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Crop Pest Management Short Course and MCPR Trade Show

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Think Differently

2016 date and location

December 6-8, 2016
Minneapolis Convention Center and adjacent Minneapolis Hilton, Hyatt Regency and Millenium hotels.

Description

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/or 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 "Strategies to win with young farmers." Young farmers are a small portion of today's growers and producers, yet are already taking over most of the management decisions on Minnesota farms. They don't act like other millennials and generation Y, and they don't act like their fathers, either. What do retailers need to do differently to reach this highly important generation? What sets them apart from older farmers? How do they think differently and how can you as a retailer meet their needs and win their business? This highly engaging presentation highlights findings from an extensive survey of young farmers conducted by Millennium Research and Lessing-Flynn, Des Moines, IA, and most importantly, makes suggestions for action that work in the real world.

A Millennial Minnesota Farmer panel will provide insight into their needs for technical information, timely communication and agronomy services which they desire from ag professionals at the end of the formal presentations. These needs have to be met by the ag professionals so they can continue to earn their customer's business and service needs.

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

Pre-registration is now closed. On-site registration will be available beginning Tuesday, December 6th at 9:00 a.m. The registration fees for the 2016 Crop Pest Management Short Course and MCPR Trade Show are as follows:

Lodging, maps, parking

Hotel accommodations

The Minneapolis Hilton and Hyatt Regency hotels are full!

The Minneapolis Millennium Hotel is offering a special event rate of $115/night if you book before TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2016 or until the room block sells out - whichever comes first. You can make your reservation online or call (612) 332-6000 and reference MN Crop Production Retailers.

Maps and Parking

Minneapolis Parking Map
Minneapolis Parking Map (with Hotels)
Directions to Minneapolis Convention Center
3rd Avenue Convention Center Parking Ramp Rates

2016 agenda

Schedules: December 7 (87 K PDF) | December 8 (108 K PDF). Session Abstracts (207 K PDF) and Biographies (149 K PDF)

Wednesday, December 7
Minneapolis Convention Center

General session 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. Think differently about pesticide resistance - the role of biology in crop production (CEU=PM)
Dr. Jeffrey Gunsolus, University of Minnesota
8:55 a.m. Battle scarred experience from the North American beachhead on neonic bans (CEU=PM)
Dr. Art Schaafsma, University of Guelph
9:45 a.m. Break
9:55 a.m. Strategies to win with young farmers (CEU=PD)
Jan Johnson, Millennium Research, Inc.
10:40 a.m. Millennial Farmer Panel
11:00 a.m. Break and opportunity to visit exhibit floor
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
Concurrent sessions 1:00-5:00 p.m.

This arrangement allows the participants to choose the topics of greatest interest to them. The smaller group setting also encourages a more interactive environment and greater accessibility to speakers. Each topic will be presented twice with each session lasting 50 minutes.

NOTE CCA: Each topic offered will offer 1.0 CEU in the category listed. A maximum of 7.0 CEUs can be earned by attending the general session in the morning and four sessions on the afternoon of December 7, 2016.

Thursday, December 8
Minneapolis Convention Center

Concurrent sessions 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

This arrangement allows the participants to choose the topics of greatest interest to them. The smaller group setting also encourages a more interactive environment and greater accessibility to speakers. Audience participants may elect up to six different topics to attend during the day.

NOTE CCA: Each topic presented will offer 1.0 CEU in the category listed. A maximum of 6.0 CEU can be earned by attending six topic sessions on December 8, 2016.

Questions about the agenda? Contact: David Nicolai, nico0071@umn.edu or 612-625-2278.

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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