Idaho Potato Conference & Trade Show Set For January
The University of Idaho Extension presents the 55th Annual Idaho Potato Conference & Trade Show Jan. 18-19 in the Pond Student Union Building on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello.

The conference covers a wide range of educational and informative sessions as well as relevant industry updates. Pesticide applicator license credits for Idaho, Washington and Oregon are expected to be available for qualifying sessions. Engage with the 70 trade show vendor booths that fill the ballroom in the Pond Student Union Building, with displays highlighting agricultural products and services.

Highlights for this year’s conference include:

  • FREE – Hot potato snacks provided by McCain Foods
  • FREE – baked potato bar featuring Teton Russet potatoes
  • Pesticide credits for qualifying conference sessions

Included with the conference are the popular Spanish language sessions, where seminars and workshops are held in Spanish both days. Sessions include a wide variety of topics such as the identification of new pests, post-harvest physiology, and potato varieties by taste. Pesticide credits for Idaho, Oregon and Washington will be offered for eligible sessions.

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In addition, the 44th Annual Eastern Idaho Ag Expo will be held nearby at the ISU Holt Arena, Jan. 17-19. Check out the latest in farm equipment, products and services presented by 95 vendors. The Idaho Ag Expo is a great place to learn about new products and updates to existing products in the ever-changing agriculture industry. Shuttles provide transportation between the Ag Expo and the Idaho Potato Conference.

Another event to attend is the annual Idaho Seed Potato Seminar. This informative session will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17, and is presented by the Idaho Crop Improvement Association (ICIA). The Idaho Seed Potato Seminar is held at the Red Lion Hotel (1555 Pocatello Creek Rd, Pocatello). Pre-registration is available by contacting Ruby Hall, administrative assistant at the ICIA by phone (208-522-9198) or e-mail (, and onsite registration will be available at the venue.

More information on the Idaho Potato Conference & Trade Show, the Idaho Seed Potato Seminar, and the Eastern Idaho Ag Expo can be found online at

Co-chairs of this year’s Idaho Potato Conference include Kasia Duellman, Justin Hatch and Rhett Spear. Co-chairs for the Spanish sessions are Joseph Sagers and Jason Thomas.