Dec 15, 2020NPC issues support for SNAP additions, moves D.C. office
The National Potato Council recently joined groups representing specialty crop growers, grocers, and anti-hunger advocates in calling on Congress to support $51 million in emergency funding for the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) as part of the next round of COVID relief.
In a letter to House and Senate leadership, the group argues that the funding is necessary “in response to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on farmers, local grocers, poverty-induced hunger, and local economies across the country.”
In the letter, they write, “GusNIP stretches families’ food budgets, incentivizes healthier options and stimulates the local economy. Without an emergency increase, GusNIP grantees will be faced with exhausted funding at a time they are most needed in helping with the recovery phase of the pandemic. We urge Congress to expand USDA’s match to GusNIP programs that are delivering critical, effective, and proven solutions to this crisis by providing $51 million in emergency funding.”
The full letter can be found here.
Farm Credit Council CEO added to list of Potato Expo presenters
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Todd Van Hoose, President and CEO of Farm Credit Council, will join Potato Expo 2021 for a featured session on the politics and policy debates impacting agriculture and rural communities. Learn more and register at potato-expo.com.
NPC moves office
To enhance the organization’s efforts in Standing Up for Potatoes on Capitol Hill, the National Potato Council is literally moving to Capitol Hill on Dec. 15, 2020.
The new address is:
- National Potato Council
- 50 F Street NW, Suite 900
- Washington, D.C. 20001
“We are excited for the move in for many reasons,” said Mike Wenkel, NPC Chief Operating Officer. “In addition to being closer to the Capitol Building and congressional offices, our new office is co-located with the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Farm Credit Council, CoBank, and other agricultural organizations, providing us with a great meeting space and elevating the visibility of the organization on Capitol Hill.”
As of Dec. 15, 2020, the new address should be used for the National Potato Council, Potato Leadership, Education, and Advancement Foundation (Potato LEAF), and Potato PAC.
— National Potato Council