Welcome to the 53rd Annual Western Pecan Growers Association Conference and Trade Show registration and information website.

Our annual conference will be held in Las Cruces, NM on March 3-5, 2019 at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The conference offers an educational program that is focused on grower education and industry concerns, as well as a trade show that features machinery, equipment, and services for the pecan growing community.


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Registration Deadline

January 25, 2019 at 12:00am MST


Registration is through invitation only. Login credentials are sent to the email given on your most recent registration form.​


Registration Deadline

February 27, 2019 at 12:00am MST​


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

Event schedule

Sunday, March 3rd

Pecan Food Fantasy
Entry Submissions
San Augustin Ballroom
Hotel Lobby
National Pecan Federation Meeting
Cimarron room
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
4pm-6pm Welcome Reception
Azul Lounge & Bar

Monday, March 4th

7:30am-5pm Registration​
Hotel Lobby​
8am-5pm Equipment & Trade Show
Avenida room, San Rafael room, & East Parking lot​
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 5th

8am-12pm Registration
Hotel Lobby​
8am-11am Equipment & Trade Show​
Avenida room, San Rafael room, & East Parking lot
Pecan Food Fantasy​​
Exhibits for Viewing
Los Padres room​
8am-10:30am Education Program Final Session​
San Andres Ballroom​
10:30am-11am WPGA General Meeting​
San Andres Ballroom​
11am-12pm Growers Panel​​
San Andres Ballroom​


Dr. Robert Flynn
Extension Agronomist
New Mexico State University
Dr. John Idowu
Extension Agronomist & Associate Professor​
New Mexico State University
Dr. Richard Heerema
Extension Pecan Specialist
New Mexico State University
Mr. Bill Ree​
Extension IPM Specialist​
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
Dr. Ted Cottrell​
Research Entomologist​
USDA ARS - Byron, GA​
Dr. James Walworth
Extension Soils Specialist
University of Arizona
Dr. Charles Sanchez
Research Scientist
University of Arizona
Dr. Paul Brown
Extension Meteorologist
University of Arizona
Mr. Robert L. Redding, Jr.​
Agricultural Lobbyist/President​
The Redding Firm
Ms. Sandra Pierce
Program Specialist​
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
Mr. Kevin Ivey
U.S. Pecan Growers Council

Mr. Brad Lewis​
AES Division Director
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
Mr. Alexander Ott​
Executive Director​
American Pecan Council​
Updates from State Pecan Grower Associations

Pecan Food Fantasy

Karin Davidson

Pecan Food Fantasy Contest

At the Hotel Encanto Sunday, March 3rd.

Let's get creative baking with pecans!



Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

705 S Telshor Blvd
Las Cruces, NM


Toll-Free: 1-866-383-0443



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Reservation Letter

PARKING FOR THE CONFERENCE tends to be very crowded at the Hotel Encanto. We would like to remind people that parking has been reserved at the Mesilla Valley Mall on Telshor Boulevard across from the hotel. There will be shuttles available to and from these reserved spaces regularly. If there are problems with the shuttle, call the front desk at (575) 522-4300.​

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