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2019 Olympia Potato Day

Friday, 01 February 2019 Blog & News

This week potato farmers gathered in Olympia meeting with state legislators, staff members, and agency personnel. Family potato farm perspectives were shared, communicating various challenges, and expressing the need to fund soil health research. The Washington State Soil Health Initiative provides a win-win opportunity for potato growers, the environment, and local communities. Growers also...

2019 WSNA Recipe Contest

Monday, 10 December 2018 Blog & News

Enter your favorite Washington potato recipe for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the 2019 Washington School Nutrition Association conference in Spokane! Recipe Guidelines: Recipes must feature a potato item. Recipes must be written in 12-portion yield format and meet current USDA requirements. Be sure to include a serving size suggestion, cooking temperature, and all...

Potato News and Nutrition

Friday, 09 November 2018 Blog & News

When taking a closer look at a russet potato you’ll find that they are packed with fiber, potassium, protein, vitamin C, antioxidants and more! Another big health bonus for this versatile vegetable is the fact that they contain no fat, cholesterol, saturated fat, trans fat, or sodium. Potatoes are also gluten-free and contain more potassium than a banana. Without a doubt, potatoes are a...

2019 Washington Oregon Potato Conference

Thursday, 17 January 2019 Blog & News

The 2019 WA/OR Potato Conference and Trade Show is here! Each year this event continues to grow in popularity and still stands as the potato industry’s premier event. Our goal is to provide all of the attendees with an experience they can enjoy and find worthwhile. We hope to see you at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick January 22nd-24th! View the schedule below. 2019...

WSPC Visits the Apple Cup

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 Blog & News

WSPC Commissioners and staff members had a blast, serving FREE baked potatoes in the Field House at the 2018 Apple Cup! The hungry crowds loved our product and were able to head over to the game with warm full bellies on the snowy evening. Over 1,700 baked potatoes to the excited game-goers. While collecting their free baked potatoes, fans also had the opportunity to donate to Second Harvest...

2018 Potato Art Show

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 Blog & News

Don’t forget to stop by the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center for the Reheated: Baked, Mashed or Fried Potato Art Show. This gallery is a revamp from the museum’s previous annual potato art show “Baked, Mashed or Fried”. All entries are original or a recreation of famous artwork in a potato theme. Several art pieces are available for purchase. This year the $500 “Golden Potato...

2019 NW Women's Show

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 Blog & News

Plan a girls day outing and buy your friends or family members tickets to the 2019 NW Women’s Show in Tacoma, WA! This year's show will feature everything from cooking to beauty products, you don’t want to miss it…even Mario Lopez will be in attendance! WSPC staff and commissioners will be exhibiting at the show, in fact, we are teaming up with several chefs who will give one-hour cooking...

CB Tech Holds Fourth Annual Potato Day

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 Blog & News

Last week, Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center (CB Tech) located in Moses Lake held their fourth annual “Potato Day". CB Tech provides a hands-on learning experience for high school students with various technical skills and serves mainly Junior and Senior students from 11 school districts in the Basin. This year Potato Day was extended into a 3-day event. Approximately 1,600 fifth grade...

French Fry Nutrition

Monday, 08 October 2018 Blog & News

French Fries often get a bad reputation and are labeled as non-nutritious food. We are here today to prove that reputation wrong! According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, French Fried potatoes can be apart of a healthy diet when eaten in moderation. Just like any other form of potatoes, French fries deliver important nutrients like fiber and potassium. Frying does not diminish the fiber...
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WSDA Resilient Food System Infrastructure Grant Program

WSDA Resilient Food System Infrastructure Grant Program

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) recently opened the application period for the Resilient Food System Infrastructure (RFSI) Grant. This one-time grant program is funded by USDA and is designed to bolster the middle of Washington’s food supply chain. The program aims to enhance local and regional food systems by supporting activities like aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, and distribution. Eligible entities include agricultural producers, processors, non-profit organizations, for-profit entities meeting SBA small business size standards, local and tribal governments, and institutions like schools and hospitals. Priority will be given to projects that benefit underserved and socially disadvantaged farmers, small and veteran-owned businesses, and projects that expand processing, aggregation, and distribution capacities. The application period opened on May 30, 2024, and closes on July 15, 2024 at 5:00 PM. WSDA is offering extensive support to help applicants through the process. This includes assistance from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and dedicated office hours every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the application deadline. Visit the RFSI webpage for more information about what’s available. If you need assistance, please visit the RSI website. WSDA will also be available with office hours of every Tuesday 10am through July 9th and every Thursday at 2pm through June 27th (no office hours on July 4th holiday)

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