Agricultural trade, farm policy focus of 2017 Texas Plant Protection Conference

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BRYAN – The importance of agricultural trade and current and future farm policy will be discussed at the 2017 Texas Plant Protection Association Conference Dec. 5-6 at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan.

Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean for agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station, will give the welcoming remarks.

“We have an outstanding program that will give attendees the latest information on technology and agriculture,” said Gary Schwarzlose, association president and senior technical service representative with Bayer CropScience in Spring Branch.

Topics and speakers will be:

•The Importance of Agricultural Trade on the U.S. Economy, Dr. Luis Ribera, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist and director of the Center for North American Studies at Texas A&M University in College Station.

•U.S. Ag Economics-Farm Bill Weathering Uncertainties in Texas Agriculture through Science and Technology, Dr. Bart Fischer, deputy staff director and chief economist with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, Washington

•Pesticide Regulations, Beau Greenwood, executive vice president of government relations and public affairs, CropLife America, Washington.

•Ag Credit Update, Mark Miller, Texas Farm Credit chief executive officer, Robstown.

•Update on New Cotton Technology, Dr. Peter Dotray, AgriLife Extension weed specialist, Lubbock.

•Flag the Technology, Ray Smith, chairman of the Texas Plant Protection Association, College Station.

A number of presentations will feature current issues facing cotton, grain and rangelands throughout the two-day conference.

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