In 1959, Tony Amstad purchased his first 20 acres of farmland in Sherwood, Oregon, to begin growing potatoes. Potato farming wasn’t a new venture for Tony though – his family had been farming in the Sherwood area for generations. Tony and his wife DeAnn, who grew up on a potato farm in Idaho, raised six children in Sherwood – each working on the farm and learning the essential elements of quality crops: hard work, persistence and stewardship of the land. Today, Tony and DeeAnn’s sons, Jeff Urbach and Wayne “Skeeter” Amstad, along with nephew, Todd Dimbat, are at the reins of the thriving family enterprise and strive to continue and improve upon the Amstad Produce legacy of “seed to table” potato production.
Amstad potatoes start life in picturesque fields near Culver,
virtually in the center of Oregon.
Helping the Industry
- International trade missions with the Director of Agriculture of Oregon and Washington states
- Board membership of Oregon Potato Commission, National Potato Council and United States Potato Board
- Collaboration with Oregon Sate University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Helping the Community
- Largest partner to Farmers Ending Hunger, a nonprofit organization that collects donations of harvests from growers and distributes the food to emergency food banks.
- Donated 860,000 pounds of potatoes in 2013
“We believe in supporting both our global and local community. When we learned our town needed an athletic sports field, Amstad Produce constructed Tater Field for the local youth soccer and baseball teams. Our family continues to maintain this field for ongoing use and enjoyment.”
– Jeff Urbach
“We’re big enough to handle corporate accounts but small enough to be family run.”
– Jeff Urbach, President of Amstad Produce