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2021 Short Course Programming Information


Registration will be open soon!


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!

Only one registration type per person is needed!  If you need re-certification please register for the categories of re-certification you need - you can attend the rest of the show at no extra charge!

  • General Admission - $180 
  • Technical Service Provider (includes lunch on Tuesday) - $195
  • Applicator Re-certification (Categories A & C) - $190  
  • Applicator Re-certification (Categories A & H) - $190
  • Applicator Re-certification (Categories A, C & H) - $230

*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 has a room block of discounted rooms for $116/night for those attending the event.  You may book by calling (612) 376-1000 and booking in the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers room block.  Or book online below.

Hilton Lobby

Tuesday, December 7th

9 AM - Registration Opens

10 AM - Technical Service Provider Training

10 AM - MDA Anhydours Ammonia Tips from the Field

1 PM - MCPR Plenary Session

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

3 PM - Exhibit Hall in the Grand Ballroom (on the 3rd level) Opens with Ice Breaker Reception

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

6:30 PM - Exhibit Hall in the Grand Ballroom Closes


Wednesday, December 8th

7 AM - Registration Opens

8 AM - Pesticide Applicator Recertification

8 AM - General Session Crop Pest Management Short Course

9 AM - Exhibit Hall in the Grand Ballroom 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 in the Grand Ballroom Closes

5:30 PM - Chairman's Reception at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel - TEN 01 Social

Thursday, December 9th

7 AM - Registration Opens

8 AM - Concurrent Crop Pest Management Short Course Sessions

9 AM - Exhibit Hall in the Grand Ballroom Opens

11 AM - Exhibit Hall in the Grand Ballroom Closes

12 PM - Lunch

1 PM  - Concurrent Crop Pest Management Short Course Sessions



Trade Show Floor Hours

Trade Show Floor (included with registration)
* December 10th, 3 PM - 6:30 PM.
* December 11th, 9 AM - 5 PM.
* December 12th, 9 AM - 11 AM.
All breaks and lunch on Wednesday will be served on the floor of the trade show.

Social Functions

Ice Breaker Reception (included with registration)
Tuesday, December 7th, starting at 3:00 PM
Come and celebrate the opening of the Trade Show floor!
MCPR Chairman's Reception 
Wednesday, December 11th, starting at 5:00 PM at TEN 01 Social (at the Hilton Minneapolis)

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 7th


December 7th, 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 7th, 10 AM – 11 AM

Who Should Attend:  Anhydrous Ammonia Storage and Equipment Handlers, and Applicators including Growers, Facility Maintenance Employees, Managers, Safety Officials, Emergency Responders, and State and Federal Emergency Responders.

Information will include:

  • Most commonly found, and most hazardous, NH3 equipment and storage tank violation
  • Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule Update
  • Other program updates
  • Commonly asked questions and answers

Anydrous Ammonia Tips from the Field


December 7th, 1 PM – 3 PM

1 PM - 4R Certification Around the World and the 4R Certification Pilot Project in Minnesota

Sally Flis, Ph.D., CCA, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), will discuss the 4 R Certification Program and progress of adoption in the United States, Canada and throughout the world. In addition, a panel will discuss their experience as participants in the Minnesota 4 R Certification Pilot Project. Panelists will provide their “boots on the ground” viewpoint of the 4R Certification Program to gain insight on the potential effectiveness and resources available required for 4 R Certification going forward in MN.

Sally began her career consulting farms in NY and VT on nutrient management planning for almost 8 years. Following that she provided technical support and marketing for feed and soil analysis laboratory in NY. Sally has now been with The Fertilizer Institute for 3 years and works on developing 4R Nutrient Stewardship programs across the U.S., communicating the results of 4R research, and developing tools for crop consultants and farmers to understand the value of implement 4R nutrient stewardship programs. Sally received her B.S. in Dairy Science and Agronomy and then a M.S. in Dairy Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science is from the University of Vermont.

Panelists include and Adam Herges, Sustainability Agronomist, Corporate Public Affairs for The Mosaic Company in Plymouth, MN who is co-leading the 4R Certification pilot project in Minnesota and Rick Walker, Crop Protection and Seed Manager for West Central Ag Services based in Ulen, MN and MPCR Board Vice Chair who is directing one of the West Central Ag Services locations as they participate in the Minnesota 4 R Certification Pilot Project and is also evaluating the Field to Market system implementation at his facilities.

1:45 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!


2:45 PM - Minnesota Soil Health Today and Tomorrow – Panelists are Anna Cates and Mitchell Hora

Panelists Anna Cates and Mitchell Hora will explore the current soil health issues and practical considerations agronomists and growers should consider in this emerging science and agronomy practice. Information will be provided related to expanding the tools and skills of Minnesota’s local conservation delivery community through the research and outreach on soil health and soil management and how retailers can address soil health and protect soil as they support robust farm businesses. Participants will consider the complex interactions between soil biology, soil structure, and plant growth that is the baseline for the function of any product, and how and when to apply soil health testing. Mitchell will related his experience and data being collected from other growers and his views on soil health through cover crops and the problems of lack of quantifiable soil health data and standards. Mitchell will consider the challenge and opportunity of soil health being standardized and benchmarked to provide a foundation for arm productivity, land value, crop premiums, and sustainable sourcing.

Anna Cates is the Soil Health Specialist leading the MN Office for Soil Health (MOSH). MOSH connects with partners and stakeholders including farmers, local government, and industry. Her position is housed within the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota. Anna holds a Master of Science in Soil Science and a PhD in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current professional focus is on expanding the tools and skills of Minnesota’s local conservation delivery community through the research and outreach on soil health and soil management. Anna is interested in how retailers can address soil health and protect soil as they support robust farm businesses. Anna will describe the complex interactions between soil biology, soil structure, and plant growth that is the baseline for the function of any product, and provide an idea of how and when to apply soil health testing.

Mitchell Hora, an Iowa grower, gained notoriety through the MN Public Radio podcast, “Field Work” and is promoted as a grower who has pulled back the curtain on life on the farm. He has shared his ideas on how cover cropping can be part of the emerging regenerative agriculture movement and payment system to numerous audiences throughout the upper Midwest.



December 7th, 2 PM – 4 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 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 8th and Thursday, December 9th

December 8th, 8 AM – 11 AM


December 8th, 1 PM - 5 PM and December 9th, 8 AM - 2:30 PM