(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Senate has passed a bill that will make the potato the state's official vegetable. It's the state's most widely cultivated vegetable crop on 44-thousand acres. Two-and-a-half billion pounds of potatoes are sold bringing in 216-million dollars to the state's economy. Senator Bill Hansell says Oregon is also the state where a favorite potato product was created, "The iconic tater-tot was developed by two brothers in Ontario, Oregon who also created the OreIda potato company." Potato farmers donate a million pounds of potatoes to the Oregon Food Bank each year. Oregon is the fourth largest potato producing state behind Idaho, Washington and Wisconsin. The bill now moves to the House.