The U.S. potato industry is facing roadblocks working with Mexico to expand fresh market access. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Administrator Kevin Shea met virtually with potato growers to discuss the situation at the Washington Summit. “We want access, but we don’t want to cut off our nose despite our face. If there is some kind of compromise to make things move faster, it may be in our best interest.” In December, the United States and Mexico reached a potato agreement and also, an avocado expansion agreement. Bryant Christie Incorporated Vice President of Global Access Matt Lantz said Mexico burned the U.S. potato industry the last time both agreements were signed. Avocado expansion happened in the U.S., but U.S. potato expansion in Mexico did not happen beyond the border areas. “I can assure you, we won’t be moving forward on avocados until we’re sure this situation is resolved,” said Shea. National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles was glad to hear USDA’s commitment. Hear the story.