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.
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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.