Nominations are being accepted for a couple of potato industry awards.

During the National Potato Council’s awards banquet on Jan. 3, The Packer newspaper and The Grower magazine plan to award the Potato Man of the Year and Potato Man for All Seasons awards.

Potato industry seeks award nominations

Dave Smith, former president of the Idaho Grower Shippers Association, received The Packer and The Grower magazine’s Potato Man for All Seasons award in January 2009.

The Potato Man of the Year award honors achievements made during 2009, while the Potato Man for All Seasons honors a person who has dedicated his or her life to the U.S. potato industry.

The Grower editor Vicky Boyd will present the awards during the council’s meetings, which precede Potato Expo 2010, scheduled for Jan. 4-6 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Fla.

The award nomination form can be downloaded from The Grower’s Web site,

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1.