The MPPD committee is working hard at putting together an interesting and informative program for the 2018 conference.
Jed Colquhoun is a Professor of commercial fruit and vegetable production at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jed's work is centered at the crossroads of productive agricultural systems and resilient natural resources, leading the development of novel production footprint metrics for over two dozen agricultural systems. Jed has also held several administrative roles for UW-Madison and UW-Extension, including Co-Director of the Environmental Resources Center, Director of the Integrated Pest Management Program, and most recently Interim Program Leader for Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Associate Dean for the UW-Madison College of Agricultural & Life Sciences. Jed also serves as an advisor for a number of agriculture- and food-related organizations. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from UW-Madison. Prior to returning to UW-Madison, he was a faculty member at Oregon State University.
The Peterson Farm Bros are made up of Greg (26), Nathan (23), Kendal (21), and honorary “bro” Laura (17) Peterson. We are siblings who farm together with our parents near Assaria, KS. We produce entertaining and educational videos on our YouTube channel and post continuous farming and video updates to our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Ever since we began producing content, we have continued to realize a need to inform people about what we do in farming and in agriculture as a whole. There are many misconceptions about modern day farmers and we feel it is our calling to help correct some of those misconceptions. Aside from our production on social media, we travel around the country to speak on advocating for agriculture. We also blog about misunderstood topics in agriculture and open up our farm for tours. Through all of this we hope to educate the general public on where their food comes from and what a real Midwest family farm looks like!
Extreme juggler, Robin Chestnut has been wowing audiences for over 20 years. His championship quality skills have taken him round the world, but it's his affable personality that wins your heart. With a wry wit, steady hands, and a truly odd skill set, he's the juggler you don't want to miss!
Tracy Shinners-Carnelley is Vice President, Research & Quality at Peak of the Market. She leads the research program at Peak which is focused on variety evaluation, improved pest management, and optimization of agronomic practices for fresh market potatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes. Tracy also spends time working with growers in their fields and packing houses, supporting activities in these same areas.
She has a passion for working closely with the industry on challenging crop protection, pest management and production issues, both provincially and nationally, and does so through her involvement with the Canadian Potato Council and Canadian Horticultural Council.
Prior to joining Peak of the Market, Tracy spent 10 years with Manitoba Agriculture, Food, and Rural Initiatives, first as Plant Pathologist then as Potato Pest Management Specialist. Tracy is originally from Nova Scotia where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Pest Management) from Dalhousie University. She completed a PhD from the University of Alberta (Plant Science) before settling in Carman, MB.
Extension Potato Agronomist at North Dakota State University & University of Minnesota
Andy Robinson is and an Assistant Professor and the Potato Extension Agronomist in the Plant Sciences department at North Dakota State University. His position is a joint appointment between North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota. Originally from Idaho, Robinson received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his master and doctorate degrees from Purdue University. His PhD research focused on evaluating 2,4-D-resistant soybean, weed control, and the effect of herbicides on crop growth and development.
Robinson’s research and Extension goals are to develop science-based solutions to address real-world problems in potato production, enabulng producers to increase economic and environmental sustainability through improved crop management. His current research is focused on the agronomics of potato production and herbicide use and misuse in potatoes. Potato producers throughout the world follow the NDSU / U of M Potato Extension website (z.umn.edu/spud), Facebook page, and Twitter account which were designed and are maintained by Dr. Robinson. The use of technology and traditional Extension educational materials provide growers many outlets to received timely potato information.
Robinson contributes regularly in the Valley Potato Grower writing “Andy’s Advice” and he serves in the Potato Association of America as the Outreach Committee chair. In 2015 Robinson was the first academic to be awarded the Spudman Emerging Leader Award. He has pubulshed his research in Agronomy Journal, Crop Management, Forage and Grazinglands, Weed Technology, Weed Science, and many Extension educational materials.
Robinson is a member of the Potato Association of America, Weed Science Society of America, Western Society of Weed Science, European Association for Potato Research, American Society of Agronomy, and Crop Science Society of America. He ulved in Brazil for two years as a missionary and is fluent in Portuguese. He and his wife, Michelle, have four children.
Alison Nelson is a Research Agronomist at the Canada-Manitoba Crop Diversification Centre in Carberry, MB, with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Science & Technology Branch. Her research focuses on irrigated potato agronomy and environmental research trials. Alison obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Agronomy), and a Master of Science in Agriculture (Agronomy) from the University of Manitoba. She completed a PhD in Plant Science at the University of Alberta. Alison is a member of the Manitoba Potato Research Committee, the Secretary of the Manitoba Soil Science Society, and a member of the Canadian Society of Agronomy.
Zack Frederick came from the United States to Canada with an interest with in-field agricultural research and fostering cooperative extension – specifically the exchange of information between growers, industry, and universities to build up farmers and their commodities.
Zack is employed as an applied potato research agronomist by the Manitoba Horticulture Productivity Enhancement Centre Inc (MHPEC). Zack was hired to conduct research to identify and remediate places of variable yield within fields and connect this research and other ideas between stakeholders in the potato industry.
Zack recently completed a Ph.D in Plant Pathology from Washington State University with a specialty in soilborne potato disease management for growers in Washington’s Colombia Basin.
Russell L. Groves is a Professor in the Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin, with a majority of his effort devoted to Vegetable Insect Pest Management where he has responsibilities for both commercial and fresh market vegetables. His research focus is on the development of integrated pest management systems for vegetable crops and applied insect ecology with an emphasis on insect vector-borne disease epidemiology, insect dispersal and movement, and insecticide resistance management.
Bernie Zebarth is a research scientist at the Fredericton Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Bernie started with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in British Columbia in 1989, and has been located in Fredericton, NB since 1998. His research in Fredericton was aimed mostly at increasing the efficiency of nitrogen utilization within the potato rotation through improved management practices and through enhancement of potato germplasm. More recently his work has been focussed on improving soil health and overcoming limitations to potato productivity.
Manager, Potato Industry Coordination, Canadian Potato Council/Canadian Horticultural Council
David holds the position of Manager, Potato Industry Coordination for the Canadian Potato Council and Canadian Horticultural Council based in Ottawa. This position is funded directly by the potato grower organizations in eight provinces and in this role, David contributes to activities that enhance the economic position of Canadian potato growers. These activities include cooperating with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on trade/market access, plant health, regulations, industry competitiveness and coordinating grower responses to national consultations. Significant efforts are applied to responding to Pest Management Regulatory Agency proposed re-evaluation decision consultations that negatively impact Canadian potato growers.
For his career, David has worked in the crop protection sector of agriculture including roles in field research and pesticide regulation working in private industry, the federal government (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/PMRA) and grower organizations. David graduated from the University of Guelph with degrees in Crop Science.
Dr. Neil C. Gudmestad is a University Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University. He is a native of North Dakota and a graduate of NDSU (Ph.D., 1982). Dr. Gudmestad is a world recognized authority on the biology and management of potato diseases. His 38 year research career has focused on pathogen biology and genetic diversity of a number of pathogens that cause foliar and soil-borne diseases of potato. His research laboratory is focused also on the development of molecular detection tools for potato pathogens and fungal mutations that convey resistance to fungicides. Most recently he has focused on invasive pathogens affecting the potato industry in the U.S. such as zebra chip and potato mop top virus. Dr. Gudmestad has received numerous recognitions throughout his research career and most recently he has received the highest honor from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the 2014 Partnership Award that recognizes mission integration of research, education, and extension. He is a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, an Honorary Life Member of the Potato Association of America, and he has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Potato Congress for his contributions and dedication to the global potato industry. In 2014 the United States potato industry established a $6.3 million endowment in his name and he is the first recipient of the Neil C. Gudmestad Endowed Chair of Potato Pathology at NDSU.
Associate Professor, Potato Cropping Systems Weed Scientist, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Idaho.
Pam was born in Fargo, North Dakota and grew up in central Iowa (Story City). My family farms in Minnesota and North Dakota and I became interested in agronomy and helping farmers at an early age. I worked for industry and then started at the University of Idaho in 1999. My husband, Tom Salaiz, is also involved in potatoes as the Western Regional Agronomy manager for McCain Foods. Participated in the Big Brother/Big Sister program and am involved in musical groups as a percussionist.