When Melanie Wickham steps away from Empire Potato Growers she will have served as the group’s leader for 33 years. She’ll also have dozens of successes and hard-won victories to look back upon.
Those include a trade show that has more than doubled in size, a vibrant research fund to help growers and a trailer. Yes, a trailer. A trailer that houses a USDA Agricultural Research Service lab and represents a goal that Wickham has been working toward for over a decade.
“I vowed I would not leave till I got this one,” she said.