Red River Valley potatoes weather recession

10/25/2012 04:12:00 PM
Jim Offner

The falling value of the dollar enhances the value of potatoes in the consumer’s view, said Bryan Folson, president of East Grand Forks-based Folson Farms.

“I think it’s still kind of supply and demand, but you should have decent movement because people are hard up,” he said.

Business steady

Some growers say business has continued at a normal pace, regardless of economic pressures on consumers.

“I’d say we haven’t noticed much change here. We’ve been doing our thing steadily all along,” said Steve Tweten, president and chief executive officer of Buxton, N.D.-based NoKota Packers.

Of course, economic factors affect growers and shippers, and they have to deal with those pressures, said Chad Heimbuch, president and sales manager at Cogswell, N.D.-based Heimbuch Potatoes.

“I’d say (the economy has affected the company) more on the trucking aspect of it than anything,” he said.


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