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US: Growers hope federal farm bill to fund critical potato research will pass

Washington State and Oregon potato growers are hopeful that Congress finally will approve a federal farm bill to fund critical research for potatoes and other crops. Chris Voigt, Washington State Potato Commission executive director, told Washington and Oregon potato growers Wednesday that he’s hopeful the Senate will pass a farm bill within the next week or so. Research on diseases and pest management were among the topic of discussion at the 2014 Washington-Oregon Potato Conference this week at Kennewick’s Three Rivers Convention Center. Other issues included proposed federal and state rules and legislation that could affect local growers. More than 1,700 growers and industry members attended the four-day conference. More

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