Health and Safety

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures at the Potato Expo 2022

We’re looking forward to welcoming Potato Expo attendees back to an in-person event this January in Anaheim, California.

Currently, the City of Anaheim is open for visitor and conference experiences with precautionary public health policies in place. These include a recently announced requirement to wear masks while attending indoor events and a mandatory proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test. This policy is in place until November 1, 2021 and will be reevaluated October 15, 2021. Updates will be posted on this page when they are announced.

Our team continues to actively monitor COVID-19 policies and recommendations at the city, county and state level as well as collaborate with the staff at the Anaheim Convention Center and the Anaheim Marriott to ensure our team and guests have a happy, healthy experience at this year’s Potato Expo.

This page was updated on October 1, 2021 and will be continually updated with any new information about our location’s policies.


Will there be a virtual attendance option for the Potato Expo this year?

No, we are excited to hold the Potato Expo as an in-person event in January 2022.

What if I register for the Potato Expo but no longer feel comfortable traveling by January?

Since we recognize that corporate travel policies and local circumstances may change over the next few months, you can cancel your registration by December 17, 2021. All cancellation requests must be made in writing and email to A refund of the conference fee, minus a $100 administrative fee, will be given for the cancellations received by that date. No refunds will be granted for registration cancellation requests received after December 17, 2021.

Can I send a co-worker in my place if I can no longer attend?

Substitution of registrations is permitted until December 31. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant. To request a substitution, email with the registered attendee’s confirmation number and the name, company, address, and email of the attendee the registration is being transferred to.

What COVID-19 precautions should I expect at the Potato Expo?

This year’s Potato Expo will include several precautions to help our guests feel safe and comfortable while maintaining opportunities for valuable in-person networking and content. Consistent with the health requirements in Anaheim and the State of California, you can expect the following while attending this year’s Potato Expo:

  • Effective September 20, 2021, the City of Anaheim has mandated that for a group the size of the Potato Expo everyone attending a conference must wear a mask indoors and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. This policy will be updated November 1. We will make announcements if there are changes.
  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be provided for attendee use. We encourage our attendees to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer frequently throughout your time at the Potato Expo.
  • When possible, indoor event halls and spaces will be modified to encourage physical distancing.

To learn more about the Anaheim Convention Center’s Recovery plan, click here.

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We hope you're enjoying #PotatoExpo 2021 Preview Day. Sign back in tomorrow morning for our Kick-Off Session sponsored by @basf_global, featuring the return of Roy Spence!
Tuesday, January 5
9:30-10:30a PT / 12:30-1:30p ET

Join us at #PotatoExpo 2021 as leading university and industry experts discuss best practices in fumigation, soil health and soil nutrition. We’ll uncover the myths and benefits of soil fumigation as well as offer soil management tips after fumigation for a better potato crop. Sponsored by AMVAC.

Grant Morris, Schneider Farms-Pasco LLC, Pasco, Wash.

Mike Thornton, Ph.D., Parma Chair and Professor of Plant Sciences, University of Idaho
Carl Rosen, Ph.D., Head and Professor of the Department of Soil, Water and Climate , University of Minnesota
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Thurs, Jan 7, 10-10:30a PT / 1-1:30p ET

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Technology is shifting from reactive to predictive, from applying water after we see a problem and potential yield loss has occurred, to predicting those events almost before they happen, with sensors, artificial intelligence and machine learning – then taking action. Attend this #PotatoExpo Breakout Session sponsored by @valleyirrigation to see what is happening and where the irrigation industry will go next.

Thursday, Jan 7, 10-10:30a PT / 1-1:30p ET

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We're just 4 days away from the largest (virtual) potato conference and trade show in North America! Check out all the breakout sessions, including this one from @syngentaus, which will take a deep dive into the issue of fungicide resistance, provide tips and strategies for managing resistance in potato fields, and discuss innovative premix products that help combat disease resistance.

Thurs, Jan 7, 9:30-10a PT (12:30-1p ET

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Join Potato USA's #TotalTaterChallenge for your chance to become the Ultimate Spud Warrior. Stop by their #PotatoExpo 2021 booth to sign up. @potatoesfuelperformance

The pivot is no longer just for irrigation. It’s an autonomous agronomic robot powered by a advanced management platform.

Learn about recent advances in technology around machine vision, big data, machine learning and control systems at the #PotatoExpo 2021 Breakout Session, "The Revolution is Here: The Center Pivot as an Agronomic Management Tool," sponsored by @lindsayirrigation.

Wed, Jan 6, 10-10:30a PT / 1-1:30p ET

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The science and technological advances in weather prediction are changing rapidly. Don’t miss this #PotatoExpo 2021 Breakout Session on using the latest tools to observe and forecast weather to better anticipate and mitigate weather’s influence on our crops. Sponsored by @nutrienltd and featuring Eric Snodgrass, Principal Atmospheric Scientist, Nutrien Ag Solutions. ...

Professional potato breeding groups worldwide are working to make diploid hybrid potato breeding a reality. In this #PotatoExpo 2021 Breakout Session, we'll discuss the benefits of using true potato seed as starting material, and why breeders are trying to develop a diploid breeding system similar to those that work for many crops, including corn. Thanks to @jrsimplotco for sponsoring this discussion.

Andrew W. LaVigne, President & CEO, American Seed Trade Association (ASTA)

Paul Bethke, PhD, Plant Pathologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Amy Charkowski, PhD, Professor and Department Head, Colorado State University
Ian Puddephat, PhD, Senior Director of Agro Sciences, PepsiCo
Jeremy Singer, PhD, Director of Agronomy, Simplot Plant Sciences

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Thanks to our friends at @potato.america we’re bringing to you world-renowned researchers who are breaking new ground and solving challenges for the industry. Be sure to check out the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s poster: Using hyperspectral remote sensing and machine learning for potato nitrogen management.

Meet with them and all of our researchers during the PAA Poster Session on Tuesday, January 5, 1:30-2pm PT / 4:30-5pm ET in the Expo Hall.

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A #PotatoExpo is never complete without a big send-off. This year, we’ve invited Los Angeles-based comedian and actor Ryan Budds to host a special trivia event for the industry. Come together with all of your friends in the potato community for your chance to win prizes and bragging rights. And thanks to @corteva Agriscience for sponsoring this fun celebration! ...

Not only has this has been an incredibly unusual year, it could bring about long-term changes for consumers and growers alike. Join in on this #PotatoExpo 2021 discussion with industry thought leaders on challenges, opportunities and innovations – from growing potatoes on the farm to getting potatoes into the hands of consumers worldwide – that could shape our industry for decades to come.

Joining moderator and retail food industry expert Michael Sansolo:
Keith McGovern, President, R.D. Offutt Farms
Kevin Stanger, President, Wada Farms Marketing Group
Barry Starnes, Category Manager, Produce, Southeastern Grocers
Steve Williams, Vice President, Produce & Floral, Southeastern Grocers

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So much has changed in where, what and how people eat, which is changing demand for potatoes. This #PotatoExpo General Session will provide insights into the changes in consumer behavior towards food when eating at home, purchasing at retail and at restaurants and how these are impacting and will impact potato sales and demand.

Joining moderator Blair Richardson, CEO of Potatoes USA, will be:
Jack Li, Haiku Master, Datassential
Jonna Parker, Principal, Fresh Center of Excellence, IRI
John Toaspern, CMO, Potatoes USA
Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, President and CEO Produce for Better Health Foundation

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