2017 Winter Potato Conference

2017 Winter Potato Conference
It’s that time of year again! Time for the only winter event that brings together Michigan’s entire potato industry for a fun and educational conference. The Winter Potato Conference is packed with networking opportunities, educational workshops and an exhibitor hall filled with every potato product imaginable. Everybody is welcome to come learn useful tips for improving your farm, new opportunities in the potato industry or just come network with industry representatives from all over the state. We will even have representatives from the National Potato Council and the United States Potato Board giving national updates on the world of potatoes. This is a conference you do not want to miss! In 2017, Winter Potato Conference will be held January 30 through February 1 at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Get ready to sharpen your potato knowledge at the one and only Michigan Winter Potato Conference.
When
1/30/2017 10:00 AM - 2/1/2017 2:00 PM
Where
Soaring Eagle Casino & and Resort 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Program

   

Monday, 30 January 2017

 
Category
General
Time
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
10:00 AM
Food safety audits including GAP and Primus have become a part of doing business in the potato industry. Significant resources are required to develop and implement the necessary management practices that are a part of these audits. This session will look at opportunities to capitalize on the investment into these audits through increased efficiency with perspectives from consultants, processors and growers in other segments of agriculture.
Category
General
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1:00 PM
There are a variety of factors that impact the physical, chemical and biological aspects of soil. During this session participants will hear from industry and academic specialist on a ways to manage various production factors to achieve improvements in the health of their soil.
Category
General
Time
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
3:30 PM
Category
General
Time
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
6:00 PM
This event is open to PGMI members. Those attending are asked to provide a voluntary contribution to the PGMI PAC in the amount of $500. The PGMI PAC cannot accept corporate checks.
Category
General
Time
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
8:00 PM

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

 
Category
General
Time
7:00 AM - 8:45 AM
7:00 AM
Category
General
Time
7:00 AM - 8:45 AM
7:00 AM
Category
General
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
By law, all farms with Large Quantity Withdrawals (LQW)s – surface or groundwater with capacity exceeding 70 gpm – are required to report usage annually. Many unreported LQWs have been found over the years and could be subject to significant fines if not reported during MDEQ’s Unreported LQW Initiative. Find out how you can report withdrawals, and the advantages to doing so before the cutoff date.
Category
Breakout 1
Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
11:00 AM
A new President along with a shift in the balance of power in the US House and Senate will certainly change the discussion of key issues in Washington, D.C. The impact on Michigan potato production will include nutrition policy, trade agreements, the next Farm Bill and how a host of regulations will progress are all on the table. Gain an inside perspective of what all of this means to our industry.
Category
Breakout 1
Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
11:00 AM
Detecting and documenting the presence of PVY strains in potato seed has become a recognized practice in potato production. While much effort has been placed on the seed aspect, a lack of management practices in commercial production can lead to commercial losses and the ability for new strains of the virus to develop. Best management to control PVY in commercial production will be discussed along with an understanding of the impact on the industry.
Category
Breakout 1
Time
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
11:00 AM
Category
General
Time
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
12:30 PM
There continues to be an evolution in the techniques and methods being utilized today to incorporate science into agriculture. Growers, processors and consumers are often wondering what is on the horizon as it relates to the development of new lines of crops. Discover the next generation of genetic techniques and what they may mean for our industry.
Category
Breakout 2
Time
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
1:00 PM
An increased prevalence of blackleg symptoms, the ongoing threat for Late Blight are in the forefront of grower’s minds. Participants will be provided an update on what is new in pathogen management including recommendations for the field and storage.
Category
Breakout 2
Time
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
1:00 PM
Regardless of who your immediate customer is, you are competing in a global, national and local market. Customers at all level are choosing to connect and want to know how their food is grown. Gain an insight into how the U.S. food system is working together to address this demand.
Category
Breakout 2
Time
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
1:00 PM
Category
General
Time
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
2:15 PM
Family businesses come in many shapes and sizes and as they grow and age, their probability to remain successful decreases. One practice that’s proven to contribute to family business continuity is good governance. Good governance includes a Board at the “right” time and in the “right” format. During this 90-minute session we will explore different approaches to developing a Board. How do you put a Board in place that boosts rather than burdens management? When should you move from a paper board to an advisory board? What about independent directors? Learn from peers in ag related businesses that have seen the best and the worst of family business Boards.
Category
General
Time
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3:15 PM
Category
General
Time
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
4:45 PM
Category
General
Time
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
6:30 PM

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

 
Category
General
Time
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM
7:00 AM
Collaboration between Michigan growers, shippers, processors and Michigan State University continue to advance a multitude of potato varieties that show promise for strengthening Michigan’s role in potato production. See firsthand these varieties, understand their market potential and provide input on how they may fit your operation.
Category
General
Time
7:45 AM - 9:15 AM
7:45 AM
Across the country people are changing the way they think about food. For many it is becoming a sense of adventure and discovery of new things. This session will look at how these food trends are impacting how consumers shop, cook and eat potatoes and how these trends may affect your operation.
Category
Breakout 3
Time
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
9:15 AM
This past year the industry implemented a new website and database that provides the opportunity to increase collaboration and become the center for industry activities. Explore the system and discover ways it can be a resource to become further engaged in the industry.
Category
Breakout 3
Time
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
9:15 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency has made significant revisions to the Pesticide Worker Protection Standard that took effect January 3, 2017. Get the latest information during this session to ensure that your operation is in compliance with these new rules.
Category
Breakout 3
Time
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
9:15 AM
There is a common thread in potato storage ventilation system management regardless of harvest and potato conditions going into storage.  Management strategies aimed at reducing the impact of pathogen activity, potato water loss and tuber sugar accumulation will be discussed.  A basic review of psychrometrics will also be conducted to help storage managers understand how water and air mix in the potato storage.
Category
Breakout 4
Time
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
10:00 AM
Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium are the key nutrients for potatoes, along with a number of other micro-nutrients. Based on ongoing research this session will provide an update and understanding on current fertility practices in rotational crops.
Category
Breakout 4
Time
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
10:00 AM
What issues are the hot topics in Lansing for the next two years? How will a lame-duck Governor and Senate for the next two years might impact Michigan agriculture and potato production? Gain insight into what will be happening in state government and how you can ensure the impact on your operation is minimal.
Category
Breakout 4
Time
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
10:00 AM
With the anticipation of Simplot’s Innate potatoes coming on-line for commercial production in 2017, this will be your first chance to understand management recommendations to maximize the efficiency of their Late Blight resistance.
Category
Breakout 5
Time
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
10:45 AM
Every Michigan potato operation, regardless of their size or location has a story to share. The farm’s heritage, innovation, or a unique product they grow can help connect you with your customers. Gain some insight methods of telling your story and building the key messages for your farm.
Category
Breakout 5
Time
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
10:45 AM
The impact of neonicotinoids on domestic, wild, and bumble bees continues to be a part of the outcry from environmental groups and is driving a discussion for the elimination of this critical tool in potato production. The session will share the results of current research related to the bee communities of commercial potato fields and bumblebee visitation to neonicotinoid-treated potato plants.
Category
Breakout 5
Time
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
10:45 AM
GMO labeling, changes in consumer purchasing habits, and the desire to know where and how ingredients are sourced are some of the many trends that chip processors are working to address for both domestic and international markets. Hear from the experts what some of these trends may mean to your operation down the road.
Category
Breakout 6
Time
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
11:30 AM
The workplace is always changing, this includes both state and federal rules related to managing your most important resource – the people on your team. Attendees will explore some of the keys to human resource management and a better understanding of the impact of the new overtime rules for your operation.
Category
Breakout 6
Time
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
11:30 AM
Participants will be provided an update on current practices for managing nematode.
Category
Breakout 6
Time
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
11:30 AM
Category
General
Time
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
12:30 PM

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