Potato Association of America to Meet July 22-26 in Boise
July 13, 2018
The Potato Association of America will hold its 102nd annual meeting July 22-26 in Idaho’s capital and the nation’s top potato producing state.
The group is meeting in Boise to highlight the potato industry’s importance in southwestern Idaho. The meeting is expected to draw more than 300 association members.
“We especially hope that Idaho potato growers will turn out for the industry day,” said University of Idaho researcher Pamela Hutchinson. Hutchinson, a weed scientist, serves on the organizing committee for the meeting with fellow College of Agricultural and Life Sciences researcher Nora Olsen, who co-chairs the local arrangements committee with Bret Nedrow of the J.R. Simplot Co.
The association’s membership mostly represents North America and Latin America’s potato industry, from farmers to processors and scientists. It also draws members from 30 nations worldwide.
“Monday, July 23, is Industry Day, featuring presentations on topics including zebra chip, fry processing quality and cropping systems diversity,” Hutchinson said. “That afternoon will offer a symposium about the impact of quarantined pests on the potato industry.”
Other sessions during the meeting will focus on diseases that threaten potato quality during storage, potato handling issues that affect quality and research to make the industry’s practices more sustainable.
The group will meet at the Boise Centre with other events planned at the J.R. Simplot Co.’s JUMP building in downtown Boise. Participants will also enjoy whitewater rafting and celebrate on Boise’s Basque Block during their visit. The meeting will offer a tour focused on Treasure Valley agriculture, including the hops and wine industry.
The Idaho Potato Commission’s Big Idaho Potato Truck will be present for the event, sporting a new giant potato, Hutchinson said.
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