AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Integrated Crop Management Conference will be held Nov. 28 and 29 on the Iowa State campus in Ames. Conference speakers will share the latest information on crop production and protection technology from Iowa and surrounding states. Continuing education credits are available to Iowa Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) and recertification credits are available for commercial pesticide applicators in categories 1A, 1B, 1C, 4 and 10.
The conference agenda includes 40 different workshops provided by Iowa State faculty and staff, and invited Midwest speakers. A popular conference feature is the variety of guest speakers on the program.
“Each year Iowa State specialists invite colleagues in their field to share their research activities with conference attendees,” said Alison Robertson, conference planning committee chair and extension plant pathologist. “This gives those attending an opportunity to hear expertise and opinions from across the region and country at one location.”
Robertson said 11 visiting presenters representing five states will join Iowa State faculty and staff to present information on soil fertility, crop diseases, weed management and soil conservation. Completing the list of presenters are members of the Iowa State host units – ISU Extension and Outreach, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the departments of agricultural and biosystems engineering, agronomy, economics, entomology and plant pathology and microbiology.
In addition to the traditional topic-based presentations, this year’s conference program will include three focused mini-symposia, one on each of the following: production of corn stover for ethanol, sustainable biofuel production using perennial plants, and soil and water conservation to support and sustain soil quality.
Registration is $185 until Nov. 16; after Nov. 16 the registration increases to $235. Enrollment is limited and no registrations will be accepted at the door. To register online or for more information, visit the conference website at www.aep.iastate.edu/icm.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 28 in the Scheman Continuing Education Building; the conference concludes at 4 p.m. Nov 29.
Conference organizers encourage early registration to ensure admittance to the conference which typically fills to capacity with nearly 1,000 producers and agribusiness representatives in attendance.