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Announcing the University of Minnesota's Institute for Ag Professional Summer Educational Programming

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by David Nicolai, Coordinator for the Institute for Ag Professionals

2014 Ag Professional Field School

July 30 & 31, 2014 - St. Paul, MN

A hands-on, in-field program emphasizing crop and pest management diagnostic skill building in field crops. The program is geared to the educational needs of new and recently employed ag professionals who are in a beginning to intermediate phase in their agronomy careers.

           A 2-day program taught in the field and St. Paul campus greenhouse labs.

           Hands-on activities examining current pests, diseases, varieties, and other crop   issues.

           Offered on July 30 & 31 (Wednesday & Thursday), 2014.

           The location is the University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station in St. Paul, MN. The program will begin at 9:00 am (registration from 8:00-9:00 am) on Wednesday, July 30th at the University of Minnesota Plant Growth Facilities & Greenhouse Classroom, 1522 Gortner Ave on the St. Paul campus. 

This program is targeted towards early career agronomists, crop production retailers, seed sellers, consultants, Extension Educators, agriculture government agency personnel, farm managers and summer scouts. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their troubleshooting and crop management skills in specially designed plots that display actual cropping situations. Small learning groups are a key feature of the Field School. Each subject is led by experienced instructors offering personalized instruction and small group activities.


  2014 Advanced Field Crop Workshops

 July 9th at Lamberton and August 21st at Crookston.

Two Advanced Field Crop Workshops are scheduled for July 9th at the University of Minnesota Southwest Outreach & Research Center at Lamberton (half-day session) and August 21st , 2014 at the University of Minnesota Northwest Research & Outreach Center at Crookston (half-day session). The July 9th workshop at Lamberton will feature advanced topics in Weed Science including, influence of time of weed removal on corn and soybean weed control and yield, building a cost-effective weed management program that addresses herbicide resistance and discussions on developing weed management technologies while the August 21st workshop at Crookston will focus on Goss's Wilt disease management in corn and Herbicide Mode of Action in-field diagnostics.  

Additional program information and registration for both the Field School and the Advanced Field Crop Workshops will be available in mid-May on the University of Minnesota Extension's Institute for Ag Professionals website.

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