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2024's Top Agricultural and Potato Conferences and Events: A Guide to Must-Attend Events

As we step into the new year, the agricultural landscape is ripe with opportunities to delve into the latest advancements, connect with industry experts, and witness groundbreaking technologies that are shaping the future of farming. We are excited to present a curated list of must-attend events for enthusiasts, professionals, and experts in the field of agriculture and potato cultivation. From bustling tradeshows to enlightening conferences and expansive expos, we've scoured the globe to compile a comprehensive guide, focusing predominantly on events in Canada and the United States. While we can't make it to all these awesome events, we hope to catch you at some point this year to flaunt the Picketa LENS! Keep an eye our on our socials to find out when we are heading to some of these events.

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Potato Expo 2024 – January 10-11, 2024

Austin, Texas, USA

The Potato Expo, the largest conference and trade show in the potato industry, serves as the annual gathering for growers, suppliers, and industry experts to unite, expand, and exchange ideas.

Manitoba Ag Days – January 16-18, 2024

Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

Manitoba Ag Days is Canada’s largest indoor farm show with over 550 exhibitors showcasing agricultural production expertise, technology, and equipment. Their 2024 theme is “Produced on the Prairies” where they will be celebrating opportunities, equipment, food, and beverages made in western Canada.

Eastern Idaho Ag Expo – January 16-18, 2024

Idaho State University Campus, Pocatello, Idaho, USA

The 2024 Idaho Potato Conference will offer workshops and seminars dedicated to a broad range of industry topics! Come to learn about pest, nutrient, and irrigation management, optimizing storage, soil health, and more. Over 150 companies will be showcasing their products and services.

Idaho Potato Conference – January 17-18, 2024

University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, USA

Attend educational presentations and workshops and take some time to visit the adjoining trade show that features over 70 booths and displays highlighting agricultural products and services at the 56th annual Idaho Potato Conference.

Western Idaho Ag Expo – January 23-24, 2024

Caldwell, Idaho, USA

Spectra Productions hosts the Western Idaho Ag Show, a two-day regional consumer expo showcasing the latest advancements and innovations in agriculture and livestock. Open to the public, this event serves as an excellent platform to engage with industry professionals and explore cutting-edge products and services.

Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, Washington, USA

The Washington Oregon Potato Conference is an annual potato conference and trade show jointly organized by the Washington State Potato Commission and the Oregon Potato Commission and provides visitors with the opportunity to network with leading experts in the field and to learn about the latest trends and developments in potato production and cultivation.

Manitoba Potato Production Days – January 23-25, 2024

Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

Manitoba Potato Production Days originated as Horticultural Production Days and has been conducted on a yearly basis since 1973. The primary goal of the conference is to communicate up-to-date and relevant information on potato production to producers. Additionally, it serves as a platform for retailers to showcase the newest advancements in products and equipment related to potato production.

Pacific Agriculture Show – January 25-17, 2024

Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

The Pacific Agriculture Show features the latest agricultural equipment and technology, offering a platform for thousands of farmers and producers to explore innovations from over 300 exhibitors. With diverse representation from livestock and horticulture sectors, including dairy, cattle, poultry, and various crop cultivation, the event caters to BC's unique agriculture industry.

Michigan Winter Potato Conference – January 31-February 1, 2024

East Lansing, Michigan, USA

The Winter Potato Conference is an excellent opportunity to learn and network with other industry professionals on several leading-edge topics.

Iowa Ag Expo – January 30 - February 1, 2024

Des Moines, Iowa, USA

The Iowa Ag Expo will inspire you with the biggest names and newest innovations in agriculture. With more than 700 exhibitors spanning 7.25 acres, the Iowa Ag Expo is the third largest indoor ag show in the country.

Monte Vista, Colorado, USA

This three-day conference offers information on balancing fundamentals with innovation. The trade fair includes cutting edge agricultural products, equipment, and technologies. This year’s theme is “Adapt & Innovate”.

CropConnect Conference – February 14-15, 2024

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

CropConnect will run for two days offering a wide range of speakers, access to crop specific information, a tradeshow, and a banquet.

Evoke AG. – February 20-21, 2024

Perth, Western Australia

evokeAG. is the premier agrifood-tech event in the Asia-Pacific region, fostering collaboration, innovation, and investment across agriculture, food, fiber, and fisheries. This two-day gathering brings together a diverse range of agrifood innovators, providing an excellent opportunity for entities of all sizes to connect with national and international representatives, showcase innovations, and establish productive connections.

Innovative Farmers Conference - February 21, 2024

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Explore the 'Future Ready Farms' era with over 30 speakers covering topics from robotics to sustainability economics. Join dynamic discussions, network with industry leaders, and shape the future of agriculture. You may even catch an exciting presentation from yours truly, Picketa Systems!

International Crop Expo 2024 – February 21-22, 2024

Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA

For farmers who utilize small grains, dry beans, soybeans or potatoes within their crop rotation, the International Crop Expo will offer no shortage of information in preparation for the upcoming growing season.

International Potato Technology Expo – February 22-23, 2024

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

For over two decades, the International Potato Technology Expo has been a successful biennial event encompassing every aspect of the potato industry, from seed to harvest. Thousands of buyers and decision-makers will be in attendance!

London Farm Show – March 6-8, 2024

London, Ontario, Canada

The Western Fair District hosts the largest spring farm show in eastern Canada, the London Farm Show, boasting over 300 exhibitors and 230,000 square feet of space dedicated to showcasing the latest agricultural technology and equipment. This three-day event is essential for producers and suppliers, offering a valuable opportunity to reconnect and kickstart the planting season.

Ottawa Valley Farm Show – March 12-14, 2024

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Ottawa Valley Farm Show displays everything from machinery, seed, and equipment to agricultural associations and financial services. It’s the largest agricultural trade show in Ontario east of Toronto with around 10,000-12,000 visitors each year.

World Agri-tech Innovation Summit – March 19-20, 2024

San Francisco, California, USA

The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco concentrates on commercializing climate-resilient agricultural solutions, uniting global leaders and businesses committed to advancing technologies for a robust agri-food supply chain. Emphasizing innovation in climate-water-energy and food nexus, expert panels explore next-gen crop protection, robotics, precision ag, and the integration of satellites, sensors, and agri-finance for climate-smart farming.

CPMA Convention + Trade Show – April 23-25, 2024

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The CPMAs Annual Convention & Trade Show is a food and beverage event that provides networking opportunities for industry professionals. The largest event dedicated to the fruit and vegetable industry, it attracts decision-makers and customers from the fresh produce sector and exhibitors from around the world.

Canada’s Farm Show – June 18-20, 2024

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Canada’s Farm Show, a major three-day event, gathers exhibitors, producers, and international buyers to showcase the latest agricultural equipment and technology. The event offers educational sessions to delve into the agricultural business, providing a platform to market products globally, learn from informative sessions, make valuable connections, and witness the industry's latest innovations.

World Potato Congress – June 23-26, 2024

Adelaid, South Australia

The World Potato Congress Inc. is a non-profit organization supported by a group of volunteer directors representing potato jurisdictions around the world. The World Potato Congress creates a network to share ideas and knowledge and to lead sustainable growth of potatoes to meet increased global consumption.

Indoor Agtech Innovation Summit – June 24-25, 2024

Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit brings together world-leading CEA leaders to explore how to put CEA at the center of sustainable food supply. After a pivotal year for the CEA sector, the summit will explore what’s needed to ensure the indoor farming industry can continue innovating and growing into a crucial part of the global agri-food supply chain.

Ag in Motion – July 16-18, 2024

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Ag in Motion, Western Canada's premier outdoor farm expo, unites farmers, industry leaders, and global agricultural experts to showcase cutting-edge technology. Since 2015, the event has grown into a vital platform fostering growth, innovation, and sustainability, with over 30,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors from around the world participating in live demonstrations, seminars, and networking opportunities.

Potato Days UK – September 4-5, 2024

Nocton, UK

Brought to you by the DLG, this event will showcase the complete potato production and supply chain on 4-5 September 2024 at Dyson Farming. Farmers, growers, and professional visitors will be able to meet the experts, see the latest machinery in action and learn about the research and innovations that are driving this highly valuable sector. This is a free to attend event with registration in advance.

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