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Unformatted text preview: by outsiders, by “MBA’S from Harvard who don’t know if a potato
grows on a tree or underground.” The multinational food companies operate french fry plants in a number of different regions, constantly
shifting production to take advantage of the lowest potato prices. The economic fortunes of individual farmers or local communities matter
little in the grand scheme.
A few years ago, the PGI tried to create a formal alliance with potato farmers in Oregon and Washington, an effort that would have linked
producers in the three states that grow most of the nation’s potatoes. The alliance was undermined by one of the big processors, which cut
lucrative deals with a core group of potato farmers. Moulton believes that Idaho’s farmers deserve some of the blame for their own
predicament. Long regarded as the aristocrats of rural Idaho, potato farmers remain stubbornly independent and unwilling to join forces.
“Some of them are independent to the point of poverty,” he says. Today there are roughly 1,100 potat...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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