Milt Carter is The Packer’s 2021 Potato Man for All Seasons. Carter, chairman of CSS Farms, Watertown, S.D., was informed of the award in a March 8 video call with The Packer’s editor Tom Karst. Karst praised Carter for his leadership, passion and innovation in the potato industry.
With partner Randy Spevak, Carter began CSS Farms in 1986, and produced the company’s first crop of russet potatoes for a nearby french fry plant. CSS Farms soon expanded into chip potato production with farms in Nebraska and Texas. CSS Farms now has a footprint that includes 350 full-time employees in 19 farm operations in 11 states.
Russell Wysocki, CEO of Wysocki Family of Cos./RPE Inc., Bancroft, Wis., said in a nominating letter that Carter has led CSS Farms to be one of the most progressive and proactive potato producers in the industry. Besides his big role in chip and seed potatoes, Carter clearly recognized trends in fresh market potatoes, Wysocki said.
Carter’s contribution to the industry includes leadership in helping to combat the Zebra chip disease, with allies praising his development of best agronomic management practices for psyllid and Zebra chip control.
Carter expressed gratitude for the honor and the people he works with. “I’m speechless. I truly appreciate the honor,” he said. Reflecting on his career, he said it really hasn’t been work. “I have kind of moved toward retirement, but this is my life and this is what I enjoy doing.”
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