Okray elected to Wisconsin Potato Industry Board
For the City Times
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) recently announced the 2021 Wisconsin Potato Industry Board members, including a Stevens Point man.
Starting July 1, the following elected producers will begin a three-year term:
District 1: Eric Schroeder, 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: James Okray, Stevens Point
Includes Marathon, Outagamie, Portage, Shawano, Waupaca, and Waushara counties.
District 3: John Bobek, Markesan
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.
The Wisconsin Potato Industry Board is composed of nine producers in three districts across the state, with one at-large member elected every third year. The board oversees the collection and use of approximately $1.7 million in assessment fees paid by Wisconsin potato growers. This funding is used to support the potato industry through research, education, and promotion of Wisconsin-grown potatoes.