USDA will purchase $3 million in red potatoes for nutrition assistance programs. National Potato Council Executive Vice-President and CEO John Keeling confirms the purchase, noting that’s the equivalent of 20,000 hundredweight of red potatoes. “We worked with USDA over the past couple of weeks to get them the information about what the real surplus was and then, what would be needed to be removed. We are getting late. Potatoes have been in storage for a while now.” Even with this purchase could help, but there’s still an excess of fresh spuds in the Red River Valley.