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Issues to watch ahead of this year's D.C. Fly-In By Scott Stuntz Managing Editor A s potato growers again prepare to travel to Washington to make sure Congress and the administration hear their concerns as part of the annual Potato D.C. Fly-In, we asked Kam Quarles and John Keeling of the National Potato Council to outline their goals for this year's trip. What issues should growers make sure to have on their radar for 2018? Definitely trade, the Farm Bill and the agricultural labor crisis. As we get toward September and the election, there is also the possibility of a government shutdown. What's on the agenda for this Fly-In? Last year was about starting a dialogue with the new administration. What is the focus this year? We will be focusing a great deal on the trade agenda, given the uncertainty over NAFTA and the FLY-IN continued on page 3 ISSUE #2 Spudman Toda y Friday, January 12, 2018 [ [ 2018 Show Daily Show Hours 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Gatlin Ballroom Breakfast in the Trade Show 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Gatlin Ballroom Innovation Hub 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Ag Technology: Cultivated Approach or Managing a Jungle? Gatlin Ballroom Growers will visit Capitol Hill, Feb. 28-March 1, to meet with members of Congress as well as officials at USDA and EPA. Spudman file photos • Optimizing aerial imagery, Page 6 • Seed certification needs, Page 8 • Emerging Leader Award winner, Page 12 INSIDE TODAY at a Glance The Eye @PotatoExpo New this year is the debut of The Eye @PotatoExpo - a live streaming event on Facebook and YouTube. The Eye provides a full 360-degree view of the show making it more informative, interesting and fun. The Eye interviews are must-see TV for the potato industry. The Eye reporters are covering all of the excitement from the show floor interviewing industry leaders, Innovation Hub presenters, breakout session speakers, Spud Nation™ contestants and more. Attendees always say there is a lot going on at Expo. So, if you miss a session, no problem, just tune in to The Eye to watch the speaker's being interviewed. For anyone who missed Expo entirely this year The Eye @PotatoExpo provides a taste of what they missed.

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