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Extension potato agronomist named

Andrew Robinson has been named North Dakota State University/University of Minnesota Extension potato agronomist. His first day will be April 30. He will be based on the NDSU campus in Fargo. The Northern Plains Potato Growers Association announc...

Andrew Robinson has been named North Dakota State University/University of Minnesota Extension potato agronomist.

His first day will be April 30. He will be based on the NDSU campus in Fargo.

The Northern Plains Potato Growers Association announced Robinson's hiring March 20 on its website.

Robinson has a master's degree in agronomy and crop production and a doctorate in weed science, both from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

Robinson, an Idaho native, replaces Nick David, who resigned in January 2011 to take a position with the R.D. Offutt Co.

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"I am very excited we have finally filled this position. We are looking forward to working with Andy just as the 2012 crop goes in the ground," said Chuck Gunnerson, president of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association.

More details will be announced shortly, according to the association's website.

The Red River Valley of western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota is the nation's leading producer of red potatoes and the only region that produces in volume for the chip, fresh, seed and process markets.

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