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International Potato Expo Marks Successful Event in Charlottetown

International Potato Expo Marks Successful Event in Charlottetown

The 2018 edition of the International Potato Technology Expo welcomed professionals from across North America back to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, this past Friday and Saturday. The top industry event took Charlottetown by storm with an impressive display of equipment and products, alongside a sold-out educational conference.

3,362 attendees walked the show floor to check out diverse exhibits from local, regional, national, and international companies. Potato growers, together with the leading manufacturers of equipment and product solutions from across the Maritimes and beyond were in attendance.

Dozens of exhibitors at the show debuted cutting-edge and innovative products including new potato varieties, the latest models of equipment, innovative growing technology, and more.

Show Manager Mark Cusack was pleased to report the success of the event.

Mark Cusack:

“The crowd was very steady and exhibitors were happy with the turnout.”

“We saw professionals of all backgrounds come out to the event – from lifelong growers to children and families of the industry.”

“Comments on the conference were very positive as well. Everything came together at the right time.”
The full educational conference program saw huge success on both days of the show. During some sessions, listeners lined the room with seats completely filled to hear experts speak on informative, relevant topics.

Among the seminar presenters were John Walsh of McCain Foods; Drs. Suqi Li and Christine Noronha of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada; Dr. Jiwan Palta of the University of Wisconsin; Ryan Barrett, of the PEI Potato Board with a panel of growers including Andrew Lawless and Nathan Ching; Bill Menkveld of Greentronics; and Drs. Andy Robinson and Andrew McKenzie-Gopsill of North Dakota State University and Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada.

The International Potato Technology Expo is takes place biennially in Charlottetown with the next edition in 2020.