2013 TPPA 25th Annual Conference

Date: December 10 - 11, 2013
Location: Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas

  • 2013 TPPA Industry Award 2013 TPPA Industry Award Gary Schwarzlose, Bayer Crop Science, San Antonio, TX
  • 2013 TPPA Academic/Agency Award 2013 TPPA Academic/Agency Award Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station, TX
  • 2013 TPPA Pest Identification Award Winners 2013 TPPA Pest Identification Award Winners 1st Place Dan Bradshaw, Crop Consultant, El Campo, TX 2nd Place Gary Bradshaw, Crop Consultant, Rosenburg, TX 3rd Place Brent Batchelor, County Extension Agent, Bay City, TX
  • 2013 TPPA Poster Award Winner 2013 TPPA Poster Award Winner 1st Place 14* Evaluation of Cotton Yield, Quality, and Plant Growth Response to Soil-Applied Potassium Michael Spiegelhauer, Graduate Student, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • 2013 TPPA Special Leadership Award 2013 TPPA Special Leadership Award Ray Smith, TPPA Board Chairman, Biological Research Services, College Station, TX
  • 2013 TPPA Consultant Award 2013 TPPA Consultant Award Brandon Ripple, San Angelo, TX
  • 2013 TPPA Communications Award 2013 TPPA Communications Award Ron Smith, Southwest Farm Press, Denton, TX
  • 2013 TPPA Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 TPPA Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award Roy Parker, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Entomologist (retired), Corpus Christi, TX
  • 2013 TPPA Graduate Student Award 2013 TPPA Graduate Student Award Trevor Jones, Texas A&M University

Poster Contest Winners

1st Place: 14* - Evaluation of Cotton Yield, Quality, and Plant Growth Response to Soil-Applied Potassium Michael Spiegelhauer, Graduate Student, Texas A&M University, College Station

2nd Place: 2* - The Effects of Mesotrione and Atrazine on Microbial Respiration Christopher Dermody, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

3rd Place: 34* - Poinsettia Growth Response to Container Substrate Amended with Biochar Yanjun Guo, Department of Horticultural Sciences, Graduate Student, Texas A & M University

General Information

TPPA conference attendance has been growing over the years. In 2012, over 250 attended the conference. For 25 years the conference has offered an excellent program that is supported by all involved in Texas crop production including many leaders representing academia, Extension, research, consulting, agribusiness, farming and regulatory. In addition to the opportunity to learn about trends, new ideas, and new technology in the educational program the conference also offers an opportunity to network with ag leaders and to discuss the latest with key industry professionals.

Moderator: Ray Smith, TPPA Chair 
9:00 - 9:05 am Welcome
Mark Hussey, Vice Chancellor & Dean, Texas A&M University
9:05 - 9:20 Texas Plant Protection Conference - Past, Present and Future
Ray Smith, Texas Plant Protection Association Board Chairman
9:20 - 9:40 Herbicides - Past, Present and Future
Brad Minton, Syngenta Crop Protection
9:40 - 10:00 Fungicides - Past, Present and Future
Adam Hixson, BASF Corp
10:30 - 10:50 Insecticides - Past, Present and Future
Jim Bone, Dupont Crop Protection
10:50 - 11:10 Crop Biotechnology- Past, Present & Future
Greg Steele, Monsanto
11:10 - 11:30 Boll Weevil Eradication & IPM- Past, Present and Future
Charles Allen, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
11:30 - 11:50 Equipment and Precision Ag - Past, Present and Future
Andy Nelson, John Deere
1:30 - 1:50 pm Ag Communications- Past, Present and Future
Ron Smith, Southwest Farm Press 
1:50 - 2:10 Ag Research- Past, Present & Future
Craig Nessler, Texas A&M AgriLife Research
2:10 - 2:30 Ag Extension - Past, Present and Future
Doug Steele, Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service


View or print the draft agenda.

Conference Registration and Payment

This year we will again offer online payment by credit card for conference attendees. Of course, we still offer registration and payment by mail.

  • Mail-in registration form
  • Pay online by credit card (no registration form required)
    • Fee schedule for online payment
      Conference Registration (before 11/18) ...........................$85
      Conference Registration (after 11/18) ..............................$100
      Student Registration .........................................................$25
      Farmer Registration ..........................................................$25
      (includes 1 membership dues & conference registration)
      TPPA Scholarship Donation ............................................. $optional


The Hotels listed below are offering special rates for the conference. Contact them by November 18 for your room needs and ask for the Texas Plant Protection Assn rate.

Concurrent Sessions

Listed below are the section chairs for the concurrent and other sessions of the conference.  Email the chairs if you have suggestions for speakers and topics.

Continuing Education Credits

Both TDA and CCA credits are offered for attending the conference.

Displays and Sponsors

The Southwest Farm Press is again co-sponsoring the conference. Many of the firms and organizations involved in agriculture will have informative exhibits at the conference. The display area will be a major focal point during the conference. Coffee breaks and the Poster Session will all be in the Display area. Reserve your table-top display space on the registration form or on line with your credit card (see fee schedule above) or use the mail-in registration form. Additional space will be available for displays this year, so plan to be a part of the 25th Annual Conference with your companies display. Email Bob Sasser for more information. (Phone: 936.537.7083).  See the left sidebar for a list of this year's sponsors.

Pest ID Contest

For more than 20 years, conference participants have been invited to participate and are challenged in the Pest ID Contest on their skills of identification. The 2013 TPPC Pest ID Contest will be conducted on Tuesday, December 10th from 3:00 to 3:45 pm. Contest participants will be asked to identify 10 agriculture insect pests, 10 crop diseases or viruses and 10 weed pests. Pests chosen for the contest can be related to cotton, corn, rice, sorghum, watermelons, grapes, pecans, walnuts, peanuts, citrus, pastureland and rangeland. Although the contest is challenging, this session serves as time to learn how to identify current pests of concern. Barron provides each participant with a contest sheet. The session concludes by going over all of the contest pest specimens for the participant’s reference. Awards and cash prizes are given to the top three identifiers. Winners are recognized at the TPPC Awards Luncheon. Scores from this contest are not shared with bosses, colleagues, or friends.

Poster Section

The conference will have a Poster Section where researchers, including graduate students, can display information about their work. The graduate students also compete for cash prizes for the top 3 posters. To enter a poster or for more information on the poster section, contact this year's Poster Chair, Eric Castner (Eric.P.Castner@usa.dupont.com)

TPPA Awards Luncheon and Business Meeting

Be sure to attend the Special 25th Annual Awards Luncheon and Business Meeting at noon on December 11 (included in registration fee) where many of the original organizers of the conference will be recognized.

This will be the 11th year the association has presented the TPPA Awards to some of the outstanding members that have made special contributions to the association, to the conference and to Texas agriculture. Also Poster winners and Pest ID winners will be announced.

2013 Leadership

Chairman of the TPPA Board, H. Ray Smith (Biological Research Services, Inc.) announced that the following will serve on the board of the association for 2013:


Seth Murray, Texas A & M University, Department of Soil & Crop Sciences

Vice President & Program Chairman
Dale Mott, Texas A&M  AgriLife Extension Service

Incoming VP & Poster Chairman
Eric Castner, Regional Technical Service Manager, Dupont Crop Protection

Incoming VP-Elect
Elizabeth Pierson, Texas A & M University, Department of Horticultural Sciences

Executive Director
Bob Sasser, TPPA

Immediate Past President
Vernon Langston, R & D Field Scientist, Dow AgroSciences

Tony Driver, Agronomic Service Representative, Syngenta Crop Protection

Johnnie Osborne, Farm Manager, Ted Higginbottom Farm

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