January 2018

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Spudman • January 2018 51 Andrew Houser has served as the manager of the Colorado Potato Seed Certification Service for two years. In that capacity he has helped Spudman by compiling the yearly seed potato acreage report used in our recent seed issue. Prior to his current role, he held several different job positions for Colorado State University (CSU) beginning in 2000. These included research associate for the potato p a t h o l o g i s t a n d p h y s i o l o g i s t , potato certification field inspector, assistant manager of the potato certification service and interim potato pathologist. He has been working with potato disease issues at the San Luis Valley Research Center Research Center for 13 years. While working as a research a s s o c i a t e , H o u s e r e a r n e d h i s master's degree working on powdery scab and is currently working toward a Ph.D. looking at management of blackleg and tuber soft rot. Houser is married to his wife Lori Houser and has two boys, Tanner and Josiah. Q&A WITH Andrew Houser 1 What are the best words of advice you' ve received? When I first became the manager of seed certification, one of our seed growers told me that to be a successful manager, I should have open communication with our growers and the local industry. I feel like this was good advice and has helped me in my current position. 2 What are your goals for the nex t 1 2 months? I actually have several goals. One is to finish my Ph.D. Also, my wife and I just purchased a house that is a fixer-upper, and I'm hoping to be able to move in within the next year. We just hired two new staff members, Sarah Noller and Jeff Shawcroft. My goal is to get them up to speed on local and national potato issues within the next year. 3 What job or work would you have pur sued if you had not become involved in the potato industry? At one time, I had considered becoming a biologist for the National Forest Service. 4 What do you do to relax? I like to hunt, fish and go hiking. I also like to watch movies and hang out with my wife and boys and work on the new house. 5 What would you like to be your lasting legacy? I would like my legacy to be that I treated growers and staff fairly, was a good communicator and that PVY was managed effectively in Colorado during my tenure. 6 What are top things on your life list/must-do list? I would like to do some mission work involving agriculture and to visit Israel. 7 What is the one truth you have learned about the potato industry? Quality is key! Spudman7 KNOW SOMEONE WHO SHOULD BE FEATURED? Email Scott Stuntz at [email protected] or call 616-520-2158

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