(Aug. 29) The Blackfoot-based Potato Growers of Idaho has transferred most of its duties to the Eagle-based Idaho Potato Commission, but it will continue on in a reduced role.

A transition committee, formed after association members voted July 16 for the change, recommended that the group be restructured to operate with limited staff and minimal overhead costs, according to a Potato Growers of Idaho news release.

The new version of the association will maintain its political action committee and membership in Grower’s National Cooperative, a grower-owned co-op providing insurance.

Because of its status as a state agency, the Idaho Potato Commission cannot form political action committees. The bulk of the work formerly done by Potato Growers of Idaho will be handled by a new agricultural affairs committee.

The merger is expected to reduce grower assessments and increase efficiencies without compromising growers' representation on legislative and regulatory issues.