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M A Y J U N E 2 0 1 6 POTATO GROWER 13 Potatoes USA Immediate Past Chairman Carl Hoverson of Larimore ND passed the gavel on to Mike Pink of Mesa Washington the Boards newly appointed Chairman of the Board for 2016- 2017. This past year has been a great experience Hoverson said reflecting on serving as Potatoes USA Chairman. Rolling out a new strategic plan for the Board creating a new business name and identify- ing a new mission for our organiza- tion are some of the important highlights we can all be proud and thankful for. Hoverson paid special recognition to the Board Staff and his family for their help and support during his 2015-2016 chairmanship. He partic- ularly noted the academic and pro- fessional successes each of his chil- dren has made and expressed grati- tude for their accomplishments. Harkening back to a moment at the Boards 2015 Annual Meeting when he received his own Chairmans nomination he once again donned his University of North Dakota hockey jersey and led the Board in a final cheer for Potatoes USA. He challenged the industry to focus more on maintaining good taste and flavors in new potato varieties and not be so quick to select pota- toes based on appearances. Hoverson grows Russet Burbank potatoes for frozen processing. He and his two sons grow 5100 acres of irrigated potatoes for the JR Simplot Company. Sugarbeets wheat corn soybeans canola and navy beans are also produced on Hoverson Farms. Hoverson has served as chairman of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association and also as the SecretaryTreasurer. He attended the University of North Dakota Grand Forks North Dakota and North Dakota State University Fargo North Dakota studying civil engi- neering. Hoverson has six children sons Michael and Casey and daughters Alyssa Fallon Norah and Paris. He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and growing pota- toes. Potatoes USAs Immediate Past Chairman Hoverson Reflects On Year of Service