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USDA appoints new board members for Potatoes USA

February 24, 2022

On February 17, the United States Department of Agriculture appointed 33 new or returning members to serve three-year terms on the National Potato Promotion Board, Dba Potatoes USA. The new members will be sworn in at the organization’s Annual Meeting in March.

Each year, growers from every producing state select other growers to represent them on the board. These selections then need to be confirmed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Potatoes USA has a 102-member board consisting of 96 growers, five importers and one public member. Each Board Member serves a three-year term with the ability to serve a second consecutive three-year term. Roughly one-third of the board members are appointed each year.

Members appointed or reappointed are:

  • Ed Staunton, California
  • Les Alderete, Colorado
  • Bevan Lenz, Colorado
  • Jason Tillman, Colorado
  • Kurtis Crapo, Idaho
  • Tyson Funk, Idaho
  • Taylor Grant, Idaho
  • Eric Jensen, Idaho
  • Jordan Johns, Idaho
  • Braden R. Lake, Idaho
  • Rick S. Miller, Idaho
  • Adam Nielsen, Idaho
  • Jeff VanOrden, Idaho
  • Colin Szawlowski, Massachusetts
  • Alison Sklarczyk, Michigan
  • Erwin J. Styma, Michigan
  • Peter A. Ewing, Minnesota
  • Jocelyn Schlichting, Minnesota
  • Martin H. Kimm, Montana
  • Leah Halverson, North Dakota
  • Nathan Bender, Nevada
  • Kory Hansen, Oregon
  • Luke Robison, Oregon
  • Benjamin Zechmann, South Dakota
  • Matthew Linehan, Vermont
  • Jennifer Bunger, Washington
  • Daniel Gundersen, Washington
  • Andrew Hyer, Washington
  • Rod Schutte, Washington
  • Samueal Stahl, Washington
  • Marvin Wollman, Washington
  • Jon Gay, West Virginia
  • Norbert Bomm, Illinois

Read USDA’s official announcement of new appointees.

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