Events

Crop.zone announces advanced potato desiccation applicators for 2024 growing season

As the 2024 growing season nears, Crop.zone invites agri-professionals to its field days, featuring the new potato desiccation applicators—an innovative solution promising 25% increased efficiency and one-pass desiccation. This German-engineered technology facilitates optimal harvesting, operates at high speeds, adheres to organic standards, and has been recognized as a leading European innovation. Attendees can arrange personal meetings with experts by registering online for the event.

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Pulsemaster’s groundbreaking innovations in PEF technology set to shine at Anuga FoodTec 2024

Pulsemaster will showcase its latest pulsed electric field (PEF) technology at Anuga FoodTec 2024 from March 19-22 in Cologne, Germany. Managing Director Mark de Boevere will present their new PEF-system for big raw-peeled potatoes, vital for french fries and potato chip quality enhancement. With a focus on the booming healthy snacks market, they’re also developing PEF for dehydrated fruits and vegetables. Pulsemaster’s innovation aligns with clean food trends and has garnered international interest.

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Kiremko peels away limitations at Anuga FoodTec: Innovation, sustainability, and your future processing success

Kiremko is set to impress at Anuga FoodTec 2024 with their complete turnkey potato processing solutions, emphasizing sustainability with their “Less is More” approach. As global leaders and partners with Idaho Steel, they offer optimization from peeling to final product. Discover their eco-friendly, innovative equipment and strategic partnership opportunities at their booth in Cologne, Germany, or online.

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Empowering international delegates: World Potato Congress 2024 offers support for attendees from Asia, South America, and Africa

The World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC) is dedicated to supporting FAO Sustainability Goals through its “Declaration of Dublin,” enhancing global potato industry collaboration. To facilitate this, the WPC, with its partners, is sponsoring 20 delegates from diverse regions to attend its Congress in Australia, offering financial support for attendance, lodging, and travel. This initiative underlines the WPC’s commitment to creating a global platform for sustainable agricultural progress and food security.

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DLG launches new event: ‘Potato Days UK’

DLG’s “Potato Days” event series will debut in the UK at Nocton Farm, Lincolnshire, on 4-5 September 2024. This outdoor trade fair, aimed at the potato industry’s value chain, will host exhibits, live demonstrations, and network opportunities. A 20-hectare venue by Dyson Farming sets the stage for professionals to explore innovative agricultural solutions. Dr. Lars Huf, Project manager of Potato Days UK underscores the event’s practical focus and its alignment with UK’s significant potato production.

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2024 strategies in potato disease and pest control: Miller Research to hold annual Potato Pest Management Meeting

On February 21, 2024, Miller Research will host its Potato Pest Management Meeting at Rupert’s Wilson Theater, with a virtual attendance option. The event, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM, includes expert talks on bacterial diseases, fungicides, and chemigation, with continuous education credits available for various states. Registration is $20, benefiting the local 4-H after expenses.

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Global spotlight on potatoes: May 30 to celebrate the first International Day of Potato

The FAO will commemorate the first International Day of Potato on May 30, 2024, an initiative led by Peru. Recognizing the potato as the world’s third most consumed crop, the event highlights its importance in global food security and nutrition. While production has risen 10% in the last decade, there remains untapped potential for poverty and hunger reduction. FAO will launch awareness campaigns and encourage sustainable practices among stakeholders and native communities.

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Expert plant pathologist to address challenges in potato disease management at upcoming Ontario Potato Conference

As the Ontario Potato Conference and Trade Show approaches, excitement grows among potato professionals. Slated for February 29, the event focuses on industry challenges and advances. Keynote speaker Ken Frost, a plant pathologist, will address disease management. Dr. Eugenia Banks cites Frost’s insights on a harmful pathogen strain as crucial. Early registration ends February 23, with the conference offering educational opportunities like CEU credits, signaling a commitment to agricultural innovation and excellence.

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Potato Association of America’s 2024 Annual Meeting: A blend of science, scenery, and sustainability

The Potato Association of America (PAA) announces its annual meeting from July 21-25, 2024, in Portland, Oregon. The event will focus on advancements in potato breeding and sustainable practices, offering discussions on pest and nutrient management, among many other topics. Participants will also enjoy the cultural and natural attractions of Portland. Further details on participation are available online.

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Guelph to host exciting 2024 Ontario Potato Conference: A must-attend event for industry professionals

The 2024 Ontario Potato Conference, organized by Dr. Eugenia Banks and hosted by the Ontario Potato Board, is scheduled for February 29 in Guelph. Garnering significant interest with a sold-out Trade Show and additional exhibitors, the event features expert speakers addressing tailored topics crucial to the industry. The agenda includes sessions on late blight management, soil health, technology advancements, sustainable practices and more, offering insights and networking opportunities. Registration is open online.

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Europatat Congress 2024: Shaping the future of the potato industry in Brussels

The Europatat Congress returns to Brussels on May 23-24, 2024, focusing on “European Potato Trade in 2030: a sector in transition.” Industry leaders will discuss environmental, economic, and social challenges, and innovations within the sector. The agenda includes reviews, a General Assembly, and a public conference amid European elections, offering networking opportunities enriched by social events. Potato professionals will soon be able to register at the congress website.

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Innovation and collaboration at the forefront: Potato Expo 2024 shatters records in Austin

The National Potato Council’s Potato Expo 2024 in Austin set a new record with 2,320 attendees from 18 countries. Celebrating its 16th year with extensive educational sessions and events like ‘Top Spud’ taco competition, the expo focused on technological innovation and public policy advocacy. It raised $108,000 for Potato LEAF and highlighted impending U.S.-Japan trade negotiations. The next expo is slated for January 2025 in Las Vegas.

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Leading the charge: Ms. Robbie Davis announced as Ambassador for the 2024 World Potato Congress

Potatoes Australia Ltd. has named Ms. Robbie Davis as the official Ambassador for the 12th World Potato Congress in Adelaide, 2024. Ms. Davis, with her extensive industry background, including a previous CEO role and board directorships, will leverage her expertise to promote the event. Her responsibilities include advocacy, industry engagement, and media relations. Her aim is to foster unity and innovation within the international potato community at the Congress.

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Dundee hosts major UK potato industry conference: A focus on resilience and innovation

Over 150 UK potato producers will convene at the SACAPP conference in Dundee, hosted by SRUC, to discuss industry resilience, innovation, and challenges such as PCN. Keynote speakers, including industry experts and a Nuffield Scholar, will share insights, with Scotland’s Chief Plant Health Officer closing the event. Held on January 24 at the Apex City Quay Hotel, the conference offers networking and workshops, with free entry for SACAPP members and ticketed entry for others.

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World Potato Congress Inc. calls for nominations for prestigious Industry Awards

Dr. Peter VanderZaag of the World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC) has announced the opening of nominations for the 2024 Industry Awards, recognizing lifetime achievements in the potato sector. Nominations require a 250-word justification and contact details, submitted by March 27, 2024, to the WPC Executive Director. Nomination submissions is set for the close of business on March 27, 2024. Recipients will be announced at the upcoming World Potato Congress in Australia in June 2024.

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‘Tackling challenges head-on’: Exploring trends and triumphs at Ontario’s premier potato gathering

The 2024 Ontario Potato Conference and Trade Show, organized by Dr. Eugenia Banks, will address critical issues in the industry. Keynote speaker Gary Secor will tackle late blight, while Mark VanOostrum shares grower challenges. The event includes a dynamic Trade Show and afternoon sessions on soil health and soft rot management. Attendees can gain CEU credits and free parking. Online registration will open soon, and the Ontario Potato Board encourages participation. Contact Dr. Banks for details.

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Potato Expo 2024: Digital Guide, Expo hall and booth exhibit maps

The Potato Expo 2024 Digital Guide from Spudman Magazine offers comprehensive resources to enhance your Austin experience. It includes detailed daily schedules, exhibitor lists, opportunities for networking, and Potato LEAF auction items. With a record-breaking 215 exhibitors, the Expo occupies over 100,000 square feet at the Austin Convention Center. Attendees can gain valuable industry insights to support business growth and meet their objectives for the upcoming year. Explore the guide for more details.

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Digging deeper into specialty potatoes: Join University of Maine’s interactive presentation and roundtable

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is hosting an event on January 22 to explore the cultivation and marketing of specialty potato varieties. Featuring a presentation by Brett Johnson and a roundtable discussion for commercial producers, the event aims to share best practices and experiences in this niche market. Open to the public with free entry, it’s a valuable opportunity for those interested in the growing specialty potato market.

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Innovations and insights to be unveiled at the 2024 Potato Business Summit in Austin, Texas

The 2024 Potato Business Summit, set for January 10 in Austin, Texas, will feature key industry leaders discussing market trends, economic outlooks, and technological advancements in potato cultivation. This event, a precursor to the Potato Expo, offers valuable networking opportunities for stakeholders in the potato industry, focusing on both the European and North American markets, consumer dynamics, and the future of potato farming and marketing.

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HarvestEye unveils enhanced crop insight tool at Potato Expo 2024

HarvestEye is set to unveil its advanced HarvestEye 2.0 system at Potato Expo 2024. This upgraded tool offers real-time crop insights, fitting onto existing harvesting equipment. It provides detailed data on crop size, shape, and distribution, enhancing decision-making for growers. The system, improved through feedback from regional trials, operates effectively even in challenging conditions, marking a significant step towards efficient, sustainable farming.

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Potato Storage Insight announces 2024 Store Managers Course with early bird discounts

The PSI Potato Store Managers’ Course for 2024, led by Adrian Cunnington alongside Glyn Harper, is set for February 28th and 29th at The Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge. This year’s course introduces the BASIS (Stored Potatoes) qualification, focusing on practical and interactive storage management training. Early bird discounts are available until January 12th, offering a unique opportunity for both new and experienced professionals in the potato storage industry to enhance their skills and knowledge.

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Innovations and insights at the Canadian Potato Summit 2024: A virtual event for potato industry professionals

The Canadian Potato Summit 2024, organized by Potatoes in Canada magazine, returns virtually on January 18. This half-day event features live sessions with industry leaders, offering updates on potato agronomy and market trends. Highlights include talks by Victoria Stamper on the crop season, David De Koeyer on potato breeding, and Mark Phillips on market insights. The summit also offers CCA-CEUs in various categories, emphasizing professional development in the potato sector.

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Potato Expo 2024: Haith to showcase three cutting-edge potato handling technologies

Haith is set to debut three cutting-edge innovations at Potato Expo 2024 in Austin. The ProDry expedites drying with an advanced fan and belt system, while the upgraded Rota-Tip box tippler boasts enhanced stacking and de-stacking functions, reducing forklift movements. Additionally, the QuantaFill box filler gently transfers crops into boxes, catering to both efficiency and operator convenience. Haith anticipates a strong reception for these time and labor-saving machines at the event.

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Enroll now: PSI Store Managers’ Course 2024 open for bookings

Potato Storage Insight (PSI) has opened bookings for its 2024 Potato Store Managers’ Course, which will include the opportunity to attain the BASIS (Stored Potatoes) qualification for the first time. The course, led by Adrian Cunnington, will happen on 28th-29th February 2024 at The Crown in Yorkshire. The two-day program combines practical training sessions and networking opportunities, covering critical topics like risk management, disease threats, and ventilation.

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