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ISSUE #2 TODAY at a Glance Spudman Toda y Friday, January 6, 2017 [ [ 2017 Show Daily • Emerging Leader Award winner, Page 4 • Q and A with Ryan Smolkin, Page 8 INSIDE Industry Looks to New Administration at D.C. Fly-In By Ana Olvera Spudman Digital Content Editor W ith the start of a new year and a new administration in the White House, it's time to look ahead to the upcoming Potato D.C. Fly-In. Growers and potato industry representatives will be in Washington, D.C. from Feb. 13-16 to promote legislation important to the potato industry. For those who have never attended the D.C. Fly-In, John Keeling, National Potato Council CEO and executive vice-president, said there's no better time than now. "This is your chance to shape a better future for the potato industry," Keeling said. "Make your voice heard on Capitol Hill. There is a new Congress and a new president to educate on our issues." The D.C. Fly-In provides growers a great opportunity to start a dialogue with President-elect Trump and his administration, Keeling said. "[President-elect Trump] has made a strong pitch for a regulatory reset and reform," he said. "There is FLY-IN continued on page 3 Friday, January 6 Show Hours 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall, Level 1 Breakfast in the Trade Show 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall, Level 1 Expo Stage: Bringing Poutine to the Masses: Potatoes with Personality 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Exhibit Hall, Expo Stage, Level 1 Fresh off a successful World Poutine Eating championship, Ryan Smolkin, CEO of Smoke's Poutinerie, will discuss Canada's fastest growing franchise. Smoke's Poutinerie, now open across Canada and the U.S., serves up more than 30 varieties of the potato-based dish- poutine. With his signature outgoing style, Ryan will talk about how the concept emerged, where they plan to expand, and why poutine has become successful in the crowded fast food space. Hear why he believes poutine can reach global domination. With the slogan "clogging arteries since 2008," this is a company that succeeds by foregoing status quo thinking. Members of the Maine delegation meet with Sen. Angus King in his office in the Hart Senate Office Building during the 2016 Potato D.C. Fly-In. Photos by Bill Schaefer

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