Canadian Spud Congress
NOW ON DEMAND
All content will be available through March 12, 2021
Create new business connections via 1:1 video • Connect with your peers in roundtable discussions • Expand your network in the industry • Gain critical intelligence on the future of potato innovation
GET READY FOR A NEW ONLINE AND MORE INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE!
Spud Smart, partnered with provincial and national potato associations, is honoured to bring you the most exciting Canadian potato industry trade and educational event of the year.
2021 Canadian Spud Congress, February 24 – 25, 2021
Join us for high-level discussions and unscripted debates, where you, the audience, takes control of the conversation with the industry’s innovators, producers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Engage in interactive roundtable discussions on critical business challenges hosted by industry leaders; plus, an opportunity for casual networking that will make it possible for our industry and community to create connections, continue conversations and build new partnerships.
- Connect with exhibitors offering business solutions and innovations for the potato industry
- Participate in the first ever Canadian Spud Congress, featuring diverse sessions available live and on-demand
- Socialize at our networking lounge and renew old connections while building new friends and partnerships
- Join in on conversations about potato markets, soil fertility and more with industry leaders
- Engage in the Eye Spy contest where you will be sent on a virtual scavenger hunt across the conference platform to find the hidden potatoes and be entered to win prizes
By sharing best practice from around the country and facilitating new connections and collaborations, the congress offers an invaluable platform to develop new business partnerships and accelerate the pace of innovation as we build a more secure, sustainable and resilient potato industry.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Who will you meet
at the congress?
- Research and consulting experts
- Robotics and equipment experts
- Agribusiness experts
- Finance experts
- Software and data management experts
- Food brands and producers
- Bitotech experts
- Government and Associations
The Virtual Experience
Attending virtual trade shows is a new reality for most us as we navigate this “new normal.” The playbook on this topic hasn’t been written yet. Most of us are figuring it out as we go. We’ve helped manage dozens of virtual trade shows and have also had our own sales and marketing teams exhibit at many of them. So, what does it take to be successful at the virtual trade shows you’re attending? The main takeaway that we’d like to emphasize is that a virtual trade show is still very much a trade show. To get the outcomes that you want, you need to prepare for it with the same rigor and discipline you would for any other in-person trade show.
And … we’re here to help out. Whether you’re a sponsor, exhibitor or attending the event, our team is standing by to help you make the most of either your time or financial commitment.
KEY THEMES FOR THE CONGRESS
Sessions at the Canadian Spud Congress will cover a wide range of topics which are important to Canadian potato growers. Speakers will dive deep into how you, as a grower, can use precision agriculture technology on your farm. There will also be an in-depth look at the current market conditions and what you can expect for selling your 2021 crop. We will have a deep analysis of research work on the effects of row spacing in your potato fields and what you can do on your farm to increase your soil organic matter. We will also look into the current seed regulatory system modernization happening in Canada and what you can do as a grower to have your say in it. These are only a few of the riveting topics will be covering at the Canadian Spud Congress.
Thank you to our session sponsor
All times are listed in Central Standard
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2021
|10:10 am||Potato Markets Overview|
|11:40 am||Spud Shed / Exhibition hall break|
|1:00 pm||Use of Cover Crops in Potato Rotations in the U.K.|
|2:00 pm||Row Width Considerations for the Commercial Potato Producer|
|2:30 pm||Current Status of Fungicides for the Management of Early Blight and Brown Spot|
|3:00 pm||Spud Shed / Exhibition hall open|
|5:00 pm||Close of day one|
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2021
|10:00 am||Day two welcome|
|10:10 am||Digitizing Your Field Records|
|11:10 am||Spud Shed / Exhibition hall break|
|11:30 am||Seed Potato Regulatory Modernization|
|12:00 pm||Spud Shed / Exhibition hall break|
|1:00 pm||Changes to Tillage Practices in Potato Rotation|
|2:00 pm||Precision Ag on the Potato Farm|
|3:00 pm||Congress closing remarks|
Meet our Speakers:
Cedric Porter is the editor of World Potato Markets, a weekly briefing on potato and potato product trade, prices and production read by potato professionals across the globe. Based in the United Kingdom., he has written and consulted on global agricultural supply and business for 25 years. Cedric is Vice-Chairman of Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) which promotes sustainable farming through the use of the LEAF Marque, farmer-focused research and engagement with the public. He is also a non-executive of a U.K. farming business which grows 1,000 acres of potatoes.
Chad Berry partner in Under the Hill Farms, Over the Hill Farms, and Pleasant Valley Golf Course. He is also chair of the Keystone Potato Producers Association. Berry grows processing potatoes and 11 other crops across 13,000 acres. His farm is always trying new techniques to make it more efficient and sustainable.
Chris Vanthuyne is a senior product owner with the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) AgExpert team. He works closely with producers from across Canada to develop software solutions to help digitize their farm records. He has a passion for understanding and utilizing technology to help advance Canadian agriculture. Chris has been with FCC for over 15 years, working primarily in IT roles. Originally a farm kid from central Saskatchewan, his commitment to agriculture is deep-rooted. When he’s away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, along with keeping active and playing a variety of sports.
Dale Lathim is the executive director of the Potato Growers of Washington, Inc. (PGW) which is the bargaining association that represents the growers of contracted potatoes supplying the processing plants in the Columbia Basin of Washington and Oregon. This is a position Dale has held for the past 27 years. In addition to his role with PGW, Dale is also the president of the Potato Marketing Association of North America which is an association of all of the bargaining associations whose members grow contract potatoes that supply the processing plants in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alberta, Manitoba, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Maine and Prince Edward Island.
Deb Hart has been part of the seed potato industry for 21 years. She recently retired as seed coordinator with the Potato Growers of Alberta after 16.5 years, however she continues industry work as vice-chair of the Canadian Potato Council/Seed Potato Sub-Committee. She is also the Canadian Potato Council representative on the Seed Regulations Modernization Working Group and industry co-chair on the Seed Potato Regulations Modernization Working Group.
Homer Vander Zaag
Homer Vander Zaag farms in Alliston, Ont. and is the president of H. J. Vander Zaag Farms Ltd. He has farmed since 1990, and in the last four years his daughter Karen and son Garrett joined the farm. They farm 1,900 acres of potatoes for the chip market and an additional 1,500 acres of cereal rotation crops.
Jacob van den Borne
Jacob van den Borne is the owner of Van den Borne Potatoes and is an arable farmer in the Netherlands. In 2004, he received his bachelor’s degree in arable farming and soon after he became involved with national precision farming research and development. Today, Jacob is a forerunner in the use of precision farming technology with a strong belief precision agriculture is the way the next generation of farmers can really start to understand location specific growing processes and minimize environmental impact. After more than 10 years experimenting and applying precision farming at scale, Jacob co-founded on his property the Practice Centre for Precision Agriculture, an official Smart Industry Field lab, with the goal to help suppliers and colleague farmers discover benefits in using technology and data to better understand nature and get more sustainable yields.
Jon Paskaruk is a product specialist with the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) AgExpert team. With over a decade of experience at FCC, Jon works with producers, partners, and FCC staff from coast-to-coast. He teaches the importance of digitizing farm records and how you can leverage your farm data with AgExpert to help make better, more informed, business decisions. Jon joined FCC in 2008. Since then, he has worked in finance, customer service, and alliances, before finding his current home with the AgExpert team. He volunteers with Big Brothers of Regina, and is an avid golfer and, of course, Rider fan.
Julie S. Pasche
Julie Pasche is a plant pathologist at North Dakota State University and the Neil C. Gudmestad Endowed Chair of Potato Pathology. The mission of her research program is to improve management of economically important diseases of potatoes. Currently, Julie’s focus is to develop quantitative molecular diagnostic assays, with a focus on soil-borne pathogens. Her program also works heavily in fungicide resistance and integrated pest management. She is fortunate to work with a talented group of post-docs, research scientists and graduate students on fungal, fungal-like and viral pathogens of potatoes. In the future, Julie will work to integrate molecular tools to identify disease resistance and better understand pathogen variability, facilitating the development of long-term management strategies.
Kevin joined the United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC) in 2011 as general manager. He is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and the University of Guelph. Prior to joining UPGC, he operated a family farm (Lily Pond Farms) with his brother Blair for 27 years. He has been involved with many agricultural organizations, including chair of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board, chair of the P.E.I. Soil and Crop Improvement Association, and director of the P.E.I. Processing Committee. Prior to farming, he was an extension agronomist with the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture. In his current role with UPGC, Kevin communicates with potato producers across the various Canadian provinces, and also meets regularly with his counterparts at the United Potato Growers of America. In his spare time, he is a marathon runner and enjoys spending time with his five grandchildren.
Matt Ramsay is a director and operator of Oyster Cove Farms Ltd. in Kensington, P.E.I. Oyster Cove Farms is a fifth-generation farm and is also owned and operated by Matt’s father, John, and brothers, Ben and Michael. At the farm, the Ramsays grow 500 acres of processing potatoes and 400 acres of grain as well as organic potatoes, peas, and hemp. Matt is active with the Kensington North Watershed Association, sits on the board for the P.E.I. Soil and Crop Improvement Association, and is a director with the P.E.I. Organic Producers Cooperative.
Mélanie Mecteau has a bachelor of science in agriculture and a master of science in plant pathology, both from Laval University. She joined the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as a plant protection inspector in Quebec City in 2001. She has since held several positions such as a CFIA Program Specialist in the Plant Protection Division (Grains and Oilseed and Forestry). Since 2011, Melanie’s substantive position is as a national program specialist within the potato section. She has been actively involved in plant protection policy development, pest management files (Potato Cyst Nematode) and in the Seed Potato Crop Inspection course (Ridgetown). She is currently involved with the Seed Potato Regulatory Modernization initiative in developing the needs assessment survey. Over the past few years, Mélanie has also worked as a senior officer for the National Issues Management Office, the Canadian Food Safety Information Network and the Office of Food Safety and Recalls.
Mark Klompien is the president and CEO of United Potato Growers of America (UPGA). Before joining UPGA, Mark served as president of the Idaho Grower Shippers Association (IGSA). Prior to his time with the IGSA he was the vice president of supply chain management at Idahoan Foods and also spent 18 years at Basic American Foods in addition to five years with Lamb Weston. He has spent virtually his entire life in potatoes – from growing up and working on his father’s seed potato farm in Montana to his lengthy career in the processing industry. Mark holds a bachelor of science degree in agricultural engineering from Montana State University and completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program.
Mark Pavek is a professor in the Department of Horticulture at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Mark has been the state extension potato specialist since 2004 and conducts applied agronomic and variety development research. He uses his research results to provide outreach to the local industry, aiding in their potato production and marketing. Mark has extensive farming experience and has worked for large ag corporations. He was born and raised in American Falls, Idaho and attended the University of Idaho (bachelor and master of science degrees) and received his PhD from Washington State University. Mark currently serves the potato industry and research community through his role as president of The Potato Association of America. He enjoys spending his off time with his wife Pamela and their family, friends and Labrador retrievers.
Mark Stalham started his own consulting company, Mark Stalham Potato Consultancy Ltd, in November 2020. He was formerly head of the NIAB CUF Potato Research Group and guided the overall scientific direction, development and management of NIAB CUF’s activities, including knowledge exchange. With a PhD in potato crisp agronomy from the University of Cambridge in 1989, Mark has over 34 years of extensive experience at Cambridge University Farm and NIAB CUF and success in the areas of potato research and knowledge exchange. A considerable amount of his research in potatoes has focussed on soil and water management, including irrigation and cultivation strategies. He is well-published in peer-reviewed journals (h-index 15) and a regularly consulted reviewer and international conference speaker on potato agronomy.
Michel Camps is owner of CP Farms ltd, in Barnwell, Alta. He farms almost 4,000 acres, with 1,200 acres being dedicated to processing potatoes. Michel also grows sugar beets, corn for grain and cereals. The farm was started 20 years when Michel and his wife immigrated from Holland.
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