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The Eye on Potatoes Podcast is brought to you by the National Potato Council. This is the place to tune in for conversations with growers and thought leaders on advocacy, production and all things potatoes. It's about talking with folks across the United States and hearing stories about how federal policy impacts potato farming and the important role the NPC plays in standing up for potatoes on Capitol Hill.

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The Eye on Potatoes Podcast is brought to you by the National Potato Council. This is the place to tune in for conversations with growers and thought leaders on advocacy, production and all things potatoes. It's about talking with folks across the United States and hearing stories about how federal policy impacts potato farming and the important role the NPC plays in standing up for potatoes on Capitol Hill.

    Signed Operational Work Plan Signals Positive Momentum for Mexico Fresh Market Access

    Signed Operational Work Plan Signals Positive Momentum for Mexico Fresh Market Access

    On Nov. 6, Mexico's National Service for Agricultural Health, Food Safety, and Agri-Quality (SENASICA) published the Phytosanitary Requirement Sheet for U.S. potato imports to the entirety of Mexico. NPC CEO Kam Quarles and Potatoes USA Chief Marketing Officer John Toaspern joined the podcast to announce another important step that was taken to fully reopen the market for U.S. fresh potatoes:  an operational work plan that was signed by Mexico and the United States. 

    • 24 min
    Finishing Strong: 2021 President Dominic LaJoie on NPC's Fall Policy Efforts

    Finishing Strong: 2021 President Dominic LaJoie on NPC's Fall Policy Efforts

    With the NPC Executive Committee together this week for their first in-person meeting in D.C. since February 2020, President and Maine potato grower Dominic LaJoie joined CEO Kam Quarles for an update on the organization's end-of-year policy activities and previews of the Potato Expo 2022 and NPC Washington Summit. 

    • 26 min
    A Conversation with 2021-22 Academic Scholarship Recipient Thilani Jayakody

    A Conversation with 2021-22 Academic Scholarship Recipient Thilani Jayakody

    Thilani Jayakody, a third-year graduate student in the Michigan State University’s Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, was recently announced as the recipient of the Potato LEAF's 2021-22 Academic Scholarship. Thilani joins podcast host Lane Nordlund and NPC's Mike Wenkel for a conversation about her background, academic research, and the importance of the Potato LEAF scholarship in helping her reach her career goals.  

    The Potato Leadership, Education and Advancement Foundation (Potato LEAF) provides a $10,000 scholarship award annually to one graduate student with a strong interest in research that can directly benefit the U.S. potato industry. As a Ph.D. candidate and graduate research assistant, Thilani was recognized for her research in potato genome editing focused on the application of new breeding techniques for crop improvement.

    For more information on Thilani's work and the Potato LEAF Academic Scholarship, visit pleaf.org.   

    • 17 min
    Fighting Against Tax Hikes on Family Farms

    Fighting Against Tax Hikes on Family Farms

    National Potato Council Vice President of Legislative Affairs JR Andrus from Idaho joins CEO Kam Quarles for a discussion on proposals being floated in Congress to fund infrastructure improvements on the backs of family farmers. JR says that some infrastructure investments are important, however they should not be paid for by undermining U.S. family farms that are still struggling to recover from the pandemic.

    • 29 min
    The State of the Industry Mid-Year Report

    The State of the Industry Mid-Year Report

    NPC 2021 President and Maine potato grower Dominic Lajoie and NPC CEO Kam Quarles sat down with us to preview next week's Summer Meeting Virtual and update the industry on a number of policy development that have occurred since the Annual Meeting in February, including: 
    NPC’s efforts over the pandemic to secure $350 million for growers to offset foodservice disruptions; Ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and Mexico to reinstate access to U.S. fresh potatoes; and, The latest efforts on Capitol Hill to address comprehensive immigration reform, including ag labor reform. For information about or to register for NPC's Summer Meeting, July 26-28, visit nationalpotatocouncil.org/summer-meeting.

    • 31 min
    Potato Growers Join the Climate Change Fight

    Potato Growers Join the Climate Change Fight

    Farmers, ranchers, and forest owners are on the frontlines of climate change and have an important role to play in developing solutions. That shared understanding led an unprecedented group — representing farmers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments, and environmental advocates — to form the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA), of which the National Potato Council is a member.

    This week, Randy Russell, founder of The Russell Group, which manages the Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance, joins the podcast to talk about how the FACA coalition got started and why it was so important that potato growers have taken a seat at the table.

    To learn more about FACA, visit agclimatealliance.com. 

    • 28 min

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Great information! Agriculture is so diverse. This podcast helps shine a light on all the issues that impact the nations spud producers.

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Excellent podcast!

Great job Kam and NPC. I look forward to the next podcast.

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