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NPC President: Hoping for foodservice to open up, having live conversations with growers

Nearly halfway through his national potato council presidency, Dominic Lajoie spoke to Newssource8′s Rhian Lowndes about how things are going in this week’s County Ag.

“The Delta variant and spikes across the country, it’s concerning,” he says. “We definitely want our schools open, our universities open, our restaurants fully open. You know food service is a big part of the potato industry. If those markets aren’t developed back to where they were, we’re gonna feel a lot more pain.”

But he’s looking forward to some changes in the next 6 months of his role. “I’m really looking forward to having live meetings with growers again… Obviously we’ve been meeting over zoom but its not the same. We do well when we’re together in person. A lot more info is passed amongst us, a lot more problems are solved, and issues are addressed.”

Despite potential heat damage to crops in some parts of the country, he’s looking up. “In general, crops across the country should be in pretty good shape. Of course I’m an optimist. A farmer thinks like that all the time.”

Source: WAGM/Newssource8. Full text and video report here
Photo: Dominic LaJoie | WAGM

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