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2023

57th Annual

Conference & Trade Show

Las Cruces Convention Center

Pesticides Applicator CEU Credit Available

Come and see the best of what the pecan industry has to offer. The 57th Annual Western Pecan Growers Association Conference and Equipment Trade Show is back and better than ever. The conference and equipment trade show will commence on March 5th-7th. The Equipment Trade Show will feature the latest innovative products, equipment, and professional services geared toward the pecan industry. The WPGA conference will feature a variety of seminars dedicated to the most recent updates from pecan state organizations within the growing western region, marketing updates, pecan research, pest and disease management, etc.

WPGA Memberships

  • Single Person-$250.00 USD
    (Admits one to the annual conference and quarterly webinars)
  • Single Family/Sole Proprietor-$300.00 USD
    (Admits two to the conference)
  • Corporate-$500.00 USD
    (Admits four to the conference)
  • Researcher/Educator/Student-$125.00 USD
  • WPGA Membership only-$125.00 USD
    (NO CONFERENCE ADMITTANCE)
    (With access to quarterly webinars)

Online Registration will end on Saturday, March 4, 2023.

Registration will resume at the conference on Sunday, March 5th, 2023 at 1 pm. the registration booth will be located in the Las Cruces Convention Center Lobby (a $50 fee will be applied).

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Conference & Equipment Trade Show

Activities

Banquet
Monday
March 6th
7 pm

Join us at 7 pm for the annual WPGA Banquet and Auction at the Las Cruces Convention Center. A cash bar will be available at 6 pm to set off the festivities. All Pecan Food Fantasy Contest-winning dishes will be auctioned during the banquet. Proceeds from this auction will benefit the WPGA Scholarship Fund. Tickets will be available for purchase at the registration desk.

BBQ Lunch Cookout
Sunday
March 5th
Noon- 2 pm

BIG STAR AG SOURCE will host a BBQ lunch cookout for the WPGA Community.

This lunch is also sponsored by:

ACE Hardware Big Star Helena
Savage Equipment Farm Credit New Mexico

Corn Hole Tournament
Sunday
March 5th

Join us for the WPGA Equipment Trade Show Cornhole Tournament on Sunday, March 5th, from 1 pm - 4 pm at the Las Cruces convention center parking lot.

The Cornhole Championship will be held during the welcome reception in the vendor exhibition hall from 5 pm - 8 pm

For more information about the Equipment Trade Show, click the button below.

Exhibitors Presentations
 Monday & Tuesday
March 6th, & 7th

WPGA is proud to announce that we are rolling out a new program that will allow exhibitors to demonstrate their products and services to our members. This year's Exhibitors' Presentations will be paired with related seminars. Exhibitors' Presentations spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Exhibitors' Presentations spaces will be offered on your vendor registration form. If you have any questions, you may contact Richard Heerema. You may also find more details on the Vendor Packages Page.

Food Fantasy Contest
Sunday
March 5th
8 am

Join us for the Karin Davidson Pecan Food Fantasy Contest on Sunday, March 5th at 8 am. Winners will receive a cash prize, and be featured on the Pecan Food Fantasy Blog. Winning dishes will be auctioned during our Banquet on March 7th. Proceeds will benefit the WPGA Scholarship Fund.

If you would like to become a Karin Davidson Pecan Food Fantasy contestant, please click on the button below for more details.

Indoor Exhibition

March 5th- 7th

Come & see the latest innovative products & services geared towards the pecan industry at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

Indoor Vendors Exhibition Hours:
Sunday, March 5th, Noon-8 pm
Monday. March 7th, 8 pm-5 pm
Tuesday. March 8th, 8 am-Noon

Social Hour/ Cash Bar
Monday, March 6th
6-7pm

The annual WPGA Social Hour on Monday, March 6th, will kick off the Banquet and Auction festivities at 6 pm. A cash bar will be available to our members.

Trade Show
March 5th -7th

Join us for the annual WPGA Equipment Exhibition and Trade Show. Featuring exhibitors' products, innovative equipment, and company services from all over the country geared toward the pecan industry.

Hours of operation:

Sunday, March 5th
Noon to 8 pm

Monday, March 6th
8 am to 5 pm

Tuesday, March 7th
8 pm to Noon

Sponsored Lunch
Monday
March 6th
11:30 am - 1 pm

This year's lunch will be served at noon in Ballroom #1. Lunch tickets will be required.

Additional lunch tickets may be purchased at the registration desk or online.

This lunch is also sponsored by:

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Welcome Reception
Sunday
March 5th

5-8 pm

The WPGA Welcome Reception commences at 5 pm on Sunday, March 5th at the Las Cruces Convention Center Vendor Exhibition Hall. Come and meet the rest of the WPGA community.

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Competition Time at 12 Noon

Sunday, March 5th, 2023

DOOR OPEN at 8 AM

All award-winning pecan recipes will be featured in the
Karin Davidson Pecan Food Fantasy Blog.

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Click on the button below for full competition details.

Entrants may enter all 16 categories, but, only one entry per category. All entries should be delivered on SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2023 between 8 am and 11 am. Deliver to the Las Cruces Convention Center east side entry door. 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 in 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.

Dutch Oven Jalapeno Cheddar Pecan Bread

Best of Show and 1st place in Youth Yeast Bread by Jenna Schoeppner   Dutch Oven Jalapeno Cheddar Pecan Bread Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 22 minutes Total Time: 4 hours Yield: 8-10 Ingredients...

2022 Results

Quick Bread   1st place Adult- Quick Breads- Apple Pecan Streusel Bread- Elena Tirre 2nd place Adult- Quick Breads Maple Pecan Pie Muffins- Julia Scheiderich 3rd place Adult- Quick Breads Banana...

Turtle Cupcakes

2nd Place Winner- Adult Cupcake Submitted by: Shirley Gonzales   Turtle Cupcakes 1 German chocolate cake mix 14 oz caramels 1/2 c. evaporated milk 3/4 c. melted butter 2 c. nuts 1 c. semi-sweet...

Caliente Snickerdoodles

  Submitted by: Deborah Juarez 1st Place Adult Drop Cookie     DOUGH: All-purpose flour 7 oz Baking powder 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, grounded 1 tsp ginger, grounded 1/2 tsp Pecans, ground 1/2...

Upside Down Pecan Cake

Submitted by: Ella Gamache 1st Place Un-Iced Cake- Youth   Ingredients • 1 cup unsalted butter, divided • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar • 1/4 cup light corn syrup • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1...

Chocolate Pecan Bars

Submitted by: Abby Eden 1st Place Bar Cookie- Adult   Ingredients Cookie Layers 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/2 cup flour 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder 1...

Italian Cream Cake

Submitted by: Elizabeth Gravenstein 1st Place Iced Cakes- Youth Servings : 12 Author : Melissa Sperka Ingredients 2 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 cup salted butter...

Carmelitas Carmelas Chocolate Rojo

  Submitted by: Sana Handley 1st Place Candy- Adult   2 cups sugar 2 cups brown sugar 2 cups dark corn syrup 2 cups butter 4 cups heavy cream 4 tablespoons vanilla 4 cups pecans Salt Dark...

Pecan Banana Muffins

Submitted by: Marianne Davis 1st Place Quick Breads- Adult   Flour 1 3/4 Cup Baking Powder 2 3/4 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Shortening 1/3 cup Sugar 2/3 cup Eggs 2, beaten slightly Banana 1 cup, very...

Pecan Pie

Submitted by: John Tucker Traditional Pecan Pie- Youth   Crust 3 cups flour ½ tsp salt 1 ¼ cup vegetable shortening, cubed 1 large egg 5-6 Tbsp. cold water 1 tsp distilled white vinegar Combine...

Pecan Balls

By: Ella Gamache 1/2 c. Unsalted Butter 1 c. Flour 1 heaping c. Pecans 2 Tbsp. Sugar 1/4 tsp. Salt...

More Fun Pecan Facts

The first documented evidence of nut consumption occurred around 7,000 BC, during the Stone Age....

Aunt Panny’s Toffee

By: Holy Norsworthy 2 c. Salted Butter 2 c. Sugar 1/4 c. Water 2 Tbsp. White Corn Syrup 12 oz....

Guidelines for Traditional Pecan Pies

Karin Davidson Pecan Food Fantasy Contest Sponsored by Western Pecan Growers Association  ...

Pecan Delight Macarons

Submitted by: Debora Juarez Best of Show & 1st Place Other Cookie- Adult   COOKIE: Almond...

Cinnamon Apple and Pecan Cheesecake

Submitted by: Emily Willis Outstanding Adult & 1st Place     1 ½ c finely crushed...

Pecan Banana Muffins

Submitted by: Marianne Davis 1st Place Quick Breads- Adult   Flour 1 3/4 Cup Baking Powder 2...

Pecan Pie

Submitted by: John Tucker Traditional Pecan Pie- Youth   Crust 3 cups flour ½ tsp salt 1 ¼...

Chocolate Chip Cookie Waffles

Submitted by: John Tucker Outstanding Youth ½ cup shortening ½ cup sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 egg 1...

Traditional Pecan Pie- Adult

Submitted by: Abby Eden 1st Place Traditional Pecan Pie- Adult Ingredients Crust 1 1/4 cup flour 1...

Cinnamon Apple and Pecan Cheesecake

Submitted by: Emily Willis Outstanding Adult & 1st Place     1 ½ c finely crushed...

Western Pecan Growers Association Scholarship

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Scholarship

Are you a passionate student with an interest in pecans? The WPGA Is offering a scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students. Tell us about yourself and you might be eligible for a scholarship from the WPGA. 

WPGA Scholarship News

Scholarship winners will be announced here.

Paul Gabriel WPGA 2022 Graduate Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations2022 WPGAScholarship RecipientsWPGA 2022 Graduate Scholarship Recipient Meet Paul Gabriel, a Molecular Biology/ Pecan Root Microbiome Graduate Student at New Mexico State University. Paul’s research will concentrate “on the influence of soil microbiome...

McKenzie Stock WPGA 2022 Graduate Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations2022 WPGAScholarship RecipientsWPGA 2022 Graduate Scholarship Recipient I am a Master’s student at NMSU studying Plant & Environmental Science at ACES College. I am also a researcher in Dr. Nicole Pietrasiak’s Lab. I want to focus my thesis on...

Alex Armijo WPGA 2022 Graduate Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations2022 WPGAScholarship RecipientsWPGA 2022 Graduate Scholarship Recipient Meet Alex Armijo a Graduate Student at New Mexico State University. His research focuses on “three species of pecan aphids (yellow complex and black pecan aphid) and what cultural...

Zachery Martin WPGA 2022 Undergrad Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations2022 WPGAScholarship RecipientsWPGA 2022 Undergrad Scholarship Recipient Before graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree from New Mexico Military Institute Junior College in Business Administration and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in May...