Idaho Potato Commission Celebrates Grand Opening of Seed Potato Germplasm Laboratory at the University of Idaho


Brett Jensen, Chairman, Idaho Potato Commission cuts the ribbon during the grand opening ceremony of the Seed Potato Germplasm Laboratory at the University of Idaho’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Pictured left to right: Michael Parrella, Dean, University of Idaho College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Jamey Higham, President & CEO, Idaho Potato Commission, Doug Robinson, President, Northwest Farm Credit Services; and Scott Green, President, University of Idaho.


April 1, 2022 Eagle, Idaho – Earlier this week the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the University of Idaho’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to officially recognize the opening of the new Seed Potato Germplasm Laboratory. The state-of-the-art facility is critical to maintaining the quality of one of Idaho’s most important agricultural commodities, the potato.

The $5.3 million laboratory, which was funded by the IPC and several other contributors, was built to address greater demand for disease-free plantlets and mini-tubers than current capacity allows, ultimately benefitting the entire industry:

“The Idaho Potato Commission’s investment in the Seed Potato Germplasm Laboratory is critical to the future of the Idaho potato,” explained Jamey Higham, President and CEO, IPC. “We’ve got the smartest minds in agriculture, devoting one hundred percent of their time studying the potato and researching ways to improve yield, develop new varieties and identify ways to protect the potato from known and unknown pathogens.” 

Idaho potatoes are the only worldwide known potato brand. In 2021, Idaho growers harvested over 314,000 acres of Famous Potatoes, representing over one-third of all potatoes grown in the U.S. It's estimated that the Idaho Potato Industry, including the processors, growers, fresh pack shippers and support industry generate approximately $5 billion in revenue. Potatoes are an integral part of Idaho's economy. Not only it is critical to increase demand for Idaho potatoes, it’s equally important to maintain high-quality standards.

The IPC hosted its March Commission in Moscow, Idaho. In attendance were:

Grower Commissioners

Fresh Pack Shippers Commissioners

Processor Commissioners

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 growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain-fed irrigation and rich volcanic soil, give Idaho potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance. These ideal growing conditions are what differentiate Idaho potatoes from potatoes grown in other states. For more information, visit