November 24, 2014
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Washington's potato crop up, despite summer's heat

Potato farmers in Washington harvested 99.8 million hundredweight of potatoes this year, The Tri-City Herald reports – a strong showing, although a little less than expected.

A hot summer cut production slightly, but the crop was still 4 percent larger than last year. Demand is strong for Washington-grown spuds, especially around the Pacific Rim. Eighty percent of the state’s potatoes go to frozen-food processors.

The opening of a new $200 million ConAgra Foods, Inc.’s Lamb Weston processing plant in Boardman this year was fortuitous, according to Dale Lathim, executive director for the Potato Growers of Washington. The processing line will allow the company to make 300 million more pounds of French fries each year, and the capacity was definitely needed, he said.



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Actually, AWB supports tax incentive review


A recent commentary on policies addressing business tax incentives took out of context comments made by one of our local representatives on tax and fiscal policy, Ron Bueing.

AWB has been clear over the years; we firmly believe tax incentives should be fully and thoughtfully reviewed on a set timeline to ensure they are serving the purposes for which they were approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor.

And, it should also be noted there is bipartisan agreement in the Legislature that supports our position.


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