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Business updates: Potatoes Marketing

03/02/2012 09:17:00 AM
David Mitchell

“This event connects growers from various parts of country and gives them an opportunity to see how things are done in different places,” he said.

Okray Family Farms adds industry veteran

Mike Barker has joined Okray Family Farms Inc., Plover, Wis., as facilities manager. 

President Dick Okray said Barker is responsible for the company’s security needs, seed cutting, storage and more than two dozen buildings. 

Barker previously worked for Midwestern Farms Inc., Plainfield, Wis., and has been in the industry for two decades.

“He’s a smart, sharp guy,” Okray said. “We’re very lucky to have him.”

Okray also has added a Volm bagger, Okray said.

He said the new bagger will increase speed and efficiency.

Red River Valley group picks board member

Bryan Folson, president of Folson Farms, Inc., East Grand Forks, Minn., has been selected to the board of the Red River Valley Fresh Potato Growers Cooperative.

Ted Kreis, marketing director of the East Grand Forks-based Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, said Folson will serve a three-year term. 

Folson succeeds Greg Hall, owner of J.G. Hall & Sons, Edinburg, N.D., whose term had expired.

Wilcox Fresh hires sales manager

Jason Marco has joined Rexburg, Idaho-based Wilcox Fresh as a sales manager for the Northeast in the company’s Bath, Maine, office. 

Executive vice president of sales and marketing Jim Richter said Marco previously worked in the banking and investment industry.

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