February 26-27, Destin, Fla.

This year’s Southeastern Pecan Growers Association Annual Convention and Trade Show will be held February 26-27 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.

PHOTO BY SCOTT BAUER/WWW.ARS/USDA.GOV

On Friday, February 26, there will be a golf tournament at noon and a welcome reception at 6:30 p.m. The program on Saturday, February 27, includes a wide variety of educational opportunities, the SEPGA Business Meeting and trade show. Also on Saturday, there is a Hospitality Hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. and a banquet dinner that begins at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, write to the Southeastern Pecan Growers Association, P.O. Box 428, Montezuma, GA 31063; or contact Will Easterlin at 478-472-7731 or willeasterlin@windstream.net.

About the SEPGA

The Southeastern Pecan Growers Association is an education organization. Membership is composed of pecan growers or other persons and firms who are interested in and will lend their assistance to the promotion and objectives of the association. Membership includes a copy of the Proceedings of the Annual Convention and other information on pecan production and marketing that becomes available during the year, including five newsletters each year and subscriptions to Pecan South and The Pecan Grower. Membership is $75 for growers and commercial representatives and $25 for research, extension and other education workers.

Tentative Program Schedule

Saturday, February 27
8:30 a.m.
Convention Call to Order and Remarks

8:35 a.m.
Planting and Care of Young Pecan Trees—Dr. Lenny Wells, Horticulture, University of Georgia, Tifton, Ga.

9 a.m.
Real-Time Disease Prediction and Forecasting for the Management of Pecan Scab—Dr. Damon Smith, Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.

9:25 a.m.
Pecan Anthracnose and Other Unusual Diseases: Learning from an Unusual Year—Dr. Tim Brenneman, Plant Pathology, University of Georgia, Tifton, Ga.

9:50 a.m.
Break with Exhibitors

10:20 a.m.
Spread and Management of Pecan Bacterial Leaf Scorch Disease—Dr. Randy Sanderlin, Plant Pathology, Louisiana State University Pecan Research-Extension Station, Shreveport, La.

10:45 a.m.
Stink Bug Ecology in Southeastern Farmscapes—Dr. Michael Toews, Entomology, University of Georgia, Tifton, Ga.

11:10 a.m.
Pecan IpmPIPE Belt-Wide Progress and Update for 2010—Dr. Marvin Harris, Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

11:35 a.m.
Business Meeting

12 p.m.
Lunch

1:30 p.m.
Exploring Alternative Energy Sources for the Pecan Industry—Dr. Gary Hawkins, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Georgia, Tifton, Ga.

1:55 p.m.
Contamination, Survival and Elimination of Salmonella on Pre-Harvest and Post-Harvest Pecans—Dr. Larry Beuchat, Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia, Griffin, Ga.

2:20 p.m.
Pecan Production Under a “Food Systems” Paradigm—Dr. Bruce Wood, USDA-ARS Southeastern Fruit and Tree Nut Laboratory, Byron, Ga.

2:45 p.m.
Break with Exhibitors

3:15 p.m.
The Nutrients and Bioactives of Pecans: A Potential Marketing Tool?—Dr. Ron Pegg and Dr. Ron Eitenmiller, Food Science and Technology, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

3:40 p.m.
Spotlight on Pecans: Expanding the Market—Jon Krueger, National Pecan Shellers Association, Atlanta, Ga.

4:05 p.m.
Expanding Export Markets for Pecans: China and Beyond—Terry Coleman, Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Atlanta, Ga.

4:30 p.m.
Adjourn