PAA to showcase industry advances


21 July 2023
Annual event to feature research presentations and information exchange.

GROWERS, researchers and industry partners from all over the US will gather in Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island, next week for the annual meeting of the Potato Association of America (PAA).

The event, scheduled to take place from Monday (July 23rd) until Friday. It is the first time it will have been held on Prince Edward Island since 1997. Its aim is to provide attendees with educational and networking opportunities, potato research updates, and presentations from industry representatives. 

Key activities will include research presentations, information exchange, identification of professional contacts, and participation in association business meetings. Other highlights include research, field, and industry tours the organisation offers before and after the meeting.

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The local hosting committee stated: "Prince Edward Island has been the largest producer of potatoes in Canada for many years and continues to produce close to 25% of Canada’s potato crop. Its long history of growing potatoes dates back to some of the first settlers in the late 18th century."

The Potato Association of America was formed in 1913 by a handful of dedicated individuals from Maine, New York, Colorado and Washington DC. Members are primarily from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America, but 30 other countries are also represented in the membership. 

The organisation aims to collect and disseminate technical and practical information relating to all aspects of potato production, biology, and utilization, and serve as the official professional society for those involved in potato research, extension, production, and utilisation. 

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