Dominic LaJoie grew up on his father’s potato farm in Cyr Plantation, but he recently said he never could have imagined the size his family’s company, LaJoie Growers LLC, would reach. He also never planned on getting into politics.
Nonetheless, the National Potato Council elected LaJoie, a fourth-generation St. John Valley potato farmer, president of the Washington, D.C.-based interest group on February 22.
LaJoie will serve a one-year term, during which he will lead the council through its transition to working with President Joe Biden’s administration, help coordinate its ongoing response to the pandemic-altered potato industry and generally pursue the industry’s priorities on a national level.
He will also host the annual National Potato Council’s summer meeting in Presque Isle in July, if COVID-19 safety protocols allow it. If the meeting takes place, it will be the first held in Aroostook County in the council’s history.