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Potato News from Washington

McCain Foods USA Celebrates Groundbreaking of Major Expansion in Othello, Washington
McCain Foods USA, a leading supplier of frozen potato and snack food products across the country, celebrated the official start of construction of a 170,000-square-foot expansion at its Othello, Washington potato processing facility.
US Potato Growers Asked To Watch For Tuber Moth As Harvest Approaches
Its harvest time for many in the potato industry, and those not quite to that point, harvest will be here before you know it. Washington State University’s Tim Waters said growers need to continue to watch for pests.
Key Technology Promotes Shayla Wentz to Marketing Communications Manager
Key Technology has promoted Shayla Wentz to Marketing Communications Manager as Anita Funk retires.
WSU Researchers looking at nature itself for help to defend potatoes against threats
WSU plant pathologists Kiwamu Tanaka and Cynthia Gleason are exploring novel approaches to protect the potato crops against nematodes and scab - mobilizing nature itself.
Tips for keeping farm workers safe from heat stress
Heat-related illness is one of the most common maladies to befall outdoor workers, particularly in agricultural settings.
Key Technology presents their most flexible VERYX® Digital Sorters for vegetable processors to date
Key Technology presents their most versatile VERYX® belt-fed digital sorters, with specific design elements that benefit vegetable processors producing multiple products.
Western Innovator: Potato researcher thrives on questions
Mark Pavek, professor and potato specialist at Washington State University, at one of the research potato fields in Othello.
Potato Industry Strongly Supports Immediate Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
The National Potato Council joined with over 950 farm groups and agricultural organizations in a letter urging Congress to immediately ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Nearly half of Washington facing emergency drought conditions
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded the drought emergency declaration to cover nearly half of Washington state due to worsened, poor water supply conditions around the state and warmer and drier weather predictions through the summer.
McCain Foods USA announced a major expansion of its potato processing capacity in Othello, Washington
Today, McCain Foods USA Inc., a division of McCain Foods Limited, the world’s largest producer of frozen french fries, announced a $300 million investment in its Othello, Washington potato processing plant.