Entries by Eric Woolson

Cooking Up Opportunities

Eric Woolson writes in the May/June issue of Potato Country magazine that shifting consumer trends and various forces pressuring restaurant profit margins present potato growers and processors with opportunities to work more closely with important allies to increase product demand. Read the full article.

FAST Act Delivers for Pupil Transportation

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act signed into law in December covers a broad range of infrastructure funding needs and sets policy for the auto, trucking, busing and rail industries, but it also addresses the specific priorities of the pupil transportation sector, according to a range of experts interviewed by Eric Woolson for the […]

Deep Roots: Long-term relationships with growers, buyers are a key to success for The Onion House in south Texas

When it comes to explaining why Don Ed Holmes and his Weslaco, Texas onion packing and marketing business is so successful, one of the Midwest’s most-established distributors of fruits and vegetables has a simple answer. “Don Ed runs a good operation. He’s good with his farmers and good with his customers,” explained Joe Comito, Chairman […]

True Impact of ESSA on Transportation Likely to Take Time

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was well received as a successor to the unpopular No Child Left Behind Act but it hasn’t made much of a splash in the pupil transportation arena, professionals on opposite coasts agree. Eric Woolson provides details in his latest story for School Transportation News in its April issue.

The Long and the Short of the Columbia Basin’s Water Future

The effects of long-term climate changes, the issue of aging irrigation infrastructure and competing demands for water in the Pacific Northwest were topics of a summit organized by the Washington State Potato Commission to devise a strategic plan for the industry. Read Eric Woolson’s latest article in the March/April issue of Potato Country magazine.

Video has Drivers’ Backs

Eric Woolson writes in “Video has Drivers’ Backs” the March issue of School Transportation News magazine: “Once considered a means to modify student behavior, at best, or capture proof of unruly conduct, onboard video systems are delivering a gold mine of data. Still, as more school districts and transportation contractors have employed video systems in […]

Spanning the Gap Between Growers and Markets

Getting U.S. potatoes onto the ocean, into other countries and through various chemical screening standards are factors that will influence bottom-line revenues for growers and processors in the year ahead, according to Eric Woolson’s latest article in the current issue of Potato County magazine.

Pursuing Excellence

Eric Woolson writes in “Pursuing Excellence” for the February issue of School Transportation news that school transportation industry firms like Auto-Jet Mufflers, Blue Bird Corp., IC Bus, Seon, Trans Tech and Collins Bus are seeking and adopting certifications standards to improve efficiency, add value in a competitive marketplace.

New Yorker Magazine Story Profiles Iowa Caucus’s Catnip King

Writing his first article for New Yorker magazine, Max Rubin’s article, “Iowa Caucus’s Catnip King,” begins: Eric Woolson’s office, in West Des Moines, is decorated with images of politicians and cats. The former are photographs of clients past and present (President George W. Bush, Mayor Steve Gaer, County Supervisor Robert Brownell), and the latter are […]

Looking for a Shortcut to a Better Long-Day Onion

Improving the characteristics of the long day onion is a mission decades in the making for generations of plant breeders, but Juan Carlos Brevis is hopeful that he and his colleagues will eventually shorten — and complete — that journey. Brevis leads the onion breeding team at the Bayer research station in Brooks Ore. His […]