The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its November 18th Board of Directors meeting.
The Board announced that the new chairman is Wayne Townshend. Wayne has been on the Potato Board for 5 years serving as a Seed Director. He farms with his family in Fortune Bridge where they grow seed and table potatoes. Wayne served as Vice-Chair in 2019-2020.
The new Vice Chairman of the Board is John Visser of Crapaud. John and his family own and operate Victoria Potato Farm Inc. John represents the Tablestock sector for the Central District.
John Griffin of Elmsdale is the new Secretary-Treasurer. John Griffin of W.P. Griffin Inc., represents the Tablestock sector for the Western District.
The Board also welcomed three new Directors. The new Directors are Mary Gillis of MacLean Farms Ltd., representing the Seed sector for the Western District, Rob Green of Green Field Farms Ltd., representing the Processing sector for the Central District and the new young farmer representative is Michael Ramsay.
The remaining Directors are; Mark MacMillan, Processing, Eastern; Billy Cameron, Seed, Eastern; Jason Hayden, Tablestock, Eastern; Chad Robertson, Tablestock, at large; Becky Townshend, Processing, at large; Donald Stavert, Seed, Central; Craig Wallace, Processing , Western.
The Board also recognized the efforts of retiring Board members John Hogg, Glenn Rayner and Kyle Maynard, for their service over the past few years.
The Prince Edward Island Potato Board represents Island potato farmers and assists in growing the markets for PEI Potatoes locally, nationally, and internationally. The Board supports the production of high quality potatoes in an environmentally responsible manner, and is funding and conducting research in the areas of soil health, pest and disease management, quality and yield. Directors are elected to represent three districts across the province and three at large positions. Each district and the at large positions are represented by a seed grower, a tablestock grower and a processing grower. Directors serve three year terms and are eligible for re-election to serve a second three year term. The directors serving on the PEI Potato Board are all from family farms with a heritage of growing potatoes and other crops for many years.