WPGA Scholarship

WPGA is looking for an agriculture student interested in pecans.

Karin Davidson Pecan Food Fantasy Contest

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.

Pecan Food Fantasy

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 here on our site.

Scholarship

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

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

Attendee Registration Deadline

February 21, 2020 at 12:00am MST

Details

After the deadline, registration will resume at the conference with a $50 increase.

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

9am-12pm

Pecan Food Fantasy

Entry Submissions
San Augustin Ballroom
12pm-4pm

Registration​

Hotel Lobby
12:30pm-1:30pm

National Pecan Federation Meeting

Cimarron room
1pm-5pm

Equipment & Trade Show​

Avenida room, San Rafael room, & East Parking lot​
1:30pm-3pm

U.S. Pecan Growers Council Meeting

Cimarron room
3pm-5pm

Coordinated Development of Genetic Tools for Pecans Advisory Board Meeting

Cimarron room
4:pm-6pm

Sponsored Welcome Reception at Azul Lounge & Bar

Monday, March 2nd
7:30am-5pm

Registration​ Hotel Lobby​

8am-5pm

Equipment & Trade

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

8am-5pm

Pecan Food Fantasy
Exhibits for Viewing
Los Padres room

9am-11:30am Education Program Morning Session
San Andres Ballroom​
11:30am-1pm Sponsored Lunch​
East Parking Lot​
1pm-5pm

Education Program Afternoon Session

San Andres Ballroom​

6pm-7pm

Social Hour
Azul Lounge & Bar

7pm-10pm WPGA Banquet and Auction

San Andres Ballroom​
Tuesday, March 3rd
8am-12pm
Registration
Hotel Lobby​
8am-11am

Equipment & Trade Show​

Avenida room, San Rafael room, & East Parking lot
8am-10am

Education Program Final Session​

San Andres Ballroom​
8am-10:30am

Equipment & Trade Show​

Avenida room, San Rafael room, & East Parking lot​
10:30am-11am

WPGA General Meeting​

San Andres Ballroom​
11am-12pm

Growers Panel​​

San Andres Ballroom​

The Western Pecan Growers Association at directorwesternpecan@gmail.com or with any questions, or use the button below.

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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.

Contact WPGA

The Western Pecan Growers Association at directorwesternpecan@gmail.com or with any questions, or use the button below.

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.​

 Karin Davidson 

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. These may be downloaded from https://www.westernpecan.org in advance, and will also be available at Hotel Encanto on Sunday morning. Exhibitors also need to submit a  LEGIBLE RECIPE with each entry. Exhibitors are also required to bring a LEGIBLE PRINTED RECIPE, that includes the names of the Chefs who prepared the dish at the bottom of the page.  The PRINTED RECIPE will be displayed along with your food item. 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.) 

Pecan Food Fantasy Blog

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

Pecan Flan

By: Karen Romero Hotel Encanto Best of Show Ingredients: 1 Can of Evaporated Milk 1 package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese 6 eggs 2 cups of Pecans 1 cup of Sugar Make the caramel with the sugar and 2 Tablespoons of water. When it is finished, let it cool. Pour it into...

Pecan Spirals

By: David Armas 2 1/2 c. All Purpose Flour 1/4 c. Brown Sugar 1 c. Butter 2 Tbsp. Cream Cheese 1/4 c. Maple Syrup 1/4 c. Raw Sugar 1/2 c. Sugar 1/4 tsp. Salt 2 tsp. Vanilla 1 1/2 c. Pecans 2 Eggs Mix flour, sugar and salt. Add butter; mix until crumbly. Add vanilla...

Triple Chocolate Cake

Triple Chocolate Cake By: Demi Martinez in the 2017 Pecan Food Fantasy Hotel Encanto Best of Show Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter 2 1/2 cups sugar 4 eggs 1 cup cocoa 2 cups water 2 3/4 cups flour 2 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt Sift the flour,...

Kahlúa Pecan Pie

INGREDIENTS 1 Recipe Pie Crust 2 tablespoons Unsalted butter ½ C Sugar 1 tsp Vanilla extract 2 tbsp Flour 2 large Eggs ¼ C Kahlua ¼ C Corn syrup 1/3 C Evaporated milk 1 1/4 C Pecans, divided ½ C Chocolate chips INSTRUCTIONS Prepare your favorite piecrust recipe, and...

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Pecan Flan

By: Karen Romero Hotel Encanto Best of Show Ingredients: 1 Can of Evaporated Milk 1 package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese 6 eggs 2 cups of Pecans 1 cup of Sugar Make the caramel with the sugar and 2 Tablespoons of water. When it is finished, let it cool. Pour it into...

Pecan Spirals

By: David Armas 2 1/2 c. All Purpose Flour 1/4 c. Brown Sugar 1 c. Butter 2 Tbsp. Cream Cheese 1/4 c. Maple Syrup 1/4 c. Raw Sugar 1/2 c. Sugar 1/4 tsp. Salt 2 tsp. Vanilla 1 1/2 c. Pecans 2 Eggs Mix flour, sugar and salt. Add butter; mix until crumbly. Add vanilla...

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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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Scholarship Update

The scholarship opportunity and award criteria are being updated by the WPGA Board of Directors to better meet the mission of the organization and allowing a wider range of student engagement. Please be patient with us while we make these needed changes. We will post...

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