Potato Grower

Potato Grower Annual 2015

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www.potatogrower.com 9 future would've held, but this is what I wanted." If he had done something different, the Coombs property may never have had a potato grown on it. Beef cattle had been the backbone of the operation since Dean had settle in the area in 1950. Around the time of Dean's death in 1984, the decision was made to transition to row crops, primarily wheat and corn. Then, in 1989, Mark was visiting with his close friend Mike Wagner, who farmed just a few miles away. Neither had ever grown potatoes, but the crop was booming in western Idaho, and the two neighbors decided they could each make a go of it. "We just said, 'If these other guys can do it, so can we,'" recalls Coombs. "Mike and I have been in it together since we started growing potatoes. We've helped each other a lot, and he's become a very good friend to me." In the mid-'90s, Mark's oldest brother Brent returned to the farm and has played an integral role in pushing the family's success in the potato industry. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Kyle Coombs (right) represents the third generation of Coombses to farm the original farm in Middleton. NO JOB TOO SMALL Coombs does every job on the farm, from picking clods to driving truck to securing contracts.

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