The Red River Valley Potato Growers Association is the forerunner to what is currently known as the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association. It was first known as the North Dakota Potato Growers and Shippers Traffic Association.
The association was founded to "foster and promote the interests and welfare of all those in North Dakota who are engaged in the growing, distribution or shipment of potatoes," according to an undated Constitution in this collection. It is a non-profit organization that serves as a cooperative among area potato farmers and refrains from entering into commercial functions.
The area comprising the Red River Valley of the North includes the counties in North Dakota and Minnesota adjacent to the Red River of the North, approximately 250 miles in length and covering an area equal to 190 miles in width. This fertile valley produced the nation's third-largest potato crop in 1945 with an estimated 43,020,000 bushels.
In 1960, the association had 2,500 members, its highest membership. With the changing economy of the 1980s and 90s, membership decreased but acreages for those farmers increased. As of 2006, the association had 330 grower members. It continues to promote the products of potato farmers in the Red River Valley. The organization's offices are in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
The Red River Valley Potato Growers Association Records are comprised of eight folders of material dating 1939-1946, when the organization was known as the North Dakota Potato Growers and Shippers Traffic Association. Official business of the organization is documented in this collection, including an undated constitution, minutes, membership rosters, annual reports and financial records.
Included correspondence addresses notices for meetings and problems with overdue accounts. Later correspondence addresses concerns of the wartime economy on the region's agriculture and requests for government relief. Also included is a letter from the Texas Citrus and Vegetable Growers and Shippers forwarding their membership contract for consideration as a model for the Red River Valley Potato Growers Association.