Ritchey Toevs tapped for seat on Idaho Potato Comission


The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) announced the appointment of three new commissioners who will each serve a three-year term. Peggy Grover, from BenchMark Potato in Rexburg; Ritchey Toevs, a grower residing in Aberdeen; and Tommy Brown from Lamb Weston in Pocatello were formally sworn in at the IPC’s October commission meeting in Sun Valley.

The commissioners were nominated by industry peers and selected by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter.

“We are thrilled to welcome our newest commissioners, who have proven themselves to be dedicated leaders in the industry,” said Frank Muir, IPC President & CEO. “We look forward to working with them on the many exciting marketing programs launching in 2014, and tapping into their critical expertise in identifying new opportunities and markets for America’s favorite vegetable.”

All three commissioners have held various positions with several other industry organizations. Grover most recently served as Chairwoman of the Idaho Grower Shippers Association, Toevs was Vice President of Trade Affairs for the National Potato Council and co-chair of the International Marketing Committee of the United States Potato Board. Brown is currently Chairman of the Raw Products Committee for the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry and serves on the Ag Affairs Committee for the IPC.

The six other commissioners currently representing the Idaho® potato growers, shippers and processors are: Michael Christensen, Christensen Farms; Boyd Foster, Vista Valley Ag, Inc. & Foster Co.; Jeff Harper, Flying H Farms; Dan Moss, Moss Farms; Dan Nakamura, Idahoan Foods; and, Lynn Wilcox, Wilcox, Floyd & Sons.

Dan Moss will serve as Chairman and Boyd Foster will serve as Vice Chairman of the IPC during this fiscal year.

Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho®” seal, a federally registered trademark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho’s growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain–fed irrigation and rich volcanic soil, give Idaho® potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance. These ideal growing conditions are what differentiate Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states. For more visit: www.idahopotato.com.

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