Depending on the types of nominations received, one or both awards may be given, said Vicky Boyd, editor of The Grower.

Nominations can be faxed to 209-571-0419. Mailed nominations should be sent to: Vicky Boyd, 1101 Princess Court, Modesto, Calif., 95350.

Time running out for potato award nominationsThe 2010 the Potato Man of the Year award went to Chris Voigt.

Voigt, executive director of the Moses Lake-based Washington State Potato Commission, went on a 60-day potato-only diet to protest the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s omission of potatoes from the Women, Infants and Children.

A lifetime achievement award was not presented for 2010.