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Potato LEAP Industry Leadership Institute Participants Announced
Michigan Ag Connection - 02/08/2023

The Potato Leadership, Education, and Advancement Foundation (Potato LEAF) will host the 2023 class of the Potato Industry Leadership Institute later this month.

The 10-day program will begin on Feb. 22 in Buffalo, N.Y., and participants will travel through New York and Pennsylvania and finish in Washington, D.C., where they’ll take part in the National Potato Council Washington Summit.

The 2023 PILI participants are:

- Thomas Baker, Bakersfield, Calif. (Grower Leader)

- Chelsea Gray, Denver, Colo.; Trey Jones, Blanca, Colo.; and Kelci Martinez, Monte Vista, Colo.

- Brogan Darrington, Declo, Idaho; Dalan Lerwill, Albion, Idaho; and Luke Radford, Rupert, Idaho

- Danny Deprey, Mars Hill, Maine; and Kenneth Irving, Caribou, Maine

- Eric Makarewicz, Elmira, Mich.; and Ryan Pelletier, McMillan, Mich.

- Aaron Groves, Jackson, Mo.

- Ben De Jonge, Manhattan, Mont.

- Nick Desautel, Grafton, N.D.; and Cole Vculek, Crete, N.D.

- James Farris, Culver, Ore.

- Bryan Bender, Chambersburg, Pa.

- John Scheuring, Dalhard, Texas

- Chad Sullivan, Pasco, Wash.; and Paul Yamane, Moses Lake, Wash.

- Nicola Carey, Bancroft, Wis.; and Lucas Schroeder, Antigo, Wis.

For more information about the Summit, go to

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