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Jeff Endelman receives potato industry award

Jeff Endelman, an assistant professor in the UW-Madison Department of Horticulture, recently received the Researcher of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA).

Jeff Endelman receiving the WPVGA award.

According to the WPVGA announcement, Endelman was recognized for his “research and extension program…to produce improved potato varieties. In recent years, Jeff’s research has helped Wisconsin release several outstanding varieties including Red Endeavor, Oneida Gold and Hodag. Jeff has also been instrumental in making improvements to the Rhinelander Agricultural Research Station as well as the SpudPro commercialization program.”

Endelman was honored at the annual WPVGA industry awards banquet ceremony Feb. 8 in Stevens Point.

The award announcement also highlighted Endelman’s “emphasis on potato breeding and genetics. He brings a unique set of skills and experiences to his position, including two sets of advanced degrees. First, he earned degrees in physics and bioengineering. Then, after participating in a Community Supported Agriculture program, he fell in love with farming and completed two year-long apprenticeships on small farms in California.”