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Washington potato leader looks ahead to next decade

The biggest challenge of the next 10 years will be educating the public about the science behind farming, the head of the Washington State Potato Commission says. “There’s this constant bombardment of people attacking agriculture, not understanding why farmers do certain things or trying to dictate farm policy,” said Chris Voigt, who this month marks 10 years as executive director of the commission. “They’re really confronted with a lot of potential restrictions that will make it very difficult to farm, whether it’s labor, pesticide, (genetically modified crops), water — there’s this sort of unfortunate basket of doom.” Part of the solution lies in educating legislators, regulators and the public about agriculture, Voigt said. More

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