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2020 Winter Potato Conference Tentative Schedule


10 Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) pesticide recertification credits (PRC) are available throughout Thursday's breakout session schedule for the following categories:
1A, 1B, Commercial Core, Private Core
See the agenda below for qualifying sessions and credit hours. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Registration Open
9:00-10:00am
10:00-Noon
Noon-1:00pm
Noon-2:00pm
1:00-2:00pm
2:30-3:00pm
3:00-3:15pm
3:15-3:30pm
3:30-4:15 pm
4:15-5:15pm

5:15-6:30 pm
Michigan Potato Industry Commission Board Meeting (Wolf Room)
Variety Release Committee Meeting (Ojibway Room)
Lunch (Entertainment Hall)
Michigan Seed Potato Association Annual Meeting (Wolf Room)
Storage Fundamentals 101 (Entertainment Hall)
Opening Session Remarks
Refreshment Break 
Understanding The New Seed Potato Law and Regulation - Robin Rosenbaum MDARD Learn More 
Economic Outlook - Paul Isley  Learn More
Keynote speaker - Overcoming Adversity - Michelle Maloney  Learn More
PGMI PAC Reception


Thursday, February 13, 2020


Registration Open

7:00-7:45 am
7:45-9:45 am



9:45-10:15 am
Breakfast
General Session
• MPIC Annual Meeting
• Potatoes USA Market and Program Update - Blair Richardson and Kayla Dome Learn More 
• National Potato Council Update - Kam Quarles Learn More 
Refreshment Break

Breakout Sessions
Time Ojibway Room Saginaw Room Black River Room Swan Creek Room
10:15am
10:45am
H-2A program, Fair Labor Standards Act:
Overtime and Hours Worked Q&A
Jacob Swier (USDOL)
Learn More
Classic Cocktail
Team Building Challenge
Mimi Brown and Mike Bird
Learn More

Understanding the Role of Potatoes
in Healthy Lifestyles:
APRE Research Pipeline Update
Michelle Kijek
Learn More
Key Potato Production
Safety Areas
Craig Anderson
Learn More
2 Pesticide
Recertification Credits
10:45am
11:15am
Back to Basics – Ways of Improving
Phosphorus Use Efficiency
In Potato Production
Tommy Roach
Learn More
11:15am
11:45am
Nanotechnology and
Potatoes

Mark Varner
Learn More
1 Pesticide
Recertification Credit

Leading Your Organization
Through Dramatic Change
Dan Wyant
Learn More
11:45am
12:15pm
Best Practices
for Storage Crop

Rob Schafer
Learn More





12:15-1:45pm
General Session
• Lunch MSU vs. U of M Cookoff Learn More 

Breakout Sessions
Time Ojibway Room Time  Saginaw Room Black River Room Swan Creek Room
1:45pm
2:15pm
Blackleg and Soil
Health SCRI Update
Noah Rosenzweig
Learn More
1:45pm
2:30pm
 
Slaying The Demanding Dragons:
How to Wow, Woo, and Win
Over the Hard to Please People

Mimi Brown
Learn More


Potato Variety Evaluation
Chris Long &
Dave Douches


Facility Reviews
of Emergency Action Plans
Craig Anderson
Learn More
Pesticide
Recertification Credits
2:15pm
2:45pm
Management of Nematodes
and Potato Early Die

Marisol Quintanilla
Learn More
Pesticide
Recertification Credit
2:45pm
3:15pm
Cover Crops
in Potato Production

Trina Zavislan
Learn More
Pesticide
Recertification Credit

2:30pm
3:15pm 
Rockin' Your Leadership:
The 3 Beats That Will Attract,
Retrain, and Inspire Your Team

Mimi Brown
Learn More
 


3:15-3:45pm
Refreshment Break


Potato University Breakout Sessions
Time Saginaw Room Black River Room Swan Creek Room
3:45pm
4:30pm
Optimal Phosphorus Rates:
Illusion or Reality?
Kurt Steinke
Learn More
Potato University:
Pathology, Weed Science
& Nematology
1 Pesticide
Recertification Credit
Potato University:
Breeding, Cover Crops
& Precision Ag
4:30pm
5:15pm
Update on Insect Management
in Potatoes

Zsofia Szendrei
Learn More
 
Pesticide
Recertification Credit
Potato University:
Pathology, Weed Science
& Nematology -
(Repeat)
1 Pesticide
Recertification Credit
 
Potato University:
Breeding, Cover Crops
& Precision Ag

(Repeat) 


5:30-6:00pm

6:00-7:00pm
General Session
• MSU President of College of Ag and Natural Resources - Dean Ron Hendrick 
Learn More
Sponsor and Exhibitor Reception (Entertainment Hall)

Friday, February 14, 2020


7:45-8:30am
8:30-9:30am
General Session
• Breakfast
• PGMI Annual Meeting & National Potato Council National Issues - Kam Quarles NPC  Learn More 



Breakout Sessions
Time Ojibway Room Black River Room Saginaw Room Swan Creek Room
9:45am
10:05am
Project GREEEN Update
Ray Hammerschmidt
Rockin' Your Leadership:
The 3 Beats That Will Attract,
Retrain, and Inspire Your Team

Mimi Brown
Learn More



State Legislative Update
Tony DeChenes &
Matt Smego
Learn More

GAP Benchmarks and Best Practices
Bob McCully


10:05am
10:30am
The Future of the New Water
Use Advisory Council

Laura Campbell
Learn More



10:30-10:45
Refreshment Break

Breakout Sessions
Time Black River Room Saginaw Room Swan Creek Room
10:45am
11:15am
Slaying The Demanding Dragons:
How to Wow, Woo, and Win Over
the Hard to Please People
Mimi Brown
Learn More


Potato Storage Refrigeration
in Michigan
Todd Forbush & Ben Cross
Learn More
New Well
Registration Regulations
Laura Campbell
Learn More
11:15am
11:45am
Modern Irrigation: How Machine Learning
and AI Will Change the Way You Irrigate
Clay Irani
Learn More
11:45am
12:15am
National Agricultural
Statistics Updates
Marlo Johnson (USDA)
Learn More 
Innovations in Potato Production
Mike Benkert
Introduction to Lean; What We Can
Learn From Manufacturing Businesses
Allen Bonthuis
Learn More





12:30pm
General Session
• Awards Luncheon


Conference Close


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