As the nation’s number two domestic shipper of potatoes, Colorado potato farmers want more of their crop sold in Mexico. In March, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar led a trade delegation to Mexico to explore new trade agreements that would boost agriculture exports.
“We want to get access into the interior,” Commissioner Salazar says. Currently, Colorado potato exports are limited to a 16-mile region along the border. “(Mexico’s) Deputy Minister of Agriculture Cruz told us they would be willing to listen to our proposal and we’re excited.”