2016 Short Course

The 2016 CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show will be held Tuesday through Thursday, December 6-8, 2016 at the Minneapolis Convention Center and Minneapolis Hilton Hotel.


Tuesday, December 6th
MCPR PLENARY SESSIONS - December 6th, 1pm – 3pm
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, CFI’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. The Des Moines Water Works lawsuit has raised the stakes for MCPR members. Dean speaks throughout the country about the challenges Ag is facing. Learn from Dean the risk this law suit and others like it such as the Hypoxia in Gulf lawsuit brings to your firm and your own career. Lemke is the recipient of many recognitions which include the Iowa Corn Growers Association 2013 Friend of Iowa Corn Award, the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Impact Award for Extraordinary Partnership, the U.S. Farm Foundation Thirty Year Policy Challenge Natural Resources Policy Award and the Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska Region of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 2006 Engineer of the Year.

Wednesday, December 7th and Thursday, December 8th
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.
Because of a recent Executive Order in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has proposed action steps regarding the use of neonicotinoids to minimize the impact of neonicotinoids on pollinators. Corn and soybean producers in Ontario are already dealing with restrictions involving neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed. A very timely Keynote Address entitled “Battle scarred experience from the North American beachhead on neonic bans” will be presented by Ontario crop farmer and Field Crop IPM scientist, Dr. Art Schaafsma. 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. Dr Gunsolus will challenge the audience to “Think Differently about Pesticide Resistance - the Role of Biology in Crop Production”.
Jan Johnson, President of Millennium Research Inc based in Minneapolis, will present the results of a detailed survey: “Smashing Stereotypes: How Millennial Farmers are Nothing Like Their Urban Counterparts” and what that means for crop retailers and crop advisors. Millennial Farmers defy the expectations of their generation. They are completely different than what the media has told you about Millennials. What makes them different from their fathers and grandfathers? What makes them the same? How do you reach them when they never darken your door? What are they doing, and how can you connect? Using a background of decades in agricultural market research and customer insight, Millennium Research has undertaken the understanding the new generation of farmers over the past two years. Utilizing findings from diverse exclusive and proprietary studies, Jan Johnson will paint the picture of the new producer, and how you must change your business to meet their expectations. At the conclusion of Jan Johnson’s keynote address we will host a panel of three Minnesota Millennial farmers who will provide their opinions about the use of social media, internet, education needs, need for personal contact, loyalty to a crop retailer/advisor and viewing farming as a business.

CROP PEST MANAGEMENT SHORT COURSE CONCURRENT SESSIONS - December 7th, 1 PM - 5 PM and December 8th, 8 AM - 2:30 PM
Wednesday’s and Thursday’s concurrent sessions continue the strong educational program with a wealth of pest, crop and fertilizer management topics including: soybean nutrient uptake and partitioning, update of changes to U of MN soil fertility guidelines, 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, variable rate seeding studies in corn, multi-year yield research on the effect of commercial seed corn treatments, the Minnesota experience with neonicotinoidtreated corn and soybean seed treatments, understanding nitrogen inhibitors and enhancers, overview of the 2016 diseases in corn and 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 more will build upon the idea that we have control of our destiny and the long-term success of our industry.

Online Registration
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The Minneapolis Hilton hotel has sold out!

The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis hotel offers a special event rate of $115/night if you book before TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016 or until the room block sells out - whichever comes first. You can make your reservations online here or by calling (888) 421-1442 and referencing MN Crop Production Retailers.

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Exhibitor questions please contact Kathi Schlieff at (763) 235-6483 or kschlieff@miia.org.
General Short Course questions/Registration questions please contact Jessi 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.

Enjoy a MN Timberwolves game. 7 pm at the Target Center. Upon purchasing tickets to the game, you can use your credit/debit card as a method of entry into the facility by going through the security checkpoint at any entrance and presenting the same card which is then "swiped" behind the security and tickets are printed at the arena as nothing can be printed before. The Timberwolves have offered our attendees reduced ticket prices here and by entering code: MCPR.

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