2015 Short Course

The 2015 CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show will be held Tuesday through Thursday, December 8 - 10, 2015 at the Minneapolis Convention Center and Minneapolis Hilton Hotel.

REGISTRATION (To attend the tradeshow/short course NOT as an exhibitor)
Pre-registration is no longer available. You can still register ON-SITE beginning Tuesday, December 8th at 9 am at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The Minneapolis Hilton is sold out for Tuesday and Wednesday night.

HYATT REGENCY MINNEAPOLIS: Attendees can still book their hotel rooms by calling (888) 421-1442 and reference ‘Minnesota Crop Production Retailers’ to get the group rate or online at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Online Room Reservation. The discounted room rate of $111/night HAS BEEN EXTENDED. BOOK NOW BEFORE ROOMS SELL OUT!!

Minneapolis Parking Map
Minneapolis Parking Map (with Hotels)
Parking rates for lots near the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Exhibitor questions please contact Kathi Schlieff at (763) 235-6483 or kschlieff@miia.org.
General Short Course questions/Registration questions please contact Jessica Brunelle at (763) 235-6473 or jessi@mcpr-cca.org
Checking registrations/receipts please contact Keith Knapp at (763) 235-6478 or kknapp@miia.org
Pesticide Applicator Recertification or license questions please contact MDA at (651) 201-6615.

Short Course Brochure

View printable abstracts (162 K PDF), bios (125 K PDF), and schedules of concurrent sessions for Tuesday, December 8 (118 K PDF), Wednesday, December 9 (72 K PDF) and Thursday, December 10 (94 K PDF).

MCPR Annual Meeting
Election of the MCPR Candidates to the MCPR Board of Directors will occur at the annual meeting, which will be held on the Minneapolis Convention Center trade show floor on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 4:30 -5 PM.
2016 MCPR Board Candidates Profiles

Tuesday, December 8th

1pm to 3 pm

What Will Washington Dream Up Next?: Learn about OSHA’s withdrawal of the retailer exemption from Process Safety Management (PSM) and what it means to every ag retailer, evaluate our industries’ water issues including the Des Moines Water Works case, nutrient management, and EPA’s WOTUS rule; ponder what you will being facing in new chemical site security initiatives, find out about EPA changes to pesticide regulations (worker protection, restricted use licenses, etc.), and other federal issues. Attendees will also receive an update on ResponsibleAg and speculation on the Presidential race. Speaker: Darren Coppock, CEO of the Agricultural Retailers Association.

Will Agriculture Be Allowed to Feed 9 Billion People?: The Keynote Address on is entitled “Know GMO”. The speaker is receiving rave reviews from agriculture all over North America as he reviews the shocking facts about agriculture’s mighty battle with the opponents of GMO’s in our food. Don’t miss this electrifying presentation. Speaker: Robert Saik, CEO of The Agri-Trend® Group of Companies, Professional Agrologist and a Certified Agricultural Consultant.

Changing Fundamentals in the Fertilizer Markets and Implications for FY 2016 and Beyond: This session will focus on the key drivers in the fertilizer markets including capacity expansions, industry consolidations and changing trade patterns and how they are changing the landscape in the fertilizer industry. The presentation will also cover the market outlook for the upcoming fertilizer year and likely price scenarios for both the fall and spring season. Speaker: David Asbridge is President/Senior Economist of the NPK Fertilizer Advisory Service. David has been following agriculture and the fertilizer industry for over 35 years with well known entities such as CF Industries, the American Soybean Association, and Doane Advisory Services.

Tuesday, December 8th

10am to 1 pm

Technical Service Provider Training: 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. The focus of this session will be on the most recent revisions to the Nutrient Management (590) and Integrated Pest Management (595) practice standards and other related guidance updates. There will also be an update on the TSP recertification process.

Tuesday, December 8th and Wednesday, December 9th
Pesticide Applicator Recertification: December 8th, 2 PM – 3:30 PM and December 9th, 8 AM – 5 PM
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 9th recertification sessions.
  • Category A + H: Attend December 8th from 2 pm to 3:30 pm and December 9th recertification sessions from 8 am to 2:45 pm.
  • Category A + C + H: Attend all December 8th and December 9th recertification sessions.

Wednesday, December 9th

8am to 11am

Bob Craven, the Director of the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota, will discuss the income trends and production costs that the Minnesota farmer is currently facing. Bob Craven’s areas of specialty include business management, credit analysis and grain marketing. His work for the Center has focused on development of FINPACK a nationally recognized agricultural credit analysis software (http://finpack.umn.edu). He is also on the development team for the Winning the Game grain marketing education programs. He has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and seminars including the National ABA Ag Bankers Conference and the USDA Ag Outlook Forum. He has also taught over 400 workshops on farm management and marketing.

As the state is rapidly moving towards a statewide implementation of buffer strips, Dr. Andrew Sharpley, Professor of Soils and Water Quality at the University of Arkansas, will discuss whether buffer strips are a solution to Minnesota water quality problems. Dr. Sharpley’s research investigates the cycling of phosphorus in soil-plant-water systems in relation to agricultural production systems and water quality and includes the management of animal manures, fertilizers and crop residues. Most recently he developed decision-making tools for agricultural field staff to identify sensitive areas of the landscape and to target management alternatives and remedial measures that have reduced the risk of nutrient loss from farms. These tools are now widely accepted by US EPA, NRCS, and the Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning Strategy.

Our final morning speaker is Dr. Jeff Gore, Associate Professor of Entomology, Delta Research and Extension Center, Mississippi State University, who will share some of the lessons learned from the Deep South on how to manage resistance in economically important insects that are exposed to a high frequency of use/overuse of individual insecticides. His specialty area is integrated pest management of insect pests of agronomic crops in the southern United States. Dr. Gore’s research areas include the cotton aphid which has a high reproductive rate and a history of developing resistance to commercial insecticides. In addition, Dr. Gore has also conducted research to evaluate the potential exposure of pollinators to neonicotinoid insecticides used as seed treatments on corn, cotton and soybean. Dr. Gore has received the Merit Award in Crop Protection, Mississippi Entomological Association and has published numerous scientific journal articles on the subjects of Integrated Pest Management.

Wednesday, December 9th and Thursday, December 10th

1pm to 5pm and 8am to 2:30pm

Wednesday’s and Thursday’s concurrent sessions continue the strong educational program with a wealth of pest, crop and fertilizer management topics including: advances in the control of soybean aphids; micronutrient needs in corn and soybeans; understanding the nitrogen mineralizationprocess in soils; nitrogen movement and potential loss via the tile line; high-yield corn management strategies; weather trends for the 2016 crop as effected by El Nino and climate shifts along with tools to track these weather events; the effect of applying both seed treatments and foliar insecticideson specific insect populations; updates on managing herbicide resistant weeds in corn and soybeans; corn and soybean disease updates; effective procedures for cleaning and rinsate management of large commercial application sprayers and booms; as well as, drainage water management practices relating to nutrient management practices. These sessions and more will build upon the idea that we have control of our destiny and the long-term success of our industry.

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