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COVID-19 MOBILE VACCINES FOR FARMWORKERS

Monday, 17 May 2021 Blog & News

Nicole and Tara are nurse practitioners and Cofounders of Pliable, an organization based out of the Puget Sound offering mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics in eastern and central Washington.  Pliable is an organization focused on the provision of mindfully-driven healthcare and interested in vaccinating farmworkers and their families in rural Washington. Pliable welcomes all, regardless of...

FRIES AT THE FIESTA 5K OLE

Wednesday, 05 May 2021 Blog & News

Ole! On May 1st, Frieda, the new Fry Van made her debut at the Fiesta 5K Ole. It was a nice spring day at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA. There were 430 participants at this race who were very excited to refuel with some Washington french fries after their workout and collect some potato swag. Everyone at the event was excited to see WSPC and loved our high-quality french fries!  If you have...

WSDA GRANT PROGRAM OFFERS HELP TO QUALIFYING AG BUSINESSES

Monday, 19 April 2021 Blog & News

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is offering grants to small agriculture-related businesses in sectors that have suffered economically due to the coronavirus pandemic but have been left out of earlier relief programs. The WSDA Relief and Recovery grants, funded through a partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce), are intended to assist small...

LET’S TALK ABOUT WA POTATO SUSTAINABILITY

Thursday, 13 May 2021 Blog & News

Washington potato growers are blessed to farm on magnificent soil and in a climate that produces the highest yield of potatoes in the world. They know that they are in control of this soil through their lifetimes, yet are committed to relinquishing it to the next generation of potato growers in a condition that will continue to provide those yields into the foreseeable future. That is why WA...

POTATOES IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Friday, 30 April 2021 Blog & News

Men’s Health magazine published an 8-page feature spread on the nutritional value – and delicious taste – of potatoes in its recent May issue. The article, available online in May, addresses long-standing myths and misinformation that potatoes are anything but a nutrient-dense vegetable and good carb. The authors state, “One medium-sized baked potato delivers six grams of protein and...

JAPAN TARIFF REDUCTIONS FOR US POTATOES--FRIES NOW ENTER TARIFF FREE

Monday, 12 April 2021 Blog & News

Last week Japan eliminated its remaining 2.1% tariff on US frozen fries (HS 2004.10) as a result of the tariff concessions secured under the US-Japan Trade Agreement.  Japan also further reduced the tariff on flakes granules and pellets (HS 1105.20) to 6.6%, and those tariffs on other dehy lines (HS2005.20), which now range from 4% to 8.6%. These tariffs will be subject to ongoing annual...

POTATO U IS LIVE!

Monday, 10 May 2021 Blog & News

We are excited to announce that Potato U is now live! The Washington State Potato Commission in partnership with Washington State Potato Foundation and a grant from Three Rivers Community Foundation has worked with educators to create on online E-Learning Education Center called “Potato U”. This center currently hosts a 6th grade curriculum centered around learning about potatoes and...

EIGHTH ANNUAL AG WORLD GOLF CLASSIC – Registration Now Open

Wednesday, 21 April 2021 Blog & News

Ag World Support Systems is joining with hosts JR Simplot, Lamb Weston, McCain Foods, and the Potato Growers of Washington for their annual charity fund-raising golf tournament to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities Inland Northwest.  Registration is now open. The Ag World Golf Classic will be held at TWO locations:  Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in...

CRINKLE CUT FRIES ADDED TO THE MENU AT ARBY’S

Thursday, 08 April 2021 Blog & News

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...
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All Your Potatoes Questions Answered

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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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Encouraging school foodservice operators to use more poatoes

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Washington Grown program partners with QFC

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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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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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