2015 Maine Potato Conference

freshly dug potatoesJanuary 21-22, 2015
Caribou Inn and Convention Center

Questions: call 1.800.287.1462

Agenda

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

US Potato Board Grower Breakfast – 6:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

8:40 a.m.Neonicotinoids and Colony Collapse–Science and Politics, Dr. James Dill, Pest Management Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

9:00 a.m.Protecting Your Eye Health in Agriculture, Dr. Randall Himes, Optometrist, The Aroostook Medical Center

9:20 a.m.Rotation Benefits, Dr. John Jemison, Soil and Water Quality Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

9:40 a.m.Rotation Crops: Multi-Seeding and Underseeding, Sam Wright, Conservationist, NRCS

10:00 a.m.Coffee Break

10:30 a.m.US Potato Board: An Industry Discussion, Blair Richardson, USPB President & CEO

10:50 a.m.Managing Hard Pan with Deep Tillage Techniques, Dr. John Jemison, Soil and Water Quality Specialist,  University of Maine Cooperative Extension

11:10 a.m.NRCS Programs to Assist Growers, Darol Wilson, District Conservationist, NRCS

11:30 a.m.Potato Pink Rot and Management, Dr. Jay Hao, Plant Pathologist, University of Maine

11:50 a.m.Lunch: On Your Own

1:20 p.m.Maine Potato Breeding Program, Dr. Gregory Porter, Agronomist, University of Maine

1:40 p.m.Potato Virus Y Management: Challenges and Options, Dr. Andrei Alyohkin, Entomologist, University of Maine

2:00 p.m.Aphid Trapping Studies 2014, Aaron Buzza, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine

2:20 p.m.Coffee Break

2:50 p.m.Aphid Flights and Control Strategies, Jim Dwyer, Crops Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

3:10 p.m.Ticks and Lyme Disease — You Work Outside — What You Should Know, Griffin Dill, IPM Professional, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

3:30 p.m.Wireworms and Rotations, Jim Dwyer, Crops Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

3:50 p.m.Maine Food Strategy, Tanya Swain, Co-Director, Maine Food Strategy

4:10 p.m.The Clean Water Act and Your Farm, Tim Hobbs, Maine Potato Board; Representative, Maine DEP

4:30 p.m.Wrap Up and Adjourn    

Central Aroostook Young Farmers Hospitality Room will be in the Tradeshow Area.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

8:40 a.m.On Farm Grain Storage and Management, Andrew Plant, Extension Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

9:00 a.m.2014 Bruise Results, George McLaughlin, Agricultural Engineer, Maine Potato Board

9:20 a.m.The Farm Bill and FSA, Don Todd, State Director, USDA/FSA

9:40 a.m.The Future of Fertilizer, Bruce Andrews, Cavendish AgriServices

10:00 a.m.Coffee Break

10:30 a.m.Potato Wart on PEI, Dr. Steve Johnson, Crops Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

10:50 a.m.GAP Program: What’s New?, Jeff Gagnon, MDA/USDA

11:10 a.m.Potato Sustainability Survey, Eric Richie, McCain Foods

11:30 a.m.Dr. James Page, Chancellor, University of Maine System

11:50 a.m.Lunch: On Your Own

1:20 p.m.Selecting and Growing Soybeans for northern Maine, Andrew Plant, Extension Educator

1:40 p.m.Managing Seed, Dr. Steve Johnson, Crops Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

2:00 p.m.Drive for 45 Initiative, Tim Hobbs, Maine Potato Board, and Erica Fitzpatrick-Peabody, McCain Foods

2:20 p.m.The Effect of Low Levels of CIPC on Seed Potato Performance, John Walsh, Potato Storage Specialist, McCain Foods

2:40 p.m.Potato Storage Management, Steve Belyea, Project Engineer, Potato Market Improvement Fund,  Maine Potato Board

3:00 p.m.Florida Test Results, Dr. Ann Gibbs, State Horticulturalist, MDA

3:20 p.m.Wrap Up and Adjourn