Potato Exports Reach Record Sales 2022 and 18,000 Texas Cattle Killed
**Potato exports reached a record $2.1 billion in sales in 2022.
Compared to 2021, volume sales dropped 4.2% but were higher than in 2018 and 2020.
The value of U.S. potato exports rose across all potato types, resulting in an 11% increase over the previous year.
Demand for U.S. potatoes remained strong in 2022.
Over the year, the top export markets for U.S. potatoes were Mexico, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines.
**More than 18,000 cattle were killed last week in an explosion at a dairy farm in the Texas Panhandle, the countries deadliest such fire on record.
The Castro County sheriff says an overheated manure handling system igniting methane in the barn possibly caused the blast, but the actual cause is still under investigation.
One person was seriously injured in the blaze.
**American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall calls a second U.S. District Court ruling to halt the 2023 Waters of the United States Rule a win for farmers.
Last Thursday's ruling, out of North Dakota, stops implementation of the rule in 24 states. The first ruling, out of Texas, halted the rule in two states.
Duvall says, this ruling reinforces our belief that the current WOTUS Rule is a clear case of government overreach.