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USDA appoints new members to the National Potato Promotion Board

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April 23, 2024 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the appointment of 32 members to the National Potato Promotion Board BB #:162347. Appointed are 30 producer members and two importers to fill three-year terms expiring Feb. 28, 2027.

Appointed Producer Members:

  • Jaclyn Green, Edison, Calif.
  • Cliff Shaw, Monte Vista, Colo.
  • Daniel J. Corey, St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Brad Reed, Pingree, Idaho
  • Derek Peterson, Rexburg, Idaho
  • Jaren Raybould, St. Anthony, Idaho
  • Jace Jensen, Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Jordan C. Thomas, Rupert, Idaho
  • Nate McBride, Rupert, Idaho
  • R. Gabriel Boldt, Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Steve Elfering, Meridian, Idaho
  • Trevor Searle, Burley, Idaho
  • Adam DeGroot, Saint Anne, Ill.
  • Danny Deprey, Mars Hill, Maine
  • Ryan Tucker, Shelbyville, Mich.
  • John Halverson, Arbyrd, Mo.
  • Tara May, O’Neill, Neb.
  • Brian Mahany, Arkport, N.Y.
  • Hunter Gibbs, Swan Quarter, N.C.
  • Andrew Moquist, Crystal, N.D.
  • Camburn Shephard, Crystal, N.D.
  • Kathy Sponheim, Urbana, Ohio
  • Jason Davenport, Boardman, Ore.
  • Jonathon Springstead, Boardman, Ore.
  • H. Bruce Richardson Jr., Capeville, Va.
  • James Baker, Moses Lake, Wash.
  • Michael M. Pink, Eltopia, Wash.
  • Shelley R. Olsen, Othello, Wash.
  • Travis Meacham, Moses Lake, Wash.
  • Wendy Dykstra, Friesland, Wis.

Appointed Importer Members:

  • Clifton Smith, Bancroft, Wis.
  • Sanjiv Kakkar, Princeton, N.J.

The National Potato Promotion Board has 82 members, including 79 producer members, two importer members, and one public member.

More information about the board is available on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Potato Promotion Board webpage and on the board’s website

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the development of industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight of 22 boards, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

AMS policy is that diversity of the boards, councils and committees it oversees should reflect the diversity of their industries in terms of the experience of members, methods of production and distribution, marketing strategies and other distinguishing factors, including but not limited to individuals from historically underserved communities, that will bring different perspectives and ideas to the table. Throughout the full nomination process, the industry must conduct extensive outreach, paying particular attention to reaching underserved communities, and consider the diversity of the population served and the knowledge, skills and abilities of the members to serve a diverse population.