Potato Growers Looking Forward To Additional Opportunities In Mexico

Potato growers are excited after the signing of a plan allowing American producers to export fresh potatoes to all of Mexico. This comes months after the Mexican Supreme Court ruled in favor of American growers, saying fresh spuds could not be limited to just 16 miles from the U.S/Mexico border. National Potato Council CEO Kam […]

Potatoes USA: Retail Potato Sales Reach Record Highs

Between July 2019 and June 2020, retail potato sales reached a five-year record high. Potatoes USA reports total potato sales increased by 11% in dollars and 10% in volume. Every category, except deli-prepared sides, increased in both dollar and volume sales. Frozen, dehydrated, and canned potatoes saw double-digit increases in both dollar and volume sales. […]

USDA: Fresh Potatoes Part Of Trade Deal With China

According to the trade text, the USDA and China will sign and implement phytosanitary protocol allowing American fresh potato imports into China for processing.  The signing ceremony was essentially a commitment to open the market by February 24th.  While the potato industry is happy with the language, they understand it’s not a done deal at […]

Voigt: Japan Agreement Great For Northwest Potato Growers

Chris Voigt, Executive Director of the Washington state Potato Commission says the trade agreement with Japan, signed by President Trump in early October, means good things for Northwest growers going forward.  He said the lack of a trade deal meant competitors such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the European Union all enjoyed tariffs advantages […]

Newhouse Asking For Open Access To Japan for Potato Growers

Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse is calling on the USDA to consider open market access for fresh potatoes during trade negotiations.  In a letter sent last week, Newhouse asked the USDA and Sonny Perdue to “pursue full market access for U.S. fresh table stock potatoes to Japan” as work continues on the U.S.-Japan Free Trade agreement. […]