2011 TPPA 23nd Annual Conference Recap

Date: December 5 and 6, 2011
Location: Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas

Ron Lacewell Receives TPPA Lifetime Achievement Award

December 2011, Texas Plant Protection Association Annual Conference

Article reprinted courtesy of Southwest Farm Press

Ronald D. Lacewell, professor in resource economics in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University, was named recipient of the 2011 Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Plant Protection Association at the organization’s annual conference in Bryan, Texas.

The award is the association’s tribute for members who, over many years, have made special contributions to the annual conference and to Texas agriculture. It is named in honor of the late Dr. Normal Borlaug, agriculture researcher and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. He was known as the “Father of the Green Revolution,” and completed his career as a member of the Texas A&M University staff.

Lacewell is assistant vice chancellor in the Office of Federal Relations at Texas A&M AgriLife. His research centers on the areas of irrigation, farming systems, water quality, new crops and renewable energy.

Lacewell serves as the leader of federal relations for Texas A&M AgriLife, leading a team to address initiatives, partnering and acting as liaison to federal agencies and Congress. The Office of Federal Relations was established to support College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas AgriLife Research, and Texas AgriLife Extension Service programs at the federal level.

He has been on the TPPA board of directors for more than 10 years and has been responsible for securing many outstanding keynote speakers such as Norman Borlaug, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples and American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman. He also has served as the chairman of the awards committee for several years.

“Dr. Lacewell is aware of the topics that are important to Texas agriculture,” says TPPA Executive Director Bob Sasser. “His leadership has assisted the association to continue to grow in size and in quality.”

Other TPPA awards included: Industry, Mark Spilman, Rice Tec; Academic, Tom Isakeit, Texas AgriLife Extension; Consultant, Cliff Mock, Mock Consulting; and graduate student, Ben McKnight, Texas A&M University.

Brittany Sousa won first place in the poster contest for her poster: Photocatalytic Degradation of Mycotoxin in Corn used for Bio-fuel Production.

Zachary Elder received second place in the poster contest and Joseph Storlien placed third.

Vernon Langston, Dow AgroScience, succeeds Danny Fromme, Texas AgriLife Extension, as TPPA president.

Program to feature outlook on agricultural economy, new technological practices

BRYAN, TEXAS - The 23rd Texas Plant Protection Association Conference scheduled Dec. 5-6 at the Brazos Center will feature an update on the agricultural economy as well new technology used in production.
Other issues to be discussed include markets and production information for grain crops, rice, soybeans, cotton, grain sorghum and pastures and rangeland.

"The upcoming TPPA meeting offers a lot of information for the Texas agriculture community,” says Vernon Langston, vice president and program chairman, Texas Plant Protection Association, and a field scientist in range and pasture and industrial vegetation management.

“The conference will include presentations on corn aflatoxin and its effects on the Texas agriculture market, the impacts of the current budget cuts on Texas agriculture and numerous presentations on precision agriculture.”
Dr. Jason Johnson, Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist, will give analysis and outlook on the agricultural economy and the future of grain crops. Dr. Tim Herrman, state chemist and director of the Office of the State Chemist, will give an overview of the new one sample strategy for analysis of aflatoxin.
Several major chemical and technology companies will discuss coming innovations, Langston said. “Breakout sessions for specific crops will include fertility and water management, cotton genetics, cotton crop protection and pasture rangeland issues during this two day event.”

Dr. David Baltensperger, department head, soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M University, will moderate a precision agriculture session. "New precision measurement technology, from fiber quality, to soil data, to yield is coming on line and will affect producer decisions,” he said. “The precision management session at TPPC will highlight recent advances and on farm implementation of these new technologies.”

Dan Fromme, president, Texas Plant Protection Association and Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Corpus Christi, says the Texas Plant Protection Conference “is the premier venue in Texas where agriculture industry, consultants, and university extension and research personnel can gather to learn about new technology and exchange information.

“Each year conference attendees are able to learn about the latest technology and are updated on critical issues that are confronting Texas agriculture. Also, the conference provides the perfect environment for a person to discuss production issues informally with other people who are involved in the ag industry.”
Fromme says the 2011 conference planning committee has put together an excellent program that benefits anyone who works in the Texas ag industry. He says presentations on the value of precision agriculture to farming operations will be one of the program highlights.

Those attending will be able to receive TDA and CCA credits, including Laws and Regulations.
For registration or other information contact, call 936-537-7083 or email Bob Sasser at tppa@consolidated.net

MEDIA: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu

Conference Information and Forms

October 2011 -- This year we will be offering online payment by credit card for conference attendees. Of course, we still offer registration and payment by mail.

2011 Precision Ag Session

A special general session on precision agriculture will highlight the 23rd annual Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 5 and 6 at the Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas.

The 2011 session co-sponsored by Southwest Farm Press.

Danny Fromme, Texas AgriLife Extension Agronomist and Texas Plant Protection Association President, says anyone involved in production ag, including farmers, extension personnel, researchers, consultants, regulatory, and agribusiness, should plan to attend. More than 225 attended last year’s conference.

The 2011 conference theme is “Back to the Basics” and will feature an opening General Session that includes several timely topics. Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples has been invited to attend and speak on the “Impact of the Budget Cuts on Texas Agriculture.” Other topics include aflatoxin sampling and risk management claims.

The half-day precision agriculture program will feature Dr. Ed Barnes with Cotton, Inc.; Dr. Randy Taylor, Oklahoma State University; and Dr. Alex Thomasson, Texas A & M. They will discuss the successful use of precision ag tools in Texas farming. Representatives from John Deere, Veris Technologies and CNH America will discuss the latest in precision ag equipment. Many firms will have displays, including precision ag equipment, at the conference.

Day two will include more than 30 presentations by extension, research and industry leaders on the following subjects:

  • Future Technology & Chemistry
  • Grain
  • Cotton –Crop Production
  • Cotton –Genetics
  • Soybeans & Rice
  • Fertility & Water Management
  • Pasture & Rangeland

CEU's - Both Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) ceu's will be offered.

  • TDA Pesticide CEU: 7.0 General, 1.0 IPM, and 1.0 L&R
  • CCA CEU:
    • .75 Nutrient Management
    • .75 Soil & Water Management
    • 6.25 Pest Management
    • 3.75 Crop Management
    • 2.5 Professional Development
    • Maximum Hours an individual can earn is 10.75 due to concurrent sessions.

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