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in the Tri-State Potato Research and
Debons also oversaw all aspects of
corporate management at PVMI, which
helps promote and market new varieties
spawned from the program, including
the management of the website.
" More than just collecting money and
giving it back to the universities, it was an
information hub, " Debons said. " Not only
does it give you information about the
varieties, it also takes the information from
all the seed growers, so people can source
their seed there or see who's growing
what or get in touch with other people. "
Debons recalled a conversation with a
grower in Oregon who was on his tractor,
planting crops and unable to remember
how much nitrogen to apply. She quickly
found the answer to his question so he
could continue working in the field.
" The fantastic thing about Jeanne
is that she meets people exceptionally
well, " said Jeff Harper, an Idaho potato
grower and longtime PVMI board
member. " She's very positive, and
she knew the importance of making
personal contact with everybody she did
business with. This could all be done
on the internet with a credit card, but
that personal contact - that's what gets
your collections done, not a sales pitch.
" I don't know a seed grower that
doesn't know Jeanne Debons, and that
was just crucial in her job. "
" She's very analytical. If it made
sense to her, she did it. She used
her board and she listened to
them and she didn't try to take
on every Goliath by herself. ... No mountain's too
tall, and everything's doable, given enough time. "
- Jeff Harper, Idaho potato grower and PVMI board member
After learning the finer points of
potatoes at OSU, Debons left the
country for a marketing job in London.
During her time overseas, she earned a
diploma in botanical illustration from
the English Gardening School.
" I've always liked plants and I
tried to do art, " said Debons, who
first began drawing plants during an
undergraduate botanical identification
course. Intending to eventually return
to the Pacific Northwest, she hoped to
put her artistic skills to use there.
Congratulations Jeanne Debons!
The Potato Variety
is proud to announce
Jeanne Debons as the 2023
Spudwoman of the Year!
World class potatoes with hometown service
Spudman May/June 2023
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spudman May/June 2023
Table of Contents
Connecting the dots
Potatoes USA: Where do chips and fries fit?
National Potato Council: Setting sights on Japan
Idaho Potato Commission: Positive impacts
Potato Sustainability Alliance: Water stewardship
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Editor's Letter
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Table of Contents
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Heartland farms
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Growing uncertainty
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Connecting the dots
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Spudman May/June 2023 - Potatoes USA: Where do chips and fries fit?
Spudman May/June 2023 - National Potato Council: Setting sights on Japan
Spudman May/June 2023 - Idaho Potato Commission: Positive impacts
Spudman May/June 2023 - Potato Sustainability Alliance: Water stewardship
Spudman May/June 2023 - Advertiser Index
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