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Potato LEAF Program Adds R.D. Offutt Farm Executive to Board

Keith McGovern, president of R.D. Offutt Farm has joined the board of the recently created Potato Leadership, Education and Advancement Foundation (LEAF), the organization says in a release.

Headquartered in Fargo, N.D., R.D. Offutt Farm is a a family-owned and operated potato farm operation. They produce more than 50,000 acres of potatoes each year and are one of the largest producers and processors of potatoes in the United States.

LEAF was announced in January at Potato Expo 2020. The organization aims to support the development of new leaders within the U.S. potato industry. The announcement of McGovern joining the board comes just one week after this year’s Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) training, which brought together 24 outstanding potato growers and industry representatives for eight days of professional development. The Potato LEAF organization plans to fund PILI, scholarships and other leadership development efforts for the industry in the future.

The organization also announced it has reached nearly US$1.1 million in direct contributions and pledges, more than half of its US$2 million goal for 2020.

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