May 22, 2018
IPM working group to meet in Oregon

The Resilient Potato Production Initiative Workgroup, a coalition of members of the potato community working to increase the adoption of IPM practices in the Pacific Northwest, will continue its work in Portland, Oregon this June. The main challenge the group has identified is the need to reduce pesticide usage and improve soil health while maintaining high potato yields and potato quality.

The workgroup said it will prioritize and design targeted projects that incorporate all sectors of the potato community, from research and education, to commissions and processors.

A meeting is scheduled for June 1 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the OSU Foundation office in downtown Portland, 707 SW Washington St., suite 500 (5th floor of the Union Bank building on the corner of SW Washington and SW Broadway).

Grower input is needed, the group said. This will be the workgroup’s third meeting, and discussion will focus on goals, resource needs and future directions. Lunch will be provided. Interested growers can contact Matthew Blua, Washington State Potato Commision director of industry outreach, for more information ([email protected], 509-760-3774).




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