( Photo courtesy The National Potato Council )

The National Potato Council has a new podcast, “Eye on Potatoes.”

The podcast, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts,  gives a platform for growers and policy makers to learn about industry priorities, according to a news release.

“NPC was created in 1948 for the sole purpose of impacting federal policy to benefit the U.S. potato industry,” NPC CEO Kam Quarles said in the release. “A key part of our ability to be successful in that mission is for growers and allied industry members to know what NPC is doing on the federal level, how it’s impacting them, and how they can get involved.”

The bi-weekly podcast is hosted by Lane Nordlund, a professional television and radio agriculture broadcaster in Bozeman, Mont.

Nordlund also hosts a podcast for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and produces an agriculture podcast called “The LaneCast,” which focuses on rural and agriculture issues in the western U.S., according to the release.

“Eye on Potatoes” episodes include: 

  • The International Trade Environment, with guests Matt Lantz, vice president of global access at Bryant Christie; Jared Balcom, NPC vice president of the Trade Affairs Committee and president of Balcom and Moe Inc., Pasco, Wash.; and Quarles;
  • Immigration and Ag Guest Worker Reforms with guests Mike Carlton, director of labor relations for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association; Ralph Child, owner of Childstock Farms Inc., Malone, N.Y.; Quarles; and
  • Ag Transportation in the 21st Century with guests Jon Sampson, executive director of the American Trucking Associations’ Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference; Dominic LaJoie, majority owner and partner of LaJoie Growers Vegetable Operations in Aroostook County, Maine; and Quarles.

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