Always more to learn about potatoes (and other crops, too)

A veteran of the U.S. potato industry once told me that he learns at least one new thing about his crop every day.

I always think of that comment just before the annual International Crop Expo at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.  Potatoes are a key part of the show, held Feb. 19-20 this year, with informational sessions on spuds planned for both days. The highlight, at least for me, comes on the morning of Feb. 19, when several top U.S. potato officials give presentations. The first speaker, at 9 a.m., is John Keeling, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the National Potato Council.

f you’re interested in potatoes — be it growing them, selling them or even just eating them — consider coming for the presentations. The Crop Expo has a lot of interesting sessions and exhibits on other crops, too. If you’ve never checked it out, now’s the time to start.

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