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PEI Potato Board Elects New Executive for 2015

(CHARLOTTETOWN, PE  -  December 17th, 2015)  The Prince Edward Island Potato Board has a new executive as a result of its December 16th Board of Directors meeting.  
 
Alex Docherty of Elmwood was re-elected for a second year as Chairman of the Board.  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 Rodney Dingwell of Morell.  Rodney and his family own and operate Mo Dhaicdh Farm Ltd., growing processing and tablestock potatoes.  Rodney represents the processing sector for the Montague-Souris District on the Board.
 
The third member of the Executive Committee is Darryl Wallace of Wallace Family Farms in Cascumpec, who was elected Secretary-Treasurer.  Darryl represents the processing sector for the West Prince District.  
 
Also joining the Board are three new directors:  Jason Hayden of Cherry Valley, who will be representing the tablestock sector for the Montague-Souris District; Wayne Townshend of Fortune Bridge, who will be representing the seed sector for the Montague-Souris District; and Fulton Hamill of Searletown, who will be representing the tablestock sector for the Summerside District.
 
The returning Board Directors are Donald Godfrey, Kirk Shea, Owen Ching, David Francis, John Hogg, and Glen Rayner.
 
The Board also recognized the efforts of retiring Board members Gary Linkletter, Charles Murphy, and Irwin Jay for their service over the past few years.
 
The potato industry is the largest economic driver of the agriculture industry on Prince Edward Island, and is 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.