WSPC Elects New Commissioner

9/25/2012

        Mike Madsen has been elected as the newest commissioner for the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC). The election took place during the WSPC's quarterly meeting on September 6, 2012. Mike will fill the WSPC's vacant at-large position and begin serving his term immediately.

        Mike has worked in the potato industry for over 40-years and has spent the last 18-years of his career with AgriNorthwest. He currently works as a Farm Unit Manager for AgriNorthwest's Plymouth Farms where he is responsible for all aspects of production including planting, harvesting, storage, and monitoring. During his professional career Mike has overseen farm operations throughout the Northwest and in a few select international regions as well.

        "I have been around potatoes nearly my whole life. I started out as just a young boy changing water in a Russet Burbank field," said Madsen. "I look forward to utilizing this lifelong experience of working with potatoes as I operate alongside the other commissioners and do my part to best serve the industry."

        Prior to being elected as a commissioner Mike has also served as an industry member of the WSPC's Research & Technical Committee. As a member of the Research & Technical Committee, Mike would participate in helping direct and review the committee's activities and join in their quarterly meetings.

        A total of three applicants had expressed interest in the position and the Commissioners voted amongst the three candidates. The term for the at-large position is three years. The commission is governed by 15-commissioners from the state's potato industry. Nine are grower-elected positions and five are appointed positions by the commissioners. In addition, a representative from the Washington State Department of Agriculture also sits on the board.

        Established in 1956, the mission of the WSPC is to support an economically and environmentally sustainable Washington State potato industry by providing strong leadership and innovation and building partnerships to meet the demands of global consumers. For more information about the WSPC, Washington potatoes or other general inquiries please visit www.potatoes.com or call 509.765.8845.