The Washington State Potato Commission has named a new commissioner.

Derek Davenport will begin serving July 1 in at-large seat, according to a news release from the Moses Lake, Wash.-based commission.

Davenport is the general manager of Pasco, Wash.-based Allied Potato Northwest.

“I grew up on a farm in Idaho and have been involved in potatoes most of my life,” Davenport said in the release. “As a commissioner, I’m hoping to have the opportunity to help enhance export opportunities and engage in addressing trade issues that impact our industry.”

Davenport earned an agriculture degree from the University of Idaho in 2007.

At-large commissioners serve three-year terms. The commission has 15 commissioners: nine are grower-elected positions, five are appointed by the commissioners and one is a representative from the Washington State Department of Agriculture.