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Crop Pest Management Short Course and MCPR Trade Show

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Up to the Challenge!

2017 Date and location

December 12-14, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center and adjacent Minneapolis Hilton and Hyatt Regency hotels.

Description

The Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association (MCPR) and University of Minnesota Extension and will host the 2017 CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center from December 12 to 14, 2017.

The three-day program starts Tuesday, December 12 with the Technical Service Provider (TSP) recertification program followed by the MCPR Plenary Sessions with speakers Drew Kessler, Lead Scientist at Houston Engineering, discussing watershed planning, stewardship and water quality in agricultural areas; Matt Wiebers, Independent Agronomy Consultant, will explain how building a service business focused on precision agriculture is becoming a profitable business model, and Matt Birk, former Minnesota Viking football player will speak on the topic of leadership, teamwork and achievement to motivate your team to the next level.

Pesticide Applicator Recertification sessions will begin on Tuesday, December 12 and continue on Wednesday, December 13 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 "Up to the Challenge." The financial success of Minnesota farms continues to be challenged as commodity prices are flat. 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. Resilience and optimism are hallmarks of Minnesota's agriculture and this year's Crop Pest Management Short Course agenda is designed to assist you, as agricultural professionals, to be up for the challenge. We will provide you with the research and the supporting tools to help you assist crop producers in achieving economic and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Keri L. Jacobs, Iowa State University
Consolidation and competition in Midwest agriculture: Are these game-changes?

Consolidation of agricultural firms prevails at all levels of the supply chain and has real effects at the local level. Locally, consolidation driven from the bottom up and top down are changing the landscape. This presentation highlights the drivers of consolidation in ag locally and offers insights for the potential impacts on producers and their ag partners.

Dr. Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri
The Dicamba Dilemma: Where do we go from here?

In 2017, more than 3 million acres of U.S. soybean were damaged and more than 2,600 investigations were conducted by various state Departments of Agriculture as a result of off-target movement of dicamba. In this session, Dr. Bradley will describe all of the methods by which dicamba can move off-site which will include a summary of our field research results related to the volatility of these new dicamba formulations. Dr. Bradley will also present results from an ongoing analysis of the specific weather and environmental factors associated with off-target versus on-target applications of dicamba in 2017. All of this information will be presented in an effort to reduce the number of incidences of off-target dicamba movement in future production systems.

Dr. Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota
Climate assessment of Minnesota: Where we have been and where we are going

After 40 years as Extension Climatologist, Dr. Seeley will share some analysis and thoughts regarding the climate behavior of the past and the expected climate behavior of the future, especially regarding impacts on agriculture practices and production. Agriculture must continue to be diligent in its adaptation to a changing climate, and be willing to share stories of success and failure.

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 2017 Crop Pest Management Short Course and MCPR Trade Show are as follows:

Early Pricing (on or before 11/21/17)

Late pricing (after 11/21/17)

Register for the 2017 CPM Short Course

Lodging, maps, parking

Hotel accommodations

The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis is offering a reduced room rate of $119/night for Short Course attendees until November 28th or until the room block sells out, whichever comes first. Rooms can be booked online HERE or by phone at (888) 421-1442.

Maps and Parking

Minneapolis Parking Map (with Hotels)
Directions to and parking at Minneapolis Convention Center

2017 agenda

Schedules: Tuesday, December 12 (90 K PDF) | Wednesday, December 13 (77 K PDF) | Thursday, December 14 (77 K PDF). Session abstracts (171 K PDF) and speaker biographies (153 K)

Wednesday, December 14
Minneapolis Convention Center

General session 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Time Topic and speaker
8:00 a.m. Consolidation and Competition in Midwest Agriculture (CEU=PD)
Dr. Keri Jacobs, Iowa State University
8:55 a.m. The Dicamba Dilemma: Where do we go from here? (CEU=PM)
Dr. Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri
9:55 a.m. Climate assessment of Minnesota: Where have we been and where we are going (CEU=CM)
Dr. Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota
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 13, 2017.

Thursday, December 14
Minneapolis Convention Center

Concurrent sessions 8:00 a.m.-2:20 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 14, 2017.

Questions about the agenda? Contact: David Nicolai, nico0071@umn.edu or 651-480-7706.

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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