This year’s conference opening session includes addresses by Mack Gray, undersecretary of agriculture with USDA in Washington, John Barrett, a leading farmer from Mathis, Texas, Virgil Robinson, a senior marketing analyst with Pioneer Hi-Bred and Jarred Karnel, a crop systems specialist with John Deere.

In addition, the opening session will feature a talk by Norman Borlaug, winner of the Noble Peace Prize for his work with the Green Revolution. His work is credited with saving millions from starvation around the world. He is a supporter of new technology including biotechnology. He believes that without high-yielding crops and more efficient farming methods, that we would have to plow under millions of acres of woodlands – at a great cost to plants and wildlife.

This year’s conference also includes a special section co-sponsored by the Texas Association of Agricultural Consultants and the Texas Plant Protection Association. This session features a panel of leaders in Industry, Extension, University, Government and Consultants that will share information on the "The Big Changes in Agriculture- How does it effect me?"

The balance of the agenda includes over 50 presentations by agricultural research scientists profiling their latest findings. These presentations feature the most up-to-date information in Texas crop production. Program topics are divided into sections: Cotton, Grains, Water Management / Fertility, New Chemistry and Minor Use Pesticides, Pasture and Rangeland and Mycotoxins. The sessions will be presented by recognized experts in their respective fields.

Over 25 agribusinesses will help sponsor the conference and will have displays where you can get information on their products and services.

CEU’s are offered during the conference for Texas Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Applicator License. Also certified crop advisers can get up to 12 CEU’s.

For more information, contact Bob Sasser, Executive Director, at (936) 539-2349. Additional information and registration materials are also available by e-mail at TPPA@txucom.net

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