ISSUE 4    May 26, 2005

2005 AG PROFESSIONAL FIELD SCHOOL

This year the Southwest Research and Outreach Center-Lamberton will be the host site for the Ag Professional Field School. The two-day Field School will be held July 19-20. Only one session will be offered this summer. Enrollment will be limited to 150 people.

The Field School is offered as a hands-on, in-field program emphasizing crop and pest management diagnostic skill building in field crops. This program is targeted towards agronomists, salespeople (seed, ag chemicals, fertilizer), crop 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. A key feature of the Field School is the small learning groups students are placed in with an instructor to enhance the learning experience. Each subject is lead by experienced instructors offering personalized instruct. and offering small group activities.

The Field School will offer 12 CEUs for Certified Crop Advisers (application in process). The specific CEU categories offered will be 7=PM, 3=SW, and 2=CM. The Crop Diagnostic section will address scouting and identification of foliar diseases of soybean. Additionally, if soybean rust appears to be an imminent threat to Minnesota this summer, pertinent information will be provided in the Crop Diagnostics section.

No brochure with registration information will be available this year. ONLINE registration will be offered at the IAP web site and will require a credit card for payment. Individual and Group Registration forms can be downloaded from the IAP web site for completion as well. All details about the Field School including registration information, CEU offerings, lodging options, map to SWROC, and other details can be found on the Institute for Ag Professionals web page: http://iap.umn.edu. The registration fee for the Field School is $375 per individual. A group registration fee is available for $350/individual for five or more people employed by a single company or agribusiness. Registration deadline for the Field School is July 8, 2005.

Questions about the 2005 Field School can be directed to Kevin Cavanaugh at (612) 625-2778 or by Email: cavan008@tc.umn.edu.

Kevin Cavanaugh
Ag Professional Program Coordinator
Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
University of Minnesota


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