The Potato Association of America

"A Professional Society for Advancement of the Potato Industry"


Welcome to The Potato Association of America website!

The Potato Association of America (PAA) was formed in 1913 by a handful of dedicated individuals from Maine, New York, Colorado and Washington D.C. Members are primarily from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America, but another 30 countries throughout the world are represented in the membership.

PAA History

PAA History

The original gathering of the six founders in the fall of 1912 the group stated the intent of the organization simply as… “to be an effective national potato association…for promoting the potato industry in all its various phases.” A president was elected, W.A. Martin, […]

American Journal of Potato Research

American Journal of Potato Research

The American Journal of Potato Research, formerly titled the American Potato Journal, is a  premier outlet for reporting of scientific advances on the potato. The AJPR is recognized internationally by contributors and readership. View the current issue’s table of contents from our publisher, Springer. […]

Lori’s new office

PAA In Action

PAA members are very active in their communities conducting research and participating in many outreach events. Members may submit snapshots from the field, tours or conferences by contacting our administrator, Lori Wing. We would all enjoy seeing PAA members in action.

PAA People

PAA People

 David Thompson New President of WPC Inc. July 18, 2013 With forty years experience in the North American and Global Potato Industry, David Thompson has recently been appointed President and CEO of World Potato Congress Inc, (WPC Inc), an organization headquartered in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada and dedicated […]


Recent News

  • 2015 PAA Annual Meeting

    2015 PAA Annual Meeting

    Start Planning Now for the 2015 99th Annual Meeting of The Potato Association of America July 19-23, 2015 Portland, Maine

  • Employment Opportunities

    Employment Opportunities

    Positions currently available in the Potato Industry: J.R. Simplot/Process Potato Commercialization Mgr 07/03/2014 Fungal Plant Pathologists (Two Positions) CSU, Ft. Collins 07/14/2014 Research Assoc-NC State Univ Sweetpotato & Potato Breeding & Genetics Program 07/28/2014 Research Director USPB 09/09/2014 CIP Quantitative Geneticist Sweet Potatoes 09/19/2014 Frito-Lay Potato […]