Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Idaho Potato Conference Underway in Poky

Idaho Potato Conference: Putting Sustainability into Practice

Pocatello-The 42nd Idaho Potato Conference gets underway on Tuesday at Idaho State University in Pocatello. This year’s theme is "Putting Sustainability into Practice." The event brings everyone who is anyone in the Idaho potato industry under one roof and usually draws more than a 1,000 producers, salesmen, dealers in conjunction with the Eastern Idaho Ag Expo, that gets underway this morning on the ISU campus.

Conference speakers will discuss putting sustainability into everyday practice in these economic times by using cost cutting techniques by putting fertilizers, pesticides, water, fuel and other inputs more effectively. Producers will also have the chance to check out the latest in farm equipment in the Mini-Dome not to mention the chance to attend the invaluable workshops and seminars.

University researchers will also discuss the latest potato varieties that improve resistance to pests and diseases that eat up pesticide applications and profits. Some of the newest varieties will go on display at the ISU student union lobby.

Representatives from J.R. Simplot Co. will be on hand to discuss consumers' interest in improved product quality and nutritional value.

Food safety workshops will help growers learn how to enhance food safety and incorporate the latest and best agriculture practice audits. The Vice President of the National Potato Council, John Keeling, will discuss national forces that are driving growers toward sustainability.

Other things discussed starting on Tuesday morning: organic potato production practices, manure management, production cost trends and forecasts, supply-demand balance and evolving food-service products.

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