The Idaho Potato Commission Appoints Three New Commissioners

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Pat Kole, Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs for the Idaho Potato Commission swears in new Commissioners VanOrden, Wada and Sato (pictured left to right)

Eagle, Idaho, October 29, 2019 – During the Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC) October meeting three new Commissioners were sworn in. Grower, Julie VanOrden of Garth VanOrden Farms in Pingree; processor Paul Sato from McCain Foods, USA, Inc.; and shipper Bryan Wada of Wada Farms will each serve three-year terms. Nick Blanksma of Legacy Farms and Todd Cornelison of High Country Potatoes were appointed Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively.

“I’m pleased to welcome Julie, Paul and Bryan to the Idaho Potato Commission. From farming to processing to politics, their impressive backgrounds and experience will be instrumental as we develop and implement new marketing programs that will shape the future of Idaho’s most important agricultural product, the Idaho® potato,” said Frank Muir, President & CEO, Idaho Potato Commission (IPC).

Every marketing program the IPC initiates, whether it’s advertising, public relations, retail promotions or social media, is designed to encourage folks to proactively look for the “Grown in Idaho®” seal and meet at least one of four overarching goals:

  • Stimulate demand for all Idaho-branded potato products domestically and internationally
  • Educate consumers that Idaho® potatoes are nutritious, heart-healthy, and relevant for today’s lifestyles
  • Build consumer and customer loyalty in seeking “Grown in Idaho®” products
  • Increase grower understanding of, and support for, IPC programs

Nine Commissioners represent Idaho® potato growers, shippers and processors. They are nominated by industry peers and selected by Governor Brad Little. The Commissioners are:

  • Nick Blanksma (Legacy Farms) – Chairman
  • Todd Cornelison (High Country Potatoes) – Vice Chairman
  • Mary Hasenoehrl (Gross Farms)
  • Randy Hardy (Hardy Farms)
  • Dan Nakamura (Idahoan Foods)
  • Brett Jensen (Jensen Farms)
  • Julie VanOrden (Garth VanOrden Farms)
  • Paul Sato (McCain Foods, USA, Inc.)
  • Bryan Wada (Wada Farms)


About the Idaho Potato Commission
Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho®” seal, a federally registered trademark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho’s growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain-fed irrigation and rich volcanic soil, give Idaho® potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance. These ideal growing conditions are what differentiate Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states. For more information, visit www.idahopotato.com.