Potato farmer Rex Calloway gives a tour of the farm his grandfather started 70 years ago as he and his staff gear up to plant potatoes.
Rex Calloway looked west through the large windows of his 1950s-era farmhouse near Quincy and talked about the time, nearly 70 years ago, that his grandfather first arrived on this land. Back then, the Columbia Basin was dry. A rugged landscape of sagebrush and rolling hills. Rattlesnakes. Scorching summer days. Cold nights. Quincy, the nearest town, was a speck, homesteaders and dry-land farmers eking out an existence on an average of 6 to 8 inches of rain a year.
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Changes, from law to diet, have affected the way farmers grow one of the country’s staple starches.