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PEI Potato Board Elects New Executive

(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE  -  December 11th, 2014)  The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its December 10th Board of Directors meeting.  Alex Docherty of Elmwood was elected the new Chairman of the Board, succeeding Gary Linkletter, who completed four years as Chairman.  Alex and his family own and operate Skyeview Farms Ltd., growing seed and tablestock potatoes.  Alex also represents the seed sector for the Charlottetown District on the Board.
 
The new Vice-Chairman of the Board is Darryl Wallace of Wallace Family Farms in Cascumpec.  Darryl represents the processing sector for the West Prince District.  Joining the executive committee as Secretary/Treasurer is Charles Murphy of Murphy’s Seed Potatoes Inc. in China Point.  Charles represents the seed sector for the Charlottetown District.
 
Also joining the Board are two new directors:  Glen Rayner of Rayner Farms in Cascumpec, representing the seed sector for the West Prince District; and John Hogg of Klondike Farms in Wilmot Valley, representing the processing sector for the Summerside District.
 
The returning Board Directors are:  Donald Godfrey, Irwin Jay, Kirk Shea, Owen Ching, Gary Linkletter, David Francis, and Rodney Dingwall.  The Board also recognized the efforts of retiring Board members Darryl Wilkie and Barry Green for their service, as well as recognizing Gary Linkletter for his excellent leadership as Chairman for the past four years.  
 
The potato industry is the single largest economic driver of the agriculture industry on Prince Edward Island, worth over one billion dollars to the Prince Edward Island economy each year.  Prince Edward Island is also the largest potato-producing province in Canada.  The Prince Edward Island Potato Board represents Island potato growers and assists in growing the market for PEI Potatoes locally, nationally, and internationally