2019 Short Course Programming Information



Applicator Re-certification Questions - (651) 201-6615

General Registration Questions - (763) 235-6473

Exhibitor Questions - (763) 235-6478

Registration Types and Pricing:  NOT FOR EXHIBITORS! (discounted rate until November 19th)

  • General Admission - $155 
  • Technical Service Provider (includes lunch on Tuesday) - $170
  • Applicator Recertification (Categories A & C) - $165  
  • Applicator Recertification (Categories A & H) - $205
  • Applicator Recertification (Categories A, C & H) - $205

*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 Hilton Minneapolis offers a reduced room rate of $114/night for Short Course attendees until Tuesday, November 19th or until the room block sells out.....whichever comes first!  Rooms can be booked by phone at (612) 376-1000.

Hilton Lobby

Tuesday, December 10th

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 "D" Opens

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

5 PM - Ice Breaker Reception (in Exhibit Hall)

6:30 PM - Exhibit Hall "D" Closes


Wednesday, December 11th

7 AM - Registration Opens

8 AM - Pesticide Applicator Recertification

8 AM - General Session Crop Pest Management Short Course

9 AM - Exhibit Hall "D" 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 "D" Closes

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

Thursday, December 12th

7 AM - Registration Opens

8 AM - Concurrent Crop Pest Management Short Course Sessions

9 AM - Exhibit Hall "D" Opens

11 AM - Exhibit Hall "D" Closes

12 PM - Lunch

1 PM  - Concurrent Crop Pest Management Short Course Sessions



Detailed Plenary and General Session Information

Beat the Odds - Increase Your Knowledge

It was Will Rogers that once said that farmers and ranchers had to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer.  While optimism is an essential element in these challenging times, optimism alone isn’t enough to keep farming.  Knowledge is the key to improve the odds and not just survive but thrive in the next decennium.  Whether that be the knowledge to educate consumers about your practices, the knowledge needed to build resilient cropping systems that can handle Mother Nature’s whims, or the ability to read the tea leaves of the rapidly changing politics of markets and trade that create the demands for the commodities you produce. The 2019 edition of the CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show’s goal is, as always, to provide you as, ag professional, that knowledge so you and your customers with you cannot just survive but thrive.

Tuesday, December 10th


December 10th, 10 AM – 1 PM

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.  This session will focus on NRCS tools.   The latest versions of NRCS wind and water erosion tools, such as RUSLE2, WEPS, and WEPP will be discussed.  The current version of pest management software (WIN-PST) will also be discussed.  Updates on TSP certification, recertification and practice standards will also be provided.

December 10th, 1 PM – 3 PM

Making the Best of the Challenges in Agriculture

MCPR has recruited a world class keynote speaker for Tuesday, December 10-12, 2019 in Mpls! David Okerlund grew up in a rural, Midwestern town whereas a young teenager he saved up money for college by working on the town's garbage route.  Till this day he still says that, "It was the best job I have ever had.” David has been a salesperson – travelling over 100,000 miles per year, college administrator, teacher at Oxford University, and an administrator of a 350-bed trauma center hospital. In 1983 he finished in the final three of the World Championship of Public Speaking; a contest that includes over 20,000 contestants from over 45 different countries. He is a member of the International Hall of Fame for speakers.

David believes with uncertainty and all the stress it carries with it – this is the time when we need to reach deep down into that well of faith and optimism and refuse to give up. There is ALWAYS light at the end of the tunnel! Right now, agriculture is facing some headwinds. Whether it is falling land prices or crop prices, just about everyone is wondering what the future holds. David Okerlund has seen the bad years and the great years of Agriculture, but most importantly David has learned how agriculture can make the best of a challenging situation. Expect a truly uplifting, motivational presentation to restore and renew your spirit David’s personal and humorous style delivers hope. Seventy percent of his speaking career has been before agricultural groups. As he states, “The epic failure is quitting when the storm clouds appear on the horizon because right behind the storm clouds there is a beautiful sunrise waiting for those who hold on to their faith!


Soil Health in Minnesota Panel Discussion

Not Smarter Than Dirt

Mitchell Hora, an Iowa grower will make a presentation on the subject, “Not Smarter Than Dirt”. Mitchell will provide his experience and views on soil health through cover crops and additional methods and the problems of lack of quantifiable soil health data and standards? Mitchell asks how to achieve soil improvements and perpetuates lack of upside for growers. If standardized and benchmarked, could soil health can provide a foundation for farm productivity, land value, crop premiums, and sustainable sourcing and be a part of the formulation for payment of premiums for regenerative agricultural cropping systems? Mitchell has gained notoriety through the MN Public Radio podcast/broadcast, “ Ask A Farmer” and is promoted as a grower who has pulled back the curtain on life on the farm. He will share his ideas on how cover cropping can be part of the emerging regenerative agriculture movement and payment system. We’re trying to run businesses here, (and) that’s why we use data, to show what we’re doing is right.

Look for more announcements - coming soon - on additional panelists.


December 10th, 2 PM – 3:30 PM and December 11th, 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). Workshop topics will include insect, disease, and weed updates, new pesticide safety topics, prevention of off-target movement of pesticides, and more.  Please bring your current license cards with you.

  • Category A + C: Attend all December 11th recertification sessions.
  • Category A + H: Attend December 10th from 2 pm to 4:00 pm and December 11th recertification sessions from 8 am to 2:45 pm.
  • Category A + C + H: Attend all December 10th and December 11th recertification sessions.

Do You Need to Recertify? If you last attended a recertification workshop in 2016 or were newly licensed in 2018, you need to attend an MDA approved workshop in the correct categories in 2019. If you don’t attend a required recertification workshop, you must retest to be eligible to renew your license for 2020. Please contact MDA at 651-201-6615 with recertification or license questions.

Wednesday, December 11th and Thursday, December 12th

December 11th, 8 AM – 11 AM

Does a Liability Jury Decision Change What We Know about the Toxicology of Glyphosate and its Formulation Roundup

Dr. Allan Felsot holds tenure in the Department of Entomology at Washington State University and is also Affiliate Professor in the WSU School of the Environment. His current administrative positions at the WSU TriCities campus include Academic Director for Math and Science and Graduate Coordinator for the Environmental Sciences Program. Professor Felsot serves as specialist in environmental chemistry and toxicology for WSU Extension.

During the period 2018-2019, California juries have ruled in favor of three plaintiffs who claimed that Monsanto (now Bayer), the manufacturer of Roundup products containing the active ingredient glyphosate, provided inadequate warning for use of the product and as a result had contracted a form of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, an immune system cancer. The basis of the liability lawsuit is arguably directly linked to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) conclusion that glyphosate is probably a human carcinogen.  Dr. Felsot’s presentation will review the evidence on glyphosate toxicology and epidemiology, making the case that the actual epidemiological evidence does not support IARC’s conclusions.  Furthermore, IARC’s reliance on rodent genotoxicity studies to justify their interpretation of the epidemiological data has ignored the artifactual hazards created when one injects unrealistically high concentrations of technical and formulated compounds directly into the rat.  A hypothesis about why juries have ruled in three different cases against Bayer will be presented.

What Farmers Are Telling Us About the U.S. Farm Economy

Dr. James Mintert is a professor and extension economist in Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics and serves as director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture. The Center is focused on developing and delivering programs to commercial farmers via conferences, workshops and webinars. Dr. Mintert is one of the principal investigators for the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, a monthly sentiment survey of U.S farmers. Dr. Mintert will review and update the status of Trade wars, commodity prices, regulations, interest rates and farm policy, as well as farmland values and rental rates, which can all affect farmers’ attitudes and well-being. The Ag Economy Barometer, based on a monthly nationwide survey of U.S. crop and livestock producers, provides an ongoing measure of farmer sentiment and helps highlight the key factors driving shifts in farmers’ perspectives and what that means for the U.S. farm economy. But with so much volatility, it’s a challenge to identify which factors are driving farmer sentiment and what the implications are for the year ahead.


The third keynote address for the 2019 Crop Pest Management Short Course will consist of two speakers from the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen combining their efforts to present weather and precipitation forecasts effects from the 2019 crop-growing season.

Short and Long Term Precipitation Forecasting in Minnesota is Improving Utilizing Newer Technology, However, Challenges Remain for the Agricultural Sector

As the Meteorologist in Charge, Mr. Dan Luna directs the forecast, development and outreach activities for central MN and eastern WI. Dan came to Chanhassen in early 2001 to assume the role of Hydrologist-in-Charge. Meteorological forecasting has dramatically improved in the last 30 years including precipitation forecasting; areal coverage and amounts. Dan will discuss the use of high resolution models which are a valuable tool for partners and growers. Dan will provide the specifics about the challenges of heavy precipitation forecasting and available tools that enhance the decision making process for agriculture.

The Impact of Increasing Annual Precipitation on All Things Farming:  Will 2019 be the New Normal? 

Mr. Steve Baun is the Hydrologist in Charge at the NOAA’s National Weather Service located at the North Central River Forecast Center in Chanhassen, MN.  Steve will review how our landscape and waterways were impacted this past year, from planting to market. In depth, we'll take a look at new emerging tools that can help farmers and nutrient applicators avoid potential nutrient runoff situations, saving money and reducing non-point source runoff issues.


December 11, 1 PM - 5 PM and December 12, 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 new seasonal urea nitrogen recommendations, high yield corn research results and planting strategies when corn planting is delayed.  Other sessions include return on investments for various soybean inputs and management strategies, managing new soybean insecticide resistance, corn and soybean disease trends & management, status of Palmer Amaranth in Minnesota, growing Industrial Hemp, using Cover Crops in a corn-soybean rotation, update about Soybean Gall Midge, using drones in soybean insect management, herbicide spray quality, incorporating manure directly into cropping systems and understanding soil health. This year we will also offer selected “Hot Topics” in research and updates in 30-minute sessions for people to self-select based on their interest.