POTATO EXPO SCHEDULE

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TUESDAY, January 6
2:00PM-6:00PMRegistration Open
WEDNESDAY, January 7
7:30AM-7:00PM Registration Open
1:00PM-7:00PM Trade Show Open
4:30PM-5:15PMOpening Session: Six Things You Need to Know About Potato Export Opportunities in the New Global Supermarket, Matthew Tripodi, Government & Trade Relations Manager, Euromonitor International
5:30PM-7:00PM Kick-off Reception in Trade Show
THURSDAY, January 8
7:00AM-5:00PM Registration Open
8:00AM-Noon Trade Show Open
8:00AM-9:00AM Breakfast in Trade Show
9:00AM-9:45AMGeneral Session: How to Market to People Who Are Not Like You: The New Market Segmentation, Kelly McDonald, Multicultural Marketing and Business Trends Expert
10:30AM-11:00AMEXPO Stage Session: Managing Diseases with Biopesticides in Potato Production
Noon-1:30PM Luncheon: Keynote Speaker, An Insider’s Look at Politics, the White House, and the Future of America, Chris Wallace, Veteran Journalist and Host of Fox News Sunday
1:30PM-5:00PM Trade Show Open
1:30PM-2:30PMMeet the Researchers at the Poster Session
2:00PM-2:30PMEXPO Stage Session: The Future of Truck Transportation, Luke Gowdy, Transportation Operations Manager, C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc.
2:30PM-5:00PM Breakout Sessions: Chip, Fresh, Process, and Seed
5:00PM-6:30PM Networking Receptions
6:30PM-9:00PM Special Event: Plumtackee, Florida Hootenanny Hangout!
FRIDAY, January 9
8:00AM-9:30AM Breakfast General Session: Climate Change, Nuclear Power, and GMO ... What Does Science Tell Us?, Mark Lynas, Author and Advisor on Climate Change, Biotechnology, and Nuclear Power
9:30AM-11:30AMTrade Show Open
10:00AM-10:45AMClosing Session: Big Trends in Agriculture: What Ag Will Look Like in 2045, Jim Carroll, Agricultural Futurist, Trends, and Innovation Expert

TRADE SHOW HOURS

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TUESDAY, January 6
2:00PM-6:00PMExhibitor Registration
2:00PM-6:00PMExhibitor Move-In
WEDNESDAY, January 7
7:30AM-7:00PMExhibitor Registration
8:00AM-11:00AMExhibitor Move-In
1:00PM-7:00PM Trade Show Open
5:30PM-7:00PM Kick-off Reception in Trade Show
THURSDAY, January 8
8:00AM-NoonTrade Show Open
8:00AM-9:00AM Breakfast in Trade Show
1:30PM-5:00PM Trade Show Open
FRIDAY, January 9
9:30AM-11:30AM Trade Show Open
11:30AM-3:00PMExhibitor Move-Out

WEDNESDAY, January 7

 
 

7:00AM-5:00PM

7:30AM-7:00PM


1:00PM-7:00PM


4:30PM-5:15PM
















5:30PM-7:00PM

Pre-potato EXPO Meetings

Registration Open

Panzacola Registration

trade show open

Sebastian Ballroom

opening session

Six Things You Need to Know About Potato Export Opportunities in the New Global Supermarket

Matthew Tripodi, Government & Trade Relations Manager, Euromonitor International

EXPO Stage, Sebastian Ballroom

Total potato exports for the U.S. neared $1.8 billion last season, representing expansion of nearly $600 million in just four seasons – and there is much more to come. Global demand for U.S. agricultural products has never been higher, and the U.S. potato industry is benefiting. This must-see presentation will introduce the “New Global Supermarket;” highlight global market dynamics; key trends, forecasts, and consumption patterns; U.S. potato and potato product export performance; and major opportunities (and threats) to capture growth and expand your business. Don’t miss this chance to interact with Matthew Tripodi, international trade professional at Euromonitor International, the world’s leading strategic consumer insights company. Tripodi promises a compelling look at the world to inspire your export success.

Sponsored by: 

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Kick-off Reception in trade show

Sebastian Ballroom

Sponsored by:

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THURSDAY, January 8

7:00AM-5:00PM


8:00AM-NOON

Registration Open

Panzacola Registration

trade show open

Sebastian Ballroom

8:00AM-9:00AM


9:00AM-10:00AM

breakfast in Trade show

Sebastian Ballroom

general session

How to Market to People Who Are Not Like You: The New Market Segmentation

Kelly McDonald, Multicultural Marketing and Business Trends Expert

Gatlin Ballroom A/B

Kelly McDonald is a nationally recognized marketing expert who has a deep specialization in multicultural marketing and business trends. McDonald will share her marketing insights and teach strategies and tactics for cultivating diverse consumers. She notes that diversity comes in many forms, and that gender, race, age, lifestage, and hobbies or special interests are all ways in which people's differences are recognized. By recognizing these differences and tailoring products, messages, or marketing efforts to reflect consumers' uniqueness, McDonald will discuss how potato industry members can validate the importance of a consumer group to reach more audiences.

Sponsored by:

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10:30AM-11:00AM

expo stage Session

Managing Diseases with Biopesticides in Potato Production

Amanda Gevens, PhD, Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology and Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

EXPO Stage: Sebastian Ballroom

Potato diseases account for a significant portion of crop production costs and yield losses each year. A broad range of plant pathogens can impact quality and yield of potato plants both in the field and post-harvest in transit or storage. For some chronic diseases, fungicides are essential to protect yield and quality. Growers have an increasing number of biopesticide options available to integrate into their overall disease management programs. Understanding the modes of action of biopesticides is critical in making these products work for successful disease management. This presentation will address some of the basics of biopesticides including product categories, modes of action, and efficacy as they pertain to conventional potato systems.   

NOON-1:30PM

Luncheon: Keynote Speaker

An Insider's Look at Politics, the White House, and the Future of America

Chris Wallace, Veteran Journalist and Host of Fox News Sunday

Gatlin Ballroom A/B

Few journalists in the nation’s capital know the American political system like Chris Wallace, a three-time Emmy award-winning anchor for FOX News. Wallace will handicap the mid-term congressional and gubernatorial elections, what it might mean for the remainder of President Obama’s second term, and provide insight and a historian’s perspective into the race for the White House in 2016. He will provide you a behind the -the-scenes anecdotes about Washington and the role of the media in the national dialogue. 

Sponsored by: 
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1:30PM-5:00PM

 

1:30PM-2:30PM

Trade show open

Sebastian Ballroom

Meet the Researchers at the Poster Session

Sebastian Ballroom Foyer

 2:00PM-2:30PM









2:30PM-5:00PM

expo stage Session

The Future of Truck Transportation

Luke Gowdy, Transportation Operations Manager, C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc.

EXPO Stage, Sebastian Ballroom

With its constantly rolling inventory, the potato industry is ever-reliant on trucking. What has changed with transportation? How will this affect the potato industry during the next five years? Luke Gowdy has spent the past seven years with C.H Robinson developing refrigerated transportation solutions for a variety of different industries. Throughout this time, Gowdy has worked closely with industry trade associations to help shippers utilize transportation more effectively with the goal to help drive efficiency in operations and cost-effectiveness throughout the supply chain.

Breakout Sessions

New in 2015! Breakout Sectors include four time slots (1 - 2:30-3:00PM; 2 - 3:10-3:40PM; 3 - 3:50-4:20PM; and 4 - 4:30-5:00PM) synchronized to allow attendees to move between the Chip, Fresh, Process, and Seed Breakouts as desired and select their preferred topic or speaker during each time block.

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Chip Breakout

Panzacola H3/4

Chip 1: Food Safety and Traceability Initiatives for the Chip Industry
Tom Dempsey, CEO, Snack Food Association
America’s food safety and labeling laws should not be set by political campaigns or state and local legislatures. That is fundamental to SFA’s advocacy initiatives in representing member companies’ interests at the federal and state levels. Dempsey, a 24-year veteran of the industry and former president of Utz Quality Foods, will discuss the food safety and traceability initiatives for the chip industry.
 
Chip 2: What’s in the Pipeline for Chip Variety Development?
David Parish, President, AIS Consulting LLC
David Parish is an industry veteran in snack food manufacturing, agricultural production, research, development, and procurement. He served as senior director of agricultural operations and agricultural research and development for Frito-Lay, Inc., and vice president of operations and business development for CSS Farms, Inc. Parish currently runs AIS Consulting LLC, an agricultural consulting, research, and development-oriented firm. He will present the latest information on national chip varietal development progress and also weave in the initial findings of the nutrient study AIS has been conducting.
 
Chip 3: Tuber Necrotic Viruses: Impacts on Tuber Quality and Farm Profitability
Jonathan Whitworth, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS
Several viruses can cause tuber necrosis such as Potato virus Y (PVY), Potato mop top virus (PMTV), Tobacco rattle virus (TRV), and Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) and some are emerging as significant issues in commercial potato production. These viruses can cause measurable yield loss, impact tuber quality, and reduce their usefulness for chips, fries, and table-stock. These viruses sometimes cause similar symptoms, so lab testing is critical in order to correctly identify the virus and plan effective management. The different methods by which these viruses are transmitted can be a challenge to both growers and seed certification agencies. Each of these viruses has unique methods of transmission and will require targeted control strategies. Cultivar selection may also have a significant impact on virus movement and disease severity. Jonathan Whitworth will discuss the impacts of these viruses on potato production and he will highlight options for management that can reduce these impacts.   

Chip 4:Storage Rots in Chip Potatoes: The Case for Variety Resistance
Neil Gudmestad, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology, North Dakota State University
Dr. Neil Gudmestad is a native of North Dakota and a graduate of NDSU (Ph.D., 1982). His research program is focused primarily on the biology of potato pathogens and the management of the diseases they cause. In this presentation, he will give data on susceptibility of fast track varieties to the various rots, how they start and can be controlled, and how soft rot is usually a secondary issue.

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Fresh Breakout

Panzacola H1/2

Fresh 1: How to Win in a Rapidly Changing Retail and Consumer Environment
Sherry Frey, Vice President, Nielsen Perishables Group    
The retail landscape is shifting: category items are multiplying; the industry is moving toward a consumer-driven model; and on the other side of the register, consumers are better educated and becoming increasingly diverse. Sherry Frey of the Nielsen Perishables Group will draw on industry expertise and multiple Nielsen data sources to provide a full picture of the changing retail landscape, consumer priority areas and how to connect with them, and how these insights can drive more focused potato marketing strategies.     

Fresh 2: Fresh Potato Category Performance: A Look at Retail Data
Sarah Reece, Global Retail Marketing Manager, United States Potato Board
Information-based selling is vital for influencing potato category sales in the retail channel, and the United States Potato Board continues to invest heavily in order to provide the industry with the most effective data resources available. Sarah Reece will show how using USPB-provided retail data will help enhance your category understanding and allow you to leverage your expertise with USPB resources to bring more value to every retail interaction. Understanding the data and USPB tools available to you will allow you to conduct a business review with retailers to identify opportunities for growth, build relationships, talk about retail trends, and ultimately increase sales.  

Fresh 3: Sustainability: Marketing Opportunity or Requirement
Jeff Dlott, PhD, President, SureHarvest
“Sustainability” has become another oft-used and very misunderstood term in the food marketing world. It is also a requirement that many retailers, processors, and foodservice establishments are placing on growers. U.S. potatoes are sustainably produced, as shown by the abundance of farms that have been growing potatoes for many years across numerous generations. But is this something we can use to better market our potatoes?  Dr. Jeff Dlott will help U.S. agricultural producers answer just that question and be prepared to better meet the numerous requirements being placed on producers in this realm.

Fresh 4: Foodservice Trends and Potato Sales
Joe Pawlak, Senior Vice President, Technomic Inc.
Close to half of all fresh potatoes are sold to the foodservice sector.  The fresh potato industry has much to gain by improving their understanding of this sector and more effectively investing time and energy marketing to it. Further, foodservice is going through many changes in concepts, menus, and operational procedures to meet changing patronage patterns, tastes, and economic conditions. In this session, Joe Pawlak will look at how fresh potatoes fit into the foodservice sector and, more importantly, what can be done to better position potatoes within this sector.

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Process Breakout

Panzacola F3/4

Process 1: Global Trends in Potato Processing
Frank Finn, President, McCain Foods, USA
Globally, French fries and other potato products are still loved by consumers, yet are often challenged by policy-makers. Numerous factors are affecting the growth of the global processed potato markets today: consumer and cultural trends, nutrition and policy trends, along with new research findings and product innovations. On-going investments in research, education and innovation are needed to secure long-term market growth and sustainability throughout the value chain. Frank Finn will address these factors and their effect on the global market.  

Process 2: Development and Commercialization of Potato Varieties for QSRs
Steve Vernon, Vice President of Quality and Innovation, J.R. Simplot Company
Mitch Smith, Quality Assurance Systems Director, McDonald’s USA, LLC
The development and commercialization of new and improved potato varieties are vital to the processed potato industry. The traditional timeframe to fully introduce a new variety is nearly 20 years. In addition, it can take many years for significant flaws in new varieties to emerge. The processed potato industry implemented a new potato evaluation system to identify and fast-track varieties producing reduced acrylamide levels in French fries. This new evaluation system requires collaboration from breeders, growers, French fry processors, and experts from the quick service restaurant industry. Steve Vernon and Mitch Smith will focus on the improved variety development process including how QSR chains evaluate new varieties.

Process 3: Research Tells the Tale on Potato Nutrition
Maureen Storey, PhD, President and CEO, Alliance for Potato Research and Education
It might shock you to know that many nutrition scientists and registered dieticians are unaware of the contributions potatoes make to a healthy diet. Many of these key influencers think of potatoes – and French Fries in particular – as just a starch or empty calories. Doing the research and getting the facts to this important group can change the perception of potatoes in both the academic and nutrition communities, and ultimately have an impact on consumers. Last October, the Alliance for Potato Research and Education (APRE), using the latest available potato nutrition research, provided the facts on potato nutrition to a National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) WIC review committee. Much of this research was conducted or supported by the potato industry through APRE. During this session, Dr. Maureen Storey from APRE will share the facts about potato nutrition as presented to the IOM review committee and other nutrition professionals. The story the research tells is compelling.

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Seed Breakout

Panzacola F1/2

Seed 1: Changes to the Management of Bacterial Ring Rot:  Idaho’s Approach
Alan Westra, SE Area Manager, Idaho Crop Improvement Association
In response to recent concerns regarding bacterial ring rot, Idaho has implemented a number of changes to its seed certification program. These changes represent a multi-pronged approach to management of this disease that are intended to demonstrate farm and program cleanliness, prevent the inadvertent introduction of infected seed lots into the both the seed and commercial industry, and identify and remediate the problem when BRR is detected. To eliminate BRR from the seed supply and keep it out of the seed supply, growers need practical options. Alan Westra will discuss the changes that made to seed certification in Idaho, their rationale, current status and expected outcome.

Seed 2: The New Soft Rot – Europe Battles Dickeya Solani
Minna Pirhonen, University Lecturer, Plant Pathology Laboratory, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki
European scientists discovered a new kind of soft rot bacterium in 2004 and there were subsequent finds in several European countries. This bacterium has now been characterized as a novel species called Dickeya solani. The disease, which acts like a more aggressive strain of blackleg, is spread through seed and physical contact or contaminations of machinery and equipment. Research in Europe is currently underway to characterize the reason for the rapid spread and superior virulence of D. solani when compared to the previously prevailing soft rot bacteria. Minna Pirhonen has been one of the leaders in evaluating the spread and adaptation of this bacterium in Europe. She will provide data on the most current scientific research being conducted on Dickeya solani in Europe and to identify testing methods and techniques to prevent the introduction into areas where the pest is not present.

Seed 3: PVY and Other Emerging Viruses – Best Management Practices to Minimize Virus Levels in Seed Crops
Russell Groves, PhD, Vegetable Extension Specialist and Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Viruses are the primary reasons for certification programs to reject seed lots. Planting clean seed as a part of an integrated management program is the most important virus management decision, but you cannot control what is planted on neighboring farms. Varieties differ in virus susceptibility and variety selection will impact the efficiency of rouging operations. Vector management is only one component of a more comprehensive IPM approach. Identifying the principal vector(s) of these viruses when they are present in fields allows for the development of a control program that limits virus spread and environmental impacts. Although the emerging soil borne viruses are not yet regulated by certification programs, they can dramatically impact seed quality. In this session, Dr. Russell Groves will address the emerging strategies to limit the impact of aphid-transmitted diseases like PVY.

Seed 4: Herbicide Resistant Weed Management in Potato Cropping Systems
Pamela J.S. Hutchinson, PhD, Associate Professor and Potato Cropping Systems Weed Scientist, University of Idaho Aberdeen Research and Extension Center
The most comprehensive herbicide resistant weed management programs are set up before herbicide-resistance becomes a problem. Managing production practices to prevent or delay the development of resistant weed populations requires an integrated and consistent approach. Understanding the modes of action of your crop protection options and the tendencies of your weed populations requires study and organization. There is good information and talented crop advisors both public and private help you use the diverse set of tools available and that can make a difference in your success. In this session, Dr. Pamela Hutchinson will help you understand the latest approaches and tools to counter the development of resistant weeds on your farm.

5:00PM-6:30PM

Networking Receptions

Young Professionals Reception

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All POTATO EXPO attendees ages 35 and under are welcome to network with the next generation of potato industry leaders. 

Women in the Potato Industry Reception

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This special reception honors all women working in the potato industry. No RSVP needed – just stop by for a few minutes to meet and greet other women in the industry. 

Potato Industry Leadership Institute Alumni Reception

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Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) identifies, develops and cultivates new leaders within the industry. Graduates of the annual eight-day program are invited to join their former classmates and alumni at this reception.

First-time Attendees Networking Reception

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Join other first-time attendees of the POTATO EXPO. No RSVP needed – just stop by for a few minutes to meet and greet other colleagues and make new connections. 

 

6:30PM-9:00PM

Special Event: Plumtackee, Florida Hootenanny Hangout!

Gatlin Terrace

Way back, deep in the “bayou savage” of the Florida swamps is assembled our little mythical settlement, Plumtackee. Join friends and colleagues for a whimsical night full of great music, cold beverages, and regional foods, and definitely a lot of laughs! So, grab a stool, find a spot on the front porch....and experience life in  Plumtackee, FL, at the Hootenanny Hangout!

Admission included with All-Access Pass, Spouse Registration, and Child Registration.

Sponsored by:

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FRIDAY, January 9

8:00AM-9:30AM

Breakfast general session

Climate Change, Nuclear Power, and GMO … What Does Science Tell Us?

Mark Lynas, Author and Advisor on Climate Change, Biotechnology, and Nuclear Power

Gatlin Ballroom A/B

Mark Lynas was born in Fiji, grew up in Peru and the United Kingdom and currently lives in Oxford, England. He is an environmental activist who has published extensively on the impacts of modern human activity on the earth. His books Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet and The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans are often quoted during climate change discussions. He is also dedicated to honestly bringing science to the discussion about causes and solutions of the world’s environmental problems. He is committed to science-based solutions that will aid our ability to preserve both people and planet. Lynas champions science based environmentalism and is quick to criticize “anti-science environmentalism.” His ideas on the application of science to issues like nuclear power and GMO food production have caused shock waves through the environmental community.   

Sponsored by:

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9:30AM-11:30AM

 

10:00AM-10:45AM


Trade show Open

Sebastian Ballroom 

Closing Session

Big Trends in Agriculture: What Ag Will Look Like in 2045

Jim Carroll, Agricultural Futurist, Trends, and Innovation Expert

EXPO Stage, Sebastian Ballroom

No POTATO EXPO would be complete without a look ahead at big future trends in agriculture. Jim Carroll, an agricultural futurist and innovation expert, will look into his crystal ball and predict what agriculture will be like in 2045. Whether it's driverless tractors, weed-zapping robots, or data-transmitting crops, Carroll will forecast what farms might be like 30 years from now and encourage the potato industry to embrace high-velocity innovation heroes. Carroll is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on: global trends; rapid business model change; business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty; and the necessity for fast paced innovation. You will not want to miss his predictions.

Sponsored by:

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11:00AM-10:00PM

Post-potato EXPO MeetingS

 
 
 
 

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Tuesday, January 6

tuesday, JANUARY 6, 2015         7:30AM-NOON

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

Register at www.unitedpotatousa.com/meetings. For more information, contact George Martin at meetings@unitedpotatousa.com or 801.266.5050.

tuesday, JANUARY 6, 2015         NOON-1:00PM

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

For more information, contact George Martin at meetings@unitedpotatousa.com or 801.266.5050.

tuesday, JANUARY 6, 2015         1:00PM-6:00PM

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

Register at www.unitedpotatousa.com/meetings. For more information, contact George Martin at meetings@unitedpotatousa.com or 801.266.5050.

tuesday, JANUARY 6, 2015         1:00PM-6:00PM

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

tuesday, JANUARY 6, 2015         10:00AM-4:00PM

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD


Wednesday, January 7

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015        

Continental Breakfast: 7:30AM-8:00AM, Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

Potato Business Summit: 8:00AM-NOON, Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

Luncheon: NOON-1:00PM, Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

A comprehensive analysis of the global and North American potato industry, including: world commodity outlook; U.S. consumption trends; and 2015 planting outlook. No registration fee. Limited Space. Registration required by December 19 at http://www.PotatoBusinessSummit.com.

For more information, contact info@PotatoBusinessSummit.com or 801.266.5050.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015          7:00AM-10:00AM

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

For more information, contact Travis Blacker at (208) 360-9560 or travis.blacker@potato.idaho.gov

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015          7:30AM-9:30AM

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

For more information, contact Paul Bethke at pbethke@wisc.edu or 608.890.1165.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015          8:00AM-9:00AM

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

For more information, contact Hollee Alexander at hollee@nationalpotatocouncil.org or 202.682.9456.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015          9:30AM-NOON

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

For more information, contact David Walsh at 703-836-4500 ext. 213 or dwalsh@sfa.org.

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015          10:00AM-NOON

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

For more information, contact Matt Lantz at matthewl@bryantchristie.com or 206.292.6340.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015          10:00AM-NOON

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

For more information, contact Stewart Gray at smg3@cornell.edu or 607-255-7844.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015          NOON-5:00PM

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

For more information, contact David Fairbourn at david.fairbourn@uspotatoes.com or 303-369-7783.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015          1:00PM-5:00PM

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

For more information, contact Sarah Reece at sarah@uspotatoes.com or 303.369.7783.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015         1:30PM-5:30PM

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

Register at www.unitedpotatousa.com/meetings. For more information, contact George Martin at meetings@unitedpotatousa.com or 801.266.5050.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015          2:00PM-5:00PM

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

For more information, contact Robin Angelo at rangelo@uspotatoes.com.


Friday, January 9

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JANUARY 9-10, 2015          1:00PM, Jan.9 - 11:30AM, Jan. 10

Rosen Shingle Creek, Rooms TBD

The 2015 NPC Annual Meeting is your opportunity to connect with grower leaders from across the country to shape public policy positions on issues impacting potato production and distribution. These policies have a real impact on the day-to-day operation of your business--make sure you have a say. To view the agenda and details about the meeting, click here. For more information, contact Hollee Alexander at hollee@nationalpotatocouncil.org or 202.682.9456.

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Saturday, January 10

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2015          7:30AM-11:00PM

Rosen Shingle Creek, Room TBD

For more information, contact Robin Angelo at rangelo@uspotatoes.com or 303.369.7783.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JANUARY 9-10, 2015          1:00PM, Jan.9 - 11:30AM, Jan. 10

Rosen Shingle Creek, Rooms TBD

The 2015 NPC Annual Meeting is your opportunity to connect with grower leaders from across the country to shape public policy positions on issues impacting potato production and distribution. These policies have a real impact on the day-to-day operation of your business--make sure you have a say. To view the agenda and details about the meeting, click here. For more information, contact Hollee Alexander at hollee@nationalpotatocouncil.org or 202.682.9456.

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WINTER PARK CULTURAL TOUR

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

9:00AM-3:00PM

Cost: $96 per person

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Downtown Winter Park’s charm is magnified in its details: hidden gardens and side streets that are home to unique stores, a farmer’s market that attracts both locals and visitors alike each Saturday morning, and festive parades that make the seasons. Running through the heart of Winter Park is Park Avenue. Bordered by a shady park that plays host to concerts and art festivals, Park Avenue is home to one-of-a-kind boutiques and well-known shops, sidewalk cafés, as well as world-renowned art collections in the area’s museums. Often called “Little Europe,” Park Avenue is a year-round destination that is sure to charm visitors of all ages. Take the Scenic Boat Tour that cruises canals between the city’s lakes overlooking the area’s most prestigious homes. The relaxing, narrated, one hour, 12 mile cruise through the beautiful lakes and canals is really the only way to see the true beauty of Winter Park which includes Rollins College, Kraft Azalea Gardens, Isle of Sicily, tropical birds, plants, flowers and magnificent mansions.

Following the boat tour, enjoy a leisurely stroll down Park Avenue to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. The Morse Museum houses the most comprehensive collection Louis Comfort Tiffany’s works found anywhere, a major collection of American art pottery and representative collections of late-19th and early-20th century American paintings, graphics and decorative arts. Spend the remainder of your day shopping on Park Avenue.

 

learn the ancient art of sushi & rolling techniques

Thursday, January 8, 2015

10:00AM-11:30AM

Cost: $85 per person

Learn the ancient art of sushi, including proper rice cooking and ingredient selection. You will also learn the techniques required to roll some of the standards such as the Veggie Roll, California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll and the Rosen Shingle Creek Specialty House Rosen Roll. During the demonstration you will get to enjoy a selection of flavored teas and taste test sushi samples. Don’t miss this fun adventure where you can meet new friends, spend time with old friends, learn something new, and have a fun time!

 

PREMIUM OUTLET MALL EXCURSION – VINELAND Ave

Thursday, January 8, 2015

1:45PM-5:00PM

Cost: $35 per person

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Enjoy the opportunity to find outlet stores from the most sought-after designer labels at factory-direct prices. Orlando Premium Outlets caters to upscale value-minded shoppers from all over the world. A sophisticated combination of quality designer brands, significant savings, and an architecturally-themed Mediterranean village setting offers the best of what you look for in a shopping destination. Some of the retailers located at Orlando Premium Outlets include Anne Klein, Barneys New York Outlet, OshKosh B’Gosh, Tommy Hilfiger, Reebok, Samsonite, and Timberland. A variety of food vendors are also located here including JR Steakery, Max Orient, and Starbucks.

 

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