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WEBINARS AVAILABLE FOR PESTICIDE RECERTIFICATION

Monday, 26 October 2020 Blog & News

Washington State University will offer five 3-hour webinars in 2020 and 2021 for urban IPM and pesticide education recertification credits.  Each will provide 3 WSDA pesticide license credits, and credits for Idaho and Oregon as well.  Webinars will cost $30 and be held from 8:30 to 11:30 on the following dates:               November 17, 2020 or...

COVID-19 TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR AGRICULTURE

Friday, 18 September 2020 Blog & News

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has COVID-19 training and educational resources available via internet: *  Agricultural COVID-19 Requirements and Training, including COVID-19 Response Plan Template (English and Spanish) https://lni.wa.gov/safety-health/safety-training-materials/training-kits#AgCOVID19 *  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention in Agriculture and...

INSLEE UPDATES PROCLAMATION REQUIRING AGRICULTURAL WORKER TESTING

Monday, 24 August 2020 Blog & News

Gov. Inslee issued an update to Proclamation 20-57, “Concerning the Health of Agricultural Workers.” The proclamation now requires agricultural employers to test their workforce broadly when health officials identify an outbreak that passes certain thresholds.   Since the governor first issued Proclamation 20-57 on May 28, the total number of cases in Washington...

FSA TEAMS LIVE EVENT FOR CFAP 2 (CORONA VIRUS FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM) SEPTEMBER 28 AT 1 PM

Friday, 25 September 2020 Blog & News

Please join FSA on Monday, September 28th, 2020 from 1 PM Pacific to 3 PM Pacific as we present the CFAP 2 program via TEAMS Live.  The event will cover how to apply for the program, what forms will be necessary for the program, what commodities are included in the program, and much more.  The event will be recorded so that all can view the seminar as they wish and will include a...

POTATO COMMISSION RESEARCHES COVID-19 ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES, $1 BILLION ESTIMATED LOST IN GROSS STATE PRODUCT

Friday, 11 September 2020 Blog & News

Total economic losses from potato production and processing in 2020, stemming from the demand shocks of COVID-19, are expected to amount to roughly $1 billion dollars in gross state product. The WSPC asked the IMPACT Center of the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University to identify the economic harm to the potato sector in Washington State resulting from COVID-19 virus...

USDA ANNOUNCES MORE ELIGIBLE COMMODITIES FOR CFAP

Friday, 14 August 2020 Blog & News

USDA ANNOUNCES MORE ELIGIBLE COMMODITIES FOR CFAP U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that additional commodities are covered by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) in response to public comments and data. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the deadline to apply for the program to September 11th, and producers...

USDA EXPANDS CORONAVIRUS FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CFAP 2.0)

Monday, 21 September 2020 Blog & News

USDA EXPANDS CORONAVIRUS FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CFAP 2.0) An additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19 will be released soon. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2.0) will begin September 21st and run through December 11, 2020.  The U.S. Department of...

USDA FSA CALL CENTER OPEN TO HELP FARMERS WITH CFAP APPLICATIONS

Friday, 04 September 2020 Blog & News

Farmers and ranchers can now contact a call center to receive one-on-one assistance from USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) employees ready to help. By calling 877-508-8364, customers can ask questions about FSA programs – including the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) – and get a jump start on program applications. The call center was created in response to CFAP to better serve...

TACO BELL ELIMINATING POTATO ITEMS FROM MENU AUGUST 13

Monday, 03 August 2020 Blog & News

Taco Bell has confirmed that it will be dropping potato items from its menu August 13, apparently as part of an effort to simplify its menu. This will mean many items including Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes, Cheesy Potato Grillers and Spicy Potato Soft Taco will no longer be available. The decision has resulted in a backlash on social media. A petition has been created to protest the move and can be...
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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 potatoesraisethebar@potatoesusa.com.

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