Paula Houlihan, front-center, and Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association executive director Tamas Houlihan, right, enjoy festivities at the National Potato Council summer meeting in July in Wisconsin Dells, Wisc. ( Courtesy of National Potato Council )

Almost 150 potato growers and industry leaders met at the National Potato Council’s summer meeting in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., to discuss industry policy priorities. 

From speakers at the July 10-12 meeting, attendees deepened their knowledge about farm and food exports, climate change, and leadership development, according to a council news release.

There was a special celebration for outgoing council president and CEO John Keeling, who retired in June.

“It was a great opportunity to work together on policy development for the betterment of our industry and network with other potato growers and partners,” Larry Alsum, council president, said in the release.

The general sessions were headlined by Michael Swanson, agriculture economist and senior vice president of Wells Fargo Bank; John Maxwell speaker, trainer and coach; and Courtney Booth, who defined leadership as influence and challenged the audience to become a person of positive influence. S. Elwynn Taylor of Iowa State University gave attendees insights into historic weather patterns which can help predict future climate. 

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