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Annual Meeting at Kingsville Citrus Center
US (TX): Citrus greeing on agenda for Subtropical Plant Science SocietyThe Subtropical Plant Science Society is holding its annual meeting on 29th February at the Texas A&M-Kingsville Citrus Center, 312 N. International Blvd., Weslaco. Admission is priced at $15 and includes lunch. Registration is at 7am, with presentations commencing at 8am. The event will come to a conclusion at noon.
The society, which was formerly knowns as the Rio Grande Valley Horticultural Society, has invited along Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples as the keynote speaker, according to Dr. John da Graca, director of the citrus center.
“Commissioner Staples’ talk is titled ‘Border Security and Valley Agriculture,’ which is among the many issues of special interest to agricultural producers right now,” da Graca said.
Other speakers will be attending the event to discuss citrus greening disease, recently confirmed in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
“Citrus greening is one of the most serious diseases to affect trees worldwide, and it’s of special concern to us now,” he said. “We’ll have speakers from several citrus production areas of the country to discuss the implication of this disease on the future of Texas citrus production.”
Other speakers include John McClung, president of the Texas Produce Association, whose talk is titled, “The U.S./Mexico Produce Industry in Troubled Times,” da Graca said.
“Dr. Juan Landivar, director of the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco, will also be with us to discuss his center’s research programs,” he said.
He also said that the event had been promoted in several colleges and universities and students were anticipated to attend as a result.
“We’re expecting a good turnout,” da Graca said. “This is a pivotal time in agriculture here in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and we’ve gone to great lengths to bring in knowledgeable speakers to address these pressing issues.”
Dr. K. Rod Summy, associate professor of biology at the University of Texas – Pan American and president of the Subtropical Plant Science Society, said all are welcome.
“We expect to have a very productive meeting this year, and we welcome anyone with an interest in agriculture or plant science to attend this meeting,” he said.
Publication date: 2/24/2012
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