The dollar value of a Washington potato has plummeted in 2020. The Washington State Potato Commission has released additional figures detailing the economic wounds inflicted by the current pandemic.
In 2019, 165,000 acres of potatoes were planted; in 2020, only 145,000 acres of potatoes were sown, which is down 20,000 acres from the year prior. Prices for a 50 lb. carton of potatoes was $17.50 in 2019; right now, it’s $12.00.
“Carton prices are down 32% from last year mostly due to loss of restaurant and food service businesses,” Washington State Potato Executive Director Chris Voigt told iFIBER ONE News earlier this week. The overall loss endured by the Washington potato industry is just shy of $1 billion.
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