Potato Grower

Potato Annual 2018

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In fact, Telford suggests the best way to compose an article about his family's farm would be to simply ask around the Idaho potato industry about people's relationships with him. He has sold seed across the state for a lot of years, and there probably aren't many in the industry who haven't done at least some work with him. "I don't know what you'll find out," he says, "but I'd just as soon have some unvarnished honesty." Alas, deadlines for growers and writers alike made all that legwork a little too much. But Telford is probably right; taking a straw poll would make for a fun story. And though he is a well-informed grower and a savvy businessman, the fun of it all is why Mike Telford is still at it. At 71, Telford shows no signs of slowing down or wanting to step away from the farm. "If you had all the money in the world and could retire and do anything you wanted to do, what would you do?" he asks rhetorically. "My answer would be: exactly what I'm doing." He lets loose with that grin and exuberant laugh again. "I just wanted to own a piece of the rock and have a legacy and pass it on." Bob Telford operates the potato harvester in early October. Mike and Mark Telford discuss the progress of seed potato harvest at their Arco farm. WWW.POTATOGROWER.COM 13

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