Crop Pest Management Short Course and MN Crop Production Retailers Trade Show: Dec. 6-8

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The three-day Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course program and MCPR Trade Show starts Tuesday, Dec. 6, with an update for Technical Service Providers program 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Minnesota Crop Protection Retailers “Earning Customer Trust and What is Society Demanding from Crop Production Retailers?” 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Pesticide Applicator Recertification: Category H — Seed Treatment Session 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Category A + C + H Pesticide Applicator Recertification occurs on Wednesday, Dec. 7, starting at 8 a.m. Register online ( or by completing and mailing the registration form which is available on the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers website.

The Crop Pest Management Short Course educational sessions will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continue on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. The University of Minnesota educational session agendas and session descriptions may be accessed at the Institute for Ag Professionals website (

In this year’s Wednesday morning General Session, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., three speakers will address important issues affecting ag professionals in 2016. This year we will include a panel of millennial farmers who will provide insight as to what they expect from ag professionals in terms of technical information, services and communication.

Think differently about pesticide resistance-the role of biology in crop production

Dr. Jeffrey Gunsolus, Professor, University of Minnesota will draw on his 30 plus years as a Weed Scientist working in the areas of applied research and Extension education to assess how the complicated interactions between agricultural policy, pesticide manufactures, marketing and retail sectors, farmers and University researchers and educators have influenced pesticide resistance. Dr. Gunsolus will propose that we have placed greater emphasis on products to manage pests with less regard to pest biology and pest/crop interactions. In addition, there is a need to expand our discussion about pesticide resistance beyond the causes of pesticide resistance and increase our focus on how the entire agribusiness sector should respond and adapt to the changing conditions and risks posed by the increasing presence of pesticide resistance.

Battle scarred experience from the North American beachhead on neonic bans

Dr. Art Schaafsma, Professor in Field Crop Pest Management at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada’s premier agricultural university, and has been intimately involved in the neonic debate in Ontario informing policy, conducting research, serving as a critic to protect the voice of science and to be the voice of practical reason. Dr. Schaafsma and his research team began studying neonic drift in 2013. Most recently they have studied the neonic issue as it relates to vacuum-style planters used for planting corn and soybeans as well as the use of newer seed coatings. Dr. Schaafsma will provide an overview of the forces at play in Ontario, the powers they wield, and the lessons to be learned for Minnesota corn and soybean crop production.

Strategies to win with young farmers

Jan Johnson, President of Millennium Research Inc based in Minneapolis, will present the results of a detailed young farmer survey of today’s growers and producers who are already taking over many of the management decisions on Minnesota farms. They don’t act like other millennials and generation Y, and they don’t act like their fathers either. What do retailers and ag consultants need to do differently to reach this highly important generation? What sets them apart from older farmers? How do they think differently and how can you as ag professional meet their needs and win their business? This highly engaging presentation highlights findings from an extensive survey of young farmers conducted by Millennium Research and Lessing-Flynn, Des Moines, IA, and most importantly, makes suggestions for action that work in the real world.

The Concurrent Sessions continue on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday with a wealth of pest, crop and fertilizer management topics including sessions such as: changes in soybean maturity zones, updated U of MN corn fertility guidelines, sensor based nitrogen applications and managing and testing for herbicide resistant weeds such as waterhemp in corn and soybeans in the Midwest; corn and soybean disease updates; what is new in soybean breeding techniques for SCN resistance, weather trends for the 2017 crop, establishing meaningful nutrient management zones, multi-year yield research on the effect of commercial seed corn treatments, the Minnesota experience with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed treatments, understanding nitrogen inhibitors and enhancers, overview of the new research for control of SCN in soybeans, new invasive insect soybean insect threats, managing corn plant populations when irrigating to best respond to variable water shortages and cover crop research results of use to Minnesota crop producers. These sessions and many more will build upon the idea that we have control of our destiny and the long-term success of our industry. All concurrent sessions will run for 50 minutes and offer 1.0 CCA CEU/topic. The full program can be reviewed by visiting the Institute of Ag Professionals Crop Pest Management Short Course page. Certified crop advisors will be able to collect a total of 15 CCA continuing education credits over the course of the 3-day program.

The Minnesota Crop Production Retailer’s Tuesday, December 6th Plenary Session is scheduled from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. and will include the following topics:

Earning consumer trust — what matters most to consumers and you

It’s time to talk differently about food and agriculture. The public is skeptical about how food is produced and they crave transparency. What do they want, where do they want it, and most importantly, why is it needed? The Center for Food Integrity’s annual consumer trust research provides direction. In this presentation, Center for Food Integrity’s s Donna Moenning will navigate through the insight underscoring what matters most to your business. Anchored with a farm background and thirty years of experience in the consumer marketplace, Moenning’s engaging delivery will equip and empower attendees with the knowledge they need to earn trust in the dynamic food system in which we function.

What is society now demanding from crop production retailers and our suppliers and customers?

To address that question you will hear a riveting presentation from a true veteran of Iowa’s Water Wars, Dean Lemke, Nutrient and Environmental Stewardship Director for the Iowa Agribusiness Association. Dean is an Iowa State University of Agricultural Engineering graduate and licensed engineer. Dean invested his career in leading the work on the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and also served as the co-chair for the national coordinating committee of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrients Task Force and chair of the five-state Upper Mississippi River States Collaboration Sub Basin Team that worked to address the hypoxia zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Other crop pest management programs and events

The NRCS will provide Technical Service Provider (TSPs) training on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This training will present the latest information from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) on nutrient management and integrated pest management (IPM) to Technical Service Providers (TSP) certified in these categories in Minnesota. This session will focus on TSP requirements for NRCS quality assurance reviews, spot checks, and the certification process. NRCS will also be focusing on various planning tools and updates that are associated with nutrient and pest management.

The MCPR annual meeting will be held from 4:30-5:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, on the Trade Show Floor.

Pesticide applicator recertification

• Dec. 6 – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Dec.7 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

These MDA-approved sessions are for applicators that need recertification credit in Categories A (Core), C (Field Crop Pest Management), and/or H (Seed Treatment).

• Category A + C: Attend all December 7th recertification sessions.

• Category A + H: Attend December 6th from 2 pm to 3:30 pm and December 7th recertification sessions from 8 am to 2:45 pm.

• Category A + C + H: Attend all December 6th and December 7th recertification sessions

Registration fees

The registration fees for the 2016 CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show are as follows:

Early registration (on or before 11/15/16)

• $150 General Admission & CPM Short Course

• $165 Technical Service Provider

• $160 Applicator Recertification Training

• $200 Applicator Recertification Training (w/Category H)

Late registration (after 11/15/16)

• $200 General Admission and CPM Short Course

• $215 Technical Service Provider

• $210 Applicator Recertification Training

• $250 Applicator Recertification Training (w/Category H)

Register online or complete and mail the registration form to the following address: MCPR, 15490 101st Ave. N., Suite 100, Maple Grove, MN 55369.

General short course registration, technical service provider training, registration and pesticide applicator recertification registration plus hotel reservations can be accomplished by following the directions listed at the Minnesota Crop Retailers CPM web page (

If you have questions about the CPM Short Course Educational Sessions, contact David Nicolai at Questions regarding the pesticide applicator recertification can be directed to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture at 651-201-6615 with recertification or license questions. For all other questions pertaining to the 2016 CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show contact the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers office (763-235-6466).