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QUARANTINE RESTRICTION RESOURCES FOR AG WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS

Monday, 27 July 2020 Blog & News

The latest recommendations from the Washington State Dept. of Health include the most current safety plan and interpretative guidance regarding worker safety. They have outlined a comprehensive path to follow to manage and report any COVID-19 infected worker. Under DOH authority, the ag workforce is critical thereby employees can continue to work, even if exposed. Find the DOH’s Guide for...

PREPARE FOR SUMMER HEAT

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 Blog & News

Heat related illness is one of the most common maladies to befall outdoor workers, particularly in agricultural settings. The basic problem is a rise in body core temperature due to conditions that induce dehydration, or otherwise block the body’s natural ability to cool itself. Heat illness is exacerbated by heavy or protective clothing, respiratory protection, age, weight, fitness, and lack...

THANKS A MILLION

Thursday, 04 June 2020 Blog & News

THANKS A MILLION! To everyone who helped us on this journey, a HUGE THANK YOU! With their help, 1 million pounds of processing potatoes were donated to those in need during these difficult times. We met some incredible people and had some unforgettable moments we will cherish. We received so many thoughtful messages and donations from people across the country, it was an amazing experience...

MUSTARD COVER CROPPING AND GREEN MANURING BEFORE POTATOES

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 Blog & News

Growing a cover crop to be incorporated into the soil as a “green manure” is a technique many potato growers use to enhance soils. The benefits of cover crops / green manures include controlling erosion, enhancing soil organic matter, stimulating growth of beneficial microorganisms, and in the case of mustard green manures, reducing population densities of some soil-borne pests important to...

WSU IS OFFERING TWO TYPES OF PESTICIDE PRE-LICENSE REVIEW WEBINARS

Thursday, 02 July 2020 Blog & News

Webinars for Private Applicators Select one of these dates: June 29, July 27, or August 31 To take exams, you need toregister with WSDA for their regular session or with your County Extension (if they are open for appointments).   Webinars for All Other License Types Webinar topic options: 1) Laws & Safety or Dealer Manager exams, 2) Weed Management exams, and...

ROAD TO 1 MILLION POUNDS OF POTATOES REACHED - OLYMPIA

Thursday, 28 May 2020 Blog & News

Freightliner Northwest 13232 Case Road SW Olympia, WA June 2, 2020 at 11:00am The Washington State potato growers will reach their mission to get 1 million pounds of potatoes that were scheduled to be processed to those in need on June 2 in our State Capitol. Our growers have also graciously donated many more loose potatoes directly out of their storage sheds. Ninety percent of all the...

CORONAVIRUS FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IS REEVALUATED, POTATO FARMS BECOME ELIGIBLE

Monday, 13 July 2020 Blog & News

The Secretary of Agriculture implemented the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides assistance to agricultural producers impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, through a final rule published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2020. USDA realized that there were errors in some of the payment rates in that final rule. They were able to reevaluate the payment rates...

FOOD SERVICE STARTING TO BOUNCE BACK

Monday, 22 June 2020 Blog & News

Restaurant sales bounced back in May, according to new federal data, as consumers continued to emerge from quarantine to use drive-thrus and other takeout services as states started gradually reopening dining rooms. Food services and drinking places sales rose 29% to $38.6 billion, leading a 17.7% overall increase in retail sales last month, according to new U.S. Census data. The numbers...

DONATE NOW-THE ROAD TO A MILLION POUNDS

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 Blog & News

Help us get free potatoes to the hungry. We have potatoes to give but need funds to pay for washing, packaging, and transportation for food banks in the western U.S. Ninety percent of all the potatoes grown in Washington State are sold to restaurants and other food service establishments. With so many restaurants closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, our potato farmers have lost most of their...
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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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