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Issue No. 23, Article 1/October 5, 2007

Early Information About the 60th Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference, January 9 and 10, 2008

The planning committee for the 2008 Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference was busy during the summer trying to plan a program that would be issue-oriented and have wide appeal to agricultural professionals. Although we still are ironing out the details, some of the infrastructure is locked in. So mark your calendars for January 9 and 10, 2008, when the 60th version of this event will be held at the University of Illinois Illini Union.

The format of this year's program is somewhat "retro," as we are returning to the original organization--that is, with all presentations being made to all participants in one room for the duration of the conference. From 2001 through 2007, we offered concurrent educational sessions, a format received very well by participants. However, with three concurrent sessions and each session presented only twice, some participants have expressed concern about not being able to participate in every session. So we have chosen to revert to the original format as a 60th-year capstone.

For the 60th Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference, we have concentrated most of our programming efforts on five issue-based symposia focused on current and near-future issues: high-production soybean management, managing nutrients and water quality, pest resistance and resistance management, "IPM in the crosshairs," and high-production corn management. We hope that the presentations in each symposium address the most critical concerns, answer some of the toughest questions, and open the doors for continued discussion.

For more information about the 2008 Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference, contact Sandy Osterbur (800-321-1296, saosterb@uiuc.edu). We look forward to seeing many of you there.--Kevin Steffey

Kevin Steffey

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