THE National Potato Council has elected Dominic LaJoi, a fourth-generation St John Valley potato farmer, as its new president.
He will serve a one-year term with the Washington, D.C.-based interest group, during which he will lead the council through its transition to working with President Joe Biden’s administration, help coordinate its ongoing response to the pandemic-altered potato industry and generally pursue the industry’s priorities on a national level.
He will also host the annual National Potato Council’s summer meeting in Presque Isle in July, if COVID-19 safety protocols allow it. If the meeting takes place, it will be the first held in Aroostook County in the council’s history.
In a recent interview with the Bangor Daily News, Dominic said: “It all goes back to the hard work that the generations before us accomplished so that we can benefit and live a good way of life and pass it on to the next generation.”