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Crop Pest Management Short Course and MCPR Trade Show

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Possibilities and Probabilities

2016 date and location

December 6-8, 2016
Minneapolis Convention Center and adjacent Minneapolis Hilton Hotel


The Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association (MCPR) and University of Minnesota Extension and will host the 2016 CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center from December 6 through 8, 2016.

The three-day program starts Tuesday, December 6 with the Technical Service Provider (TSP) recertification program followed by the MCPR Plenary Sessions with speakers Donna Moening from the Center for Food Interity and Dean Lemke, Nutrient and Environmental Stewardship Director for the Iowa Agribusiness Association.

Pesticide Applicator Recertification sessions will begin on Tuesday, December 6 and continue on Wednesday, December 7 for categories A (Core), C (Field Crop Pest Management) and H (Seed Treatment).

On Wednesday, the CPM Short Course's General Session will start with the theme "Think Differently." The financial success of Minnesota farms has been challenged over the past two years with the decline in commodity prices. The short– and long– term crop enterprise budgets have, if not red ink, very thin margins. Concurrently, biological and societal pressures are mounting rapidly demanding changes in farming practices. Thinking differently about addressing the challenges facing Minnesota crop production requires ag professionals to think "out of the box." This year's Crop Pest Management Short Course agenda is designed to assist you, as agricultural professionals, in addressing these challenging times. We will provide you with the research and the supporting tools to help you assist crop producers in achieving economic and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Jeffrey Gunsolus, Professor, University of Minnesota, will draw on his 30 plus years as a Weed Scientist working in the areas of applied research and Extension education to assess how the complicated interactions between agricultural policy, pesticide manufacturers, marketing and retail sectors, farmers and University researchers and educators have influenced pesticide resistance. Dr. Gunsolus will propose that we have placed greater emphasis on products to manage pests with less regard to pest biology and pest/crop interactions. In addition, there is a need to expand our discussion about pesticide resistance beyond the causes of pesticide resistance and increase our focus on how the entire agribusiness sector should respond and adapt to the changing conditions and risks posed by the increasing presence of pesticide resistance. Dr Gunsolus will challenge the audience to "Think Differently about Pesticide Resistance - the Role of Biology in Crop Production."

Because of a recent Executive Order in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has proposed action steps regarding the use of neonicotinoids to minimize the impact of neonicotinoids on pollinators. Corn and soybean producers in Ontario are already dealing with restrictions involving neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed. A very timely Keynote Address entitled "Battle scarred experience from the North American beachhead on neonic bans" will be presented by Ontario crop farmer and Field Crop IPM scientist, Dr. Art Schaafsma. Dr. Art Schaafsma, Professor in Field Crop Pest Management at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada's premier agricultural university, and has been intimately involved in the neonic debate in Ontario informing policy, conducting research, serving as a critic to protect the voice of science and to be the voice of practical reason. Dr. Schaafsma and his research team began studying neonic drift in 2013. Most recently they have studied the neonic issue as it relates to vacuum-style planters used for planting corn and soybeans as well as the use of newer seed coatings. Dr. Schaafsma will provide an overview of the forces at play in Ontario, the powers they wield, and the lessons to be learned for Minnesota corn and soybean crop production.

Jan Johnson, President of Millennium Research Inc. based in Minneapolis, will present the results of a detailed survey: "Smashing Stereotypes: How Millennial Farmers are Nothing Like Their Urban Counterparts" and what that means for crop retailers and crop advisors. Millennial Farmers defy the expectations of their generation. They are completely different than what the media has told you about Millennials. What makes them different from their fathers and grandfathers? What makes them the same? How do you reach them when they never darken your door? What are they doing, and how can you connect? Using a background of decades in agricultural market research and customer insight, Millennium Research has undertaken the understanding the new generation of farmers over the past two years. Utilizing findings from diverse exclusive and proprietary studies, Jan Johnson will paint the picture of the new producer, and how you must change your business to meet their expectations. At the conclusion of Jan Johnson's keynote address, we will host a panel of three Minnesota Millennial farmers who will provide their opinions about the use of social media, internet, education needs, need for personal contact, loyalty to a crop retailer/advisor and viewing farming as a business.

Wednesday's and Thursday's concurrent sessions continue the strong educational program with a wealth of pest, crop and fertilizer management topics including soybean nutrient uptake and partitioning, update of changes to U of MN soil fertility guidelines, managing and testing for herbicide resistant weeds such as waterhemp in corn and soybeans in the Midwest; corn and soybean disease updates; what is new in soybean breeding techniques for SCN resistance, weather trends for the 2017 crop, variable rate seeding studies in corn, multi-year yield research on the effect of commercial seed corn treatments, the Minnesota experience with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed treatments, understanding nitrogen inhibitors and enhancers, overview of the 2016 diseases in corn and soybeans, new invasive soybean insect threats, managing corn plant populations when irrigating to best respond to variable water shortages and cover crop research results of use to Minnesota crop producers. These sessions and more will build upon the idea that we have control of our destiny and the long-term success of our industry.

Who should attend?

Agronomists, sales people (seeds, chemicals, fertilizers), crop consultants, crop production specialists, regional and local extension educators, government agency personnel, farm managers, and anyone else who appreciates high quality, research–based professional training.

Continuing education credits

Certified crop advisors will be able to collect a total of 15 CCA continuing education credits over the course of the 3–day program.

Program registration and fees

The registration fees for the 2016 Crop Pest Management Short Course and MCPR Trade Show are as follows:

Early Pricing (on or before 11/15/16)

Late Pricing (after 11/15/16)

Register online or complete the registration form and fax to (763)235-6461 or mail to MCPR, 15490 101st Ave N, Suite 100, Maple Grove, MN 55369.

Lodging, maps, parking

Hotel accommodations

The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis hotel is offering a special event rate of $115/night if you book before TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016 or until the room block sells out - whichever comes first. You can make your reservations online here or by calling (888) 421-1442. For other area hotels, please see the map.

Driving directions

(To the Minneapolis Convention Center, Downtown Minneapolis)

Take the 4th Street exit from I-94 and proceed to 2nd Ave. S. (Do NOT turn right onto 2nd Avenue North.) Turn right on 2nd Ave. S. and go eight blocks to Convention Center.

Take Downtown Exit (12th Street): follow 12th Street S. to 2nd Avenue S. and turn right. The Convention Center will be on your left. The Underground Plaza Parking Ramp will be on your right.

Take the 11th Street Exit: follow 11th Street S. until you reach 2nd Avenue South, turn left onto 2nd Avenue S. and cross 12th Street S. The Convention Center will be on your left. The Underground Plaza Parking Ramp is on your right.

Follow downtown exit signs to the 11th Street exit and follow 11th St. to 2nd Ave. S. Turn left on 2nd Ave. S. and go one block to Convention Center.

Take the I-94 exit. Follow I-94 to the 11th St. exit (NOT 11th Avenue exit). Follow 11th Street to 2nd Ave. S. Turn left on 2nd Ave. S. and go one block to the Convention Center.

Take Hwy. 55 exit from the airport. Follow Hwy. 55 west to Minneapolis. This will become Hwy. 62 west. Follow Hwy. 62 to I-35W north to Minneapolis downtown exits. Then take the 11th Street exit. Follow 11th St. S. to 2nd Ave. S. Turn left on 2nd Ave. S. and go one block to the Convention Center.

There are 4 main public entrance rotundas located on Second Avenue S. & Grant Street, labeled "Ballroom Entrance," "Plaza 1", "Plaza 2", and "Plaza 3." Designated handicap entrances (power assisted doors) are adjacent to Plaza 3 (entrance closest to Wesley Church), and the 12th Street Entrance.

Enter either on Second Avenue S., or on 12th Street S. The Plaza Ramp has handicap parking – elevators and a skyway connect the Ramp to the Convention Center, allowing easy access for wheelchairs.


Minneapolis Parking Map
Minneapolis Parking Map (with Hotels)

Past participant comments

"I can't say how much I like the format of this short course. I can get the training I want as well as the training I need to maintain my CCA."

"Good topics and very current. Excellent."

"For a program that on the surface looked suspect, this one has to rank as one of the best ever and I have been coming since the early '90s."

"The short abstracts appearing in the program were very helpful in deciding which seminars would be best for me."

"The topics in the concurrent sessions are very relevant to the problems we are facing today. The speakers do a good job and I enjoy attending the show."

"Very good program. It is good to see the progress of ongoing experiments. The topics pertain to issues agriculture is facing today."

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