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Robinson Honored with Spudman Emerging Leader Award

The North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota Potato Extension Agronomist Andy Robinson received the Emerging Leader Award from the National Potato Council in January. The award is presented to individuals under the age of 35 who promote the potato industry and exhibit leadership and community involvement. Robinson has held the joint agronomist position at NDSU and the U of M since 2012.
Robinson Honored with Spudman Emerging Leader Award

Andy Robinson (left) receiving the Spudman Emerging Leader Award

During the National Potato Council’s annual meeting in January, Andy Robinson received the third annual Spudman Emerging Leader Award. The award is sponsored by Bayer CropScience, which issued a statement saying, “We are honored to work alongside the leaders of tomorrow in the potato industry, helping to create new technologies and tools that will shape the future of our industry.” The 2014 NPC annual meeting was held in Orlando, FL January 9-10.

The award presented to Robinson is given to individuals under the age of 35 who are innovative, creative, possess strong leadership qualities, are involved in community and industry activities and have a local and global perspective. Nominations are submitted by growers, shippers, researchers, marketers or any leader in the potato industry.

Robinson has worked as the potato Extension agronomist in a joint position for North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota since 2012. The focus of his work and research is finding solutions for real life problems faced by potato growers in both Minnesota and North Dakota. He conducts research that addresses disease problems such as late and early blight, the effects of row spacing, nutrient management and herbicide exposure. He also plans field days and winter meetings and develops educational materials in written and digital formats. He maintains a potato research Twitter account (@spudology), Facebook page (NDSU & U of M Potato Extension) and website (NDSU Potato Extension).

Robinson says that he was excited to join the agricultural research world after many years of studying to receive his Ph.D. He states that “it is good to be surrounded by good colleagues and potato growers” and credits those he works with for helping him in his work. "I couldn’t do it by myself,” he said

Robinson also heads the planning committee for the 2017 Potato Association of America Annual Convention, which will be held in Fargo in July 2017. The PAA Annual Convention was last held in Fargo in 1998 and will bring in more than 300 national and international potato researchers and industry stakeholders.

Source: Andrew Robinson (, 701-231-8732)
Author: Karen Hertsgaard (, 701-231-5384)

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