Desert Agricultural Conference set for May 2-3, Casa Grande

May 2nd - 3rd, 2012 • Casa Grande, AZ

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The 2012 Desert Agricultural Conference is coming soon. This year’s conference will again be held at the Francisco Grande on May 2-3 in Casa Grande, Ariz. We have applied for 12 Continuing Education Units (CEU) for Arizona and California. In addition, there is an opportunity to receive 4 CCA Hours as well. Enclosed you will find a tentative agenda that outlines the various speakers and topics that will be covered at the Conference. 

There will be many opportunities for networking with others in the industry. On the afternoon of May 2, there will be a Golf Tournament as well as a Sporting Clays Tournament. Also, that night, there will be a Welcome Reception/Trade Show in the Promenade area of theFrancisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort. Sunland Chemical Company is sponsoring a raffle for a $250 Gift Certificate to Sprague’s Sports in Yuma.  The raffle is free for all who attend.

Accommodations for DAC have been reserved at the Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort. Rooms range from $62 for the courtyard rooms to $104-$114 per night for the tower rooms. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-237-4238, please mention AZ Crop Protection Assn. Rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis and the meeting rates and availability cannot be guaranteed after March 21.

Companies wishing to have a booth at the conference can sign up for a sponsorship by visiting our website at or by calling the AZCPA office. 

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Shari Broek at the AZCPA Office - 602-265-0768 ext. 7450 or email

2012 AZCPA Desert Ag Conference Agenda

  • Wednesday May 2nd, 2012

7 a.m. – 8 a.m. – Breakfast/Registration Table Open

General Session: (4 AZ CEUs/4 CA CEU’s Applied)

8 – The Future of Plant Genetics & It’s Role in Crop Protection Practices TBD           

8:50 – Update on Arizona & Federal Pesticide Regulations; Jack Peterson, Associate Director - Environmental Services Division, ADA

9:45 – Break

10 –Effective Management of Common Disease Vectors & Pathogen Persistence; Dr. John Palumbo, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension

11 – Integrating Food Safety & Crop Protection for Success; Jonathan Field, Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement

12:30 p.m. – Golf Tournament (Box Lunch) Francisco Grande, 26000 W Gila Bend Hwy, Casa Grande, Ariz., 85222

1:30 – Sporting Clays Tournament Begins

5:30 – Welcome reception

  • Thursday May 3rd, 2012

7 a.m. – 8 a.m. – Breakfast/Registration Table Open

General Session: (4 AZ CEUs/4 CA CEUs Applied)

8 – AZCPA Membership Meeting: 2012 Board of Directors

8:15 – Current Status of Fungicide Resistance; Steven Koike, Plant Pathology Farm Advisor, UCCE Monterey County

9:05 – AZCPA Legislative Update – Current Status of Laws & Regulations Affecting the Crop Protection Industry; Robert Shuler, AZCPA Lobbyist

10 – Break

10:15 – Industry Updates:  Innovations and Important Updates in Pest and Crop Management

11:30 – Lunch – AZCPA Scholarship Presentation

Keynote Address: Dean Shane Burgess, U of A College of Ag & Life Sciences (invited); Jeff Silvertooth, UofA Associate Dean of Economic Development & Director of Cooperative Extension

12:30 p.m. – 2012 DAC Raffle Drawing

1 – 5 Breakout Sessions – 4 AZ & CA CEUs/4 CCA Hours

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Francisco Grande

Casa Grande, Arizona
United States

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