“Climate of Change” is the theme for the 2004 Texas Plant Protection Conference, scheduled Dec. 8-9, at the Hilton Inn & Conference Center in College Station.

This conference provides all involved in crop production the opportunity to learn the latest information on agricultural security as well as new crop protection products, new technology, scientific advances and trends.

This year's conference opening session includes addresses concerning security, ag terrorism and ag bioterrorism by Kitty Cardwell, national program leader, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Neville Clarke, Texas A & M University; and Shashank Nilakhe, state entomologist, Texas Department of Agriculture, Austin, Texas.

In addition, the opening session will feature a talk by John Nelson-Gammon, state climatologist discussing climate changes impact on Texas agriculture. Parr Rosson with Texas A & M University will update the conference on the latest on international trade relations.

This year's conference also includes a special section co-sponsored by the Texas Association of Agricultural Consultants (TAAC) and the Texas Plant Protection Association (TPPA). This session features updates on new products and on crop pest management issues facing consultants and growers.

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, Future Technology & Chemistry, Pasture & Rangeland and Precision Agriculture; and are presented by recognized experts in their respective fields.

Over 25 agribusinesses will sponsor the conference and have displays with information on their products and services.

CEUs are offered during the conference for Texas Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Applicator License and for Certified Crop Advisers.

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