wednesday, january 10

7:30am - 6:30pm REGISTRATION OPEN
Gatlin Registration Desk
1:00pm - 6:30pm TRADE SHOW OPEN
Gatlin Ballroom
1:30pm - 1:45pm Irrigation Technology and the Future of Farming
John Campbell, Manager Technology Advancement and Adoption, Valley Irrigation
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
1:45pm - 2:00pm Optimized Irrigation Management Made Simple
Brian Magnusson, Vice President, Lindsay Corporation
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
2:00pm - 2:30pm Chloropicrin Soil Fumigation in Potato Production Systems
Chad Hutchinson, Director of Research, TriEst Ag Group, Inc.
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
2:00pm - 3:00pm Meet the Researchers at the PAA Poster Session
Gatlin Ballroom
2:30pm - 2:45pm From Season Start to Finish, Precision Ag Technology Your Entire Operation Can Give You the Competitive Edge
Clint Graumann, Chief Commercial Officer, Agrian Inc.
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
2:45pm - 3:00pm It's Not Hard, It's Just Data
Keith Tinsey, Data Solutions Lead, CropTrak
Jonathon Sherrill, VP Business Development, CropTrak
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
3:00pm - 4:00pm SPUD NATION THROWDOWN COOK-OFF #1
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
4:00pm - 5:00pm SPUD NATION THROWDOWN COOK-OFF #2
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
5:00pm - 6:30pm KICK-OFF RECEPTION IN TRADE SHOW
Gatlin Ballroom

thursday, JANUARY 11




7:30am - 5:00pm REGISTRATION OPEN
Gatlin Registration Desk
8:00am - 12:00pm TRADE SHOW OPEN
Gatlin Ballroom
8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast in the Trade Show
Gatlin Ballroom
8:30am - 8:45am Innovation Hub Researcher Session
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
8:45am - 9:15am Impact of Eating Potatoes at Breakfast on Cognition, Blood Glucose Response and Satiety in Children
Mitch Kanter, PhD, Chief Science Officer, FoodMinds
Nick Bellissimo, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Nutrition, Ryerson University
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
9:15am - 10:15am Spud Nation Final Throwdown
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
10:15am - 11:15am Culture That Rocks: How To Amp Up Or Revolutionize A Company's Culture
Jim Knight, Business Culture Catalyst, Former Hard Rock International Executive, Author of "Culture that Rocks!"
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub


Jim Knight energizes with his rock n’ roll spirit and seasoned insights on developing, maintaining or transforming corporate cultures
to achieve exceptional and sustainable business results. He is the service and hospitality expert Fortune 500 companies turn to when they want to reinvent themselves or shake things up. Jim honed his revolutionary approach to strong organizational cultures, exceptional guest service and employee branding over two decades as the senior director of training & development at Hard Rock International.

11:15am - 11:45am Potatoes as a Nutrition Powerhouse: The Role of Potatoes in Improving Training & Exercise Performance
Mitch Kanter, PhD, Chief Science Officer, FoodMinds
Lawrence Spriet, PhD, Professor and Chair, Human Health & Nutrition Science, University of Guelph, Animal Science/Nutrition Bldg.
Janet Rankin, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Virginia Tech University
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
12:00pm - 1:45pm KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Merril Hoge

Former NFL Star and Former ESPN Analyst & Cancer Survivor
Panzacola Ballroom


A former ESPN analyst, cancer survivor, and former NFL player, Merril inspires audiences with his story of prevailing over life's hurdles through strength and determination. He began his illustrious NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and later, he joined the Chicago Bears before retiring due to post-concussion syndrome. During his tenure as an ESPN analyst and host, he was well-known for his sharp knowledge of the game
. In 2003, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, which he beat.
2:00pm - 5:00pm TRADE SHOW OPEN
Gatlin Ballroom
2:00pm - 2:15pm Integration of Biopesticides into Potato Pest and Disease Management
Michael B. Dimock, Vice President, Field Development, Certis USA LLC
Scott Ockey, Western USA Field Development Manager, Certis USA LLC
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
2:15pm - 2:30pm Using Beauvaria Bassiana for Control of the Colorado Potato Beetle
Manuel Campos, PhD, Technical Agronomist, BioSafe Systems
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
2:30pm-2:45pm Innovation Hub Poster Presentation
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
2:45pm - 3:15pm Unlocking the Door to Improved Yield and Quality Characteristics through the Use of Potassium-based Technology and the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Principles
Tommy Roach, Director, Specialty Products and Product Development, Nachurs Alpine Solutions
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
3:15pm - 3:30pm Innovation Hub Poster Presentation
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
3:30pm - 4:00pm Improved Calcium Nutrition Solutions for Potatoes
Anke Kwast, Head, Crop Nutrition R & D, Yara International
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
4:00pm - 4:30pm Overcoming the Challenges of Controlling Storage Decay
Thomas Young, PhD, Plant Pathologist, Food Defend
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
2:00pm - 4:30pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Breakout Sessions include four time slots (1st - 2:00-2:30PM; 2nd - 2:40-3:10PM; 3rd - 3:20-3:50PM; and 4th - 4:00-4:30PM) synchronized to allow attendees to move between them as desired and select their preferred topic or speaker during each time block.

  • A Focus on the Chip Market: Gatlin A1,2
  • A Focus on the Fresh Market: Gatlin A3,4
  • A Focus on the Process Market: Gatlin E1, 2
  • A Focus on the Seed Market: Gatlin E3,4
5:30pm - 6:30pm NETWORKING RECEPTIONS

Young Professionals Reception: All Potato Expo attendees ages 35 and under are welcome to network with the next generation of potato industry leaders.
Room: Suwannee 21

Women in the Potato Industry Reception: This special reception honors all women working in the potato industry. No RSVP need - just stop by for a few minutes to meet and greet other women in the industry.
Room:
Suwannee 19

Potato Industry Leadership Institute Alumni Reception: Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) identifies, develops and cultivates new leaders within the industry. Graduates of the annual eight-day program are invited to join their former classmates and alumni at this reception.
Room:
Suwannee 20

New! Research Reception: For anyone involved in research or whose primary job has a research component.
Room: Suwannee 18

6:30pm - 8:00pm Party Under the Stars
Panzacola Ballroom
8:00pm - 9:30pm After Party Under the Stars
Panzacola Ballroom

friday, JANUARY 12

8:00am - 10:30am TRADE SHOW OPEN
Gatlin Ballroom
8:00am - 9:00am BREAKFAST IN THE TRADE SHOW
Gatlin Ballroom
8:30am - 9:00am

Aerial Imagery to Optimize Grower Profitability
Bob Westbrook, National Director, Sales and Business Development, TerrAVion
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub

9:00am - 9:30am Ag Technology: Cultivated approach or managing a jungle?
Brian Stark, Marketing Communications, Trimble
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
9:30am - 10:00am Improvements in Potato Seed Certification: Identifying necessary changes to meet the emerging challenges of the 21st century
Stewart Gray, PhD, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Neil Gudmestad, PhD, Professor of Plant Pathology, North Dakota State University
Amy Charkowski, PhD, Professor of Plant Pathology, Colorado State University
Christopher McIntosh, PhD, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Idaho
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub