Vilsack makes NPPB appointments

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed  30 members to the National Potato Promotion Board (dba the United States Potato Board). Each member will serve a three-year term beginning March 1, 2013.

Newly-appointed producers include David Bloxham, of Salisbury, Md.; Brant Darrington, of Burley, Idaho; Steven Gangwish, of Columbus, S.D.; Charles Grose, of Terra Alta, W. Va.; Kristi Gundersen, of Bow, Wash.; John Halverson, of Paragould, Ark.; Merrill Hanny, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Arnold Mack, of Lake Wales, Fla.; Phillip Mehlenbacher, of Burbank, Wash.; Brian Meisner, of Wray, Colo.; Bernie Smiarowski, of Hatfield, Mass.; John Stahl, of Ritzville, Wash.; Eric Sutton, of Rexburg, Idaho; Brian Theobald, of Farmington, N.M.; Jordan Thomas, of Hamer, Idaho; David Tonso, of Monte Vista, Colo.; Dillon VanOrden, of Pingree, Idaho; and Weston Walker, of Merrill, Ore.

Producers reappointed to the board are Steve Cottom, of Dillon, Mont.; Keith Doyen, of Mapleton, Maine; Diane Hanson, of Cornell, Mich.; Kurtis Holland, of Monte Vista, Colo.; Brian Kirschenmann, of Bakersfield, Calif.; Lloyd Masser, of Pitman, Pa.; Martin Myers, of Lake Oswego, Ore.; Jared Wattenbarger, of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Marvin Wollman, of Warden, Wash.

Importers Edward Barnhill, of Clermont, Fla. and Vernon Thomas, of Centerville, N.B., Canada and public member Mary DeMers, of Sophia, N.C., were also reappointed.

Originally posted Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012