28th Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference
December 6 - 7, 2016
at the Brazos Center, Bryan, TX

This Year's Theme:
Advanced Technologies for Texas Agriculture

David Baltersperger receives Borlaug award at 2016 TPPA conference.

Dr. David Baltensperger, soil and crop sciences department head at Texas A&M University in College Station, received the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Plant Protection Association. Also pictured are Dr. Betsy Pierson, association past president and associate professor of horticultural sciences at Texas A&M, and Ray Smith, association board chairman, College Station. Read the full article at Southwest Farm Press.

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Conference Speakers

  • Bob Avant, Program Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research
    Advanced Technology Overview
  • Ron Smith, Editor, Southwest Farm Press
    Apps for Agriculture
  • Alex Thomasson, Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, TAMU
    UAVs and Use of Ag Data
  • Bob Coulson, Professor, Department of Entomology, TAMU
    Texas Crop Register
  • Todd Sink, Assistant Professor & Fisheries Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
    Flag the Technology App
  • Chandler Goule, CEO, National Association of Wheat Growers
    Agriculture in an Unknown Federal Environment of Regulations and Policy

[Speaker Bios PDF]     [Speaker Bios Page]

Who Attends the Conference?

  • Agribusiness - dealers, distributors, manufacturers, applicators, consultants, ag lenders, farmers, ranchers
  • Research - Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USDA, graduate students, crop protection and seed company researchers
  • Extension and educators - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, University faculty, USDA, graduate students
  • Agricultural press
  • Regulatory - TDA, USDA, EPA, TCEQ

Conference Displays and Sponsors

Many of the firms and organizations involved in agriculture are conference sponsors and exhibitors. The display area will be a major focal point during the conference. Coffee Breaks and the Poster Session will be in the Display area. Reserve your table-top display space on the mail-in registration form or online with your credit card.  Both of these options are available under Conference Registration and Payment.

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 [PDF]
  • Pay online by credit card (no registration form required)
    • Fee schedule for online payment
      Conference Registration (before Nov 11) .........................$85
      Conference Registration (after Nov 11)............................$100
      Student Registration ................................ .........................$25
      Farmer Registration ................................. .........................$25
      Exhibitor/Sponsor...............................................................$350
      (includes 1 membership dues & conference registration)
      TPPA Scholarship Donation ............................................. $optional

Poster Session

The poster session is a key element of the conference and a great venue to share the latest information regarding your research project with the diversity of TPPA members and guests who attend the conference annually.

New this year, if you are a student and wish to present a poster, you do not need to register for the conference . You may attend the conference for FREE. Students are also eligible to compete for the poster awards. Awards of $150, $100, and $75 will be presented to the top 3 student posters.

Please plan on presenting a poster and encourage your fellow researchers and students to do the same. Be a part of the excitement! 

Please see the attachments below for guidelines and abstract template.

Deadline for poster titles and abstracts is November 1.

Please send your title and abstract to Kranthi Mandadi (TPPA Incoming Vice President and Poster Session Chair)

[Poster Guidelines] [Poster Abstract Template]

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

The following CEUs have been approved for the 2016 Texas Plant Protection Conference:

  • Certified Crop Advisers(CCA) - A maximum of 13.5 CCA CEUs
  • Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) - 11.0 TDA CEUs are available

Pest ID Contest

For more than 23 years, conference participants have been invited to participate and are challenged in the Pest ID Contest on their skills of identification. Pests chosen for the contest can be related to cotton, corn, rice, sorghum, watermelons, grapes, pecans, walnuts, peanuts, citrus, pastureland and rangeland. 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.

Awards Luncheon & Business Meeting

Conference registration fee covers the December 7th luncheon, where the winners of 2016 TPPA Awards are announced. The winners of the Poster & Pest ID Contest will also be announced.

Hotel Information

The hotels listed below have blocked rooms for those attending the conference. Please contact them directly to make your room reservations

  • Hilton College Station, 801 University Drive, College Station
    $119.00
    Group Code Plant 16
    Group Name: Plant Protection Assn.
    Cut Off Date: November 14
    Phone: (979) 693-7500 or (800) 445-8667
  • Hawthorn Suites, 1100 University Drive East, College Station
    $105.00
    Group Name: TPPA 28th Annual Conference
    Cut Off Date: November 4
    Phone: (979) 846-9800
  • Aloft, 1150 University Drive East, College Station
    $109.00
    Group Block: 28th Annual Conference
    Cut Off Date: November 1
    Phone: (979) 704-6400 or (855) 811-0254

Conference Agenda [PDF]

Conference Sponsors [PDF]

 

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