Mexico Delays Decision On U.S. Potatoes

On Wednesday, the Mexican Supreme Court decided to delay its long-awaiting ruling on whether it will overturn a ban on fresh potato imports from the U.S. until next week at the earliest. Although processed potato products can still be imported into Mexico, fresh potatoes have been effectively banned from the country for over 20 years. […]

Potato Industry Feels Left Out of CFAP

The National Potato Council and state grower organizations wrote Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue last week to talk about potatoes that have nowhere to go for processing. According to the Council, more than 1.5 billion pounds of fresh potatoes for processing and potato products are trapped in the supply chain with no likely customers. Mountains of […]

Potato Industry Celebrates USDA’s $50M Purchase

On Monday, the USDA announced it’s $470 million Section 32 food purchase to help support the industry during the coronavirus. The National Potato Council said it welcomed the announced that USDA will purchase $50 million in surplus potatoes. That purchase was the largest of all the specialty crop purchases. Monday’s purchase is in addition to […]

Lack Of Ag Labor Creates Challenges For NW Growers Says Newhouse

Expect conversations over Ag labor and meeting the needs of America producers to increase in the coming weeks. Last week, Florida Republican Ted Yoho introduced his Labor Certainty for Food Security Act, which in many ways is very different from the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act supported by Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse. Newhouse recently spoke […]

Apple And Potato Industry To Push For Ag Labor Reform

On Wednesday, leaders from the potato and apple industries will call on the Senate to pass Ag labor reform.  During this week’s press conference, members of the farm community and of the House of Representatives will ask the Senate to vote on legislation addressing the Ag Labor crisis.  Specifically, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, sponsored […]

Othello Grower Named Leader of Potato LEAF

Last month, potato growers and industry partners teamed up to launch a new initiative dedicated to growing future leaders.  It’s called The Potato Leadership, Education and Advancement Foundation, or Potato LEAF.  Othello potato farmer Shelley Olsen will chair the new 501(c)3.   “[It] was formed to basically support the Potato Leadership Institute (PLI) program that […]

Chipping Potatoes Permitted Year Round In Japan

On Tuesday, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry informed USDA that starting this year, American chipping potatoes will be allowed to enter year-round.  Previously, the import protocol for U.S. chipping potatoes states was from Feb. 1st to July 30th each year.  The new language state that U.S. chipping potatoes can enter all year round. […]

Men From Washington Named To National Potato Council Leadership

During the National Potato Council Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this month, the group announced historic leadership for the upcoming year.  The council named elected Britt Raybould of Rexburg, ID to serve as the NPC’s President, and lead the Executive Committee.  Raybould previously served the NPC Board as First Vice President and Vice President of […]