As of last Wednesday, National Potato Council’s former Vice President of Public Policy Kam Quarles is leading the organization as CEO. He’s replacing former Executive Vice President John Keeling, who is retiring June 30. The next few weeks are a time of transition. Quarles says trade is very much top-of-mind for potato growers and it’s important to get it right. “Getting the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement ratified and an agreement with China will be important,” says Quarles. “We also lost benefits when the U.S. walked away from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. If the U.S. can put together a bilateral trade agreement with Japan or other key export markets, we very much want to be part of that conversation.”
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