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March 4th – 9th of 2023

RAMADA BY WYNDHAM

201 E. University Ave.

Las Cruces, NM 88005

(575) 613-4693

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Welcome Back, WPGA members!

Name badges are required;
please remember to wear them at all times.

Thank you!

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SEMINAR SCHEDULE

Equipment Trade Show & Exhibition March 5th

Events are open to WPGA members only! Name badges are required at all times!

Sunday Morning, March 5th

8 am-5 pm

Parking Lot

 

Outdoor Equipment Exhibition
Moves-In
Not open to the public!

8 pm-1 pm

Vendor Exhibition Hall

Indoor Vendor Trade Show Large Equipment Moves-In
Not open to the public!

1 pm-4 pm

Vendor Exhibition Hall

Indoor Vendor Trade Show Moves-In
Not open to the public!

Sunday Afternoon, March 5th

1 pm- 4 pm

Registration Desk

 

WPGA Membership Registration

1 pm- 4 pm

Parking Lot

Cornhole Tournament
Outdoor Vendor Exhibition Space

4 pm-8 pm

Vendor Exhibition Hall

Indoor Vendor Trade Show
Opens to WPGA Guests

4 pm-8 pm

Vendor Exhibition Hall

Welcome Reception

 

Seminars Itinerary Monday. March 6th

* Events open to WPGA members only! Name badges are required!

Monday, March 6
Morning Seminars

8am-5pm

WPGA Conference, Equipment Trade Show, and Vendor Exhibition

WPGA members only!

 Morning Seminars

Moderator:  Mr. Jeff Anderson
Doña Ana County Extension Agriculture Agent
New Mexico State University

8:30 am

Ballroom #1

Welcome

Mr. Jacob Arnold
WPGA President, Las Cruces, NM

8:40 am

Ballroom #1

Key Note Address

Mr. Robert Redding & Surprise Guest
National Pecan Federation
Washington DC

9 am

Vendor Presentation

9:15 am

Ballroom #1

Weevil Update 

Mr. Brad Lewis
Agricultural and Environmental Services Division Director
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

9:40 am Vendor Presentation

9:55 am

Ballroom #1

Pecan Bud Moth

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

Coffee Break
10:20am – 10:45 am

Sponsored by:

ACE Hardware Big Star Helena Savage Equipment Farm Credit New Mexico

Morning Seminars Resume

10:45 am

Ballroom
#1

Rhyme/Cotton Root Rot

Dr. Alex Hu
Extension Plant Pathology Specialist
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

11 am

Ballroom
#1

What’s Causing the Leaf Scorch in my Pecan Orchard?

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

 

Lunch Break-11:30 am

BIG STAR AG SOURCE will be hosting a BBQ lunch for the WPGA Community

This lunch is also sponsored by:

ACE Hardware Big Star Helena Savage Equipment Farm Credit New Mexico

Monday, March 6
Afternoon Seminars

Moderator:  Mr. Jack Blandford
Luna County Extension Agriculture Agent
New Mexico State University
Deming, NM

1 pm

Ballroom
#1

Zinc Variability in Pecan Orchards: Implications for Leaf Sampling and Nutrient Recommendations

Dr. Jim Walworth
Extension Soils Specialist Emeritus
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

1:30 pm

Vendor Presentation

1:45 pm

Vendor Presentation

2:00 pm

Ballroom
#1

 

An Overview of the Pecan Industry in Argentina

Mr. Joaquín Torassa
Managing Director
Grupo Alto Pecán
Villa Parancito, Entre Rios, Argentina

 

2:30 pm Vendor Presentation

 

Coffee Break
2:45-3:30 pm

Sponsored by:

ACE Hardware Big Star Helena Savage Equipment Farm Credit New Mexico

 

Afternoon Seminars Resume

3:30 pm

Ballroom
#1

East Meets West: Converging Pecan Production Strategies in Texas

Dr. Monte Nesbitt
Extension Program Director for Pecan, Fruit, and Citrus
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX

4 pm

Vendor Presentation

4:15 pm

Vendor Presentation

4:30 pm

Ballroom
#1

Marketing Panel

Moderator: Mr. Alex Ott
American Pecan Council

Panel Guest

    1. R.G. Lamar-Eastern Region Pecan Grower
    2. Jeff Worn–Sheller
    3. Larry Don Womack–Central Region Pecan Grower
    4. Albert Keck–Western Region Pecan Grower
    5. Richard Matoian– American Pistachio Growers Assoc.

Monday Evening, March 6

6pm- 7pm

Vendor Exhibition Hall

Social Hour/ Cash Bar

7 pm-10 pm

Ballroom #1 

WPGA Banquet, Award Ceremony, and Auction

Seminars Itinerary Tue. March 7th

* Events open to WPGA members only! Name badges are required!

Tuesday Morning, March 7

8 am- 5 pm

WPGA Conference, Equipment Trade Show, and Vendor Exhibition

WPGA members only!

Tuesday, March 6
 Morning Seminars

Moderator:  Mr. Jeff Anderson
Doña Ana County Extension Agriculture Agent
New Mexico State University

8:30 am

Ballroom #1

Welcome

Mr. Jacob Arnold
WPGA President, Las Cruces, NM

8:40 am

Ballroom #1

Key Note Address

Mr. Robert Redding & Surprise Guest
National Pecan Federation
Washington DC

9 am

Vendor Presentation

9:15 am

Ballroom #1

Weevil Update 

Mr. Brad Lewis
Agricultural and Environmental Services Division Director
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

9:40 am Vendor Presentation

9:55 am

Ballroom #1

Pecan Bud Moth

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

Coffee Break
10:20 am – 10:45 am

Sponsored by:

ACE Hardware Big Star Helena Savage Equipment Farm Credit New Mexico

Morning Seminars Resume

10:45 am

 

Ballroom
#1

Rhyme/Cotton Root Rot

Dr. Alex Hu
Extension Plant Pathology Specialist
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

11 am

Ballroom
#1

What’s Causing the Leaf Scorch in my Pecan Orchard?

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

 

Lunch Break-11:30 am

BIG STAR AG SOURCE will be hosting a BBQ lunch for the WPGA Community

This lunch is also sponsored by:

ACE Hardware Big Star Helena Savage Equipment Farm Credit New Mexico

Tuesday, March 6
 Afternoon Seminars

Moderator:  Mr. Jack Blandford
Luna County Extension Agriculture Agent
New Mexico State University
Deming, NM

1 pm

Ballroom
#1

 

Zinc Variability in Pecan Orchards: Implications for Leaf Sampling and Nutrient Recommendations

Dr. Jim Walworth
Extension Soils Specialist Emeritus
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

1:30 pm

Vendor Presentation

1:45 pm

Vendor Presentation

2:00 pm

Ballroom
#1

 

An Overview of the Pecan Industry in Argentina

Mr. Joaquín Torassa
Managing Director
Grupo Alto Pecán
Villa Parancito, Entre Rios, Argentina

2:30 pm Vendor Presentation

 

Coffee Break
2:45-3:30 pm

Sponsored by:

ACE Hardware Big Star Helena Savage Equipment Farm Credit New Mexico

 

Afternoon Seminars Resume

3:30 pm

Ballroom
#1

East Meets West: Converging Pecan Production Strategies in Texas

Dr. Monte Nesbitt
Extension Program Director for Pecan, Fruit, and Citrus
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX

4 pm

Vendor Presentation

4:15 pm

Vendor Presentation

4:30 pm

Ballroom
#1

Marketing Panel

Moderator: Mr. Alex Ott
American Pecan Council

Panel Guest

    1. R.G. Lamar-Eastern Region Pecan Grower
    2. Jeff Worn–Sheller
    3. Larry Don Womack–Central Region Pecan Grower
    4. Albert Keck–Western Region Pecan Grower
    5. Richard Matoian– American Pistachio Growers Assoc.

Proceedings come to an end. Thank you. I will see you again next year.

Conference & Equipment Trade Show

Activities

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.

BBQ Lunch Cookout
Sunday
March 5th
Noon- 2 pm

BIG STAR AG SOURCE will host a BBQ lunch cookout for the WPGA ATTENDEE & VENDORS. Name badges are Required

This lunch is also sponsored by:

ACE Hardware Big Star Helena
Savage Equipment Farm Credit New Mexico

Corn Hole Tournament
Sunday
March 5th
1-4 pm & 5-8 pm

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.

Welcome Reception
Sunday
March 5th

5-8 pm

The WPGA Welcome Reception commences at 5 pm - 8 pm on Sunday, March 5th, at the Las Cruces Convention Center Vendor Exhibition Hall. Come and meet the rest of the WPGA Attendees & Vendors.

Name Badges are Required!

Educational Program
 Monday & Tuesday
March 6th, & 7th

The educational program will feature presentations on issues related to the pecan cultural practices, industry updates, pecan research, marketing and economics, pest management, and reports from related support organizations.

WPGA is making changes to the exhibitor presentations as their presentations with be interspersed with the regular educational programs.  Exhibitors' presentation spaces are offered on the vendor registration form. If you have any questions, you may contact Richard Heerema. You may also find more details on the Vendor Packages Page.

Indoor Exhibition
Sunday  - Tuesday
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

Trade Show
Sunday  - Tuesday
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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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.

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.