NPC welcomed yesterday’s reintroduction of the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and urges its rapid passage in the House of Representatives.
The National Potato Council hosted the virtual 2021 Potato D.C. Fly-In, Feb. 24-27, which brought the industry together to fulfill the council’s mission to “Stand Up for Potatoes on Capitol Hill.”
During today’s hearing of the Mexican Supreme Court, the justice who authored the draft ruling overturning a ban on the importation of U.S. fresh potatoes asked the court to postpone a vote until next week at the earliest.
Today at NPC’s 2021 Annual Meeting Dominic LaJoie of Van Buren, Maine was elected to serve as NPC’s 2021 President and to head the grower-led organization’s Executive Committee.
On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, the Mexican Supreme Court released a draft ruling that would overturn a 2017 lower court decision preventing the Mexican federal government from implementing regulations to allow for the importation of fresh U.S. potatoes throughout the country.
On a letter to the leaders of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, NPC joined nearly 60 food and agriculture associations on a letter supporting the nomination of Jewel Bronaugh, PhD to serve as USDA Deputy Secretary.
Legal cases regarding U.S. fresh potato access have been placed on the Mexican Supreme Court calendar for February 24.
On Thursday, January 14, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced the appointment of 67 members, including NPC CEO Kam Quarles, to serve on seven agricultural trade advisory committees.
From January 5-7, more than 1,000 U.S. and international potato industry members joined the first-ever virtual Potato Expo.
On Friday, Jan. 8, NPC CEO Kam Quarles met with Secretary-nominee Tom Vilsack along with other fruit and vegetable industry leaders. The session was organized by the Biden Transition Team to gain an understanding of priorities for the industry.