MOSES LAKE -- The Washington State Potato Commission has named a new chairman and welcomed a new commissioner to its board.
Frank Martinez from the Royal Slope was voted by growers as the new commission chairman, while Rex Calloway of Quincy -- who was elected to the commission by growers earlier this year -- was seated during the commission's annual meeting.
It was held in tandem with the Washington Potato & Onion Association summer meeting last month.
Martinez, who was born in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, started growing potatoes in 1981, according to the commission.
His Saddle View Farms now grows about 1,000 acres a year in fresh and processed potatoes and corn.
He's been a member of the commission since 2003.
Other members of the leadership team for the 2010-11 year are Bob Halvorson, first vice chairman; Darrin Morrison, second vice chairman; Jared Balcom, secretary; Angela Pixton, trea-surer.
Ted Tschirky, immediate past chairman, also serves on the executive committee.