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CRINKLE CUT FRIES ADDED TO THE MENU AT ARBY’S

on Thursday, 08 April 2021. Posted in Blog & News

CRINKLE CUT FRIES ADDED TO THE MENU AT ARBY’S

At the end of 2020, Arby’s tested crinkle fries in select markets around the country. Now, the quick-service chain, with over 3,000 outlets in the U.S., added them permanently to their menu nationwide. For a chain whose slogan is “We have the meats,” they are certainly trying to become a competitive fry purveyor as well. In July of 2020, Arby’s signature curly fries were passionately ranked #1 as best fast-food fries by Thrillist. Crinkle-cut fries are growing in popularity; Datassential’s Annual Potato Menu Trends Report shows this style has increased by 10% on menus in the past year, by 41% in the past four years, and are predicted to grow by an additional 15% in the next four years. With Arby’s being known for their best in the business curly fries, it makes sense to expand with another consumer-loved spud.

AG WORKERS ELIGIBLE FOR VACCINE - WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 VACCINE RESOURCES

on Friday, 19 March 2021. Posted in Blog & News

AG WORKERS ELIGIBLE FOR VACCINE - WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 VACCINE RESOURCES

The State has moved into applicable vaccine Phase 1b – Tier 2 for farm workers and food handlers. Please assess your eligibility to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit Phase Finder tool. View a list of vaccine locations. There is a new app to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  WA Notify can alert you if you’ve been near another user who later tests positive for COVID. It’s simple to add and your privacy is protected. To find out more the Department of Health and Microsoft's AI for Health team have partnered to create an interactive COVID-19 vaccine data dashboard.

WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATIVE DIRECTORY

on Tuesday, 23 February 2021. Posted in Blog & News

WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATIVE DIRECTORY

Below you’ll find a link to the 2021 Washington Legislature member information.  Please keep the website handy for this session.  The electronic guide contains current contact information for all state legislators with committee assignments. Due to COVID-19 a hard copy 2021 Olympia Legislative Guide was not published. 
Washington State Legislature Member Information

USDA AGENCY LAUNCHES NEW SITE FOR AG & SCIENCE-MINDED STUDENTS

on Friday, 26 March 2021. Posted in Blog & News

USDA AGENCY LAUNCHES NEW SITE FOR AG & SCIENCE-MINDED STUDENTS

AgLab, a new science-education website operated by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is now available to student and educators alike at https://aglab.ars.usda.gov/" data-type="url">https://aglab.ars.usda.gov/ .

Geared toward k-12 students with an interest in food and science, AgLab offers a variety of content to promote a greater understanding of how agricultural research is helping meet the food, fiber, feed, and fuel needs of a growing world population while also safeguarding our environment and natural resources.

For example, students considering career fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) may be especially interested in AgLab’s “20 for 30” offering. It profiles young researchers on the rise at ARS- starting with Jaqueline Serrano, an entomologist who is with the agency’s Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research Unit in Wapato, Washington.

Produced by the ARS Office of Communications, AgLab operates with the recognition that today’s students are tomorrow’s farmers, scientists, policy makers and consumers. With this latest iteration, the website reaffirms its commitment to making sure kids have access to information about agricultural research in a way that’s fun, timely and significant. 

WASHINGTON POTATOES APP

on Thursday, 18 March 2021. Posted in Blog & News

WASHINGTON POTATOES APP

It’s official, we would like to introduce the new Washington State Potato Commission app for Androids and iPhones! This new app has several convenient features including a recipe vault, a supplier tab, and a Team Potato tab. Folks who see us at athletic events will be able to enter their information on the app and receive some of our awesome swag. We will be adding more features to the app soon, like the ability to read Spud Topics articles (if you are on the email list). Once the software is developed, we will be able to send out push notifications on urgent matters and meeting reminders.

To download the app, visit the app store and search “Washington State Potato Commission”. You should see an app with our logo listed at the top of your screen. From there, download and enjoy!

SALES FOR POTATOES AT RETAIL HIT 5 YEAR HIGH IN 2020

on Tuesday, 16 February 2021. Posted in Blog & News, Potatoes News

SALES FOR POTATOES AT RETAIL HIT 5 YEAR HIGH IN 2020

Total potato sales at retail were at five-year record highs for both dollar and volume sales in 2020. Dollar sales increased by 16% compared to 2019 and all categories, except deli-prepared sides, grew by double-digit dollar sales. Dehydrated potatoes recorded the highest sales increases in dollars by 30% and volume sales by 25%. Canned and bottled potatoes saw the second-largest dollar increase at 29%, and frozen potatoes had the second-largest volume increase at 23%. The largest growth in dollar and volume sales for potatoes occurred from April through June, although all months grew by over 9% for both metrics.

Fresh potato sales increased by almost 21% in dollars and 15% in volume. All types increased in dollar and volume sales by at least 6%. Within the fresh potato category, medley potatoes had the highest dollar and volume sales increase with dollar sales by 34% and volume sales by 38%. While all package sizes saw double-digit growth in dollar sales, one-pound through four-pound bags saw the largest increase, growing by 24% in dollars and 19% in volume. Five-pound bags make up 47% of all package sizes bought at retail and grew in dollars and volume sales by double-digits compared to 2019.

Click on the following Potatoes USA links to see the complete reports for 2020 Total Potato Sales and 2020 Fresh Potato Sales.

THE WASHINGTON STATE HOUSE LABOR COMMITTEE ADVANCES OVERTIME BILL

on Friday, 26 March 2021. Posted in Blog & News

THE WASHINGTON STATE HOUSE LABOR COMMITTEE ADVANCES OVERTIME BILL

The House Labor Committee voted (6-1) to pass ESSB 5172 without amendments. In its current form, ESSB protects against retroactive judgments for overtime wages and penalties, including lawsuits filed after Nov. 5 2020. It also phases in overtime for non-dairy farmworkers, setting the trigger at 55 hours, 48 hours, and 40 hours on Jan. 1 of 2022, 2023, and 2024 respectively.

REQUIRED VEHICLE MARKINGS ON YOUR FARM VEHICLES OPERATED IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE

on Monday, 08 March 2021. Posted in Blog & News

REQUIRED VEHICLE MARKINGS ON YOUR FARM VEHICLES OPERATED IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE

Just a reminder regarding the beginning of the farm year. Under 49 CFR 390.21 Marking of Commercial Motor Vehicle, every self-propelled commercial motor vehicle operated in interstate commerce and subject to the rules of subchapter B of the chapter must be marked with the legal name or a single trade name of the motor carrier operating the self-propelled commercial motor vehicle. The Washington State Commercial Vehicle Guide is for your refence regarding how your vehicle should be marked.

SENATE PASSES RESTAURANT RELIEF

on Monday, 08 February 2021. Posted in Blog & News

SENATE PASSES RESTAURANT RELIEF

The Senate voted 90-10 on Thursday to approve a budget amendment, the Restaurant Rescue Plan, which establishes a $25 billion grant program for restaurants hurt by the pandemic. The amendment is part of a budget resolution passed by the Senate this morning. Nationally, 12% of all restaurants have permanently closed due to COVID impacts affecting potato and potato product sales.

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