I'll be the first to admit that I was unaware South Dakota had a potato inspector.

That is, I was unaware until I learned of a bill moving through the Legislature to do away with the post.

It's part of some streamlining being done in the State Agriculture Department.

Actually, having a potato inspector probably made sense during the time potatoes were a big crop in areas like Clark County, west of Watertown.

At one time, McDonald's bought a lot of spuds from there that were made into french fries. But I don't think that's the case now and I don't know what happened to bring about the change.

I'm not even going to speculate on the requirements for such a job, except to say that I doubt I would be qualified to do anything except to look at a spud and say, "Yup, that's a potato, alright."

So the bill moving through the Legislature would do away with the job.

But somehow, we as a state will survive and prosper.

We just won't have a potato inspector.