(April 19) The National Potato Research and Education Foundation has announced a change in management and a move from its longtime Denver location to McLean, Va.

Effective Feb. 1, the foundation, which operates on around $200,000 a year, entered into a management agreement with Association Management Group Inc.

John Ganoe is the foundation’s executive director, and project manager Monty Cox will handle daily operations and special projects. Alan “Bud” Middaugh, the group’s former executive director, has remained active with the organization as a senior consultant since his retirement from his executive position in December.

Ganoe said that the foundation was looking to build out its staffing capabilities, mainly in preparation for the sixth World Potato Congress, scheduled for Boise, Idaho in 2006.

“We looked at a number of alternatives for increasing the resources for the foundation in a cost effective way,” Ganoe said.

He said the foundation wanted to position itself to promote and manage the congress.

The foundation has two initiatives at the top of its agenda. The first is a nationwide, joint U.S./United Kingdom stem count technology transfer project that will begin in May. Participation in the project, conducted jointly with the U.K.’s Cambridge University Farm, is open to all U.S. growers.

The second initiative is successfully hosting the congress in Boise.