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A P R I L 2 0 1 616 POTATO GROWER Lonnie Spokely Becomes New NPPGA Chairman Lonnie Spokely a certified seed and fresh market grower from Nielsville Minnesota is the new NPPGA Chairman. Lonnie got into the washplant busi- ness when his family purchased the Micheal Swanson Brady washplant in 1976. The plant was built in 1947 by Arnold MIller an account- ant from the Kansas City account- ing firm for which the plant was owned by and named. It is believed to be one of the oldest wash facili- ties in the Red River Valley. Lonnie raised his first crop in 1977 and has been raising red potatoes for the fresh and certified seed mar- kets ever since. Spokely Farms goes much further back before the wash- plant era having been established in 1871. Lonnie has actively served on the Minnesota Potato Council for many years as well as a board member for the Minnesota Certified Seed Growers Association and a member of the United States Potato Board. Lonnie was also a charter member of the Red River Valley Fresh Potato Growers Cooperative established in December 2007. He has served on their Board of Directors for all but one year.