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Texas Plant Protection Conference

Texas Plant Protection Conference

Date(s) - December 5, 2023 - December 6, 2023
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Agriculture continues to be a challenge and the upcoming Texas Plant Protection Conference is an opportunity to learn about responding to these challenges.

Greg Steele, Texas Plant Protection Association President and Bayer CropScience Technology Development Representative, invites farmers, ranchers, crop consultants, extension, ag industry, and other agricultural professionals to the two-day conference in December that will address many of these challenges and opportunities.

The 35th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference will be December 5 & 6 at the Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas. There is a virtual option for those unable to attend in person.

The conference opening general session begins with a Welcome by Dr. Cliff Lamb, Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

Dr. Joe Outlaw, Regents Fellow, Professor and Extension Economist, Texas A&M University will give an update on the New Farm Program and its Impact on Texas Agriculture.

After a short break to view ag research posters and industry displays, Jacob Little, Agent/Owner, Crop & Range Insurance Services, Hillsboro, Texas will discuss “Crop Insurance: Safety Net Linked to the Farm Program.”

To help update the conference attendees on some of the latest ag technology, LeAnna Guerin, Data Director of Digital Farming Solutions, Bayer Crop Science, St. Louis, MO will present information on “Digital Farming Solutions for Today and the Future.”

The morning general session ends with, a presentation on “The Endangered Species Act’s Impact on Pesticide Labeling.  Why You Should be Paying Attention to this Issue” by Dr. Todd Baughman, Professor and Weed Scientist, Oklahoma State University   

After lunch, the afternoon Consultant General Session includes discussions on “Drone use in Agriculture” by Arthur Erickson, CEO, Hylio, Inc., Houston, Texas.

Next is an update on “Using Spray Drones in Central Texas” by Matt Ashcraft, an applicator from Hillsboro, Texas.

Following an afternoon break, Dr. Barron Rector will conduct his annual Pests ID Contest. It is a fun way to learn more about ag pest in Texas. The first day of the conference ends with New Technology & Chemistry updates by industry technical specialists.

The second day of the conference begins with a Laws & Regulations Session that includes an update from Perry Cervantes with the Texas Department of Agriculture. There will also be a review of the laws and regulations for ag spray drones.

The remainder of the program consists of concurrent sessions on Cotton, Horticulture/Turf, Grain, Pasture & Rangeland, Water & Irrigation and Fertility Management. These sessions feature the latest from Texas A&M AgriLife and industry leaders.

Graduate students participate in the conference by displaying their research posters. There are awards for the top three posters for MS and PhD students.

Another important part of the conference is the industry displays. Over 40 companies and organizations serve as conference exhibitors or as conference sponsors. You can register your company or organization by visiting the TPPA website: .

Ray Smith, the Texas Plant Protection Association Board Chairman reminds conference attendees to be sure and attend the Awards Luncheon at noon on the second day of the conference. Several TPPA Awards are presented, including the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) will be offered for both TDA and CCA.

For more information or to register to attend the conference either in person or virtually visit the TPPA website: Discounts are available for early registration and for farmers.