2018 Educational Program

Monday, March 5th, 2018
Morning Session


Jeff Anderson  

Doña Ana County Extension Agriculture Agent

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico

9:00-9:10 a.m.

Mr. Les Daviet

Western Pecan Growers Association President

Las Cruces, New Mexico

9:10-9:30 a.m.
Opening Address

Mr. William Mattiace

Executive Director

New Mexico Border Authority

Santa Teresa, New Mexico

9:30-10:00 a.m.
Airblast Sprayers: Review of the Basics and Look to the Future

Dr. Franz Niederholzer

Colusa County Orchard Systems Farm Advisor

University of California

Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Colusa, California

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

San Rafael Room

10:30-11:00 a.m.
Insecticide Efficacy for Pecan Aphids

Mr. Larry Blackwell

Program Coordinator

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico

11:00-11:30 a.m.
Pecan Orchard Site Evaluation

Dr. Richard Heerema

Extension Pecan Specialist

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico

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

Outside Exhibitor Area

Afternoon Session

Mr. Orlando Flores

El Paso County Extension Agent - Agriculture & Natural Resources

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

El Paso, Texas

1:00-1:30 p.m.
Trial for Pecan Rootstock Resistance to Cotton Root Rot

Dr. Mark Black

Emeritus Professor, Plant Pathology

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center

Uvalde, Texas

1:30-2:00 p.m.
Pigs in the Pecans: They Ain't Squirrels!

Dr. Sam Smallidge

Extension Wildlife Specialist

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, New Mexico

2:00-2:30 p.m.
Soil Drainage

Dr. James Walworth

Extension Soils Specialist

University of Arizona


2:30-3:00 p.m.Trace yet Substantial Elements in Pecans

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.
Using Preemergence Herbicides in Western Orchards

Dr. William McCloskey

Extension Weeds Specialist 

University of Arizona  

Tucson, Arizona

4:00-4:30 p.m.
How do Roots Grow?

Dr. Astrid Volder

Assistant Professor, Root and Rhizosphere Biology

University of California - Davis

Davis, California

4:30-4:45 p.m.
In a Nutshell: Updates from the American Pecan Council Staff

Ms. Karen Crow

Acting Executive Director

American Pecan Council

Fort Worth, Texas

4:45-5:15 p.m.Investment Dollars at Work: Marketing Update

Ms. Caroline Lainio

Vice President

Weber Shandwick

Chicago, Illinois

5:15-5:30 p.m.Updates from US Pecan Growers Council

Mr. Kevin Ivey


US Pecan Growers Council

Clint, TX


Ms. Janice Dees

Executive Director

US Pecan Growers Council
Tifton, Georgia

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

San Andres Ballroom

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

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
Final Session


Mr. Sid Gordon

Otero County Extension Agriculture Agent

New Mexico State University

Alamogordo, 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

9:00-10:00 a.m.
Update from the State Pecan Growers Associations

West Texas - Kevin Ivey

New Mexico - Philip Arnold

Arizona - Harold Payne

California - Mark Hendrixson

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

San Rafael Room

10:30-11:00 a.m.
WPGA General Meeting

11:00-11:30 a.m.
At the Corner of Rural and Urban: How Farming is Adapting to City Standards

Mr. Chad Smith

Chief Executive Officer

New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau

Las Cruces, New Mexico

11:30 a.m.-12:00p.m.
Grower’s Panel - Farming Along the Urban-Rural Interface

12:00 p.m.Meeting Adjourned