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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...

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

Friday, 26 March 2021 Blog & News

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...

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...

THE WASHINGTON STATE HOUSE LABOR COMMITTEE ADVANCES OVERTIME BILL

Friday, 26 March 2021 Blog & News

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.

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...

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

Friday, 19 March 2021 Blog & News

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....
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