Mountain of spuds discarded by Idaho farmers saved in ‘potato rescue’

Amid lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, businesses and industries are suffering from COVID-19 — and potato farmers are no exception.

Despite a growing demand in grocery stores, potato prices have plummeted in the last few weeks due to social distancing guidelines and a lack of demand in restaurants and the food industry. Just weeks prior, the industry was looking at the best prices in recent memory and even projections for a summer shortage, The Associated Press reported.

The cost for a 50-pound carton of restaurant-grade potatoes in the Twin Falls and Burley district hovered between $22 and $23 on March 13 but had dropped to somewhere between $10 and $12 by April 16.


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