WSDA Derek Sandison last week handed out the first Director’s Citation Award of his administration, selecting as the recipient Don Potts, Eastern Region manager of the Grain Inspection Program.
|The WSDA Director's |
|WSDA grain inspection|
office in Spokane
A recent accomplishment really made Don stand out. A corporation comprised of five large grain companies asked Don’s office to provide commercial official inspections. As a hybrid inspection service that incorporates U.S. grain standards and factors used for marketing, this commercial official inspection is not a service that had ever been done in Washington.
Furthermore, private inspection businesses were competing with WSDA for the contract, which makes up about 60 percent of the Spokane Grain Office’s work.
|Don Potts, left, receiving his award.|
Director Sandison is on the right.
The Director’s Citation Award is handed out by WSDA directors at their discretion and was created to recognize achievements that benefit the agriculture industry or the agency. The last award was issued in June 2014 by former Director Bud Hover to the Washington State University Extension Service in recognition of their centennial year.