The 2014 Potato Expo opens today in San Antonio. It's the largest potato industry conference and trade show held in North America. This year's show is the largest in the six-year history of the event with 150 exhibitors on hand. Grafton resident and District 19 Republican senator Tom Campbell will be attending. Campbell says he expects to see quite a few local growers there. He says years ago conferences like these were divided by topic. For example, he says the seed and chip seminars at one time were held on separate occasions. He says this way farmers only have to make room for the one event rather than 3 or 4. He expects that production costs and quality will be a couple of the major topics covered at this years expo. Campbell says growers have been throwing away more potatoes in recent years, but there are ways to avoid the waste and lost profits. He says planting better varieties and using new equipment that bruises and skins less are a couple of things growers have som!
!e control over. He expects all of this will be covered this week in Texas. The Annual National Potato Council Meeting will immediately follow the Potato Expo.