Winter Potato Conference, An Event You Don’t Want To Miss

January 27, 2016

February will bring with it colder weather, Valentine’s Day, and most importantly the Winter Potato Conference in Michigan.  This annual gathering of industry leaders is shaping up to be the best yet.  This February 10th through the 12th the Winter Potato Conference will be held at Lansing’s Crown Plaza hotel and conference center. 

Held in Michigan’s capitol city, the Michigan Potato Industry Commission plans on seizing the opportunity to bring in some amazing speakers, breakout session leaders, and exhibitors that can help with every aspect of growing.   Being close to Michigan State University, conference attendees can expect a great showing of MSU research at the conference to highlight some of the latest and greatest research coming out of America’s top agriculture school.  If it touches the ground, MSU is researching it and will be at the Winter Potato Conference to tell you about it. 

Farming is more than just research, and at the Winter Potato Conference you will also have the option of hearing from Mike Salisbury.  Mike comes to us from Idaho and will talk about the benefits of strong organizational management and how it can aid your farm business.  Tonia Ritter, with Michigan Farm Bureau ,will also be leading a breakout session and going over the lesson plan that was made in partnership with MPIC and MFB.  Entitled “What’s Going On Under The Ground?”, MPIC is proud to show off the new lesson plans for science teachers designed to teach students about modern agriculture and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle with potatoes.

You’ll also want to make sure you stop by and see some of the great exhibitors that will be in attendance.  Thursday evening, the 11th, will be the Sponsor’s Reception which is a great time to walk around the tradeshow floor and interact with a variety of company and industry professionals.  New this year, Michigan State will be shuttling students in to the event so that tomorrows growers can see what our industry has to offer.  It is designed to be a great evening for all.

Bridgett Blough, winner of the SpudNation Food Truck Throwdown, will also be speaking about the changing nature of the consumer landscape and how her business thrives using Michigan potatoes.  Senator Meekhof, Michigan Senate Majority Leader, will be speaking on the important role this industry plays in Michigan.  From growers to researchers, industry partners to processors, the 2016 Winter Potato Conference has something for everyone. 

For more information on the Winter Potato Conference go to  or click here to do directly to the conference website.  Also be sure to get your hotel rooms at the Crown Plaza of Lansing by going to their site here.  We look forward to seeing you at Michigan’s premiere potato conference!


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