Crop Pest Management Short Course and MCPR Trade Show
2016 date and location
December 6-8, 2016
Minneapolis Convention Center and adjacent Minneapolis Hilton, Hyatt Regency and Millenium hotels.
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:
- General Admission & CPM Short Course – $200
- Technical Service Provider – $215
- Applicator Recertification Training – $210
- Applicator Recertification Training (with Cat. H) – $250
Lodging, maps, parking
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
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
|9:55 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|
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.
- Worker Protection Standard Update
Betsy Buffington, Iowa State University (CEU=PM)
- Invasive pests and pesticide regulation: Implications for soybean insect pest management
Dr. Robert Koch, University of Minnesota (CEU=PM)
- Changing role of insecticides in managing crop insects with a special focus on neonics
Dr. Kenneth Ostlie, University of Minnesota (CEU=PM)
- What can pulse-width modulation sprayer systems do for you?
Thomas R. Butts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (CEU=PM)
- Nitrogen loss inhibitors and extenders
Dr. Dave Franzen, North Dakota State University (CEU=NM)
- Think differently: An evolutionary perspective is the key to managing herbicide resistance
Dr. Patrick Tranel, University of Illinois (CEU=PM)
- Current trends in public and private soybean variety development
Dr. Aaron Lorenz, University of Minnesota (CEU=CM)
- Managing weather risk: Tools of the trade
Eric Snodgrass, University of Illinois (CEU=CM)
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.
- The what, when and why of new corn fertilizer guidelines
Dr. Daniel Kaiser, University of Minnesota (CEU=NM)
- A 4R evaluation of fall urea application in Minnesota
Jeffrey Vetsch, University of Minnesota (CEU=NM)
- In-season fertilizer of corn: The potential for sensor-based management
Dr. Richard Ferguson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (CEU=NM)
- New developments to understand and manage soybean SDS disease
Dr. Dean Malvick, University of Minnesota (CEU=PM)
- Thinking differently about Amaranthus – Experiences from Illinois
Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois (CEU=PM)
- Soybean seed, seedling and root rots: Is management a prescription or a package?
Dr. Jim Kurle, University of Minnesota (CEU=PM))
- Are you getting the most out of your beans? A maturity group update
Dr. Seth Naeve, University of Minnesota (CEU=CM)
- Developing management zones in precision farming
Dr. David Clay, South Dakota State University (CEU=CM)
- Corn seed treatments: Is there a difference between products?
Dr. Joe Lauer, University of Wisconsin (CEU=PM)
- Impacts of deficit irrigation and reduced corn population on root zone water use and yield
Joshua Stamper, University of Minnesota (CEU=SW)
- Status of Palmer Amaranth eradication efforts in Minnesota and Minnesota Buffer Law
Update with Anthony Cortlet, Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Tom Gile, MN Board of Water and Soil Resources (CEU=SW)
- Filling the void: Cover crop based strategies for increasing soil productivity
Dr. M. Scott Wells, University of Minnesota (CEU=SW)
Questions about the agenda? Contact: David Nicolai, email@example.com 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."