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, Ph.D., 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 Lobby
2:30pm - 2:45pm Precision Ag Technology Can Give Your Entire Operation 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
Jason Bayes, Head Chef, Hotel de la Pointe Mousterlin
Brooke Brantley, Director of Culinary, McCain Foods
Diana Fricke, CRC, CWPC, Director of Culinary, Corporate Chef, Simplot
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
RJ Harvey, RDN, CEC, Global Marketing Manager, Potatoes USA
David Macfarlane, Director of Culinary, National Accounts, Idahoan
Glenda Murray, CEC, CRC, Senior Executive Chef, Lamb Weston
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
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 The Potato Association of America: Working for You Since 1913
Rich Novy, Ph.D., Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
8:45am - 9:15am Impact of Eating Potatoes at Breakfast on Cognition, Blood Glucose Response and Satiety in Children

Nick Bellissimo, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Nutrition Discovery Lab, Ryerson University

Mitch Kanter, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, FoodMinds
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

Moderator: Mitch Kanter, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, FoodMinds
Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Department Head, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech University
Lawrence Spriet, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph

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, Ph.D., Vice President, Field Development & Tech Services, Certis USA
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
2:15pm - 2:30pm Using Beauvaria Bassiana for Control of the Colorado Potato Beetle
Manuel Campos, PhD, Technical Agronomist, U.S. and Mexico, BioSafe Systems
Mark Milenski, Technical Representative, BioSafe Systems
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
2:30pm-2:45pm Successful Strategies for the Management of Potato Pink Rot
Rick Peters, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
2:45pm - 3:15pmImproving Yield and Quality through the Use of Potassium-based Technology
Tommy Roach, Director, Product Development and Specialty Products, Nachurs Alpine Solutions
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub
3:15pm - 3:30pmVisualization of Dry Matter Distribution in Raw Potato Tubers
Curtis Frederick, Ph.D., Senior Agronomist, Sterman Masser Inc.
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
Brett Jensen, Owner, Brett Jensen Farms
Dale Nelson, Owner, Nelson’s Vegetable Storage System
Gary Secor, Ph.D., Professor, North Dakota State University
Thomas Young, Ph.D., 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
Sebastian I3
A1: Blackleg Disease Research Update and Recommendations for Seed Buyers

A2: Trucks, Trains, and Traffic: A Panel Discussion
A3: Beyond Spreadsheets: Variety Development Data Resources
A4: Where from Here?: The Demand for Potato Chips at Home and Abroad

A Focus on the Fresh Market
Gatlin A1
B1: Shopping with Millennials and Gen Zers
B2: The Changing Retail Landscape
B3: Identifying the Source of Quality Issues in the Fresh Potato Supply Chain
B4: Improving Communication and Collaboration on Potato Quality Between Potato Shippers and Retailers

A Focus on the Process Market
Gatlin A3
C1: Alliance for Potato Research and Education: Advancing the Scientific Evidence on the Health Benefits of Potatoes
C2: Global Expansion of Potato Processing
C3: NAFTA Renegotiation and Processed Potatoes: Where We’ve Been and What is Coming Next
C4: Eating with Millennials and Gen Zers

A Focus on the Seed Market
Sebastian l1
D1: How Can We Manage Powdery Scab?

D2: Following in the Footsteps of Corn Breeders – Potato as an F1 Hybrid Crop
D3: New Pathogens and New Technologies – How Can Seed Certification Adapt to Maintain Profitable Potato Production?
D4: Dickeya, PMTV, and TRV – Emerging Pathogens That Affect Seed Health and Seed Sales

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.
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.
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
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?
Micah Eidem, Enterprise Account Manager, Trimble Inc.
Bret Nedrow, Senior Manager Raw Development & Sustainability, J.R. Simplot Company
Dan Sun, President, HarvestMark
Allison Thomson, Science & Research Director, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
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
Amy Charkowski, Ph.D., Professor of Plant Pathology, Colorado State University
Stewart Gray, Ph.D., Research Plant Pathologist, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Neil Gudmestad, Ph.D., Professor of Plant Pathology, North Dakota State University
Christopher McIntosh, PhD, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Idaho
Gatlin Ballroom, Innovation Hub