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Potato Industry Leadership Institute to be Held Feb. 19-26, 2015

Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI)
July 22, 2014
The National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) are accepting applications for the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) class of 2015.

The annual eight-day program, held Feb. 19-26, 2015, is designed to identify, develop, and cultivate new leaders within the U.S. potato industry.

During the program, 20 potato growers and industry representatives from across the country focus on leadership development, public policy, marketing, team building, and public communication.

The 2015 class will begin in eastern Washington state, where participants will receive an overview of the U.S. potato industry and tour local production areas, storages, fresh pack facilities, and processing plants. The class will also learn about the area’s water challenges by visiting with regulators from the state Department of Ecology, the Columbia Basin Development League, and local irrigation districts.

The group will then travel to Washington, D.C., where the focus will move to national legislative and regulatory policy priorities for the U.S. potato industry.

Participants are selected through state organization nominations and a committee facilitated by NPC and the USPB, who jointly coordinate the program. The Institute is made possible each year through a major sponsorship from Syngenta, which has a long history of commitment to leadership development in agriculture.

The Institute is also accepting applications for two scholarships targeting growers who lack a state or local potato organization. The scholarships cover the $2,000 PILI registration fee, air transportation, lodging, and meals. Scholarships will be given based upon an application form reviewed by the selection committee.

Registration forms and scholarship applications are available online at http://nationalpotatocouncil.org/events-and-programs/potato-industry-leadership-institute/ or by contacting Marie Ruff at marier@nationalpotatocouncil.org.

The deadline for both applications is October 15, 2014.

Participants in the 2014 Potato Industry Leadership Institute: (first row, left to right) Jordan Thomas, Hamer, Idaho; Derek Davenport, Pasco, Wash.; Damon Johnson, East Grand Forks, N.D.; John (JD) Schroeder, Antigo, Wisc.; (second row) Dillon VanOrden, Pingree, Idaho; Sara Corey, Monticello, Maine; Stephanie Andersen, Blanchard, Mich.; (third row) Sean Edler, Arbyrd, Mo.; Erin Cooper, Monte Vista, Colo.; James Macy, Culver, Ore.; Daniel Gundersen, Burlington, Wash.; Reid Mattive, Monte Vista, Colo.; Peggy Grover, Rexburg, Idaho; (fourth row) Ashley James, Kennewick, Wash.; Chris Hansen, Bliss, N.Y.; Heidi Alsum-Randall, Friesland, Wisc.; Brandon Rattray, Farmington, N.M.; Loren Wernette, Weidman, Mich.; (back row) Lee Andersen, Iona, Idaho; Kevin Adamson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Dan Hafner, Bryant, Wisc.; Cory Myers, Center, Colo.; Timothy Droge, Manhattan, Mont.; (not pictured) Eric Schroeder (2014 Grower Leader), Antigo, Wisc.

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The National Potato Council is looking after the interest of the potato growers in the United States. The NPC website provides information on potato history, potato cultivation, potato statistics and US state potato organisations
Potatoes USA - until recently named the United States Potato Board (USPB) - is the nation’s potato marketing organization. Potatoes USA is the central organizing force in implementing programs that will increase demand for potatoes.