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NPC updates convention on fight to get U.S. fresh potatoes into Mexico

The fight to get U.S. fresh potatoes into all of Mexico continues amid signs that the  Mexican potato industry is shifting tactics to deflect imports, Kam Quarles told attendees at the Idaho Grower Shippers Association 93rd annual convention on Sept. 3.

Providing an update on the 20-year quest to win full fresh potato access to Mexico, Quarles, CEO of the National Potato Council, also updated attendees on immigration reform, infrastructure legislation, and possible strategies by Democrats to get beyond a very narrow majority in Congress to advance their agenda.

Mike Wenkel, COO of NPC, also spoke to attendees about potential Congressional legislation on climate change and industry leadership in sustainability initiatives. Wenkel also provided an update on fundraising progress of the Potato Leadership, Education and Advancement Foundation, which was founded two years ago.

Source: The Packer. Read the full story by Tom Karst here
Photo: Kam Quarles and Mike Wenkel | The Packer

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