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Washington, Oregon unite to sponsor 2014 annual conference

Potato producers in the Pacific Northwest should once again mark their calendars for the upcoming 2014 Washington-Oregon Potato Conference to be held at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA.

"This will be the fifth year that both states have worked together on our jointly held conference. It has been a positive relationship that has helped to create a very worthwhile event for all involved," said Ryan Holterhoff, director of marketing and industry affairs for the Washington State Potato Commission.ConventionOVThe potato commissions of Washington and Oregon have once again united to sponsor this year's 2014 Washington-Oregon Potato Conference to be held Jan. 28-30 in Kennewick, WA. (Photo courtesy of the Washington State Potato Commission)

The convention will be held Jan. 28-30. "We would anticipate around 1,700 or so people participating in the conference over the course of the three-days," Holterhoff stated.

According to Holterhoff, the conference "provides many meaningful aspects for those that attend. There is great networking value and opportunities for attendees to collaborate and learn what is new for the 2014 season. Some of the top industry experts in their respective fields will share their insights during the general session portion of the conference in one of the over 30 presentations."

Activities will begin on Jan. 28 with a Spanish Language Session, Cultivar Performance Workshop and Trade Show Reception and Potato PAC Auction.

A continental breakfast and general sessions have been scheduled Jan. 29-30. A Leadership Recognition Banquet will be hosted at the Red Lion Columbia Center on Jan. 29, and a ladies' program as well as a potato bar have also been scheduled that day.

This year's keynote speaker is Michael Broome, who has been engaging audiences since 1979. The thrust of his address, to be delivered on Jan. 29, is framed this way: "During his presentation, Michael will share the good economic news that since 1787, our nation has survived 23 recessions, three depressions, a civil war, and two world wars. History and logic conclude that those who swiftly adapt will survive our present economic calamity."

Broome plans to use inspiring and humorous anecdotes to support his view that people should always be prepared for tough times. He is the author of Be a Liver of Life, Not a Gallbladder and sums up his philosophy this way: "The ultimate success is when our life overflows with things that money cannot buy."

On Jan. 30, attendees are also encouraged to attend a hosted lunch at the Three Rivers Convention Center.

The registration fee for the conference is $5. Further information about the conference is available at