The Canadian Potato Summit is set to make its virtual return on January 18, 2024. This event, which has successfully captivated audiences in its previous three virtual renditions in 2021, 2022, and 2023, promises to be a significant gathering for potato industry professionals.
Organized by Potatoes in Canada magazine, the summit will be a half-day event filled with live sessions. These sessions are not just ordinary talks; they are a platform for sharing industry and agronomy updates from some of the most advanced leaders in the potato sector.
The summit is not only a learning experience but also an opportunity for professional development, as it is approved for various CCA-CEUs, including Professional Development, Integrated Pest Management, and Crop Management.
Update on the 2023-24 crop season in Canada
One of the highlights of the summit will be a session by Victoria Stamper, the general manager of United Potato Growers of Canada. She will provide an update on the 2023-24 crop season in Canada, along with insights into the U.S. and European crops. This session is scheduled from 12:05 pm to 12:35 pm, offering a comprehensive overview of the current state and future prospects of the potato industry.
AAFC’s potato breeding program
Another notable session will be led by David De Koeyer, a renowned potato breeder and geneticist from the AAFC National Potato Breeding Program. De Koeyer will discuss the AAFC’s potato breeding program and the development of research outputs targeting AAFC’s four missions. This session is particularly significant for those interested in the scientific and genetic advancements in potato breeding.
The summit will also feature insights into the 2024 potato market by Mark Phillips, a marketing specialist from the P.E.I. Potato Board. His session, from 1:50 pm to 2:20 pm, is expected to provide valuable information on market trends and strategies for the upcoming year.
The Canadian Potato Summit 2024 is more than just a series of lectures; it’s a convergence of knowledge, experience, and innovation in the potato industry. It’s an event that underscores the importance of staying informed and connected in an ever-evolving sector. For Certified Crop Science Consultants and others in the field, this summit is an unmissable opportunity for growth, learning, and networking.
Source: Potatoes in Canada magazine