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Potato Association of America Meeting Held in Fargo

More than 250 researchers from across the U.S. attended the 101st Potato Association of America meeting July 23-27 at the Fargo Holiday Inn. NDSU potato researchers Andrew Robinson, Susie Thompson and Gary Secor co-chaired the Local Arrangements Committee for the meeting.

August 23, 2017

Red River Valley potato researchers hosted the 101st Potato Association of America meeting July 23-27. More than 250 researchers attended the meeting at the Fargo Holiday Inn. The Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) included Neil Gudmestad, Andrew Robinson, Gary Secor, Susie Thompson, and Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, all from North Dakota State University. Others on the LAC represented the University of Minnesota, Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, USDA-ARS Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center, North Dakota State Seed Department and industry partners. Robinson, Secor and Thompson served as co-chairs of the LAC.

Scientists attending the meeting presented more than 70 research papers and posters on potato breeding and genetics; plant protection; physiology; and extension, production and management.

A breakout Extension, Production and Management Symposium highlighted “Decision Support Tools and Technologies for the Potato Industry” and the Global Outreach Committee invited guest speaker Tarun Gangwai, who presented “A Perspective of Potato in India: Past, Present and Future” at the historic downtown Fargo Theatre on Monday, July 24.

A barbecue catered by NDSU Carnivore Catering and Live Auction to benefit the Frank Haynes Graduate Student PAA Endowment Fund was held at Bonanzaville in West Fargo on Tuesday, July 25. During the Live Auction, McCain Foods purchased and gifted to the NDSU potato research team a quilt created and donated by Carol and Don Halseth. The quilt will be displayed in Loftsgard Hall.

Optional activities during the PAA included a local brewery tour, trips to Devil’s Lake to fish or Itasca State Park to see the origin of the Mississippi River, a tour of local agriculture production facilities, a hands-on lefse tutorial for the graduate students at the Fargo Sons of Norway Chapter, horse racing and a baseball game.

The next annual meeting will be July 22-26, 2018 in Boise Idaho.

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Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editors: Susie Thompson, 701-231-8160, and Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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