The Washington State Potato Commission elected Mike Madsen as a commissioner during a quarterly meeting Sept. 6.

Madsen will begin serving his term for the Moses Lake-based commission immediately.

Washington State Potato Commission elects commissionerMadsen has more than 40 years of experience in the potato industry and now works as a farm unit manager for AgriNorthwest’s Plymouth Farms.

“I have been around potatoes nearly my whole life,” Madsen said in the release. “I started out as just a young boy changing water in a Russet Burbank field. I look forward to utilizing this lifelong experience of working with potatoes as I operate alongside the other commissioners and do my part to best serve the industry.”

Madsen has also served as an industry member of the commission’s research and technical committee.

The term for his position is three years.

The commission is governed by 15 commissioners from the state’s potato industry, according to the release.