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Peeling Contest Kicks Off Potato Conference-January 25, 2017

It ain’t really a competition until there’s blood on the spuds.  Those competing in the annual Potato Peel-Off at the Washington Oregon Potato Conference gave more than their fair share. But the four teams competing in the annual event didn’t let a few nicks and cuts slow them down. They just powered through to the end, then wrapped their fingers in bandages in hopes of advancing to the next round. Read More

Farmers Hope for Better Trade Deals After TPP Withdrawal-January 27, 2017

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Wazzu's Win Over Oregon State Brings 66,000 Pounds of Potatoes to Area Food Banks-November 4, 2016

The Washington State Cougars win over Oregon State last weekend is bringing 66,000 pounds to food banks in Washington and Oregon.  The Washington State Potato Commission and the Oregon Potato Commission teamed up for the third annual "Potato Bowl", where farmers from each state place a wager on the game's final outcome. Read More

Lamb Weston’s Expansion of a French Fry Processing Plant Showcases the State’s Potato Industry-October 6, 2016

No doubt you’ve noticed that Washington is in the grips of a gustatory frenzy, with an entire industry growing up around the desire to provide eaters and drinkers with the latest in exotic, artisanal, handcrafted, small-batch, organic food and beverages.  For sheer economic impact, though, few comestibles can top the humblest of vegetables and possibly the most popular mass-market product made from it: the potato and the french fry. Read More

Picture-Perfect Potatoes Primed for Pipeline-August 12, 2016

Preliminary reports from the Pacific Northwest are strong indicators that fresh potato growers are anticipating an outstanding production season in 2016.

Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, is equally enthusiastic. “The weather has been perfect for growing potatoes this year which is a welcome change from the past couple of years,” he commented. “In the past, we’ve had extended periods of extreme temperatures. But this year has been ideal. Warm summer days and cool nights are the perfect conditions for potatoes.” Read More

New Chair: Washington Potato Industry Reaches Out to Lawmakers- June 29, 2016

The Washington potato industry must work with lawmakers to ensure they are aware of farmer’s needs, the new chairman of the state’s potato commission says. Quincy, Wash., potato farmer Rex Calloway begins his one-year term as chairman of the Washington State Potato Commission executive committee July 1. He raises roughly 900 acres of potatoes for the processing industry. Read More

Calloway Elected WSPC Chair-June 27, 2016

The Washington State Potato Commission has elected a new Executive Committee.  WSPC named Rex Calloway the Executive Committee Chairman during last week’s annual meeting in Moses Lake. Calloway said the commission will continue to take a proactive role on key issues impacting Washington Potato growers and the industry. Calloway replaces Mike Dodds who has chaired the commission since July 2015. Read More

Irrigating Potatoes Without Wasting A Drop-June 1, 2016

I’m Susan Allen with Washington Ag Today. With temperatures heading up into the 90’s in many parts of the state this week, you will see field irrigation going full force, With today’s high-tech irrigation technology water is precisely calibrated so that not a drop is wasted. Read More

Potato Farmers Are Helping Cancer Research, Educating Legislators-April 20, 2016

Potato farmers are working hard to plant their crops, and they’ve been hard at work helping cancer research and educating legislators and students.  Potato farmers donated $3,740 to the Ovarian Cancer Foundation, according to Ryan Holterhoff, director of Marketing and Industry Affairs for the Washington State Potato Commission.  Read More

Program Details Washington Agriculture and Impact-April 14, 2016

A weekly television program that highlights Washington agriculture was nominated for three Northwest Emmy awards.  Washington Grown was nominated for Best Informational/Instructional Program, Best Interview/Discussion Program and Best Arts/Entertainment program, said Ryan Holterhoff of the Washington State Potato Commission. The WSPC and the Washington Wheat Growers were the founding partners for Washington Grown, now in its third season. Read More

Washington State Potato Commission: Working to Improve Trade Opportunities-March 22, 2016

This is a critical year for the Washington potato industry as we look to focus our efforts on strengthening our international trade opportunities. We intend to spend the year educating our members of Congress on how the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will expand markets, increase sales and create jobs in Washington. Read More

 Study: Washington Potatoes Net State $7.42 Billion Annually- February 12, 2016

The Washington potato industry contributes $7.42 billion annually to the state's economy, a recent study from the Washington State Potato Commission finds. The study, conducted for the commission by Washington State University's IMPACT Center, also reports Read More 

Washington Grown: Connecting State Residents to Farmers-January 28, 2016

To help bridge the gap between producer and consumer, a Washington-based TV show is connecting Washington residents to farmers and ranchers around the state. Read More