Farmers to agribusiness professionals will want to attend the 2005 Texas Plant Protection Conference in College Station. The meeting is sponsored through the nonprofit Texas Plant Protection Association.
"Target: Agriculture" is the theme for the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 conference at the Hilton Inn & Conference Center. The General Session targets issues impacting Texas agriculture from Agriculture Bio-terrorism and Future Technologies in Agriculture, to Texas Transportation Corridor and Farm Policies.
Dr. Elsa Murano, vice chancellor for agriculture, Texas A&M University, will speak. Meanwhile, Dr. Floyd Horn, CEO of the Washington-based security firm, Centaur Security Solutions, will address "Bio-terrorism and Agriculture." Horn is an experienced bio-terrorism consultant for the government and other agricultural interests. Other general session presentations will feature Dr. Pat Donnelly with CropLife America, Warren Maybery, of Texas Farm Bureau, and Dr. Richard Conner along with Dr. Joe Outlaw, both with Texas A&M University. Outlaw is a noted expert on the existing 2002 Farm Bill, which governs farm policy until 2007.
Dr. Doug Jost, technology development manager with Monsanto and TPPA president, says a Precision Agriculture program will have the latest information.
Specific presentations will include guidance systems, variable rate technology, and field mapping.
The balance of the conference includes more than 30 other presentations by agricultural scientists covering a wide array of commodities.
At least 25 agribusiness representatives will help sponsor the conference, and have displays and information on their products and services. Continuing education units will be offered during the conference for Texas Department of Agriculture commercial pesticide applicator license and for certified crop advisers.