b'NPPGA Delegation Meet With Leadership At DC Fly-In Red River Valley PILI Members Talk About Their ExperienceThePotatoIndustryLeadershipInstitute class of 2019 included 22potato growers and industry repre-sentatives.JacksonHallofH&SFreshPak,Hoople,NorthDakota,ZachBruerofA&LPotato,EastGrand Forks, Minnesota, and JohnTweten of Black Gold Farms, GrandForks, North Dakota were the atten-deesfromtheNorthernPlainsPotato Growers Association.The annual program is administeredbytheNationalPotatoCouncil (Lefttoright)JohnTweten,BlackGoldFarms,ZachBruer,A&LPotato,(NPC) and Potatoes USA. It identi- Jackson Hall, H & S FreshPak, North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, T.J. Hall,NPPGA Chairman,DonavonJohnson,NPPGA President,andLanceHapka,fies and trains the next generation Hapka Farms.of industry leaders. in Portland, Oregon, the host region they toured a kettle chip facility andforthisyearsevent.Whilein then were taken on a tour of ClarkFrom February 20th thru the 28th, PortlandtheytouredthePortof College, where they viewed the TodPILI participants travel from potato Portland Grain Facility and also the andMaxineMcCluskyCulinarygrowingregionsacrosstheUSto Oregon Department of Agriculture/ Institute. attendeight days of industry train- FoodInnovationCenteroning and professional development. Thursday, February 21st. On Friday, ThenonSaturdaymorningitwasThe group started out their travelsThe Potato Industry Leadership Institute participants at the United States Senate.24 POTATO GROWER APRIL 2019'