Gov. Otter appoints first woman to the Idaho Potato Commission

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November 7, 2013

Idaho Governor Butch Otter

By Greg Janetka

BOISE, Idaho: With little fanfare, Idaho Governor Butch Otter (R) recently approved the appointments of three new members to the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC). When the new commissioners were sworn in this week, however, it was the first time a woman joined the commission.[1]

Established in 1937, the nine-member commission is a state agency responsible for, among other things, promoting Idaho® potatoes. It is funded though a tax on all Idaho grown potatoes and owns the term “Idaho® potato” and the “Grown in Idaho®” seal, which are federally registered Certification Marks.[2][3]

The new commissioners are Peggy Grover, Ritchey Toevs, and Tommy Brown. Grover, who recently served as Chair of the Idaho Grower Shippers Association, is assistant manager of Benchmark Potato. IPC President and CEO Frank Muir stated of Grover, "This is breaking new ground," noting, "she will bring a feminine perspective, which I think will be very helpful when you consider our advertising target market is women 25-55 with children at home.”[4]

Grover said of her new position, “I’m really proud to be the first woman. It’s a great time in the industry, for all of produce, for women to get into agriculture. I think there’s a lot of openings for women.”[5]

As established in Title 22, Chapter 12 of the Idaho Statutes, the commission is a self-governing agency composed of "nine (9) practical potato persons" who serve staggered three-year terms. In order to fill vacancies the commission provides the governor with a list of names, from which he selects new members.[6]

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