Maine Lawmakers Pushing to Open Up Spuds to China
The four members of Maine's Congressional delegation say China could become a top market for American potatoes.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Independent Sen. Angus King and Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden are joining a group of lawmakers that wants the Trump administration to prioritize the U.S. potato industry in trade talks with China.
Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board, based in Presque Isle, says it's critical for the state's growers that "China and other export markets are available" to U.S. potatoes.
Potatoes are a $3.7 billion industry. The Maine delegation, along with other lawmakers, feel China could become a top market for American potatoes if granted access to the country's fresh potato market and that spuds "need a place at the table in the talks."