Spudman’s managing editor, Bill Schaefer, will bring you live show coverage from Potato Expo 2010, the Idaho Potato Conference and the Washington/Oregon Potato Conference. Check out his show-floor adventures below.
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There's been so much to do at the Expo and trade show that it's been difficult to find the time to write about it. Seminars to attend, visiting with vendors and meeting with everyone who stops by the Spudman booth. I've tried to blog and tweet from the booth and I had some success but the download time seems to take forever so I'm writing this from my hotel room at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday before I check out at the Royal Pacific Resort and attend the morning sessions. It's been a great experience getting around and meeting so many people over the past couple of days and yet I know there's a lot of folk that I have missed, you can only do so much in 24 hours. In fact I was so exhausted following Tuesday's session that I decided to pass on the street party at Universal studios and try to get some work done. A little work before I simply fell asleep.
It seems to me that there's a consensus building, again, that growers have to cooperate together and manage overall production, now more then ever as the varieties and inputs create opportunities for greater yields in the face of declining consumption.
The cold front that's been keeping Orlando in a state of freeze warnings during the entire time of the Expo has been an unfortunate specter but in a way it has kept everyone focused on the expo and seminars and not chasing the sunshine, though I would have enjoyed a few minutes of warming rays, it was not to be, perhaps next year's Expo in Las Vegas will be warmer. The radio is saying that Fla. Governor Charlie Crist has issued an emergency order to assist citrus growers and that the cold snap will continue through the rest of the week.
Here's a few photos from the past two days. I'll be writing articles from interviews I conducted here for espudman, our online newsletter. That should come out next Monday. Here's some photos from the past two days.
- William Schaefer, Spudman Editor
Labels: 2010 potato expo, Orlando, Royal Pacific Resort