Oct 18, 2021
NPC to combine D.C. Fly-In, annual meeting into single event: Washington Summit

U.S. potato growers and industry partners from around the country are invited to the nation’s capital for the new NPC Washington Summit, Feb. 28-March 3, 2022, to help fulfill the National Potato Council’s mission of “Standing Up for Potatoes on Capitol Hill.”

The event combines the organization’s Annual Meeting, previously held in January at Potato Expo, and the industry’s grassroots lobbying event, the Potato D.C. Fly-In, held around the beginning of March each year.

Dominic LaJoie speaks during the 2020 NPC Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Photo: Zeke Jennings

“Last year in response to the pandemic, we virtually combined the Annual Meeting and Potato D.C. Fly-In in order to deliver a more effective and impactful event,” said NPC 2021 President Dominic LaJoie through a press release. “The results of the combination were so positive that we are making this change permanent for our in-person meetings, starting in March 2022. A broader singular meeting will welcome in more grower leaders and industry supporters who are interested in discussing, defining, and advocating for their businesses and protecting their ability to farm. In 2022, we are excited to continue that momentum for this great industry and serve as the voice of the nation’s potato growers on Capitol Hill.”

NPC’s annual Washington Summit provides a forum for potato industry members to hear from the nation’s top political and policy experts, elect and welcome NPC’s officers and grower leaders, and meet with members of Congress representing potato-growing states and districts.

During the 2022 event, attendees will advocate for issues such as keeping potatoes in federal nutrition programs, promoting free and fair-trade agreements, and protecting tax policies that support the long-term health of family-owned farming operations.

The event is scheduled for Feb. 28 through March 3, 2022, and will be hosted at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th St NW, Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit nationalpotatocouncil.org/npc-washington-summit.

Top photo: RJ Andrus, NPC VP of Legislative and Governmental affairs, speaks on ag labor reform during a press conference in front of the Capitol on Feb. 26, 2020, during the D.C. Fly-In. Photo: Bill Schaefer Photography

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