Washington Potato Producers To Vote On Marketing Order

Potato field in bloom with irrigation (Courtesy: Washington State Potato Commission)

Washington potato producers will vote from June 9–23, 2017, on whether to continue the federal marketing order regulating the handling of Irish potatoes grown in Washington.

Producers who have produced potatoes in Washington from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, are eligible to vote.

A continuance referendum is required every six years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would consider termination of the order if less than two-thirds of the producers voting in the referendum and producers of less than two-thirds of the volume of Washington potatoes represented in the referendum favor continuance of their program.

The Washington potato marketing order provides authority for the regulation of potato grade, size, quality, maturity, and container.

The state of Washington Potato Committee locally administers the marketing order.