Andy Diercks

Andy Diercks has a passion for potatoes. A fourth-generation potato grower, Diercks operates Coloma Farms, Inc. with his father Steve. Together they grow 2,700 acres of potatoes and grain. On the farm, he uses his engineering acumen to manage the farm’s mechanical and technological challenges. “My passion is problem solving that attempts to make everybody else’s job easier or more efficient,” he says. Diercks also is active in industry leadership. He serves as a director on the United States Potato Board and is a past president of the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association. As a member of that organization he is working with CALS faculty and other partners on the Central Sands Water Initiative, a project that seeks to shed light on causes and solutions for water shortages in that area. He also chairs the citizen board for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.