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Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

Friday, 13 August 2021 Blog & News

The Small Business Administration announced this week that it’s launching a web portal that will allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program loans of $150,000 or less to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA. This is big news for the more than 6.5 million of the smallest employers that have accessed the program as it will fast-track relief for them. More details on the portal...


Wednesday, 09 June 2021 Blog & News

Many gathered last week to celebrate the completion of the EL 47.5 Pump Station. The Station is located 7 miles NE of Warden, WA and is replacing 8,500 acres of deep well irrigated lands with surface water in the Odessa Aquifer.  EL 47.5 is designed to supply water to over 10,500 acres.  Speakers in attendance included Duaine Anderson, ECBID Board President; Senator Mark Schoesler...


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...


Monday, 12 July 2021 Blog & News

On July 1st Gov. Jay Inslee amended Proclamation 20-25 , Washington Ready (formerly known as  “ Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery ”) to update the statewide guidance and requirements for moving forward. The order reflects the general rules for moving forward after June 30, 2021, including the ongoing face covering requirement. The order...


Tuesday, 01 June 2021 Blog & News

The Washington State University Potato Group will hold a COVID-modified Potato Field day on June 24 that incorporates a self-guided tour of the WSU Potato Seed Lot Trial and several research demonstration trials. WSU researchers will be available to answer questions and guide participants. If COVID restrictions are reduced or lifted prior to June 24, there may be additional activities and...


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...

Outdoor Heat Safety

Tuesday, 06 July 2021 Blog & News

During this hot season physically demanding work, heavy clothing, and dehydration can put even the healthiest workers at higher risk for serious heat illness like debilitating heat exhaustion and life-threatening heat stroke. Heat exhaustion can make workers more susceptible to falls, equipment-related injuries, and other on-the-job safety hazards. Prevention is the best approach to protect...


Wednesday, 26 May 2021 Blog & News

The State’s $6 billion capital budget included irrigation projects supporting the Columbia Basin Project. Funded projects included the following: · $16,000,000 to assist in planning, designing, engineering, development coordination, and construction of pump stations or other improvements at the EL 79.2 or associated stations serving the same area that expand the delivery systems of the...


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...
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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

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