The U.S. Potato Board has hired its first-ever director of research and analysis. Ryan Krabill, who worked most recently as senior director of legislative and regulatory affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based National Potato Council, will join the Denver-based board April 1, according to a news release. Krabill’s work for the council included working with Congress and national and state-level potato industry groups to support policy initiatives, a skill that will serve him well at the board, according to the release. As director of research and analysis, Krabill will work with potato researchers to help advance potato research. He also will work to secure funding for potato research initiatives.