Farmers throughout Texas will hear the latest practices and technological innovations at the 21st Texas Plant Protection Conference scheduled Dec. 2-3 at the Brazos Center in Bryan.

Dec. 2 is Farmer Day. All farmers that have pre-mailed registration forms will receive complimentary registration. Forms are available at http://tppa.tamu.edu.

Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, is the scheduled keynote speaker the morning of Dec. 2.

The annual conference showcases the latest in agricultural technology and practices, plus provides insight and analysis to critical issues affecting the industry.

“We’ve assembled some prominent speakers who are experts in virtually every sector of agriculture,” said Brad Minton, president of the Texas Plant Protection Association. “Farmers throughout the state will want to attend this conference since it serves as a good planning aid heading into the 2010 crop season and gives producers a first-hand look at the some of the new cutting-edge technologies we may be seeing in the future.”

Other speakers and topics include: Dr. Mark Welch, Texas AgriLife Extension Service grains economist, who will give market outlooks on both grain and wheat; Mac Young, AgriLife Extension agent-Corpus Christi, who will lead a presentation on the economics of field storage of corn in plastic bags; Ray Smith of Biological Research Services Inc., who will discuss using Aflaguard in managing aflatoxins in corn.

Other topics on Dec. 2 include weed management tools for corn and sorghum in Texas, new cotton trait technologies, and other scheduled presentations and discussions.

For registration information and a complete schedule with speakers and topics, visit http://tppa.tamu.edu.