Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association
Interview with Steve Diercks
The name “Diercks” is synonymous with leadership in
the Wisconsin potato industry. When Andy Diercks was elected President of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association in 2002, he became the fourth generation in his family to serve in that position. Steve Diercks, Andy’s father, served as WPVGA President in 1989; Steve’s father, Robert Diercks, served as WPVGA President from 1975-76; and Robert’s father, Ben H. Diercks was the Association’s first President in 1948-49.
Steve was also recently re-elected to serve on the Wisconsin Potato Industry Board, a position he has held since 1993, including several terms as WPIB President. It was during Steve’s year as President of the WPVGA that the WPIB was restructured from having a
two-cent per hundredweight assessment with a refund clause, to a threecent
per hundredweight mandatory assessment, strengthening and unifying the industry as a whole.