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Texas Plant Protection Conference to be Dec. 6 and 7 in BryanTexas Plant Protection Conference to be Dec. 6 and 7 in Bryan

TPPA conference covers Texas’ major crops.Also featured: Pest ID Contest, Poster Section, awards luncheon and many industry exhibits and displays.Conference features the most up to date crop protection information available.

Ron Smith 1

August 30, 2012

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For the past 24 years, the Texas plant Protection Association annual conference has been the premier Texas Crop Conference, drawing interest from all involved in crop production. The two-day conference, scheduled Dec. 6 and 7 in the Brazos center in Bryan, Texas, features the most up to date crop protection information available from university researchers and by industry leaders. 

The conference covers Texas’ major crops (cotton, grain, horticulture and turf and pastures/rangeland) and includes sessions on fertility, crop and water management, laws and regulations and future technology and chemistry.

Attendees may earn CCA & TDA CEUs and have a great opportunity for networking with others involved in crop production.

Other conference activities include the Pest ID Contest, Poster Section, awards luncheon and many industry exhibits and displays.

2012 program highlights include:

  • International Trade Impact on Texas Agriculture--Dr. Parr Rosson, Department Head, Professor and Extension Economist, Texas A&M University

  • Ag Communications Now and In The Future--Blair Fannin, Media Relations Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications; and Ron Smith, Editor, Southwest Farm Press

  • Preparing the Next Generation of Ag Professionals--Dr. Kerry K. Litzenberg, Regents Professor, Texas A&M University; and Debra Pickett, Manager Sales & Market Effectiveness, BASF Corporation

  • Update of the New Farm Bill--George Caldwell, Associate Director Commodity & Regulatory Activities, Texas Farm Bureau

  • Environmentally Responsible Solutions to Crop Protection Product Container Disposal Problems--Richard Marburger, Marketing Director, US Ag Recycling

Sponsors and exhibitors support the Texas Plant Protection Conference and receive inexpensive advertising and will be noted in the Conference Program. For information on becoming a sponsor or exhibitor pleaseclick on the TPPA website to sign up on line.

Southwest Farm Press is a co-sponsor of the 2012 Texas Plant Protection Conference.

The Texas Plant Protection Conference is attended by:

  • Crop Input Dealers, Distributors & Manufacturers 

  • Crop Consultants

  • Farmers & Farm Managers

  • University Research & Extension Personnel

  • Government Officials

  • Farm Press

Register online or by mail, discover local attractions, get hotel information and more at the TPPA 2012 Conference page.

About the Author(s)

Ron Smith 1

Senior Content Director, Farm Press/Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 40 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. More recently, he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Plant Protection Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Johnson City, Tenn. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and three grandsons, Aaron, Hunter and Walker.

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