by The National Potato Council
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11:39AM EDT
Washington, DC – The potato industry’s efforts to keep potatoes in school cafeterias received national attention this week when the Wall Street Journal published Spuds, on the Verge of Being Expelled, Start a Food Fight in the Cafeteria on the front page of their May 17 issue. This article got the attention of numerous news outlets. The Associated Press released Lawmakers defend french fries as USDA limits spuds on May 18, the article was picked up by print and online news sources across the country.
It also piqued the attention of Fox & Friends, the highest-rated morning cable newscast with roughly two million viewers, who interviewed John Keeling, NPC Executive Vice President and CEO, live on their show May 18. The segment was titled Spuds on the Verge of Suspension. ABC News also picked up on the story and posted USDA Proposal Cuts Potatoes in Schools on their website.
USDA is currently in the process of analyzing the over 150,000 comments that were submitted in response to their proposed rule on the school breakfast and lunch programs, which limits the number of servings of potatoes per week.
The National Potato Council is the advocate for the economic well-being of U.S. potato growers on federal legislative, regulatory, environmental, and trade issues. Potato growers, along with the U.S. potato industry as whole, directly benefit from involvement in the National Potato Council. NPC supports the U.S. potato industry by monitoring issues affecting the strength and viability of the potato industry, influencing regulators and legislators on issues crucial to the industry's long term success, ensuring fair market access for potatoes and potato products, and bringing the unique issues and interests of diverse growing regions in the U.S. together on a national level. The National Potato Council is a voluntary organization supported by quota assessments from state organizations, allied industry memberships and sponsorships, and directly by potato growers through membership dues.
Source: The National Potato Council