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Dr. Creighton Miller recognized by the Potato Association of America
College Station, Texas
October 9, 2003

Dr. Creighton Miller, plant breeder and professor in the horticultural sciences department at Texas A&M University, recently was recognized as an Honorary Life Member of the Potato Association of America the highest honor bestowed by that organization.

The ceremony took place at the association's 87th annual meeting in Spokane, Wash., attended by participants from 14 countries. The association promotes and disseminates scientific information on all phases of the potato industry through annual meetings and publication of the American Journal of Potato Research.

Miller was recognized for his research contributions to the U.S. potato industry and the association for which he has served in many leadership capacities including president. During his career, he has developed or co-developed 11 new potato varieties, several of which are grown in Texas and throughout the western United States.

Yields of the 2002 Texas summer potato crop averaged 400 hundredweight per acre, the highest summer crop yield in the nation. This compares to less than 200 hundredweight per acre in the mid-1970's when Miller initiated the Texas Potato Variety Development Program at the Texas A&M University Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Lubbock.

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