- John Richard ("Jack" or "J.R.") Simplot (/ ˈsɪmplɒt /; January 4, 1909 – May 25, 2008) was an American entrepreneur and businessman best known as the founder of the J. R. Simplot Company, a Boise, Idaho based agricultural supplier specializing in potato products.
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John Richard Simplot was an American entrepreneur and businessman best known as the founder of the J. R. Simplot Company, a Boise, Idaho based agricultural supplier specializing in potato products. In 2007, he was estimated to be the 89th-richest person in the United States, at $3.6 billion. At the time of his death at age 99 in May 2008, he was the oldest billionaire on the Forbes 400.
Simplot developed the genetically modified Innate potato which was approved by the USDA in 2014 and the FDA in 2015.    It is designed to resist blackspot bruising , browning and to contain less of the amino acid asparagine .
Our founder J.R. ‘Jack’ Simplot began his colorful career in 1923, near the small farming community of Declo, Idaho, when he quit school to go into business on his own. He was only 14 years old. Jack poured seemingly boundless energy into many endeavors to grow his young business.
Each of these primary segments of Idaho's economy described part of the diverse empire developed by John Richard (J.R.) Simplot, a self-described "gol-durn potato farmer" whose life charted the remarkable progression of an eighth-grade dropout into a multibillionaire.
Oct 09, 2018 · The Ex-Director of J.R. Simplot and team leader at Monsanto, Caius Rommens, has revealed the hidden dangers of the GMO potatoes he created, in a wide ranging interview for Sustainable Pulse, on the same day that his book ‘Pandora’s Potatoes: The Worst GMOs’ was released on Amazon.
Dec 15, 1991 · Simplot fed the animals a mixture of horse meat, potatoes and barley. And while his neighbors were laughing, the market blossomed. Simplot sold his hogs for $7,800. He spent the money on three teams of horses, farm equipment, a used Star Durant roadster and some potato seed. He leased 120 acres and went into the potato farming business.
That’s exactly the impression Simplot wanted to create. The Maine Potato War Begins. Both sides in the Maine potato war had over-invested and neither could afford to lose the standoff. The contracts had to be closed on May 17. On that day, the potatoes were to be delivered and the cash handed over.
Simplot is one of the US potato processing companies that has strategically invested in GM potatoes. Based on Simplot Plant Sciences publications and presentations, the company seems to have the right ideas to get consumers to buy into GM Potatoes: Potatoes with benefits for CONSUMERS instead of just for farmers.
The Simplot brand began to take shape in the farm fields of southern Idaho in the late 1920s. Young J.R. struck out on his own at age 14, set on entering the agriculture business. While he had just an eighth-grade education, he was armed with keen entrepreneurial instincts, constant curiosity, boundless energy and an irrepressible drive.
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