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Rick Worthington Potato Growers Concerned Over Trade
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: August 02, 2019

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Potato Growers Concerned Over Trade

Like other commodities, trade remains top of mind for potato growers across the Northwest.

Chris Voigt, Executive Director of the Washington state Potato Commission says a year into the trade war with China, local growers and processors are starting to see and feel the impact.

Making matters worse, the U.S. still does not have a trade deal with Japan, the largest destination for U.S. spuds.

Voigt says while a bilateral deal with Japan would be beneficial, American producers would still struggle thanks to the U.S. pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which several competitors ratified.

Voigt says the potato industry will not benefit from USMCA; he called it a push. He said if the updated trade deal fails to be ratified and the U.S. pulls out of NAFTA, then growers would be in a world of hurt.

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