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has continually been a want over the
years, Alexander said, but growers
have become especially interested in
policymaking and supply chain issues
in recent years.
The process to nail down speakers
can go right up until the week before
the event, which includes the week
between Christmas and New Year's Day.
In retrospect, watching the event
grow and change - which was
intensified by the pandemic - has been
gratifying for Alexander.
the perspective now of
being able to look back and see what
a valuable meeting the Potato Expo
is for the industry and knowing that I
had a part in building something
that fosters and strengthens those
connections within the industry is
rewarding, " she said.
When asked of her favorite personal
memories, Alexander said traveling
around the country and seeing the
different potato-producing regions
is among them. Of course, the
relationships she's developed are right
up there as well.
" Hollee's service reflects
so many of the things we
value as potato growers.
She continually looks for
ways to do more for the
industry, solve problems
and lift up her colleagues. "
- Britt Raybould
" I'm fortunate, over the past 20 years,
to have developed a lot of friendships
with the growers. A lot of them I
first met when I was part of the
Potato Industry Leadership Institute
and went on those programs, "
Alexander said. " I remember being in
North Dakota with negative 30-degree
weather and having to scrape the
inside of the windows on the van just
to figure out where the next turn was.
It's always fun to remember those
when we get back together. "
During warmer times, Alexander has
enjoyed the annual summer meetings,
which typically are in the home state of
the current NPC president.
" Attending the summer meetings and
getting to all the growing areas (around
the U.S.) and seeing all the farms, taking
my family with me on those trips was a
lot of fun, " she said. " I remember going
to Washington state and to Montana,
when Dan Lake was president. We were
able to take them (her children) and he
set us up on Flathead Lake for a few
days and we went hiking at Glacier.
" There have been a lot of fun
memories over the years. "
Spudwoman of the Year is sponsored by:
Congratulations Hollee Alexander
The National Potato Council is proud
to announce Hollee Alexander as the
2022 Spudwoman of the Year!
Standing Up for Potatoes on Capitol Hill
The National Potato Council is the advocate for the
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