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Minnesota potato company ‘feeding the world’

A Minnesota-based seed potato company recently expanded its operations. Founded in 1945, Pieper Farms, LLC supplies seed potatoes to farmers/growers, both nationally and internationally, who then raise them to maturity, becoming the potatoes consumers buy at the store or eat at restaurants. The company exports its seed potatoes to Africa and South America. Cole explained that residents in those countries “don’t eat potatoes every day.” He pointed out that Americans not only sit down to meals that include meat and potatoes, such as a burger and fries, but also eat potato chips from the store year round. Three years ago, Nicaraguans approached Pieper Farms about providing seed potatoes to ensure a Christmas crop for their country. More

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