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The 2023 Annual Conference will be held June 11-14 in Fredericksburg, TX.

Message from the LIWC Board

Dear LIWC members,

As an executive board we are excited to be meeting in-person again in the Lone Star State! The 65th Annual Livestock Insect Workers Conference (LIWC) will be held June 11 – 14, 2023 in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Industry Appreciation Award and Lifetime Achievement Award details are available on the website, as well as student travel grant applications. All awards and travel grants are due April 14th.

Last year saw our group return to in-person meetings after two consecutive years of cancellations. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at another great meeting!


Very Best Regards,


Chris Holderman, Chair

Pia Olafson

Brandon Smythe

Justin Talley

Message from the Local Arrangements Chair

Welcome to the Texas Hill Country! 

We are honored to host the 65th annual meeting of the Livestock Insect Worker’s Conference in Fredericksburg, Texas. 


Fredericksburg is a mere 20 miles north of Kerrville, which was the site of the first LIWC and is home to the USDA-ARS, Knipling-Bushland US Livestock Insects Research Laboratory (KBUSLIRL). The Laboratory has a storied history of conducting research in support of livestock entomology, and we will host a session on Sunday (late afternoon) to honor the KBUSLIRL’s 75th anniversary and hear about its past, present, and future. This Sunday afternoon session will be followed by a reception, and we encourage you all to attend!

We are eager to hear about the fantastic research being conducted by our members, and the presentation sections will occur throughout the day on Monday, Tuesday morning, and Wednesday morning. As in the past, Tuesday afternoon will be open for those interested in a field trip to Kerrville/Guadalupe River or in exploring all that Fredericksburg has to offer. Our Tuesday evening banquet will take place at the iconic Luckenbach Dance Hall where we’ll celebrate our student travel award winners and honor our Lifetime Achievement and Industry Appreciation award recipients. After the final presentations on Wednesday morning, we will conclude with our business meeting and hear more about LIWC 2024.


We are looking forward to hosting you all in the Texas Hill Country!


Pia Untalan Olafson

Kimberly Lohmeyer

Donald Thomas

-Local Arrangements Committee

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