Western Pecan Growers Association leaders, from left: President Jay Glover (Glover Farms, Tularosa, N.M.); First Vice-President Roger Hooper (Farmers Investment Company, Sahuarita, Ariz.); Past-President Louie Salopek (Western Blend, Las Cruces, N.M.); and Executive Board Member Frank Paul Salopek (Frank Salopek & Sons Farms, Las Cruces).
New Mexico participants at the pecan conference, from left: Mark Pacheco, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; plus Don Hackey, Hackey Farms, and Dan Gillis, Halsell Farm Inc., both of Hatch.
Arizona attendees. from left: Harry Owens, Tierra Verde Advisors, San Simon; Darrin Patterson, Fort McDowell Farms, Fort McDowell; Don Platt, Fertizona, Casa Grande; and Harold Payne, Fort McDowell Farms.
Mike Kilby, left, University of Arizona professor emeritus, receives a plaque for years of service and contributions to the Western pecan industry from Roger Hooper of the Western Pecan Growers Association.
Tommy Thompson, USDA-ARS pecan breeder.
Western Farm Press
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