Potato Association of America to meet in Boise

n Group will meet July 22-26

Idaho, the home of famous potatoes, will be setting out the welcome mat for the potato industry later this month.

Boise will be the setting for the Potato Association of America’s 102nd annual meeting, from July 22 to 26 at the Boise Centre.

With a membership of over 500 individuals and 20 organizations, the association is comprised of potato industry personnel and growers, private and public potato researchers and university research and extension researchers.

More than 250 association members are expected to attend this year’s meetings and seminars.

University professors, graduate students and industry agronomists will be giving presentations and updates on their research findings during the four days.

On the opening day, there will be an industry-oriented featured session along with a special presentation on the genomic landscape of inbreeding depression in potato by Sanwen Huang.

Each year, the association recognizes individuals with honorary lifetime memberships for their career achievements within the potato industry.

This year’s honorary life member inductees are Robert Hoopes, a Frito-Lay potato breeder; Washington State University’s Rick Knowles; the University of Idaho’s Stephen Love; and Leigh Morrow, director of agronomy for eastern North America for McCain Foods.

For more information on the PAA or the events scheduled in Boise, go to the PAA website at potato association.org.