Published online: Nov 21, 2012 Potato Storage, Potato Harvesting, Seed Potatoes
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Rob Davis comes from an atypical background for a modern-day large farm owner.

"I did not grow up on a farm. I'm the first-generation guy," said Davis, a Connell, Wash., grower.

He's making a significant mark on the industry, nonetheless. Davis and Declo, Idaho, grower Dan Moss have been named to fill new growers' seats on the Alliance for Potato Research and Education board, joining Fargo, N.D., grower Keith McGovern. Furthermore, Davis, co-chairman of U.S. Potato Board's International Marketing Committee, has been tapped to be the next USPB board chairman.

USPB is the nation's potato marketing and research organization. APRE was created in the summer of 2011 to produce potato nutrition research. USPB recently increased its annual contribution to APRE from $250,000 to $1 million, in exchange for additional growers' seats on the board. The APRE board also includes USPB President and CEO Tim O'Connor, National Potato Council Executive Vice President and CEO John Keeling and representatives from the five major processors.

SOURCE: John O'Connell, Capital Press