Plans Announced for Upcoming Conference

Annual gathering set for Jan. 20-22

Published in the January 2009 Issue Published online: Jan 27, 2009
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The 41st Annual Potato Conference and 30th Ag Expo presented by the University of Idaho Extension is scheduled for Jan. 20-22 in Pocatello, Idaho. The theme is "Potatoes-2009 and Beyond: Efficient, Sustainable and Profitable."

The Idaho Crop Improvement Seed Seminar is set for Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Pocatello Red Lion Inn.

The Ag Expo will run Jan. 20-22 in the Holt Arena on the Idaho State University campus. The Trade Show will be in the Pond Student Union building on campus and is scheduled for Jan. 21-22.


The conference pre-registration for in-state attendees is $15. At the door, it's $20. For out-of-state attendees, the conference pre-registration is $75. It is $90 at the door. Jan. 9 is the last day for pre-registration.

Pre-registration packets are available Jan. 21-22 on the third floor of the Idaho State University Pond Student Union building.

Parking will be available at the Holt Arena. Shuttle busses will run from the Holt Arena to the Pond Student Union building.


Date: Jan. 20

Time: noon to 5 p.m.

Location: Red Lion Inn

Contact: Glenda at 208-522-9198



Date: Jan. 20-22

Time: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.

to 6 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Holt Arena

Cost: free



Date: Jan. 21-22

Time: Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon

Location: Idaho State University Pond Student Union building



The schedule is subject to change.


Wednesday, Jan. 21

o USPB: The Catalyst for Positive Change

o Changing Markets: Solution or Problem?

o Idaho Potatoes - Getting Stronger Every Year

o Sustainability Symposium

o PVY / Mexico Export Issues

o Marketing Co-op Impacts on Fresh Market Price

o United Potato Growers of Idaho

o Future of $10 Potatoes? The Cost to Raise Them

o Current Potato Industry Issues

o Economic Impact on the U.S. Potato Industry


Thursday, Jan. 22

o Different Options for Nematode Management

o Risks of Early Planting

o Overlooked Diseases that Steal Profits

o Reducing Fertilizer Costs



The schedule is subject to change.


Wednesday, Jan. 21

o Disease Management

o Manure Management

o Accessing Market News

o Bed Planting / Sprinkler Irrigation

o Weed Management

o Insect Management

o Insect / Weed / Virus Interaction

o Food Safety Packing / Shipping

o Cost of Production

o Precision Planting

o Fertilizer Economics

o Nematode Research

o GAP Audit Tools


Thursday, Jan. 22

o Break Your Fertilizer Habit

o Harvest and Bruise Management

o Growing and Storing New Cultivars

o Organic Production and Marketing

o DEQ-Pesticide Disposal

o Long-term Impacts of Short Rotations

o Weed Management

o Irrigation

o Humic Acid

o Insect Management

o Nematode Research

Note: The conference is presented with the cooperation of the following: the Idaho Potato Commission, Spectra Productions, Raw Products Committee of Idaho, Idaho Center for Potato Research and Education, Idaho Grower Shipper Association, Idaho State University, trade fair exhibitors and the Association of Commerce and Industry.