Kern County's 2023 Potato Variety Trial Field Day featured 70 potato entries. (ARCHIVE: Natalie Willis - Valley Ag Voice)

By Valley Ag Voice Staff 

Growers interested in learning more about the potato and mushroom industries are in for a treat this June.  

MUSHROOMS IN MONTEREY 

The Mushroom Summit at the Monterey Conference Center will occur on June 5-6. Industry veterans, entrepreneurs, scientists, and retailers are invited to attend. The summit will showcase new research, expert insights, and hands-on activities in the mushroom industry. 

 Attendees can also join in on a guided tour of Monterey Mushrooms — one of the largest mushroom farms. 

‘TATER TEST 

The 2024 Kern County Potato Field Variety Day will take place on June 12 from 10-12:30 p.m. at Hart Memorial Park. The annual event hosted by the UC Cooperative Extension is a great opportunity for growers to see tubers of new, potential varieties.  

Information on variety performance as compared to standard varieties will be shared. Potato entries include varieties from several USDA, state, and private breeding programs. This year, attendees will see various russets, chippers, reds, yellows, and specialty potato types. 

Attendees will have an opportunity to express their evaluations and recommendations about new varieties to university researchers, breeders, seed growers, and fellow growers. 

BIOLOGICAL SUMMIT 

Mark your calendars for June 25-26 to attend the 2024 Salinas Biological Summit. This year’s summit will focus mainly on the challenges facing specialty crop growers and key topics include the regulatory environment, technology, consumer trends, retail, and the global macro-economic environment.  

Local and international experts will provide insight into these key topics. Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist at Apple, venture capitalist, and best-selling author will serve as the keynote speaker. 

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