The potato industry has until Nov. 1, 2011 to nominate candidates for special awards during the World Potato Congress in Edinbergh, Scotland
As an example of where to focus, the late J. R. Simplot of Boise, Idaho, was one of the winners in the 2009 event (the congress is held every two years).
The industry awards are an important and prestigious event on the international potato scene, says Allan Stevenson, president of the Potato Council which sponsors the congress in different nations throughout the world.
They recognize lifetime contributions, he explains, from individuals who are leaders in the industry. Four outstanding individuals are normally recognized in the awards ceremony.
Written nominations must be sent by deadline to the awards committee for assessment. Submissions will appear on the congress website at www.potatocongress.org, where application instructions and submission forms are also available.
The event, set for May 27-30 next year, will be the 8th in a succession of world potato gatherings under the congress flag. For information on the congress and registration information, go to www.wpc2012.net.
This is the first time the congress will be held in Scotland, where the usually highly-attended global event is expected to attract producers, traders, processors, researchers, and market experts from around the globe.
"The congress will bring together the world's best in our industry," says Stevenson, who calls the gathering a "great opportunity" for delegates to learn the latest about what is happening around the world with potatoes.
""This is an international event bringing together regulators and key opinion leaders," he adds. European Union issues facing potato growers will be probed at the event, says Stevenson.
The Edinburgh International Convention Center will provide the central venue for the congress, with delegates participating in a rich menu of seminars, and visiting local growing and processing facilities.
The 2012 congress slogan, Think Global. Win Local, captures the flavor of the upcoming convention, with a focus on international marketing to benefit farmers in potato producing nations throughout the world.