Michigan Delegation Takes on Key Issues in Washington DC at the NPC DC Fly-In

February 15, 2017

A group from the Michigan potato industry embarked on Washington, D.C. this week to tackle key issues for potato growers and processors. Included in discussions with members of Congress were the need for an effective agricultural guest worker program as a part of immigration reform, the need for continued expansion of trade policy, the need for regulatory reform and continued funding for potato breeding research through the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA).


“It is always a great opportunity to join other growers from across the US in Washington and to visit with our Representatives and Senators on issues that are affecting our bottom-line and restricting opportunities for growth,” stated Jason Walther of Walther Farms, Vice President of Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc. and a board member of the National Potato Council (NPC).

Walther further stated “we have built strong relationships with the Michigan congressional delegation that has provided for strong conversations and success in influencing many of the policy issues. We truly appreciate the opportunity to have our voices and perspectives understood by our leadership.”


Others joining Walther included Phil Gusmano of Better Made Snack Foods and Chairman of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission, Ben Sklarczyk of Sklarczyk Seed Farm and NPC board member, Don Sklarczyk of Sklarczyk Seed Farm and past president of NPC, Bryan Fischer of Iott Seed Farm, Mike Wenkel, executive director of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and manager of Potato Growers of Michigan, Inc. Making his first trip to our nation’s capital, Matt Skogman of Skogman Seed Farm. Matt participated in the weeklong leadership development program the National Potato Industry Leadership Institute.


The Michigan potato delegation will remain in Washington, DC until later this week when NPC wraps up their annual Potato DC Fly-In.