Farm Progress

Boots and Bling is TPC theme.Annual conference runs Aug. 7-9 in San Antonio. 

Ron Smith 1, Senior Content Director

June 27, 2013

2 Min Read

The 2013 Texas Produce Convention, Aug. 7-9 at the Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort  in San Antonio, will offer the knowledgeable speakers covering the hottest topics that affect growers and shipper of fresh produce in Texas, says Bret Ericson president of  the Texas International Produce Association.

“The annual TPC will feature presentations on market trends and growth opportunities through an outstanding education program and an  innovative tradeshow,”  Ericson says. “Industry representatives also have ample opportunities to build personal and professional relationships during the special events, breaks and recreational activities.

“We have some exciting changes this year including a Country & Western themed Boots n' Bling extravaganza with a special performance by Grammy award winning Country and Western artist Rick Trevino,” Ericson said. “Rick has had a number of top country hits over the years, including a No. 1 on the Country Billboards.”

If you are enjoying reading this article, please check out Southwest Farm Press Daily and receive the latest news right to your inbox.

The conference begins with a golf tournament at the Westin La Cantera's Resort course. That’s followed by an opening night networking reception, educational opportunities, incredible speakers and an informative expo.

“Our Boots and Bling PAC Fundraiser will be the highlight event on Aug. 8. Also on tap will be bull riding, a money machine, and a silent auction.”

Ericson says the annual convention and expo helps raise monies to help support the Texas produce industry and various associations including Texas International Produce Association, Texas Citrus Mutual, and the Texas Vegetable Association.

“It also helps raise money for our industry's Political Action Committee—the Texas Produce Policy Council. The TPPC allows us to support candidates who help promote and protect the overarching interests of the Texas produce industry. All of the money raised at the annual TPC silent auction is allocated to the PAC. If you or your organization is interested in donating an auction item or contributing money to help purchase an auction item, please call our office to make arrangements.”

Ericson says the convention destination offers participants an ideal location to bring the family. “With Six Flag's Fiesta Texas just minutes from the resort and our Boots & Bling fundraiser, TPC will be something that the entire family will enjoy,” he said.

To find out everything you need to know about TPC,  CLICK HERE!


You may also like:

Ripe blackberries luring tourists to pick-your-own farms

University of Arizona researchers seek safer vegetables

New strain of HLB disease found in South Texas citrus grove

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.

Subscribe to receive top agriculture news
Be informed daily with these free e-newsletters

You May Also Like