Farmers, extension agents, agribusiness representatives, crop consultants and others involved in crop production, should be making their plans to attend the 2005 Texas Plant Protection Conference sponsored by the nonprofit association Texas Plant Protection Association.

“Target: Agriculture” is the theme for the 2005 Texas Plant Protection Conference scheduled for Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 at the Hilton Inn & Conference Center in College Station. The conference's General Session will target many of the issues impacting Texas agriculture such as agriculture bio-terrorism, future technologies in agriculture, Texas transportation corridor, and farm policies.

The remainder of the conference provides all involved in crop production the opportunity to learn the latest information on new crop protection products, new technology, scientific advances and agricultural trends.

The conference General Session includes a welcome by Dr. Elsa Murano, Vice Chancellor for Agriculture at Texas A & M University. '"Bio-terrorism and Agriculture" will be addressed by Dr. Floyd Horn, CEO of the Washington based security firm, Centaur Security Solutions. Horn is an experienced bio-terrorism consultant to the government and other agricultural interest. Other general session presentations will feature Pat Donnelly with CropLife America, Warren Maybery with the Texas Farm Bureau, and Richard Conner and Joe Outlaw, both with Texas A & M University.

A special general session on precision agriculture will bring those attending up-to-date on precision ag and how it can improve profits for many farmers, said Doug Jost, technology development manager with Monsanto and TPPA president. Specific presentations on the basics of precision ag guidance systems, variable rate technology and field mapping will be presented. Crop consultants will be especially interested in a talk on how some consultants are benefiting from the use of precision ag technology.

The balance of the agenda includes over 30 presentations by agricultural research scientists profiling their latest findings. These presentations feature the most up-to-date information on Texas crop production. Program topics are divided into the following sections: emerging technology and new chemistry, cotton, rice/soybeans, corn/grain sorghum/ wheat, pasture/ rangeland, and turf/horticulture and will be presented by recognized experts in their respective fields.

Over 30 agribusinesses will help sponsor the conference and will have displays available with information on their products and services. Continuing education credits (CEU's) are offered during the conference for Texas Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Applicator License (10 CEU's) and for Certified Crop Advisers (12.75 CEU's).

For more information, contact Bob Sasser, TPPA executive director, at (936) 539-2349. Additional information and registration materials are also available by e-mail at TPPA@consolidated.net or online at the TPPA Web site: http://tppa.tamu.edu