Idaho’s First Lady, Mrs. Lori Otter, and the Idaho Potato Commission Launch Educational Program for Elementary School Children

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“Smashed Spuddy Buddy” Offers Families an Opportunity to Win a $100 U.S. Savings Bond

EAGLE, Idaho, January 8, 2013 — As the Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC) 75th Anniversary year comes to a close, the IPC has partnered with Idaho’s First Lady, Lori Otter, to launch “Smashed Spuddy Buddy,” an educational and interactive program designed to help teach kids about the nutritional benefits of Idaho® potatoes. For a limited time parents will have an opportunity to win one of 75 $100 U.S. Savings Bonds.

Smashed Spuddy Buddy

“It’s a real treat for me to be able to work with the Idaho Potato Commission on a program that promotes one of our state’s top agricultural products, teaches young kids about nutrition and can financially help families,” Mrs. Lori Otter said. “In Idaho, we are very proud of the potato industry and wish the Idaho Potato Commission many years of continued success.”

Parents and/or teachers of students in grades 1-3 who would like to participate in the program can visit the “Just for Kids” section at Once on the page, click on the Smashed Spuddy Buddy program where an educational video, “How a Potato Grows,” can be downloaded as well as a black-and-white drawing of Spuddy Buddy, the IPC’s mascot.

Kids are encouraged to color Spuddy Buddy and with the help of a parent, take a photo of him somewhere in their home, community, church or anywhere in the world! Parents who upload the photo to the contest site before June 30, 2013 will automatically be entered into a sweepstakes to win one of 75 $100 U.S. Saving Bonds. For sweepstakes details, please visit

About the Idaho Potato Commission
Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho®” seal, a federally registered trademark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho's ideal growing conditions, including rich, volcanic soil, climate and irrigation differentiate Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states.

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