The Ontario Potato Board is gearing up for the much-anticipated 2024 Ontario Potato Conference, slated for February 29th in Guelph. It is once again organized by Dr. Eugenia Banks, potato specialist with the Board. This year’s conference, with its program already 75% complete, promises to be a groundbreaking event for potato growers and industry experts.
The conference will kick off with a comprehensive Late Blight Symposium in the morning. It will begin with an in-depth review of late blight and will cover effective control strategies. This will be an invaluable opportunity for growers to learn from the experiences of 2023 and prepare for late blight management stategies in the 2024 season.
Symposium and Trade Show
A highlight of the symposium will be a growers’ panel, offering insights into the lessons learned in 2023. This interactive session will enable attendees to share experiences and strategies for managing late blight in 2024, fostering a collaborative approach to tackling this persistent challenge.
In addition to the educational sessions, the conference will feature a vibrant Trade Show. This year, the show is expanding with numerous new companies eager to connect with potato growers. These newcomers will showcase their latest technology products, reflecting the evolving landscape of potato farming and offering fresh perspectives and solutions. Companies interested to take part are welcome to get in touch with Dr. Banks.
Dr. Banks emphasizes the importance of this event, stating, “The Ontario Potato Conference is not just a meeting; it’s a hub for innovation, learning, and networking. We’re excited to welcome new companies to our Trade Show, as they bring novel technologies that can possibly revolutionize how we grow and manage potatoes.”
Ontario Potato Board AGM to feature presentation on storage management
The Ontario Potato Board’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is another key event not to be missed. Scheduled for this coming December 6 at the Delta Hotel and Conference Center in Guelph, the AGM will feature a special zoom presentation by Dr. Nora Olsen from the University of Idaho.
Dr. Olsen, a renowned expert in potato storage management, will share her expertise on managing compromised potatoes in storage. Her talk, titled “Tips for Managing Compromised Potatoes in Storage,” is expected to draw a significant audience. Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to engage with Dr. Olsen during a Q&A session following her presentation.
The 2024 Ontario Potato Conference and AGM represent pivotal events for the potato industry in Ontario and beyond. They offer a platform for learning, discussion, and the exchange of ideas that are crucial for the advancement of the industry. As Dr. Banks aptly puts it, “These events are where the future of potato farming begins in Canada.”
Source: Ontario Potato Board
Dr. Eugenia Banks
Cover photo: Credit Dr. Eugenia Banks