If you grow potatoes in Kansas and you would like to find your national voice, the United States Potato Board wants to hear from you. Nominations are now open for new Board Members for the 2013-2016 term and there is one seat open for a Kansas producer.
The USPB is the nation's potato marketing organization. It is the central organizing force in implementing programs that will increase the demand for potatoes and potato products. The organization has a strong foundation of market and consumer research and analysis to help grower-directed programs to promote potatoes succeed.
The USPB is anxious to recruit board members who will take an active interest in the work of the board and be willing to communicate the interest of their area to the board as well as bringing back the message on board efforts to local producers.
Board members should be willing to attend the annual March meeting each year of the three-year term, be active in agriculture and the potato-growing community, be visible in the community with participation in local government and community affairs, be willing to communicate with other growers on a regular basis, take the time to actively support USPB programs, be willing to speak to grower groups, do newspaper and media interviews and spread the word about USPB programs and help growers understand the value they get for their 3-cent per hundredweight assessment.
If you are interested in being considered, contact Alexandra Imhof, USPB Industry Communications & Policy Assistant Manager, at [email protected] or 303-369-7783. The nominating process will be completed by Wednesday, August 1, 2012.
The Department of Agriculture's programs are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or marital status, and it is the USPB's policy that membership on the Board and its committees reflect the diversity of individuals served by its programs. It is therefore the Board's policy to have the representation of producers from diverse backgrounds on its board and strongly encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to seek nominations to the Board and to participate in the Board's activities.