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COLLEGE STATION – Innovations in Texas Agriculture for a Profitable Ag Future is the theme for the 30th Texas Plant Protection Association Conference Dec. 4-5 at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan.
“We are looking forward to learning more about innovations in agriculture during this digital and genomics era,” said Dr. Kranthi Mandadi, association president and Texas A&M AgriLife Research faculty member at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. “This conference always is well attended and sets the stage for the new crop year, giving attendees the opportunity to learn more about latest trends and technologies in agriculture.”
Dr. Patrick Stover, vice chancellor and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University and director of AgriLife Research, will provide opening remarks. State Rep. Kyle Kacal, R-Bryan, will provide an update on Texas agricultural legislative issues. Dr. Jay Lehr, science director with the Heartland Institute, will discuss mega trends in agriculture.
Mike Johnson, head of product evaluation at Syngenta Crop Protection, will give a presentation on innovations in agricultural research and development, while Loren Wernette, ag solutions manager with BASF, will present agricultural marketing in the digital age.
The afternoon session on Dec. 5 will feature presentations on technology used in agricultural research and production. Dr. Betsy Pierson, professor in horticultural sciences at Texas A&M in College Station, will discuss methods to unlock yield potential by translating crop microbiome research into healthier soils and biorational products.
Dr. Juan Landivar, director at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Corpus Christi, will discuss adapting remote sensing from research to agricultural applications. Dr. Zach Adelman, associate professor of entomology at Texas A&M in College Station, will present the latest in gene drive and genome editing applications to agriculture in Texas.
Registration is $95 before Nov. 11 and $110 after and includes the business luncheon on Dec. 5. Students who will present a poster can attend the conference for free and participate in the graduate student poster award competition. To register and for a complete conference agenda, visit http://texasplantprotection.com/ .