Immigration reform and food safety top the list of discussion topics scheduled for the Texas Produce Convention September 20-23 at South Padre Island.

Also, invited keynote speaker Chuck Conner, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, will discuss the farm bill.

The annual meeting is not all business, however. Participants may compete in a fishing tournament September 20 or a golf tournament September 21. And a casino night and silent auction is scheduled for Saturday evening, September 22.

The educational session gets underway with a breakfast meeting Saturday morning with a look at the current state of immigration reform. The general session begins at 10:15 with a panel discussing “The New Face of Food Safety.”

Afternoon topics include worldwide outlook for grapefruit, citrus greening, citrus mites management, and food safety for citrus.

A vegetable session includes a look at the H2-A worker program, research on food safety issues from Texas A&M, and onion diseases.

Sunday’s sessions include an awards breakfast, more discussion on immigration, food safety, herbicide injury, A Rio Grande Valley water conservation project and transportation, among others.

Conference headquarters is the Sheraton Fiesta Beach Resort. Interested parties may register online at: They may also mail registration form and payment to: Convention Registration, Texas Produce Convention, 901 Business Park Dr., Suite 400, Mission, Texas 78572. The form may be faxed to: 956-584-3307.

For more information, call 956-581-8632 or email Hotel reservation should be made before August 24 for the Texas Produce Convention rate. Registration fees received by August 24 qualify for an “early bird” discounted fee of $255. Late or on-site fees are $305.