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Voigt to Head Washington State Potato Commission

Washington State Potato Commissioners have named Chris Voigt, current executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, as the new executive director/director of environmental & regulatory affairs of the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC). Voigt will take the position Sept. 6.

“We feel very fortunate that Chris wants to come to Washington,” said WSPC Chairman Randy Mullen. “We appreciate his knowledge of the U.S. potato industry and its issues and the job he has done in Colorado. We look forward to welcoming him on board.”

Originally from Newberg, Ore., Voigt earned a bachelor's degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University and worked in the agrichemical industry for 10 years before joining the U.S. Potato Board as the manager of field operations in 1997. Voigt has been with the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee for the last three years.

“In addition to implementing current programs, it will be a strong priority of mine to facilitate the development of a long-range plan for the Washington potato industry to ensure that we will continue to exceed our customer’s needs,” Voigt told commissioners. “I am very excited about working with the Washington potato industry and being part of a great team of staff members at the Washington State Potato Commission.”

Voigt and his wife, Stephanie, have two young children.

Originally posted Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005

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