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Agricultural production of Irish potatoes and other agricultural commodities ramped up to meet the demands of World War II. Following the war, decreased demand led to depressed market conditions; no organized plan existed to facilitate the movement of surplus potatoes.

U.S. production areas were also expanding across the country, but conflict erupted among the regions as there was no framework for unifying the growing regions on a national level.

As early as 1947, it became apparent that it was necessary to give the potato industry a unified voice on a national level and improve the collection of data essential to production and marketing.

Therefore, the National Potato Council was formed in 1948 for the 45,000 U.S. potato growers. Currently located in Washington, D.C., NPC was organized to promote the greater consumption of Irish potatoes and to nationally represent potato farmers on legislative and regulatory matters.

Representatives from every large potato producing area were named to serve on the NPC Board of Directors, which would meet periodically to consider the potato problems and make recommendations for their improvement. Finances were provided by state potato organizations that collected dues, or quotas, from individual growers.

To this day, NPC remains committed to providing a unified voice for the U.S. potato industry on national legislative, regulatory, environmental, and trade issues to promote the increased profitability for growers and greater consumption of potatoes. NPC has been highly successful in representing the diverse interests of U.S. potato producers and plays a significant role influencing policy that directly affects the U.S. grower's ability to compete both domestically and globally.




At the National Potato Council's (NPC) 2015 Annual Meeting, held January 9-10, 2015, in Orlando, Florida, Dan Lake of Ronan, Montana, was elected to serve as the NPC President for 2015 and to lead the council's Executive Committee.

Lake is an owner and partner of Lake Seed, Inc. in Ronan, Montana, where he farms with his three brothers David, Pat, and Tim. The Lake family farm was started in Ronan 79 years ago by his grandfather Acel, an Idaho transplant, who later turned the farm over to Lake's parents, Don and Bernadine. He has previously held several positions with NPC, including First Vice President and Vice President of the Environmental Affairs Committee, Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committee member, Water and Endangered Species Subcommittee member, Disease Management and Seed Certification Subcommittee member, Voting Delegate for the State of Montana, and U.S. Potato Board Seed Task Force Committee member.

In accepting the position Lake noted his future goals as well as the positive impact of previous NPC Presidents, "I want to continue to build on the momentum that NPC has already achieved by staying active and focused on the issues that impact the potato industry the greatest. Ensuring positive results in all aspects of our industry is why I'm excited to be here to lend my voice and leadership. Our message has room to grow and we will continue our grassroots efforts that NPC is based on by reaching out to all potato growing states equally regardless of production volume," said Lake.

Lake and his wife Jan have four children, Beau, Brianna, Bridgett, and Brittnee, and two grandchildren, Tyson and Maggi.