2017 Short Course Programming Information


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Registration Types and Pricing:

General Admission - $205   ($155 ON/BEFORE November 14th)

Technical Service Provider - $220  ($170 ON/BEFORE November 14th)

Applicator Recertification (Category A & C) - $215  ($165 ON/BEFORE November 14th)

Applicator Recertification including Category H (includes A & C) - $255  ($205 ON/BEFORE November 14th)

*Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing prior to 30-days before the event; refunds will be processed less a $50 administrative fee.  No refunds will be made within 30-days of the event or for no-shows.*



The Minneapolis Hilton Hotel will offer a reduced room rate of $112/night for Short Course attendees until November 14th or until the room block sells out.....whichever comes first!  Rooms can be booked online HERE or by phone at (612) 376 - 1000 and giving the code: MCP.

Tuesday, December 12th

9 AM - Registration Opens

10 AM - Technical Service Provider Training

1 PM - MCPR Plenary Session

2 PM - Pesticide Applicator Recertification (Category H: Seed Treatment)

3 PM - Exhibit Hall Opens

4:30 PM - MCPR Annual Meeting (in Exhibit Hall)

5 PM - Ice Breaker Reception (in Exhibit Hall)

6:30 PM - Exhibit Hall Closes

Wednesday, December 13th

7 AM - Registration Opens

8 AM - Pesticide Applicator Recertification

8 AM - General Session Crop Pest Management Short Course

9 AM - Exhibit Hall Opens

11 AM - Break and Opportunity to Visit the Exhibit Hall

12 PM - Lunch (Exhibit Hall)

1 PM - Concurrent Crop Pest Management Short Course Sessions

5 PM - Exhibit Hall Closes

5:30 PM - Chairman's Reception at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel

Thursday, December 14th

7 AM - Registration Opens

8 AM - Concurrent Crop Pest Management Short Course Sessions

9 AM - Exhibit Hall Opens

11 AM - Exhibit Hall Closes

12 PM - Lunch

1 PM  - Concurrent Crop Pest Management Short Course Sessions



Detailed Session Information

Tuesday, December 12th

MCPR Plenary Session

Engaging in Land Stewardship:  Opportunities for MCPR to Support Farmers

Water Quality has and will continue to be a major focus in Minnesota.  Farmers are under tremendous pressure to produce more food, while also contributing to improved water quality.  Minnesota watershed planning efforts have begun to adopt a stewardship concept for approaching water quality in agricultural areas.  The stewardship concept promotes soil health as an avenue for delivering water quality improvements while maintain productive agricultural systems.  It also identifies the need for broader private sector engagement, such as crop retailors, in delivering conservation.  This session will provide a background on Minnesota watershed planning and how the stewardship concept is being applied. Drew Kessler is lead scientist with Houston Engineering, Inc and served at the University of Minnesota, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate from 2009-2014. He received a PhD in Water Resources Science, Geospatial Technologies from the University of Minnesota and an MS in Natural Resource Science, Geospatial Information, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Up to the Challenge!

Matt Birk, MN Vikings Hometown NFL Star who wears a Super Bowl ring, is the Short Course Key Note Speaker. In addition to his work for the NFL, Matt Birk is inspiring, teaching and motivating audiences across America as a national speaker.  He speaker on the topics of Leadership, Teamwork, and Achievement to motivate your team to get to the next level!  In addition to his superb sports credentials, Matt attended Harvard University and earned a degree in Economics.  Matt will autograph 200 of his books and greet you following his presentation.

Wednesday, December 13th

Thursday, December 14th