Potato growers from throughout Washington state visited the state's capital as part of the annual Potato Day event held in Olympia, Wash. Potato growers took the opportunity to meet with legislators and agency officials to discuss issues impacting the state's potato industry. Numerous meetings were held at multiple venues, with some of the key topics dealing with the state's minimum wage, tax preferences, transportation, water quality and energy issues.
Twenty-one representatives of the potato industry visited their legislators from potato growing areas and ag committee members. In addition, meetings were held with Maia Bellon, ecology director; Bud Hover, director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture; and Cam Gilmour, deputy secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Balanced nutrition was the theme for lunch as potato farmers served roughly 1,400 baked spuds at the annual potato bar held in the rotunda for lawmakers, agency personnel and the public. One of the most popular events on the capitol campus, the lunch set a record this year for speed, as the majority of the crowd was served within 40 minutes.
Established in 1956, the mission of the Washington State Potato Commission is to support an economically and environmentally sustainable Washington state potato industry by providing strong leadership and innovation and building partnerships to meet the demands of global consumers. For more information about the WSPC, Washington potatoes or other general inquiries, visit www.potatoes.com
or call 509-765-8845.