S E P T E M B E R / O C O T O B E R 2 0 1 7 14 POTATO GROWER The 101st annual meeting of the Potato Association of America (PAA) meeting was held in Fargo, North Dakota on July 23-27. This annual meeting is held at a different potato growing regions in the United States or Canada. This was the third time that it was hosted in Fargo. The mis- sion of the PAA is to collect and dis- seminate scientific information relating to all phases of the potato industry, including, but not limited to, teaching, research, outreach, breeding, certification, production, pests, transportation, processing, and marketing and utilization. Members of the PAA support the potato industry in a variety of top- ics. The conference had 78 oral and 13 poster presentations, all about potatoes. To get an idea of the pres- entation types, you can see them at z.umn.edu/paa2017. We had 240 people attend the meeting, with 13 countries represented. There were 22 US states represented, with Idaho and North Dakota having the most delegates. Canada had the second highest number of attendees. On Sunday, there was a graduate student outing, where students learned to make Lefse. A group attended a Red Hawks baseball game and another group went to the North Dakota Horse Racing park. Sunday evening featured the President’s Reception, A Taste of North Dakota, featuring only prod- ucts from our state, as the official kick-off to the meeting. Sessions started on Monday morn- ing with concurrent sessions. The symposium was held at the historic Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo, complete with live organ. The focus was on decision support tools and technologies for the potato industry. Dr. Ian MacRae talked about unmanned aircraft systems and remote sensing of insect damage in potato, Daryl Ritchison focused his presentation on the North Dakota Agriculture Weather Network as a crop management support tool, and I spoke on information delivery methods for management decisions. Other talks were by Dr. Nora Olsen, simple tools for rapid diagnostics and Dr. Carrie Wohleb, decision making and decision support for potato growers using a pest moni- toring network in Washington. Concurrent sessions continued throughout the day on Tuesday fol- lowed by a poster session. On Tuesday evening, we had an offsite hog roast at Bonanzaville. This was followed by a live auction to raise money for the graduate student endowment which supports gradu- ate students at the PAA meeting. Kevin Pifer made the event fun and memorable for all who attended. Wednesday morning featured more concurrent sessions. The Annual Business meeting took place in the afternoon. Wednesday afternoon also featured a brewery tour. Wednesday evening was the PAA Awards Banquet. Jeff Suttle received Honorary Life Membership to the PAA, one of the highest honors PAA gives to contributing members. On Thursday, those that wanted to participate had the opportunity to take a tour of NDSU, visit Itasca State Park, or fish at Devils Lake, North Dakota. Overall, the PAA meeting was a huge success. I want to thank Dr. Gary Secor and Dr. Susie Thompson for their invaluable contributions as co- chairs with me. We would like to thank all those that helped out with the meeting planning, program or in any other way. We are especially grateful for the companies that helped sponsor the meeting. Andy’s Advice: Potato Association Of America Meeting Roundup By Andy Robinson, Extension Potato Agronomist, NDSU/UMN