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Crop Pest Management Short Course and MCPR Trade Show

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Tools for economically and environmentally sustainable crop production

2015 date and location

December 8-10, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center and adjacent Minneapolis Hilton Hotel


The Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association (MCPR) and University of Minnesota Extension and will host the 2015 CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center from December 8 through 10, 2015.

The three-day program starts Tuesday, December 8 with the Technical Service Provider (TSP) recertification program followed by the MCPR Plenary Sessions with speakers Darren Coppock, CEO of the Agricultural Retailers Association; Robert Saik, CEO of The Agri-Trend® Group of Companies, Professional Agrologist and a Certified Agricultural Consultant; and Glen Buckley, Chief Economist/Partner of the NPK Fertilizer Advisory Service.

Pesticide Applicator Recertification sessions will begin on Tuesday, December 8 and continue on Wednesday, December 9 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 "Tools for Economically and Environmentally Sustainable Crop Production." The financial success of Minnesota farms has been challenged over the past 18 months with the sharp 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 demanding changes in farming practices are mounting rapidly. 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.

Bob Craven, the Director of the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota, will discuss the income trends and production cost that the Minnesota farmer is currently facing. As the state is rapidly moving towards a statewide implementation of buffer strips, Bob Craven's areas of specialty include business management, credit analysis and grain marketing. His work for the Center has focused on development of FINPACK, a nationally recognized agricultural credit analysis software ( He is also on the development team for the Winning the Game grain marketing education programs. He has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and seminars including the National ABA Ag Bankers Conference and the USDA Ag Outlook Forum. He has also taught over 400 workshops on farm management and marketing.

Dr. Andrew Sharpley, Professor of Soils and Water Quality at the University of Arkansas, will discuss whether buffer strips are a solution to Minnesota water quality problems. Dr. Sharpley's research investigates the cycling of phosphorus in soil–plant–water systems in relation to agricultural production systems and water quality and includes the management of animal manures, fertilizers and crop residues. Most recently he developed decision–making tools for agricultural field staff to identify sensitive areas of the landscape and to target management alternatives and remedial measures that have reduced the risk of nutrient loss from farms. These tools are now widely accepted by US EPA, NRCS, and the Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning Strategy.

Our final morning speaker is Dr. Jeff Gore, Professor of Entomology at Mississippi State University, who will share some of the lessons learned from the Deep South on how to manage resistance in economically important pests that are exposed to a high frequency of use/overuse of individual insecticides. His specialty area is integrated pest management of insect pests of agronomic crops in the southern United States. Dr. Gore's research areas include the cotton aphid which has a high reproductive rate and a history of developing resistance to commercial insecticides. In addition, Dr. Gore has also conducted research to evaluate the potential exposure of pollinators to neonicotinoid insecticides used as seed treatments on corn, cotton and soybean. Dr. Gore has received the Merit Award in Crop Protection, Mississippi Entomological Association and has published numerous scientific journal articles on the subjects of Integrated Pest Management.

The concurrent sessions at the CPM Short Course on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday all day will continue the strong educational program with a wealth of pest, crop and fertilizer management topics including advances in the control of soybean aphids, micronutrient needs in corn and soybeans, understanding the nitrogen mineralization process in soils, nitrogen movement and potential loss via the tile line, high–yield corn management strategies, weather trends for the 2016 crop as affected by El Nino and climate shifts along with tools to track these weather events, the effect of applying both seed treatments and foliar insecticides on specific insect populations, updates on managing herbicide resistant weeds in corn and soybeans, corn and soybean disease updates, effective procedures for cleaning and rinsate management of large commercial application sprayers and booms, as well as drainage water management practices relating to nutrient management practices. 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 2015 Crop Pest Management Short Course and MCPR Trade Show are as follows:

Early Pricing (on or before 11/17/15)

Late Pricing (after 11/17/15)

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

A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel. The room rate is $109 and the room block cut–off date is 11/17/15 or until our room block sells out – whichever comes first! Hilton Minneapolis Online Room Reservation or call 612-376-1000. 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 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.

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.

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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