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Seminars assisting farm communities

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[JAN. 26, 2004]  This year the Illinois regional "What's New in Drainage?" seminars will help producers, landowners, crop advisers and agricultural consultants evaluate the benefits and options for a variety of agricultural drainage systems. There will be six seminars in February at various locations across Illinois, with the closest one to us being in Taylorville on Feb. 20.

Certified crop advisers who attend these seminars will be able to earn continuing education units: four in soil and water management and one in professional development.

The seminars will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration from 8 to 8:45 a.m. The registration fee of $25 is due one week before a meeting and includes a noon luncheon and take-home materials.

[For more details, see "Options in drainage design are focus of seminars."]

Agronomy programs scheduled locally

"Insect Management and Pest Resistance" programs have been scheduled through the Latitude Bridge system, which involves both computer images and voice delivery. Specialists from the University of Illinois, Iowa State University and other land-grant universities in the Midwest will be involved. Following are the workshops that have been scheduled:

Feb. 5 -- Soybean Aphid Teleconference

March 5 -- Insect/Weed Resistance Teleconference

March 12 -- Plant Disease/Nematode Resistance Teleconference

All these will be at the local Extension office. The Feb. 5 workshop will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and the two workshops in March are scheduled from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Lunch will be on your own each day.

CCA credits have been applied for.

Preregistration and a $5 fee are required. To preregister, stop by the office or send a check made out to U of I, for the $5 fee per workshop, to Logan County Extension, 980 N. Postville Drive, Lincoln, IL 62656.

 

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Farm management workshop

Economics offerings for this year include an Illinois Farm Management Workshop on Feb. 4 in Lincoln. Participants may bring their own laptop computers and instructors will assist in installing the software. Agenda items are "Crop Budgeting and Controlling Farmland (Leasing or Purchasing)," "Machinery Economics," and "Crop Insurance Decision Making."

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and instruction will begin at 9:50. Lunch will be provided at noon, and the program will adjourn by 3 p.m.

The registration fee is $45. Contact Sue Esposito at (217) 333-5506 or the Logan County Extension office for more information and registration blanks.

Nutrient management plans workshop

"Creating and Following Nutrient Management Plans" is one of the hottest topics in production agriculture. Logan County has scheduled a Feb. 24 workshop to assist you in developing plans. This workshop should be of benefit to those wishing to complete individual plans, people desiring to write plans for others on a commercial basis, and allied industry and government personnel wishing to assist clientele.

Six hours of CCA credit are available for this workshop.

Contact the Extension office for a specific schedule and registration information. Preregistration, with payment of $25 fee, is required.

[John Fulton, local unit leader,
University of Illinois Extension]

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