A P R I L 2 0 1 626 POTATO GROWER Kent Sather Joins North Dakota State Seed Department Mr. Kent Sather joined the staff of the North Dakota State Seed Department on February 15th as Director of Potato Programs. Sather is responsible for managing and directing all activities associated with potato seed certification shipping point inspections potato tissue culture and seedstocks production and other servic- es provided by the North Dakota State Seed Departments Potato Programs. Sather replaces Mr. Willem Schrage who managed program activities with North Dakota State Seed for nine years after performing similar duties for the state of Minnesota for fifteen years. Sather joins the North Dakota State Seed Department after an eighteen year career with Colorado State University potato certification service serving as both Assistant Manager and Manager of certification programs. Prior to his tenure in Colorado Sather served as the Assistant Manager of the Potato Certification Association of Nebraska from 1981 to 1997. Sather obtained a BS degree in Plant Sciences from the University of Idaho and holds a Master of Science degree in Potato Physiology from Colorado State University. A native of Madison Minnesota Kent and his family wife Barb and daughter Sarah have relocated to Fargo North Dakota from the San Luis Valley of Colorado. ND State Seed Commissioner Ken Bertsch said We are thrilled to have someone of Kents background and experience join the North Dakota State Seed Department. Kent knows the seed industry has a great deal of expertise and experience in core areas of our pro- gram and has been active with many industry groups. Its already apparent that Kent has a combination of techni- cal experience and people skills that will serve him and our growers well going forward. The Seed Department is the North Dakota state agency responsible for seed certification seed regulatory and seed testing of certified seed products includ- ing field crops and potatoes. The main agency offices and laboratories are locat- ed in Fargo North Dakota with a region- al office dedicated to potato certifica- tion located in Grafton North Dakota. Sathers primary office location is the Fargo office with frequent external work in Grafton and other potato seed production areas in the state. Mr. Sather can be reached at his office in Fargo 701-231-5400 and at ksatherndseed.ndsu.edu.