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Registration opens for Texas Plant Protection Conference

The theme for the 2022 conference is "Texas Agriculture: Responding to the Changes."

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

August 24, 2022

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Barron Rector, left, announces the winners of the annual Pest ID contest at the 2021 Texas Plant Protection Association awards luncheon. Joining him are Dale Mott and Tyler Mays. All three are TPPA members and with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Blair Fannin, Texas A&M AgriLife

The 34th annual 2022 Texas Plant Protection Conference is set for Dec. 6-7, at the Brazos Center in Bryan. The conference will confront topics challenging production agriculture today, including pesticide and fertilizer costs, weather and food security.  

Senior Advisor for Agriculture to the EPA Administrator Rod Snyder will provide an update on federal pesticide policy, while economist Mark Welch, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will give the global markets outlook and how it's impacting Texas agriculture.  

Other topics to be covered include carbon credit contracts, stink bug control in sorghum and the use of gossypol-free cottonseed to help solve world hunger.  

The two-day conference, geared toward farmers and agriculture industry representatives, will include seven sessions with 15-minute presentations on various related topics. The sessions include Consultants; Cotton; Fertility Management; Grain; Horticulture/Turf; Water and Irrigation Management; and Pasture and Rangeland. 

TPPA will also recognize association members for their contributions to agriculture and TPPA at the annual awards luncheon, Dec. 7, including presenting the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award, the association's most prestigious award. 

CEUs will be available along with presenter abstracts and the poster contest for graduate and doctoral students.  

For more information and/or to register to attend either in-person or virtually, visit  

About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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