Started in 1989, this market order board has nine members who represent about 160 licensed potato producers. Its purpose is marketing, promotion, research, and education.
The board is responsible for managing an annual assessment of $1.5 million. The assessment rate is six cents per hundredweight of potatoes.
Wisconsin's potato growers produced 23 million cwt. of potatoes in 2018, ranking it third in the United States. Idaho is the nation's top potato producing state.
Potato production in Wisconsin is predominant in the central region of the state, although all 72 counties are represented on the potato industry board.
Wisconsin Potato Industry Board directors, each of whom serves a three-year term, are:
District 1: Thomas Wild of Antigo, John Schroeder of Antigo, and Keith Wolker of Antigo
Includes Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Brown, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Door, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Forest, Iron, Kewaunee, Langlade, Lincoln, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Vilas, and Washburn counties
District 2: William Wysocki of Plover, Richard Okray of Plover, and Clifford Gagas of Custer
Includes Marathon, Outagamie, Portage, Shawano, Waupaca, and Waushara counties
District 3: John Bobeck of Markesan and Heidi Randall of Cambaria
Includes Adams, Buffalo, Calumet, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, La Crosse, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marquette, Milwaukee, Monroe, Ozaukee, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Trempealeau, Vernon, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Winnebago, and Wood counties
District At-Large: Andy Diercks of Coloma
More information about the board is available by writing to the
Wisconsin Potato Industry Board at PO Box 327, 700 Fifth Street, Antigo, WI 54409-0327 or phoning (715) 623-7683 or faxing (715) 623-3176.
Questions regarding elections may be directed to:
DATCP Market Orders Program Coordinator