There are new programs and structure for this year’s Potato Expo. “We have a terrific line-up of speakers and educational programs,” said Kam Quarles, CEO, National Potato Council. “It will all take place at the Mirage in Las Vegas.” The Potato Business Summit kicks off the Expo Tuesday morning, followed by a trade show, along with keynote speaker and digital leadership expert Erik Qualman. There are breakout sessions on research, seed potatoes and ag policy. “Front and center, there were some unfortunate weather-related events we faced in 2019. For those folks impacted, we are focused on their needs. There are disaster relief programs the USDA is implementing to help those folks out,” explained Quarles. “More broadly, we’ve had an incredibly volatile trade environment over the past several years. It looks like we’re starting to pull out of that.” A National Potato Council meeting will follow the Expo. The Red River Farm Network is reporting from the Potato Expo on Tuesday, January 14 and Wednesday, January 15. Check out the event schedule.
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