World Potato Congress Farm Show
The World Potato Congress provides a unique opportunity to collect the latest information and technology available to potato producers from around the globe. A key component is the 3 day outdoor World Potato Congress Equipment Exhibition and Farm Demonstration Show. You cannot afford to miss this chance to see in action and shop the latest and greatest in the potato business from around the world.
Idaho is world renowned for both its potato industry and its magnificent outdoor recreation. Consider combining the potato farm show with an exciting Idaho family summer vacation. The great outdoor experiences of hunting, fishing, white water rafting and hiking scenic mountain trails are just a few of the many options.
The Sixth World Potato Congress will feature a 300-acre farm demonstration show highlighting the newest concepts and technologies representing all aspects of the potato business. This unique event will provide a rare hands-on view of a wide variety of equipment and crop management systems in action in the field and through active demonstrations and displays throughout the exhibition site.
Potato harvest and related field & handling demonstrations will take place each day of the farm show. Hundreds of exhibitors and participants will include:
-Major growers, processors and retailers
-Equipment manufacturers: tractors, tillage, seeding, irrigation, processing
-Storage building manufacturers
-Seed potato companies
-Crop protection companies
-USDA/ARS and University scientists exhibiting the most exciting new research results.
Q and A.
A: What is the World Potato Congress (WPC)?
The WPC is essentially the Olympics of the potato industry held once every three years. In the past it has been hosted by Canada, China, United Kingdom, South Africa, and the Netherlands. U.S. national and state potato industry leaders had launched a major effort to land the right to host the show in 2000, and have essentially been building up to this August 2006 Congress for 6 years now.
A: Who is expected to participate in this sixth WPC?
This Congress and Farm Show will attract top potato industry leaders and influential producers and policy makers from throughout the world. It is a golden opportunity for U.S. companies and growers to have access to important worldwide contacts and companies without incurring international travel expenses.
A: How is this Farm Show different? Why is it special?
The World Potato Congress Farm Show will be held on one of Simplot’s top farms in the Arena Valley of Idaho. Simplot is one of the largest and most successful family farm companies in the U.S. and one of the largest potato growers in the world. The Arena Valley is one of the best potato growing areas in the world. This will be a working farm show. Eighty (80) acres of potatoes will be harvested during the show as well as rotation crops important to potato producers like corn for silage and other grains. Tillage and haying and cattle handling demonstrations will also be included.
A: What is the expected Farm Show attendance?
Our official line is 10,000, but we could well see up to 30,000 growers, exhibitors and other potato business professionals. Past Farm Shows linked to the WPC in the UK and the Netherlands drew 17,000 and 10,000 respectively.
A: What will this Farm Show look like?
The Farm Show will be centered on a 35-acre exhibit field surrounded by field demonstration areas and a substantial number of seed and crop technology plots. Many exhibitors will be located in large tent(s) while many others will be demonstrating equipment, machinery, varieties, etc. out in the fields.
A: What about transportation out to the Farm Show site?
There will be plenty of parking available at the Farm Show. Additionally, a bus will be available for transportation between the Grove Hotel in downtown Boise, the host hotel and site for the Congress preceding the Farm Show, and the Farm Show site. It is a 30 – 40 minute ride from downtown Boise to the Arena Valley.
A: Will there be facilities and refreshments at the Farm Show?
Yes, there will be ample facilities, comfort and rest areas, and plenty of food and beverage service at the site.
A: What will be the Farm Show operating hours?
Thursday and Friday August 24 and 25, 10 am-6 pm; Saturday August 26, 8 am-4 pm