Members of the Potato Growers of Idaho heard plans for the Potato Marketing Association of North America, ways to give impetus to a new cooperative, and got a presentation from the Idaho Potato Commission.
Keith Esplin, president, said the cooperative will need considerable start-up capital as equity to get loans for the possible purchase of fresh-pack and processing facilities.
Mel Anderson, president of the Idaho Potato Commission, his directors and staff, made a very detailed presentation to the group, giving insights into behind-the-scenes work done on behalf of growers in marketing their crop.
Dan Moss, PGI vice president of bargaining, alerted the group to the upcoming PMANA
meeting and representatives were selected to attend.
In other matters, Bill Bohl and Brad Geary of the University of Idaho updated the group on late blight and leaf roll virus.