Potato Grower

June 2021

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WWW.POTATOGROWER.COM 21 has been chairman of the board there since 2010. Sun Valley Potato currently has 19 grower- owners stretching nearly the entire breadth of southern Idaho. "Being the chairman at Sun Valley is, in my mind, one of my greatest accomplishments in the industry," he says. "It's gone from barely hanging on to being one of the five or six biggest fresh-pack sheds in the state. We're the only true co-op shed in Idaho, and that structure has helped us and all the other growers so much over the years." In 1994, Randy was elected as a member of the U.S. Potato Board (now Potatoes USA), and it didn't take long for people to take notice of him. A few years after his introduction to the board — and much earlier than he had anticipated — he was named chairman. A stint on the National Potato Council (including a year as president) followed shortly thereafter. And then six years on the Idaho Potato Commission. "It honestly wasn't my intention," he says. "But in a matter of a few short years, I was a leader for all of them. It's really been incredible." Karlene spent all those years attending meeting with Randy, but, she says, "I was just a spouse, and I was having a good old time." Once again, though, the passion for the industry shone through, and she was elected to the U.S. Potato Board as Randy was leaving. Before long, she found herself on the executive committee, making sure that Oakley, Idaho, was heard from on a national level. "Being part of that national potato family has been the highlight of being a potato grower," she says. "The biggest thing that holds that group together is a shared trust in God with your life's work. Being a part of that group has been such a blessing." 162809Baicor13s.indd 1 10/25/16 2:58 PM 4089-4Greentronics13s.indd 1 4089-4Greentronics13s.indd 1 4/29/21 10:31 AM 4/29/21 10:31 AM

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