About the Consortium
The Consortium is a cooperation of the Idaho, Oregon, and Washington State Potato Commissions, fully funded by the Northwest potato growers. The mission of the Consortium is to support the Northwest potato industry by funding and supporting high-quality research aimed at solving problems and advancing the potato enterprise regionally. It will also work toward a comprehensive research results reporting process that aims to get useful information to the growers and industry members who need it. The Northwest Potato Research Consortium has one staff, Andy Jensen, as Manager, who is essentially a shared employee of the three potato commissions. He is directed by a Consortium board of nine members, three persons representing each commission.
The winter of 2019-20 was the seventh fully integrated and cooperative research review and funding cycle that the three potato commissions have undertaken. The great majority of the research and extension dollars available in each commission for the coming fiscal year was allocated through this cooperation. Proposals were received in December of 2019 from throughout the Northwest potato research community. These were then reviewed during a two-day meeting in Boise, Idaho. Using rankings and comments from industry reviewers at that meeting, the Consortium board built a set of funding recommendations for approval by the commissions.
Breeding / Variety Development
The objective of the Tri-State Potato Research and Breeding Program is to develop new potato varieties for the Pacific Northwest with enhanced attributes relative to varieties currently available to the industry.
The Tri-State Potato Research and Breeding Program is a cooperative, regional collaboration of the USDA/ARS of Idaho and Washington, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, Washington State University and the potato commissions of the three states.