(Dec. 5, WEB EXCLUSIVE) Agriculture secretary Ed Schafer named 31 members to the National Potato Promotion Board. The members’ terms will begin March 1 and continue through Feb. 29, 2012, said David Fairbourn, manager of industry communications for the potato board.

Newly appointed members are:

  • Roger Christensen of Kopfman Farms Inc./Valley Shippers Inc., Center, Colo.;


  • Arnold Hubert Mack of Mack Farms Inc., Lake Wales, Fla.;


  • Wyatt Penfold of Penfold Farms Inc., Driggs, Idaho;


  • Jared Gehring of Gehring Agri-Business, American Falls, Idaho;


  • Bryan Wada of Wada Farms Potatoes, Pingree, Idaho;


  • Brett Jensen, Idaho Falls, Idaho;


  • Ryan Wayne Cranney of Cranney Farms, Oakley, Idaho;


  • Kevin Searle of GPOD of Idaho, Shelley;


  • Adam Culler, manager of Lennard Ag Company, Samaria, Mich.;


  • Lonnie Spokely of Spokely Farms, Nielsville, Minn.;


  • Pete Ewing, operations manager of Ewing Farms Inc., Big Lake, Minn.;


  • Mitch Jorde of Jorde’s Certified Seed LLC, Cando, N.D.;


  • Tim May of Frenchman Valley Produce Co., Imperial, Neb.;


  • John N. Meyer, Sr. of Joseph L. Meyer & Sons Inc., Cohocton, N.Y.;


  • Bruce Richardson, Jr. of Mill Creek Farms, Capeville, Va.;


  • Kathy Blasdel of Kiska Farms, Inc., Pasco, Wash.;


  • Diana Martinez of Saddle View Farms, Royal City, Wash.;


  • Kristopher Charles Butcher, Othello, Wash.;


  • Brad Bailie, grower for Lenwood Farms Inc. Connell, Wash.; and


  • Mike Carter, chief executive officer of Bushman’s Inc., Rosholt, Wis.