POTATO GROWER APPOINTED TO WIS STATE BOARD

Published online: May 15, 2011 Potato Storage, Seed Potatoes
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MADISON, Wis.-Gov. Scott Walker announced four appointees to the Board of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, including a potato grower. Andrew Diercks has been nominated for six year terms on the Board, which provides guidance on the actions of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The board meets approximately once a month.
 
"I am confident these appointments to the Board of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will carry out their duties with the good of the state in mind," said Governor Walker. "A strong agricultural sector and fair business environment are critical to moving Wisconsin's economy forward. I look forward to the service these outstanding individuals will provide to help ensure our state has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs by 2015."
 
Andrew Diercks of Coloma is a fourth-generation potato and vegetable grower and current Vice President at Coloma Farms, Inc. Andrew has served as Chairman for the Board of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection since 2009 and has been a member of the Board since 2001. He is also a member and former President of the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association in addition to his involvement as a board member for the United States Potato Board, the United Potato Growers of Wisconsin, the Discovery Farm/Pioneer Farm Advisory Committee, and previously, the Wisconsin Agricultural Stewardship Initiative. Andrew received his Bachelor of Science degree for agricultural engineering.

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