Schedule Information


NAICC First Lady Lori McMillan has chosen the “Book’em” as the NAICC Community Service Project for 2023. 

Each year, Book’em places reading volunteers in dozens of classrooms in Nashville’s inner city and gives tens of thousands of books to underserved children through partnerships with 160 schools and community organizations. The majority of these books are donated!

Book’em can use new, like-new, and very gently used children’s books in great condition – from board books to chapter books (ages 0-18). Please bring your donations with your to Nashville and drop them off at registration. One book or 10 will go a long way in helping Nashville’s youth.

Click HERE for more information.


Continuing Education Units: Attendees will have the opportunity to gain 25 Consultant Education Units (CEUs) through the CPCC program for the educational portion of the Annual Meeting. CEUs awarded for the Efficacy Workshop are 8; GLP Training are awarded 4; and 4 for the NAICC/GAIAC Workshop.

NAICC will submit the preliminary program to various state and national certification programs and associations for CEU credit review. The Quality Assurance portion of the program will be reviewed for CEUs by the Society of Quality Assurance. CEUs awarded for these programs will be announced in the NAICC News, on the NAICC Web site and at registration.

NAICC Sponsored Workshops: NAICC is proud to offer two workshops this year in addition to our popular GLP training. If attending only a workshop and not the annual meeting, then select ‘Workshop Only’ on the meeting registration form.

On Monday, January 23, 2023, NAICC is hosting our 5th Efficacy Research Workshop focusing on how to conduct good efficacy trials. The workshop will be held between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, with registration and continental breakfast beginning at 7:30 am. Click here to view the agenda.

The morning session will include lectures from our invited speakers whereas the afternoon session will be an interactive workshop. Invited speakers will share their knowledge about insecticide, fungicide, herbicide, and agronomic efficacy trial conduct focusing on row crops. The small group discussions will include research trial problem solving scenarios, as well as a spray booth demonstration.

Attendance certification and CEUs for CPCC-I, CPCC-R, CCA and PCAs will be provided at the end of the workshop.  The cost is $140. The final program is coming soon.

If you are a contract researcher and you are interested in giving a short talk to your peers about specific trial evaluation and application methods, please contact Anna Meszaros, the chair of the Researcher Education Committee at

  • GLP Training for Researchers and Quality Assurance Professionals

These popular workshops will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 am. Three workshops will be offered.

    • Basic GLP Training: Limited to 100 participants. This session is aimed at those with 0-2 years GLP experience. It gives a basic overview of the GLP regulations with emphasis on the responsibilities of QA, Study Directors and Principal Investigators as it relates to your role in a GLP environment. The session is designed to be interactive and will provide you the opportunity to hear how others interpret the regulations and how to best apply them to your job function.
    • Refresher GLP Training: Limited to 60 participants. This course will refresh and challenge your GLP knowledge and has something for everyone. You will be encouraged to think outside the box when interpreting the GLPs. Material will cover topics relevant to field, lab, and sponsor GLP personnel, utilizing real-life scenarios and group discussion. We will also focus on a particular GLP area/topic for deeper understanding.  GLP experts/consultants will be present to moderate and answer questions.
    • Practical Field Workshop Harvesting:  Limited to 25 participants. This hands-on workshop will focus on techniques, equipment, data documentation, and GLP compliance.  This session is designed to provide practical information on overall trial conduct, GLP compliance issues, industry best practices, and efficiency in capturing raw data for field research personnel and QA professionals conducting/auditing GLP studies.

    Attendance certification and CEUs for CPCC-I, CPCC-R, CCA, SQA and PCAs will be provided at the end of the workshop.  The cost is $125. For more information click here. 

  • Consultant’s Workshop

Understanding and Assessing the Efficacy of Biological Based Products For Improved Plant, Soil Health And Pest Management

The Global Alliance of Independent Ag Consultants (GAIAC) and NAICC will host their fifth joint consultant’s workshop on Tuesday afternoon, January 24, 2023, from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Agricultural consultants/advisors, industry representatives, academic and independent researchers, and regulatory officials review the increasing number of biological based products being introduced. How do consultants, researchers and regulators assess the validity and efficacy of the claims made? The workshop will explore what does and does not work and other concerns around the evaluation and confirmation of benefit claims.

Attendance certification and CEUs for CPCC-I, CPCC-R, CCA and PCAs will be provided at the end of the workshop.  The cost is $100.


The exciting and educational Outgoing President’s Reception and Exhibit Hall Extravaganza will kick off at 5:30 pm, on Thursday evening, January 26. We’ll join together to pay tribute to NAICC President Grant McMillan as he wraps up his Presidential year. Catch up with peers, meet key industry representatives and learn about new technologies – simply by spending time in the Exhibit Hall. Exhibitors have the opportunity to give away prizes during the evening so be sure to drop off your business card in designated boxes throughout the day and at the beginning of the Extravaganza.

Going on at the same time in the Exhibit Hall is The Foundation’s (FEAE) Silent Auction. Proceeds go toward instrumental educational programs that benefit our industry at large. Be a part this fun event by donating a unique item or by being the winning bid of a one-of-a-kind items from donated from throughout North America and Europe. You are sure to have a great time checking out the intriguing array of items and then protecting your bid to make sure your item of choice goes home with you!


(register for tours when you register for the meeting)

  • Spouse and Guest Tour –  $140


Thursday, January 26, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

WORLD FAMOUS STAGE. MUSIC MUSEUM. MOTHER CHURCH. THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM – is more than a Nashville landmark. Ryman Auditorium is one of the most active and celebrated venues in modern music. Generations of artists, seekers, creators, rule-breakers and rebels have made their mark on the famous stage. From Elvis to Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash to Wu-Tang Clan, Paul Simon to Tom Petty, B.B. King to Kings of Leon, the Ryman is a source of inspiration where legendary moments are still in the making.

After a 45 minute guided tour, historical video and time at the gift shop, attendees will walk across the street to 5th and BROAD, a new retail center with shopping and the Assembly Food Hall. This upscale food court is an innovative culinary and entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Nashville. Inspired by the city’s diverse culture, Assembly Food Hall brings together an unrivaled collection of the best sights, sounds and tastes of Music City under one roof. Food vouchers and designated seating will be provided along with time to shop.

Our next sweet stop is at the GOO GOO shop on Broadway and 3rd Ave. Here attendees will make their own customized Goo Goo cluster, the official candy bar of Nashville, and take home a commemorative apron. This group activity will be sure to sweeten your day.

From here, you can return to the hotel or cross the street and visit the Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash museums (tickets not included in tour price). Or enjoy some sights and sounds as you meander back to the hotel along Lower Broadway, also know as the Honky Tonk Highway that made Nashville famous.

Weather permitting, this is a walking tour covering 5 blocks. If weather is undesirable, transportation will be provided.

  • Group Tour – $165


Saturday, January 28, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

No, you won’t be taking to the air, but you will enjoy a special flight in the Jack Daniel’s Hollow. Let one of our seasoned storytellers guide you through Mr. Jack’s distillery and old-time Tennessee whiskey-making process. Then, finish your trip with a memorable stop at our historic Barrel House 1-14. Here, you’ll linger over and sip five of our most popular whiskeys and liqueurs. We have arranged for one of their quality control team members to discuss how they source their ingredients.

For great food with a side of history, attendees will enjoy lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Restaurant, over 100 years of operation. You’ll enjoy the down-home cooking just like Mr. Jack did a century ago. Meals are family style and are included in the tour price. Time for shopping is also available to purchase souvenirs and keep sakes. This quick 90 minute drive provides a last chance to catch up with your NAICC family, while enjoying the sights of Tennessee.