2023

57th Annual

Conference & Trade Show

Las Cruces Convention Center 

Vendor Details

The Western Pecan Growers Association (WPGA) has big things in store for the 57th Annual Conference and Trade Show! The Las Cruces Convention Center will again serve as the host facility for all events, programs, and trade-show. Dates are Sunday, March 5th, through Tuesday, March 7th, 2023.

WPGA is proud to continue with favorite events, such as the Food Fantasy Contest and Banquet, and the opportunity to start new traditions. In addition to the new facility and dates, WPGA activities include a Sunday BBQ lunch cookout, welcome reception, and corn-hole tournament. Events are meant to bring customers to your booths! This year’s educational seminar also includes an opportunity for exhibitors to give a 15-minute presentation about their products and services.

For more details or questions, please contact the WPGA Vendor Committee at info.wpga@gmail.com.

Vendor Schedule

Important dates to know!

Vendors Move-In Schedule March 4th & 5th

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

Saturday Afternoon, March 4th

12 pm-5 pm

Parking Lot

 

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

12 pm-3 pm

Vendor Exhibition Hall

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

3 pm-5 pm

Vendor Exhibition Hall

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

Sunday, March 5th

7 am- 9 am

WPGA Vendor Breakfast

8 am-Noon

Vendor Exhibition Hall

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

11 pm- 4 pm

Registration Desk

WPGA Membership Registration

Noon- 2 pm

 

BBQ lunch cookout
Southwest Terrace Area

1 pm- 4 pm

Parking Lot

Corn-hole Tournament
Outdoor Exhibition Area

12 pm-8 pm

Vendor Exhibition Hall

Indoor Vendor Trade Show
Opens to WPGA Guests

5 pm-8 pm

Vendor Exhibition Hall

WPGA Welcome Reception

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Equipment Trade Show & Exhibition Sunday March 5th

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

Sunday Afternoon, March 5th

11 am- 4 pm

Registration Desk

WPGA Membership Registration
Noon- 2 pm
Outdoor Entrance
BBQ lunch cookout
Southwest Terrace Area

Noon- 4 pm

Parking Lot

Outdoor Vendor Trade Show
Opens to WPGA Members

1 pm- 4 pm

Parking Lot

Cornhole Tournament
Outdoor Vendor Exhibition Area

Noon-8 pm

Vendor Exhibition Hall

Indoor Vendor Trade Show
Opens to WPGA Guests

5 pm-8 pm

Vendor Exhibition Hall

Welcome Reception

The event is open to WPGA members only! Name badges are required at all times!

5 pm-8 pm

Vendor Exhibition Hall

Cornhole Championship

 

Presentations 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

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Presenters Name 
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New Mexico Department of Agriculture
Las Cruces, NM

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Presenters Name 
Presenters Title
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
Las Cruces, NM

9:40 am Vendor Presentation

9:55 am

Ballroom #1

Presenters Name 
Presenters Title
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
Las Cruces, NM

Coffee Break
10:20am - 10:45 am

Sponsored by:

Dixie Ranch Bayer Crop Science
Gillisons Nutrien Ad Banner

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- Noon -2 pm

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

This lunch is also sponsored by:

OMC

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:

Dixie Ranch

Dixie Ranch

 

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

Presentations Tuesday 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:

Nutrien Ad Banner

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

 

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

Vendor Registration

Vendors, you must first contact the WPGA vendor committee to receive the vendor packet and register for a booth.  If you are looking to make payment, please use the Vendor Registration tab below and use the password provided by the committee.  Email info.wpga@gmail.com for any assistance or more information.

Vendors Invitation Request

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“Vendor Presentation Registration

Vendor; WPGA is now offering you the opportunity to give a 15-minute presentation about your products and services. Presentations will be integrated with the educational program this year. Spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can purchase a slot for $500.00 during your vendor registration or later by clicking on the button below. Speaker spots are limited by availability.

You may contact the educational program coordinator, Dr. Richard Heerema, at rjheerem@nmsu.edu for assistance or more information.

Request a Vendor Presentation Packet

Vendors Presentation Packet

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Vendors Presentation Packet

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Contact us

If you are a vendor who is not currently on our list and would like to showcase your equipment, products or companies services please fill out the vendor invitation request contact form below. If you have any other questions please Contact Us at info.wpga@gmail.com.

Contact List

Please select where you would like to direct your inquiry to!

Contact Educational Programming Coordinator

Contact Vendor Coordinator

Contact Western Pecan Growers Association

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Accommodations

Book by:
01/18/22

$139.00 Rate Available
March 4th - March 8th 2023

 

Reservations

Please see below for ways to book:

  1. Call the hotel at (575) 526-1722, press 1 for reservations or press 3 to be connected to the front desk. Ask to make a reservation under WESTERN PECAN GROWERS rate. 
  2. Use Marriott mobile app on your phone and add the GROUP Code: WPGN
  3. Book your group rate for Western Pecan Growers. Dates will automatically generate. Please take the time to adjust your reservation dates if needed.

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    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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    OMC
    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.

    Event Location & Parking

    Event Location

    LC Convention Center

    Las Cruces Convention Center

    680 E University Ave
    Las Cruces, NM 88001

    (575) 526-0100

    Contact

    Website

    Details

    There will be limited parking at the Las Cruces Convention Center to make room for the Equipment Trade Show. This year's overflow event parking will be located at NMSU Lot #3 across from Skeen Hall. 

    Walk to Event

    Las Cruces Convention Center

    680 E University Ave
    Las Cruces, NM 88001

    (575) 526-0100

    Contact

    Website

    Details

    This year's event parking will be located at NMSU Skeen Hall. It is a 9 minute walk to the Las Cruces Convention Center. WPGA event parking will be posted for your convenience.

    Event
    Overflow Parking

    New Mexico State University

    Event Overflow Parking

    NMSU Lot # 3
    Parking lot will be reserved for the WPGA Conference & Trade Show.

    Located at
    2916 Knox St

    Las Cruces, NM 88003

    Details

    There will be limited parking at the Las Cruces Convention Center to make room for the Equipment Trade Show. This year's overflow event parking will be located at NMSU Lot #3 across from Skeen Hall.

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