Red River Sugarbeet Growers Association
Duane Maatz became the Executive Director of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association in the spring of 2015.
He previously served as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, where he represented potato growers throughout Wisconsin while working to increase the Association’s political involvement and influence by maintaining positive relationships on state and federal legislation, playing instrumental roles on issues that affect members such as the Farm Bill, Risk Management, International Trade Regulations, as well as other Agricultural and Business Policy.
A 1982 graduate of North Dakota State University, Duane has a BS degree in Agricultural Education with a minor in Composite Science. He served as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Agricultural Education Department at NDSU from 1982-1983. He worked as an Agricultural Education Instructor northeastern North Dakota from 1983-1992 followed by 6 years of Adult Farm Business Management work. Prior to his position with the WPVGA, Duane served for 10 years as the President of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
Duane has been married to his wife Patty for over 25 years. They have two sons, Austin and Landon, and a daughter, Tarah.