PEI Potato Conference Agenda – Feb 19/20

Hello growers,

The new PEI Potato Conference is coming up on February 19th and 20th at Red Shores in Charlottetown. Please click on the link below to see the full conference agenda:

2019 PEI Potato Conference – Agenda (PDF)

We have an exciting agenda covering a wide range of topics from a top-notch slate of speakers.  The conference will also feature a trade show area where you can visit with a number of industry partners and sponsors.

To pre-register for the conference or for the PEI Potato Board Banquet on the evening of February 19th at the Delta Prince Edward, contact the PEI Potato Board office at (902) 892-6551 or

Interested in staying the night in Charlottetown?  We have a block of rooms reserved at the Delta Prince Edward at a nightly rate of $139+tax.  To make your reservation, click this link to visit their online reservation centre.  Reservations must be made before February 5th to qualify for this preferred rate.

Some highlight presenters for the 2019 Potato Conference include:

Dr. Mark Stalham is a Senior Research Associate at NIAB – Cambridge University Farm in the UK. Mark will be presenting on Tues, Feb 19th on soil compaction and on Wed, Feb 20th on alternative irrigation methods.  His presentations are sponsored by AIM.

Dr. Mark Pavek is a Professor in the Dept of Horticulture at Washington State University. Dr. Pavek has been the State Extension Potato Specialist since 2004. Mark will be talking on Feb 19th about row width studies and on Feb 20th on seed management for optimal plant populations.  His presentations are sponsored by AIM.

Michel Camps of CP Farms Ltd. is a potato grower from Barnwell, Alberta.  He is Vice-Chair of the Potato Growers of Alberta, and will be speaking on building a positive relationship with your seed grower.

Dr. Aitazaz A. Farooque is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering, University of Prince Edward Island.  He will be speaking about research into the use of multiple site specific soil and crop measurement technologies for creation of soil management zones.  This research has been initiated in partnership with AIM.

Chris Paterson is the Xarvio Lead (Precision Agriculture) for North America at BASF.  He will be talking about global and North American trends in precision agriculture.

Stewart Skinner is a hog producer from Listowel, Ontario and is a strong agricultural advocate.  He will be speaking about mental health on the farm, from a grower perspective.

We are also fortunate to have a number of local researchers and industry partners who will present on recent research results or updates on programs of interest to PEI potato producers.

The 2019 PEI Potato Conference is brought to you by the Prince Edward Island Potato Board and the PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.