Event Details

MPIC Meeting


Michigan Potato Industry Commission Meeting

Location: Greenstone Farm Credit Services, 3515 West Road, East Lansing MI 48823

When: 9 a.m. Thursday, December 14, 2023. 


9:00 am Call to order – Phil Gusmano, Chair

Approval of Agenda

Public Comment on agenda items

Consent Agenda

  • Approval of Minutes from June 14, 2023
  • Accept Storage and Handling Committee minutes and recommendations (11/09/23)
  • Approval of PGMI Agreement (Policy 2.8)
  • Completion of Conflict of Interest Policy Statements (Policy 2.10)
  • Approval of Global Ends ED Interpretation (Policy 1.0)
  • Approval of Treatment of Consumers ED Interpretation (Policy 2.1)
  • Approval of Financial Condition and Activities ED Interpretation (Policy 2.4)
  • Approval of Investments ED Interpretation (Policy 2.6)
  • Approval of Emergency Succession Plan (Policy 2.09)
  • Placement of November Financial Statements on File

(The Consent Agenda is to address agenda items that likely do not need any discussion or debate. These items will be approved together. Anyone can request that an item be removed from the Consent Agenda and will be placed later on the agenda. It will be assumed that all Commission members have read the information relating to each recommendation and have asked any pertinent question prior to the Commission meeting. Questions can be directed to Kelly Turner, 248-343-0916.)

Review of audited financial statements (Bradley DeVries, Yeo and Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants)

Discussion on Policies

  • Global Board-Management Delegation (Section 4)
  • Global Ends (Section 1)

Action Items

  • Approval of Budget Adjustments (Policy 2.3)
  • 2024 Assessment Rate for Budget Development
  • NPC Board and Delegate Appointment
  • Determine if providing matching funds for MSU Capital Improvement proposal
  • Determine Award winners for 2024 WPC
    • Distinguished Service Award
    • Outstanding Michigan Potato Partner
  • MSU endowment fund description; George Smith, Director of AgBio, Jeff Martin, Senior Director of Development
  • Decide whether or not to cover cost of NPC Leadership in the Field Program
  • Decide on whether or not to do something to recognize Jon Yoder
  • Determine nominees for current open commission seat
  • Election of Chair and Vice Chair
  • Appointment of PGMI board seat

Michigan Potato Industry Commission Executive Director Report

  • Programing Update
    • Economic Impact Study
    • Winter Potato Conference
    • Rooted in Progress Summit
    • MI Ag CORE Update
    • PILI Report
    • Calendar of Events

MDARD Report MSU Report

Public comment on non-agenda items

(The Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC) reminds all participants at its meetings that certain topics are not proper subjects for discussion and consideration at any MPIC meetings of members, officers, directors, committees, or competitors whether formal or informal. While it is entirely appropriate to meet to discuss common problems and areas of interest, it must keep in mind that participants may be competitors and any action taken to eliminate, restrict, or govern competition can be a violation of the anti-trust laws. If there is any discussion at an MPIC meeting relating to significant factors of competition among the members, an inference may be raised that such a discussion among competitors is for agreeing upon a common course of business conduct. Among the subjects which should never be discussed at MPIC meetings are conditions; terms or prices of products or services; allocating or sharing customers; or refusing to deal with a supplier or class of suppliers. Agreements among competitors relating to any of these subjects can be per se violations of the antitrust laws and can lead to criminal and civil penalties. It is essential that all necessary steps be taken by those attending a MPIC meeting to prevent the meeting from becoming a forum for discussions which might lead to an understanding or agreement, expressed or implied, with respect to any element of competition. MPIC is an equal opportunity employer.)