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No Seed Potatoes, No Food

Friday, 03 February 2023 Blog & News

LYNDEN, Washington February 9, 2023 – Farmers love to work the land. It’s less about profits than it is about the passion to produce healthy food for the community.   That is the stance of Scott Bedlington, a third-generation farmer in Western Washington. He’s concerned there is too much government overreach and not enough outreach. “These bills are getting proposed by people who...

Salmon Buffers: Food production survival is on the line, on both sides of the State

Friday, 03 February 2023 Blog & News

Quincy, Washington— February 2, 2023 – The summer Sam Krautscheid’s youngest son was 6 years old, he went almost everywhere with his dad. He would be waiting for Krautscheid at the foot of the stairs in their home every morning, ready to head out for a grown-up sized workday on the farm. One day, he was helping to fix an irrigation system with his dad and a full-time employee when a...

WASHINGTON GROWN IS GOING INTERNATIONAL!

Friday, 13 January 2023 Blog & News

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY MATTHEW WEAVER, CAPITAL PRESS Season 10 of Washington Grown began airing on January 3, 2023. Watch the full episode here. Read the Capital Press article by Matthew Weaver below or go here.   The TV show “Washington Grown” will follow the state’s agricultural exports overseas during an upcoming season. “Exports are critical for so many commodity products in...

Voluntary Conservation, the Bridge for Agriculture to Save Wildlife

Friday, 03 February 2023 Blog & News

MOSES LAKE, Washington, February 8, 2023 – Technical assistance rooted in providing site specific solutions to wildlife habitat protection and enhancement while maintaining agricultural viability is what the Voluntary Stewardship Program does, according to Harold Crose. Crose is a resource conservationist with the Columbia Basin Conservation District and has been part of the Voluntary...

For Food Saftey Sake

Friday, 03 February 2023 Blog & News

Moses Lake, Washington— February 1, 2023 – A new proposal in the Washington state legislature would toss out federal food packaging rules and make it more difficult to market our premier product: potatoes. Grocery store produce tables are stacked high with potatoes in 5- and 10-pound perforated plastic bags. But the Washington Recycling and Packaging (WRAP) Act would require potato packers...

Sustainability is Baked into Washington State Potato Farming

Monday, 21 November 2022 Blog & News

Did you know that sustainability is baked into Washington State potato farming? 99% of Washington’s potato farms are family farms. All too often, when we aren’t personally around farms, there can be a tendency to overlook the fact that farming is a practice and passion that farmers intend on continuing for decades – if not for longer when their kids & grandkids take over. Because...

Hope and questions spring eternal for Skagit Valley potato grower

Friday, 03 February 2023 Blog & News

MOUNT VERNON, Washington – February 7, 2023 – Despite years of regulatory headwinds, Darrin Morrison always chooses to see a future for agriculture in Washington state. “We have all these threats, but I still see our way of life as worth having,” Morrison said. “There are days, though, when the light is a little dimmer. You see those bills and you wonder what people are thinking.”...

Potato Day 2023

Friday, 03 February 2023 Blog & News

Moses Lake, Washington— January 30, 2023 — Every year, potato farmers from across the region migrate to Olympia, Washington to share this year’s potato harvest and celebrate Potato Day. On February 21, 2023, the staff from the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) will accompany farmers to Olympia to help hand out baked potatoes with all the fixings. Potato Day is a fan favorite and...

Nutritious and Delicious Potatoes - Do They Deserve a Place on Your Plate?

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 Blog & News

I recently had the sincere pleasure of visiting a potato farm about an hour north of where I live here in Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. I didn’t even realize it before my visit, but I’m living in a major potato heartland. The Skagit Valley is located right between Seattle and the Canadian border where the Skagit river flows into the Puget Sound (yes - there’s water all around...
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Washington Grown program partners with QFC

Washington Grown program partners with QFC

MOSES LAKE, Washington – Recently, the popular TV show, Washington Grown, received a large grant from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to expand its education efforts. Part of that expansion includes a partnership with QFC...

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Encouraging school foodservice operators to use more poatoes

Encouraging school foodservice operators to use more poatoes

As America’s Favorite Vegetable, potatoes can help provide students with the nutrients and energy they need to do their best during the school day. That’s why it’s important to remind school foodservice operators that potatoes are not only...

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Where Do the Best Potatoes Come From? Washington, Of Course!

Where Do the Best Potatoes Come From? Washington, Of Course!

French Fries, Mashed Potatoes, Baked Potatoes, Potato Salad...There are so many ways that we enjoy potatoes in our lives but have you ever thought about where the potatoes come from? Before spending time with the Washington State Potato...

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Managing Food Shortages Using a Flex-Menu

Managing Food Shortages Using a Flex-Menu

Chef Brenda Wattles, RDN, Contracted Menu Planner for West Ada School District, and Consultant to the Washington State Potato Commission This is the time of year many of us are reflecting on our current year to forecast how much food and what...

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Join Team Potato

Join Team Potato

JOIN TEAM POTATO AND BECOME PART OF THE WSPC POWERED BY POTATOES TEAM! The Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC) needs your help spreading the word on the health benefits of potatoes for athletes! For many years, potatoes have been...

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All Your Potatoes Questions Answered

All Your Potatoes Questions Answered

When you think of potatoes, you usually think of the other guy (cough cough Idaho). Well, we are here to tell you that we think the best potatoes actually come from farms right here in Washington! Why? For starters, our soil is superior, and our...

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