National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles says the economic impact of the potato industry is staggering. “A $100 billion per year is generated by the overall potato supply chain. That’s $10 billion at the farm-gate level and an additional $9 billion in aggregate as you move up the supply chain.” A total of $34 billion in wages are paid each year in the potato industry with 714,000 employees across the country. “Putting these numbers to these activities is eye-opening and hopefully for Capitol Hill it justifies a lot of the investments they’ll make as we write the new farm bill.”
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