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TPPA honors members at annual conference

Texas Plant Protection Association announces winners of master's and Ph.D. poster contest.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

December 11, 2020

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This week, the Texas Plant Protection Association hosted its 32nd conference but its first virtual meeting, "Resilient Agriculture: Healthy Farms for a Healthy Future."

Specialists and agricultural industry representatives updated more than 300 attendees throughout the three-day, online conference about the latest issues impacting agriculture. (Farm Press will follow up with articles regarding some of those presentations.)

At the conclusion of the meeting, TPPA announced the 2020 award winners. "This is the 18th year we've gotten to honor outstanding members who have made special contributions to the Texas Plant Protection Association, both to their profession and Texas agriculture," says TPPA President Adam Hixon, BASF, Lubbock. 

The awards and their recipients are as follows:

  • TPPA Ray Smith Leadership Award- Bob Sasser, TPPA executive director, Conroe 

  • TPPA Consultant Award- Trevor Jones, contract consultant with AgGro Innovations, LLC, Cypress

  • TPPA Industry Award— Greg Mock, unit supervisor for the Texas Brazos Bottom & Hempstead, Simplot Grower Solutions, College Station

  • TPPA Academic/Agency Award – Scott Nolte, TPPA Awards Committee Chair, College Station

  • TPPA Graduate Student Award (MS)- John Grunseich, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station

  • TPPA Graduate Student Award (Ph.D.)- Blake Elkins, Texas A&M University, College Station

TPPA also recognized Hixon for his service along with "handing over of the gavel" to incoming TPPA President Josh McGinty.

See, Bob Whitney named 2020 Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement recipient

"Thank you to all of you for sticking with us through this virtual format," Hixson says upon receiving a plaque for his service. "I know there were some things we had to learn, even change our mindset, and for the most part, I think it went fairly well. We got through it."

Hixon also expressed his appreciation of the conference sponsors and moderators. "We knew it would be a tall task when we made the decision back in August (to go virtual), but everyone stepped up to the plate and worked as a team to make it happen."

The 2020 TPPA Poster winners also were announced. "This year we had 29 posters submitted and 25 posters took part in the poster competition, which we split between master's and Ph.D.," says TPPA Poster Chair Ronnie Schnell, Texas A & M AgriLife Research and Extension, College Station.

The winning posters and the students' three-minute poster presentations are included in this gallery.  


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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