Congratulations, Show Manager Melanie Wickham: 2018 Spudwoman of the Year!


When Melanie Wickham steps away from Empire Potato Growers she will have served as the group’s leader for 33 years. She’ll also have dozens of successes and hard-won victories to look back upon.

Those include a trade show that has more than doubled in size, a vibrant research fund to help growers and a trailer. Yes, a trailer. A trailer that houses a USDA Agricultural Research Service lab and represents a goal that Wickham has been working toward for over a decade.

“I vowed I would not leave till I got this one,” she said.

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