The conference co-chairs and planning committee would like to invite you to attend the 56th meeting of the Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference, January 7 and 8, 2004, at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois campus. This conference has undergone many significant changes through the years, but the main objective has remained constant: to provide our clientele with the most current information available on pest management and crop production issues. We sincerely appreciate your continued dedication to this important educational program, and we hope you leave the 2004 conference better prepared to meet the challenges of the upcoming growing season.
The format of the 2004 conference remains similar to that of recent years. Our welcoming session will feature two distinguished people intimately in-volved with Illinois agriculture. We are very fortunate to welcome Dr. Robert Easter, dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, and Mr. Charles Hartke, director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, to our conference, and we eagerly anticipate their forthcoming remarks. Following the welcoming session, we will move into a session of keynote presentations that will discuss the future of integrated pest management and the agricultural input sector. The keynote speakers will offer some interesting perspectives related to where our industry is heading. Beginning with the first afternoon and continuing throughout the second day of the conference, you will have the opportunity to attend an assortment of symposia and specialized sessions.
You can choose from six symposia: (1) Pest Resistance; (2) Equipment and Application Technology; (3) Seed Purity Issues; (4) Emerging and Challenging Pest and Production Issues; (5) Pesticide Repackaging, Storage, Transport, and Application Concerns; and (6) New Developments in Crop Production and Protection Products. Each symposium will consist of three to four presentations followed by a discussion period where symposium speakers will address audience questions. The symposia sessions are organized to allow audience participants to interact with the speakers, so we hope you take advantage of the opportunity to have your questions addressed.
The specialized sessions are designed to provide more in-depth information about each topic. Ranging from pest management issues to professionalism in agriculture, the 15 specialized sessions offer a wide array of topics for you to choose from.
Many of the symposia and specialized sessions are approved for continuing education units (CEUs) for certified crop advisors. In the December issue of the Bulletin, we will provide a more detailed description of the symposia and specialized sessions, including titles, speakers, and CEUs.
For your convenience, we are providing a preregistration form in this issue of the Bulletin. In addition to mailing in the completed form, you can register for the conference by
- calling Conferences and Institutes at (217)333-2880 or toll-free at (877)455-2687,
- faxing the completed preregistration form to Conferences and Institutes at (217)333-9561, or
- going online at http://www.conferences.uiuc.edu/cptc.
On behalf of the conference co-chairs, we look forward to seeing you on January 7 and 8, 2004.--Aaron Hager