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Potato conference highlights pest management

Speakers at the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference will discuss managing bacterial ring rot and insecticide resistance Jan. 28-30 in Kennewick, Wash.
Matthew Weaver

Capital Press

Published on January 15, 2014 10:25AM

Last changed on January 15, 2014 10:30AM

Pest management will be the hot topic at the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference Jan. 28-30 in Kennewick, Wash.

University of Idaho professor Phil Nolte will address bacterial ring rot management, said Andy Jensen, manager of the Northwest Potato Research Consortium.

University of Maine associate professor of applied entomology Andrei Alyokhin, a specialist in potato insects and insecticide resistance management, will share his “wit and knowledge,” Jensen said.

“These speakers and many others make me look forward to this year’s conference very much,” Jensen said.

Ryan Holterhoff, Washington Potato Commission director of marketing and industry affairs, said growers and industry members from around the region will be able to talk with exhibitors and hear presentations highlighting key issues and best practices.

Topics on the agenda include the future of potato breeding, Potato Virus Y, row width and land efficiency, the effects of in-season heat on post-harvest quality and updates from the Washington Potato Commission, Oregon Potato Commission, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Washington State Department of Agriculture and National Potato Council.

Motivational speaker Michael Broome will deliver the keynote address, “Tough Times Call for Tough People,” at 11 a.m. Jan. 29.

“(Broome) has had the opportunity to speak to groups throughout the world,” Holterhoff said. “We look forward to his presentation at this year’s conference as he shares with us his experience, examples and perspective about achieving personal and professional growth.”

The trade show usually opens about noon the first day, but this year will begin at 9 a.m. at the Three Rivers Convention Center.

“This will give attendees more time to see what this year’s exhibits are highlighting,” Holterhoff said.

He expects 1,700 participants to attend the conference.

This is the fifth year that the Washington and Oregon organizations have teamed up to host the conference.




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