(Jan. 14, PACKER WEB EXCLUSIVE) Chuck Conner, acting agriculture secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced new members of the National Potato Promotion Board, Denver:

  • Troy Betz, president of Bud-Rich Potato Inc., Hermiston, Ore.

  • Tom Campbell, grower for Tri-Campbell Farms, Grafton, N.D.

  • Molly Connors, manager of Basin Gold, Richland, Wash.

  • Robert Davis, president of RHD Inc., Connell, Wash.

  • Gregory Ebe, grower for Ebe Farms LLC, Custer, Wash.

  • Ernest Ford, president of Sunny Valley Farms, Center, Colo.

  • Gary Lands, co-owner of RC Lands & Sons Farms, St. Augustine, Fla.

  • Jeff Gibson, owner and manager of Circle G Farms, Burley, Idaho

  • Bevan Jeppesen, president of Bevan Jeppesen Inc., Rexburg, Idaho

  • Alan Parks, owner and manager of Parks Farms, Blackfood, Idaho

  • William Toevs, owner of T-G Farms, Aberdeen, Idaho

  • Keith Labrie, grower for Labrie Farms, St. Agatha, Maine

  • Alan Moir, grower for Moir Farms, Woodland, Maine

  • Tom Wingard, partner and manager of Wingard Farms, Elk Riber, Minn.

  • Joe Thompson, partner and manager of Thompson Seed Farms, Hemmingford, Neb.

  • Eric Halverson, manager of Black Gold Farms, Grand Forks, N.D.

  • Ben Tucker, vice president of C&R Ventures Inc., St. Thomas, N.D.

  • Chris Slagell, grower for Triple S Farms, Hydro, Okla.

  • Chris Olsen, grower for L.J. Olsen Inc., Othello, Wash.

  • Randy Mullen, president of Mullen Farms Inc., Pasco, Wash.

  • Reid Reimann, owner of T&R Farms Inc., Pasco, Wash.

  • Ron Mach, grower and president of Mach’s Sunny Acres, Antigo, Wis.

  • Richard Okray, owner and treasurer of Okray Family Farms, Plover, Wis.

The board is made up of producers, importers and a public member appointed by the agriculture secretary. It is an industry-funded national research and promotion program authorized under the 1971 Potato Research and Promotion Act. Members serve a three-year term beginning March 1.

Tom Church of Wilder, Idaho has also been appointed to fill a vacancy left by Helen Almmey of Caldwell, Idaho.