GENERAL SESSIONS

tuesday, january 5

POTATO EXPO KICK-OFF
THE POWER OF PURPOSE IN BUSINESS AND LIFE (AND POTATOES!)

9:30am-10:30am PT (12:30pm-1:30pm ET)

Sponsored by

Roy Spence
Cofounder& Chairman, GSD&M/Cofounder & CEO, The Purpose Institute


PRESERVING THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE: How the supply chain is scaling up efforts to address climate change and sustainability

12:00pm-12:45pm PT (3:00pm-3:45pm ET)

Climate change and sustainability initiatives around the globe continue to drive discussions to identify and minimize agriculture’s impact. Join the conversation on supply chain efforts in North America, and around the world to identify and implement improvements in minimizing agriculture’s impact throughout the industry. Panelists will also discuss ways for growers to become engaged at the local, national and global levels to drive positive change within agriculture.

Moderator:
Mike Wenkel, COO
National Potato Council

Panelist:
Chuck Conner, CEO
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

Panelist:
Barb Glenn, CEO
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

Panelist:
Rod Snyder, President & CEO
Field to Market

Panelist:
Brandy Wilson, Global Sustainability Director
JR Simplot Company

WASHINGTON UPDATE: THE FUTURE OF CREDIT: Politics and policy debates impacting agriculture and rural communities

1:00pm-1:30pm PT (4:00pm-4:30pm ET)

Todd Van Hoose, President & CEO
Farm Credit Council

wednesday, january 6

THE NEW CONSUMER AT RETAIL AND FOODSERVICE

8:00am-9:30am PT (11:00am-12:30pm ET)

Sponsored by


So much has changed in where, what and how people eat and this is changing demand for potatoes. This panel will provide insights into the changes in consumer behavior towards food when eating at home, purchasing at retail and at restaurants and how these are impacting and will impact potato sales and demand. The four members bring expertise in changing food patterns, the retail sector, foodservice and how this all ties to the potato market. Presented in a question-and-answer format, this session will help provide answers to questions everyone in the potato industry has been wondering over this past year and as we look to the future. Make sure to bring your questions for this excellent line up of speakers.

Moderator:
Blair Richardson, CEO
Potatoes USA

Panelist:
Jack Li, Haiku Master
Datassential

Panelist:
Jonna Parker, Principal, Fresh Center of Excellence
IRI

Panelist:
Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, President & CEO
Produce for Better Health Foundation

Panelist:
John Toaspern, CMO
Potatoes USA


GETTING INTO THE MOUTHS OF CONSUMERS

12:00pm-12:45pm PT (3:00pm-3:45pm ET)

Not only has this has been an incredibly unusual year, it could bring about long-term changes for consumers and growers alike. Join in on a discussion with industry thought leaders on challenges, opportunities and innovations – from growing potatoes on the farm to getting potatoes into the hands of consumers worldwide – that could shape our industry for decades to come.

Moderator:
Michael Sansolo, Food Industry Expert

Panelist:
Keith McGovern, President
R.D. Offutt Farms

Panelist:
Kevin Stanger, President
Wada Farms Marketing Group

Panelist:
Barry Starnes, Category Manager, Produce
Southeastern Grocers

Panelist:
Steve Williams, Vice President, Produce & Floral
Southeastern Growers

thursday, january 7

POLITICAL LANDSCAPE, POLICY AND TRADE

8:00am-9:30am PT (11:00am-12:30pm ET)

Hundreds of millions in pandemic relief aid. Ag worker reform movement. New export markets opened. Historic federal potato purchases. It's hard to keep track of everything that's happened in 2020. Join the National Potato Council as we look back at a year we'll never forget and look ahead to finding a new path forward with the new Congress and Administration.

Sponsored by

8:00am-8:30am PT

Pandemic Support for Fruits and Vegetables – How The Industry Teamed Up To Create the Largest Disaster Response In USDA’s History

Kam Quarles, CEO
National Potato Council

Michael A. Joyner, President
Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

Dave Puglia, President & CEO
Western Growers Association

Tom Stenzel, President
United Fresh Produce Association

8:30am-9:00am PT

Ag Labor Solutions – Is 2021 the Year Congress Delivers?

Kam Quarles, CEO
National Potato Council

Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President
AmericanHort

9:00am-9:30am PT

Enhancing U.S. Potato Exports – Global Export Opportunities and Challenges In 2021

Kam Quarles, CEO
National Potato Council

Matt Lantz, Vice President, Global Access
Bryant Christie Inc.


TRENDS IN FARMING TECHNOLOGY

12:00pm-12:45pm PT (3:00pm-3:45pm ET)

Join us for a discussion with industry leaders with companies that are identified as bringing innovation to the table in helping advance the potato industry. Discussions will focus on trends in technology, sustainability, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and what advancements they see on the horizon that will advance potato production around the globe.

Moderator:
RJ Andrus, NPC's VP of Legislative Affairs and Senior Manager, Raw Material Procurement
Idahoan

Panelist:
Rainer Borgmann, CEO
Spudnik Equipment Company LLC

Panelist:
Gustavo Oberto, President, Global Agriculture Irrigation
Lindsay Corporation

Julian Sanchez, Director of Emerging Technology, Intelligent Solutions Group
John Deere

Panelist:
Simcha Shore, CEO
AgroScout