Roger Mix of Center, CO, was recently elected at the National Potato Council’s (NPC) annual meeting to serve as president of the organization in 2010.
Mix is a fourth-generation potato grower with Mix Farms. During 2007, Mix was named NPC’s vice president of environmental affairs, serving in that position until his recent selection as president. From 2005 to 2006 he served as the NPC’s vice president of finance and office procedures.
As a potato grower in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, Mix has been actively involved with the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, which represents potato growers from one of the oldest potato growing regions in the U.S.
Mix’s top legislative priorities for the NPC over the year include addressing food safety, sustainability, and climate change. “The federal government is moving toward national standards in the area of food safety, and NPC is urging legislators to adopt risk-based, commodity-specific food safety standards,” states Mix. “Food safety must be commodity specific. Any required audits should be standardized, good across-the-board and accepted up and down the supply chain.”
Mix also wants to build on the progress to date developing the NPC’s Data Collection Project, getting buy-in from grower groups and gathering supply data so the project can be published. Another top priority for Mix is working with EPA and registrants to maintain crop inputs and explore new uses and active ingredients that would benefit potato production.