Potato Grower

February 2017

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WWW.POTATOGROWER.COM 23 "We had no intention of ever actually farming," says SunRain business manager Aron Derbidge. "But as we went farther and farther down the road, we realized we needed to have involvement with second- step seed growers. We had to have our own seed operation." Once the realization set in that developing a market for their varieties would require actually being in the seed-growing business, SunRain management set to work looking for a suitable location for a seed farm. They looked at farm ground everywhere from northern Idaho to the Columbia Basin, Montana and even southern Utah. It took about two years, but as fortune would have it, an affordable piece of ground became available in Driggs, Idaho, about 75 miles northeast of SunRain's offices, tissue culture lab and greenhouses. The company purchased about 1,600 acres and began growing their own seed. About 400 acres of SunRain lab technicians meticulously care for tissue culture in the earliest stages of the company's seed potato production

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