This group was created in 1951 as the Advisory Seed Potato Certification Committee. In 1983 the group was renamed a "task force" and its existence made optional. Appointment and expiration was at the discretion of the commissioner of agriculture. In 2001 the legislature set the expiration date of the committee for June 30, 2003 (see Laws of Minnesota 2001, chap. 161, sec. 9).