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Published June 21, 2011, 11:00 AM

National Potato Council holding summer meeting in Grand Forks

Several hundred potato growers, potato industry officials and their families from around the country will be in Grand Forks, N.D., June 21 to 24 for a meeting of the National Potato Council.

By: Jonathan Knutson, Agweek

Several hundred potato growers, potato industry officials and their families from around the country will be in Grand Forks, N.D., June 21 to 24 for a meeting of the National Potato Council.

“It will be fun, and there will be a lot of good, useful information,” says Justin Dagen, a Karlstad, Minn., farmer and current president of the National Potato Council.

Attendance encouraged

The organization typically holds its summer meeting near the home of its grower/president.

Dagen says he’s attended the annual summer meeting for the past decade. He encourages other potato growers in Minnesota and North Dakota to attend this year’s event.

The fifth-generation farmer, who raises seed potatoes, says he particularly wants area producers to attend the business meeting from 8.am. to 10 a.m. June 24.

The summer meeting begins June 21 and ends June 24, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

The National Potato Council provides a unified voice for potato growers nationwide on legislative, regulatory, environmental, and trade issues. It promotes increased profitability for growers and greater consumption of potatoes.

The Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota is the nation’s leading producer of red potatoes.

Information: www.nationalpotatocouncil.org.

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