David Warsh, owner of Warsh Farm, Center, Colo. will lead United Potato Growers of America as board chairman for 2010.

Directors of United Potato Growers announced executive officers Jan. 6 at their annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., according to a release. Warsh, a founder of the United co-op in the San Luis Valley, Colo., served two years as United Potato Growers of America’s board of directors vice chairman.

Warsh was also president, vice president of grower public relations, and vice president of government affairs for the National Potato Council, as well as a member of the council’s environmental affairs committee, according to the release. His is a recipient of the National Potato Council’s 1999 Industry Award and 2007 President’s Award.

Also serving with Warsh on United Potato Growers’ board:

  • Russell Wysocki, president and chief executive officer of RPE, Bancroft, Wis., as first vice chairman;

  • Ed Staunton, grower and co-owner, Cal-Ore Produce, Tulelake, Calif., as second vice chairman;

  • David Beesley, chief executive officer, Snake River Plains Potatoes Inc., Ucon, Idaho, as secretary-treasurer; and

  • Allen Floyd, partner, Harvest Fresh and HF Farms, Othello, Wash., as immediate past chairman.