International Potato Technology Expo 2014
2014 EDITION OF NORTH AMERICA’S LEADING POTATO EXPO SAW SUBSTANTIAL CROWDS, INFORMATIVE CONFERENCE TOPICS
Charlottetown, PE – The International Potato Technology Expo (IPTE) welcomed 3,087 attendees to the Eastlink Centre this past Friday and Saturday, February 21-22, 2014. This biennial event began more than 20 years ago and has grown to become North America's leading potato expo, with some of the most innovative products and equipment available on the market today.
Feedback from exhibitors indicates they felt positively about the 2014 edition of the show and were pleased with the attendee turnout:
“The quality of visitors was very good, and I believe I left the show with more leads than ever before,” said Greg Raynor of Green Diamond Equipment, a repeat IPTE exhibitor.
“It was a great show, and provided us with great exposure,” said Danie BanSchalkwyk from Allan Potato Equipment. “It was a well-organized event and we are already looking forward to 2016!”
“I spent both days of the Expo talking to the key players from the PEI and Eastern Canadian potato industry,” said Brian Beaton, PEI Department of Agriculture & Forestry. “I was extremely happy to see that this year’s event was once again very successful with strong attendance by representatives from all facets of the potato industry.”
Expo attendees traveled from as far away as Maine and across Canada to visit the more than 100 exhibitor booths as well as take part in the conference sessions that were presented as part of this year’s show. This year, more than 170 delegates attended the conference seminars.
“It was a pleasure to be part of this year’s Expo and to partner with show staff on our “Agriculture More Than Ever” program,” said Faith Matchett, Vice President, Atlantic and Eastern Ontario Operation, Farm Credit Canada (FCC), who presented a conference seminar on What does 2014 Hold in Store for the Agriculture Industry? “At FCC, we’re proud to support the agriculture industry by financing growth, providing value-added services, and sharing our knowledge of agriculture at events like this.”
Dr. Rick Knowles, another conference presenter from Washington State University, said that he greatly enjoyed visiting PEI, interacting with potato industry stakeholders and sharing some of his organization’s research findings on seed physiological age. “Thanks to show staff for their hard work in putting together a very successful event,” he added.
Additional conference presenters included Greg Donald (PEI Potato Board), Josh Dillman (PEI Department of Agriculture & Forestry) and Pierre Petelle (Crop Life Canada), who spoke on 2014 Potato Crop Stewardship.
The success of the 2014 edition of the International Potato Technology Expo would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: Farm Credit Canada
Breakfast Sponsor/ Bag Sponsor: Syngenta
Lanyard Sponsor: BayerCrop Science
Showguide Sponsor: Journal Pioneer
We now look ahead to the next edition of the Potato Expo, to be held in February 2016. Watch for details at WWW.POTATOEXPO.CA.
Kate Stilwell, Communications & Marketing Coordinator
Master Promotions Ltd.