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.