Potatoes and Economy

In a recent study by Washington State University (WSU), the potato industry was shown to have a $4.6 billion economic impact and responsible for 23,500 jobs in the State of Washington.*  99% of the potato farms throughout Washington state are family owned businesses whose owners have deep roots in their communities. 

Beyond the growers, there are many other groups that play a major role in the economic impact the industry has on the State of Washington.  These groups include the seed companies, shippers, processors, packaging companies and transportation companies just to name a few.  They use machinery, trucks, fuel, financial services and other goods and services that support local companies and businesses.  This helps to improve things like the roads we all drive on, the schools our children and grandchildren attend and overall help to strengthen our local economies.