DENVER (April 5, 2022) – On March 8, 2022, the Department of Agriculture swore in 33 members to Potatoes USA’s Board during its Annual Meeting.

This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture appointed 13 new members and reappointed 20 members to the Board to serve three-year terms. They were sworn in by Alex Caryl, Branch Chief of the Market Development Division of the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s Specialty Crops Program.

Each year, Board Members are nominated by the industry and are then appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Potatoes USA’s Board has 104 members this year, consisting of growers, importers, and one public member.

New Board Members
Kurtis Crapo, Idaho;
Eric Jensen, Idaho;
Jordan Johns, Idaho;
Alison Sklarczyk, Michigan;
Erwin J. Styma, Michigan;
Peter A. Ewing, Minnesota;
Jocelyn Schlichting, Minnesota;
Martin H. Kimm, Montana;
Kory Hansen, Oregon;
Matthew Linehan, Vermont;
Jennifer Bunger, Washington;
Andrew Hyer, Washington; and
Norbert Bomm, Illinois.

Reappointed Members
Ed Staunton, California;
Les Alderete, Colorado;
Bevan Lenz, Colorado;
Jason Tillman, Colorado;
Tyson Funk, Idaho;
Taylor Grant, Idaho;
Braden R. Lake, Idaho;
Rick S. Miller, Idaho;
Adam Nielsen, Idaho;
Jeff VanOrden, Idaho;
Colin Szawlowski, Massachusetts;
Leah Halverson, North Dakota;
Nathan Bender, Nevada;
Luke Robison, Oregon;
Benjamin Zechmann, South Dakota;
Daniel Gundersen, Washington;
Rod Schutte, Washington;
Samueal Stahl, Washington;
Marvin Wollman, Washington; and
Jon Gay, West Virginia.

By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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