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PILI applications now accepted

Applications for the 2015 Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) are now being accepted by the National Potato Council (NPC) and the U.S. Potato Board (USPB).

PILI consists of 20 potato growers and industry representatives from across the country. The annual eight-day program will be held Feb. 19-26, 2015.            

The class will begin in eastern Washington state.  During the eight days the class will receive an overview of the U.S. potato industry while touring local production areas, storages, fresh pack facilities and processing plants. The group will then travel to Washington, D.C., where the focus will be on national legislative and regulatory policy priorities for the U.S. potato industry.

Participants are selected through state organization nominations and a committee facilitated by the NPC and the USPB, who jointly coordinate the program. PILI is made possible through a major sponsorship from .

PILI is accepting applications for two scholarships targeting growers who lack a state or local potato growing organization. The scholarships cover the PILI registration fee, air transportation, lodging and meals. Scholarships are awarded based an application form reviewed by the selection committee.

Online registration forms and scholarship applications are available here or by contacting Marie Ruff at marier@nationalpotatocouncil.org.

Deadline for both applications is October 15, 2014.

Originally posted Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

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