2017 Educational Program

Monday, March 6th, 2017
Morning Session

Moderator:

Jeff Anderson  

Doña Ana County Extension Agriculture Agent

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico


9:00-9:10 a.m.
Welcome

Mr. Kevin Ivey

Western Pecan Growers Association President

Clint, Texas


9:10-9:30 a.m.
Opening Address

Mr. Jeff Witte

New Mexico Director/Secretary of Agriculture

New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Las Cruces, New Mexico


9:30-10:00 a.m.
The Western Pecan Growers Association Scholarship

Mr. Les Daviet

Dixie Ranch

Las Cruces, New Mexico


10:00-10:30 a.m.
Break - Coffee & Desserts

San Rafael Room


10:30-11:00 a.m.
Pollination in Pecans: The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

Dr. Richard Heerema

Extension Pecan Specialist

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico


11:00-11:30 a.m.
How to Conduct Your Own On-Farm Trials

Dr. Jim Walworth

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona


11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
WPGA Sponsored Lunch

Outside Exhibitor Area


Afternoon Session

Moderator:
Richard Heerema

Extension Pecan Specialist

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico


1:00-1:30 p.m.
What's all the Fuss about "GMOs"?

Dr. Stephen Hansen

Plant Molecular Biologist

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico


1:30-2:00 p.m.
Movement of Wild Hogs Across the Pecan Belt

Dr. Sam Smallidge

Extension Wildlife Specialist

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico


2:00-2:30 p.m.
Hedging and Tree Water Stress

Dr. Lenny Wells

Extension Pecan Specialist

University of Georgia    

Tifton, Georgia


2:30-3:00 p.m.Considerations in Converting Flood Irrigated Pecan Orchards to Micro-Irrigation

Mr. Joshua Sherman  

Area Extension Horticulture Agent

University of Arizona

Willcox, Arizona


3:00-3:30 p.m.
Break - Coffee & Desserts

San Rafael Room


3:30-4:00 p.m.
Plant Growth Regulators for Pecan Orchards

Ms. Marisa Thompson

Ph.D. Candidate  

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico


4:00-4:30 p.m.
The Pecan Industry in Chihuahua, Mexico: Challenges and Successes

Dr. Julio Lopez Diaz

Professor

Universidad Autónoma de Chuhuahua

Chihuahua, Mexico


4:30-5:00 p.m.
History of the Southwestern US Pecan Industry

Dr. George Ray McEachern

Extension Pecan Specialist (Retired)

Texas A&M University

College Station, Texas


6:00-7:00 p.m.
Social Hour

San Andres Ballroom


7:00-10:00 p.m.
Banquet and Awards


Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Final Session

Moderator:

Sandra Barraza

Chaves County Extension Agriculture Agent

New Mexico State University

Roswell, New Mexico


8:30-9:00 a.m.
Western Pecan Weevil Update

Mr. Brad Lewis

Research Entomologist

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico


9:00-9:30 a.m.
Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ("Drones") in Pecan Orchards

Mr. Joseph Millette

Sr. External UAV Pilot

Physical Science Laboratory

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico


9:30-10:00 a.m.Human Nutrition Research for Pecans

Dr. Ronald Pegg

Food Technologist

University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia


10:00-10:30 a.m.
Break - Coffee & Desserts

San Rafael Room


10:30-11:00 a.m.
Update from American Pecan Board

Mr. Bruce Caris

Vice President

Green Valley Pecan Company

Sahuarita, Arizona


11:00-11:30 a.m.
WPGA General Meeting


11:30 a.m.-12:00p.m.
Grower’s Panel - Pecan Orchard Hedging

Moderator: Dr. Mike Kilby

                   Fruit, Nut, and Vine Specialist (retired)

                   University of Arizona

                   Tucson, Arizona


12:00 p.m.Meeting Adjourned