Mark Duffin is as busy as ever now, but next fall plans to retire as executive director of the Idaho Sugar Beet Growers Association, a post he has held since April 1991. His replacement is expected to be hired early next year, and the two will work together until Duffin’s planned retirement at the end of September. “I will miss this job and the people I work with,” he said.
Duffin is now busy on several fronts. He is monitoring trade issues, as he has done since taking the job in April 1991 as the North American Free Trade Agreement was developing. He’s keeping an eye on what during his tenure would be the sixth version of a federal farm bill, which in current form retains the longstanding sugar program. He’s preparing for the 2019 Idaho legislative session he and others said figures to include several proposals related to agriculture and the environment as it gets underway in January.