Badger Common’Tater August 2019 Issue
Wisconsin Hosts 2019 NPC Summer Meeting
NPC President Larry Alsum and crew helped plan the annual event
There was no doubting the sincerity of National Potato Council (NPC) President Larry Alsum when he extended an invitation for the 2019 NPC Summer Meeting saying, “It’s with great honor that I welcome you to Wisconsin for the 2019 NPC Summer Meeting. May you enjoy your time here as Wisconsin’s agricultural bounty and the scenic beauty awaits you in Wisconsin Dells.”
Larry, president not only of the NPC, but also the president and CEO of Alsum Farms & Produce in Friesland, Wisconsin, helped host the NPC Summer Meeting, held at the Chula Vista Resort, July 10-12, in Wisconsin Dells.
One hundred and twelve people registered for the Summer Meeting, including 77 attendees, 26 spouses and nine children, all of whom seemed to enjoy their time spent in meetings, listening to dynamic speakers and presentations, and exploring Wisconsin’s ag industry and natural resources.
The schedule of events included a golf tournament at Cold Water Canyon Golf Course located in the Chula Vista Resort, NPC and Potatoes USA Executive Committee Meetings, receptions, luncheons, dinners, guest speakers, farm tours and more.
The Wednesday morning breakfast was highlighted by guest speaker Abigail Martin, Wisconsin’s 72nd Alice in Dairyland, who shared her role in promoting agriculture as an ambassador for the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
General sessions during the NPC Summer Meeting included an agricultural outlook from a lender’s perspective as presented by Michael Swanson of Wells Fargo & Company; “Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others,” conducted by Courtney Booth of the John Maxwell Team; and “Weather for Agriculture: What Will 2019 and Beyond Bring?” presented by Dr. S. Elwynn Taylor of Iowa State University.