Karin Davidson Pecan Food Fantasy Contest

The battle of the best pecan recipe is on! Join us on March 1.

WPGA Scholarship

WPGA is looking for an agriculture student interested in pecans.

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The battle of the best pecan recipe is on! Join us on March 1.

What we offer!

Conference

WPGA conference dates are March 1-3 .The conference outlines the latest pecan research, update on the latest technology, and ongoing educational credits for pecan farmers. The conference also features an Equipment Trade Show geared to the pecan industry.

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Pecan Food Fantasy Contest

Do you have a pecan dish that everybody raves about? If so Pecan Food Fantasy is a contest with you and your dish in mind. Winners will receive a cash prize and a chance to feature their amazing dish on the Karin Davidson’s Pecan Food Fantasy Blog and on our site.

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The Karin Davidson's Food Fantasy Blog

This blog features the contest winner’s recipes and other interesting information.

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Scholarship

Western Pecan Growers Association offers a scholarship every year for students interested in pecan agriculture studies.

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About

Western Pecan Growers Association was established in 1966. Our mission is to promote and develop a thriving pecan industry in the southwest. We hold an annual conference on the first week of March.

Western Pecan Growers Association

2020 Conference Registration

Since the birth of the Western Pecan Growers Association in 1966, we have striven to promote and develop a thriving pecan industry in the southwest. Today we are proud to be known for our annual conference and trade show that features the latest pecan related innovations, marketing and research. 

Attendee Registration

Late Registration

Resumes March 1st, 2020 at 12pm Hotel Lobby

Details

After the deadline, registration will resume at the conference.

Attendee Registration Fees

Single Person-(admits one to conference)

$250.00

Single Family/Sole Proprietor-(Admits two to conference)

$300.00

Additional name badges

$100.00 each

Corporate- (Admits four to conference)

$500.00

Researcher/Educator/Student

$100.00 each

2019 WPGA Membership only NO CONFERENCE ADMITTANCE

$125.00

 

Conference Schedule

Sunday, March 1st

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9am – 12pm

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Pecan Food Fantasy

Entry Submissions

San Augustin Ballroom

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12pm – 4pm
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Registration​ 
Hotel Lobby
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1pm – 2pm

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National Pecan Federation Meeting

Cimarron room
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1pm – 5pm

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Equipment & Trade Show​

Avenida room, San Rafael room, & East Parking lot​

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4pm – 5pm

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U.S. Pecan Growers Council Meeting

Cimarron room

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1pm – 5pm

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Entomology Group Meeting

Cimarron room

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4:pm – 6pm

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Sponsored Welcome Reception at Azul Lounge & Bar

Monday, March 2nd
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7:30am - 5pm
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Registration​ Hotel Lobby​
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8am - 5pm

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Equipment & Trade

Show Avenida room, San Rafael room, & East Parking lot​

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9am -12:am

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Education Program
Morning Session

San Andres Ballroom​

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Moderator:
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Mr. Jeff Anderson
DOÑA Ann County Extension Agriculture Agent New Mexico State University Las Cruces, New Mexico
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9:00 - 9:10 a.m.

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Welcome Mr. Craig Ivey WPGA President

Tornillo, TX

San Andres Ballroom​

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9:10 - 9:30 a.m.

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Opening Address
: What do innovations in plant sciences have to do with orchard management?

Dr. Rolston St. Hilaire
Department Head/Interim Department Head Regents Professor
Plant and Environmental Sciences/ Extension Plant Sciences Departments
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM

San Andres Ballroom​

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9:30 - 10:a.m.

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Update on Rootstock Study
Dr. Jim Walworth Extension Soils Specialist
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

San Andres Ballroom​

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10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

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Pecan Genetic Improvement
Dr. Jennifer Randall Plant Molecular Biologist New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM

San Andres Ballroom​

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10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
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Break – Coffee & Desserts

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11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

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History and Future of Glyphosate

Dr. Leslie Beck Extension Weed Specialist
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM

San Andres Ballroom​

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11:30 - 
12:p.m.

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Herbicide Injury and Recovery in Pecan

Dr. Lenny Wells Extension Pecan Specialist
University of Georgia
Tifton, GA

San Andres Ballroom​

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12:a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Sponsored Lunch​

East Parking Lot
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Afternoon Session
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Moderator:

Mr. Orlando Flores El Paso County Extension Agent –Agriculture & Natural Resources Texas A&M AgriLife Extension El Paso, TX

San Andres Ballroom​

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1:30 - 2:p.m.

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Drip Irrigation Studies (Student Research)
Mr. Curt Pierce Graduate Student New Mexico State University

San Andres Ballroom​

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2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

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Dealing with Sticktights in our Orchards: Causes and Potential Solutions

Dr. Charles Rohla Pecan and Specialty Agriculture Systems Manager Noble Research Institute
Ardmore, OK

San Andres Ballroom​

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2:30 - 3:p.m.

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Hear no Weevil, See no Weevil

Ms. Tiffany Johnson
Invasive Pest
Program Specialist
New Mexico
Department of Agriculture
Las Cruces, NM

&

Mr. Patrick Dudley
Coordinator for Agriculture
Commodity Boards and Producer Relations Texas
Department of Agriculture
Austin, TX

San Andres Ballroom​

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3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
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Break – Coffee & Desserts

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3:30– 4:00 p.m.

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The Potential for a Pecan Market in India???

Mr. Jason New Director of the Marketing and Development Division (former International Trade Specialist)
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
Las Cruces, NM

San Andres Ballroom​

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4:00 - 4:15 p.m.

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India Tariffs Meeting in DC 

Mr. Jacob Arnold
WPGA Board Member/Grower
Las Cruces, NM

San Andres Ballroom​

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4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

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Update from US Pecan Growers Council
Mr. Brad Ellis President/Grower US Pecan Growers Council
Vienna, GA

&

Ms. Janice Dees
Executive Director US Pecan Growers Council
Tifton, GA

San Andres Ballroom​

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4:45 - 5:15 p.m.

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Update from American Pecan Council

Mr. Alex Ott Executive Director
American Pecan Council
Fort Worth, TX

San Andres Ballroom​

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6pm - 7pm
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Social Hour

Azul Lounge & Bar
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7pm - 10pm

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WPGA Banquet and Auction

San Andres Ballroom​

Tuesday, March 3rd
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8am-12pm
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Registration
Hotel Lobby
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8am-11am

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Equipment & Trade Show​

Avenida room, San Rafael room, & East Parking lot

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8am-10am

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Education Program Final Session​

San Andres Ballroom​

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8am-10:30am

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Equipment & Trade Show​

Avenida room, San Rafael room, & East Parking lot​

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10:30am-11am

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WPGA General Meeting​
President :Craig Ivy

San Andres Ballroom​

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11am-12pm

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Growers Panel​​

San Andres Ballroom​

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11:30 a.m.–noon

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Grower’s Panel – Harvest Operations

Moderator: Dr. Richard Heerema
Extension Pecan Specialist New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM

San Andres Ballroom​

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Grower Panelists:

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Mr. Adam Spilsbury

Daybreak Pecans Eloy, AZ

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Mr. Isaiah
Ulmer

Ulmer Inc.
Canutillo, TX

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Mr. Garry Vance

G & G Farms
Corning, CA

 

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Mr. Brycen Salopek

Quail Hollow Farms
Las Cruces, NM

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Adjourn
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Please return your name badges and have a Safe Trip Home!

 

 

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2020 Vendor Registration

The Western Pecan Growers Association annual conference and trade show features the latest pecan related innovations, and technology. If you would like to feature your products at our conference please fill out our vendors invitation request form.

Vendors Registration

Open Registration

Dec. 1st, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020 at 12:00am MST

Details

 Vendors registration is done by invitation only.

Vendors Exhibitor & Registration Fees

Indoor Display Booth

$500.00

Additional Indoor Booth

$450.00

Electricity per Booth

$25.00 each

Outdoor Equipment Booth

$600.00

Additional Outdoor Equipment Booth(s)

$550.00 each

1 OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT BOOTH + 1 INDOOR BOOTH (electric included)

$1000.00

2020 WPGA Membership

$125.00

Extra Banquet Tickets

$35.00 each

Extra Name Badges

$50.00 each

Vendors Invitation Request

Dec. 1st, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020 at 12:00am MST

Details

 Vendors registration is done by invitation only. If you would like to be considered for our vendors lineup, please fill out the invite request form.

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Hotel Encanto

705 S Telshor Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM

575-522-4300

Hotel accommodations for WPGA Member rates Thursday, February 27, – Thursday, March 5, 2020

Hotel Accommodations Details

Hotel Encanto is proud to be the host hotel for Western Pecan Growers Association Conference!

Thursday, February 27, 2020-Thursday, March 5, 2020

Guest Room Rate: $115.00 Single (1 person, King Bed) $115.00 Double (2 people, King Bed) $115.00 Twin/Double (2 – 4 people, 2 Double Beds).  Rate is exclusive of 13.3125% occupancy tax & $2.50 surcharge).

Subject to availability group members may extend their stay up to 2 days prior and 2 days after the official meeting dates, at your special rate by calling our local reservations department, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm at 1-575-522-4300 or 1-866-383-0443.

Reservation Procedures: Reservations may be made at the above rates until 02-06-2020.  After this, the room block will be released and reservations accepted on availability only.

If you are attempting to make your reservation after the above cut-off date call our Reservations Department at (575) 522-4300, Monday-Friday, 9 AM- 4 PM.  Guests must indicate they are with the Western Pecan Growers Association Conference to receive this special rate.  Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card or a prepayment of one night’s stay and tax 72 hours in advance. 

Cancellation Policy:  24 hours prior to the day of arrival.

Check-In Time:  3 PM

Check-Out Time:  NOON

Restaurant:  Garduno’s open 6 AM-10 PM Lounge:  Azul open 4 PM-2 AM

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PARKING FOR THE CONFERENCE

Conference parking will be available at Mesilla Valley Mall on Telshor Boulevard across from the Hotel Encanto. There will be shuttles available to and from these reserved spaces regularly.

If there are any problems with the shuttle, call the Hotel Encanto front desk at (575) 522-4300.​

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Pecan Food Fantasy Contest

Sunday, March 1st at Hotel Encanto

Let’s get creative baking with pecans!

Contest Details

Contest will be held on Sunday, March 1st at Hotel Encanto. Winners will be announced on our blog Monday March 2nd.

PRIZES & AWARDS

The Karin Davidson Food Fantasy Contest will be judged by food professionals. All participants will receive a certificate of participation when they deliver their entries. Ribbons will be given to the first three places in each category for youth and adult. Cash prizes are also awarded. First Blue Ribbon in all categories youth and adult is $40.00. The best traditional pecan pie in youth and adult is awarded $250.00 (sponsored by Leigh Fox Fletcher and Marge B. Fletcher). Outstanding Adult receives $200.00, and Outstanding Youth receives $100.00. Representatives from Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces will be presenting the 2020 Karin Davidson Food Fantasy Best of Show award of $250.00 at the Monday night banquet. Results will be posted online and available for viewing starting Monday March 2, 2020 by 9 am. 

ENTRY RULES & INFORMATION

Entrants may enter all 15 categories, but, only one entry per category. All entries should be delivered on SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020 between 9 am and NOON. Deliver to the Hotel Encanto Ballrooms. All entries should be handmade by the entrant, and the food entry MUST CONTAIN PECANS. Exhibitors need to complete a LEGIBLE ENTRY FORM for each entry.  Exhibitors also need to submit a  LEGIBLE RECIPE with each entry. Please put all food on disposable containers because we cannot return platters. Refrigeration is available. Entries and recipes will become the property of WPGA. Questions? Contact: Jennifer Kosnick at pecanfoodfantasy@gmail.com for any Food Fantasy questions. Contact John White at 575.640.7555 if you would like more information about the Western Pecan Growers Conference.

CATEGORIES

ADULT & YOUTH

(AND QUANTITY OF SERVINGS NEEDED FOR ENTRY)

BREADS

Quick Breads. . 1 loaf or 6 muffins

Yeast Bread......... 1 loaf or 6 rolls

CAKES

Un-Iced ........................ 1 cake

Iced ............................. 1 cake

CANDY… ................ 12 pieces

CHEESECAKE .............. 1 cake

COOKIES

Drop Cookies ....... 12 cookies

Bar Cookies ............... 6 Bars

Other Cookies…… 12 Cookies

DECORATED CUPCAKES

…………………….. 6 cupcakes

OTHER PIES ................. 1 pie

TARTS ........... 1 large or 6 Small

TRADITIONAL PECAN PIE 1 Pie

UNUSUAL DESSERT. 6 servings if small; or 1 large (as in cake etc)

GLUTEN FREE BAKED GOOD- (See above for quantities)

(You may enter all 15 categories, but only ONE entry per category.) 

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All winners and their recipes will be featured on our blog.

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Pecan Fun Facts

"Pecan" is an Algonquin word meaning "a nut requiring a stone to crack." Astronauts took pecans to the moon in two Apollo space missions. Roasted pecan shells were a common coffee substitute in Civil War rations.

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Western Pecan Growers Association Scholarship

Are you a student and passionate about pecans? Tell us about yourself and you might want to apply for a scholarship from the WPGA.

Scholarship  

Scholarship winners will be announced here.

Scholarship Rules & Information

Applicants must reside within the WPGA regions of California, Arizona, New Mexico, or West Texas (the area in Texas west of the Pecos River).  Application may be found at westernpecan.org under scholarships.

The scholarship is available to individuals pursuing post-secondary education advancing the interests of the pecan industry, with preference given to Agricultural related degrees and a stated focus on pursuits directly related, and beneficial to the western pecan industry.

Immediate family members of the WPGA Board of Directors are disqualified from applying for or receiving a scholarship from the Western Pecan Growers Association.

It is possible to be awarded up to (2) WPGA scholarships per individual.

Transcripts of high school records to date (for incoming college freshmen) or college transcripts (if already attending), must be submitted.

Successful candidates must have at least a 3.0 scholastic grade point average based on a 4.0 scale.

Decisions will not be based on gender, race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or cultural and religious backgrounds.

Scholarship award may range from $500-$2500.

Submit your application and supplemental materials by filling out your online application.  Application may be found at westernpecan.org under scholarships or at https://directorwesternpecan.wufoo.com/forms/wpga-scholarship-registrations/.

Applications in their entirety must be received on or beforeFebruary 15, 2020 for the following fall/spring semester.

If you have any questions you may contact us at directorwesternpecan@gmail.com.

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