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REQUIRED VEHICLE MARKINGS ON YOUR FARM VEHICLES OPERATED IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE

Monday, 08 March 2021 Blog & News

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...

SENATE PASSES RESTAURANT RELIEF

Monday, 08 February 2021 Blog & News

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.

WSU ANNOUNCES ENDOWED CHAIR TO RESEARCH POTATO SOIL HEALTH

Monday, 30 November 2020 Blog & News

Washington State University will soon initiate a search for a mid-level career scientist to fill the position of Distinguished Endowed Chair in Soil Health for Potato Cropping Systems at the Pullman, WA campus.  This position is backed by a $3 million-plus fund that was generated by potato growers, potato processors, and registrants.  Interest accrued from the endowment will provide...

WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATIVE DIRECTORY

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 Blog & News

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

Thank you for attending the 2021 Virtual WA/OR Potato Conference!

Monday, 01 February 2021 Blog & News

We would like to thank all of those who attended the 2021 Virtual Washington-Oregon Potato Conference this week. While we hoped we would be able to have an in-person event, it just wasn’t in the cards. The Conference Board found a platform that we thought would be easy to navigate and showcase our Exhibitors, Sponsors and Speakers. It seemed to work, we had four days of successful sessions...

LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY JOBS DOWN IN WASHINGTON STATE

Monday, 09 November 2020 Blog & News

According to a Pew Research study, Washington State has lost 30.5% of its leisure and hospitality jobs.  The U.S. overall lost 24.5% of those jobs. The toll the COVID recession has taken on the hospitality industry has been staggering.  Nationally, leisure and hospitality jobs have endured by far the largest losses of any major industry. A review of U.S. Department of Labor jobs data...

SALES FOR POTATOES AT RETAIL HIT 5 YEAR HIGH IN 2020

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 Blog & News | Potatoes News

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...

WASHINGTON STATE POTATO FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES CPR, FIRST AID, AND AED TRAINING IN JANUARY - ONLY 20 SPOTS AVAILABLE IN EACH CLASS

Friday, 04 December 2020 Blog & News

Go to the Potato Foundation website at www.potatofoundation.org/   to find the links to register for the classes on Jan. 26 and Jan. 28. Trainings will be conducted at Columbia Safety, 418 N. Kellogg St., Suite D in Kennewick. There are only 20 spots available for each class. If you have any questions contact Kellee Balcom, kbalcom@potatoes.com" data-type="email">kbalcom@potatoes.com,...

VIRTUAL 2021 WA-OR POTATO CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Monday, 02 November 2020 Blog & News

Due to the restrictions on gatherings to limit the spread of the Corona Virus, we will not be able to have our normal show at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.  We will be going to a 100% virtual show this year January 26-28, 2021 with some new and exciting things! By going virtual, we will still be able to have all the normal general session, cultivar performance session,...
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