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Voluntary Conservation, the Bridge for Agriculture to Save Wildlife

Friday, 03 February 2023 Blog & News | Sustainability

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 | Sustainability

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 | Sustainability

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 | Sustainability

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...

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...

Exploring Our Food System on a Potato Farm

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 Blog & News | Sustainability

Living in Washington State, sometimes I forget how big of a farming state this is. In the city, you’ll notice herb gardens, flowers, or even some berry patches in the summertime but if you drive North or East of the city of Seattle, you find yourself quickly surrounded by expansive fields of produce with irrigation spraying in bands and tractors or harvester equipment. When I went to the...
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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 delicious, but also cost-effective and a nutritious addition to the school menu. In partnership with the School Nutrition Association (SNA), two webinars featured potatoes.  The first webinar, “Maximize Your Menus and Minimize Labor Constraints with Potatoes”, showcased potatoes through on-trend, student-friendly menu innovations and solutions to ease labor strains. The second webinar, “Fun Summer Feeding with Potatoes”, showcased how putting potatoes at the center of the plate can enhance summer feeding programs in fresh and fun ways. Both webinars included a live cooking demonstration with Potatoes USA Culinary Director Chef RJ Harvey, RD and Award-Winning Author Dayle Hayes, MS, RD. The demonstrations were pre-recorded in the Potatoes USA Spud Lab and were a big hit with the participants. Webinars Key Takeaways: Nutritional benefits of potatoes at an affordable price How potatoes can limit food waste Ways potatoes can take over as the center of the plate How serving potatoes to children over the summer can be fun Upon webinar completion, attendees were able to earn continuing education credits. All recipes and resources utilized in the webinar are available on the SNA website for future download. Following are some quotes from the operators who were very engaged in the webinar chat. “My favorite Webinar I’ve seen so far this year. VERY helpful and insightful. Well Done!”  “Love Dayle and RJ as a team. Can they please start a cooking youtube series? ‘Dayle and RJ: Potatoes for All!’” “Great webinar, gained new ideas for using potatoes. Thank you!” SNA is recognized as the authority on school nutrition and utilizes weekly webinars to educate their 50,000+ members. For more information on K-12 School Foodservice marketing activities, email potatoesraisethebar@potatoesusa.com.

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