The purpose of this workshop is to educate state department of agriculture personnel on seed potato certification, how the seed potato system responds to new pests and diseases, and on exotic pests and diseases that threaten potato production in North America.  By the end of the workshop, attendees will have a working knowledge of current potato regulatory issues. To reinforce the knowledge gained by attendees during the workshop, participants will have access to an interactive quiz following successful completion of the workshop.  The modular and interactive approach of the proposed workshop and the addition of the follow up quiz will help participants gain current knowledge of seed potato certification and support retention of key information necessary to respond to threats to North American potato production.

When: July 11-13, 2017                  Where: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Day 1 – 7/11 Day 2 – 7/12 Day 3 – 7/13
8:30 – 9:00 Introductions; workshop overview Questions from previous day Questions from previous day
9:00 – 10:00 Potato production methods – tissue culture to table US seed potato certification agencies and regulations Examples of responses to new potato pests and diseases from the past decade
10:00 – 10:30 Break Break Break
10:30 – 11:30 Hand’s on section – tubers, tissue culture plantlets, laminar flow hoods, potato plants Roles of APHIS, NAPPO, EPPO, UNECE, NPC and others in seed potato disease management New potato disease threats on the horizon
11:30 – 1:30 Lunch Bus to Hancock. Boxed lunch on bus. Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 Introduction to potato diseases important for seed potato certification – viroids, viruses, bacteria, and late blight Hancock Tour (can be moved to Day 3 if weather forecast is poor) Comparison of US situation to certification systems and disease challenges of our trading partners
3:00 – 3:30 Break Break
3:30 – 4:30 The challenge of soil-borne diseases and seed potato certification Final questions and discussion

Accommodation:  A block of rooms have been reserved for participants at the Best Western Plus InnTowner Madison, 2424 University Ave, Madison, WI