University of Illinois

No. 25/December 5, 1997

50 Years of Spray School: Final Notice

I take this last opportunity in 1997 to encourage you to attend the 1998 Illinois Agricultural Pesticides Conference to be held January 6, 7, and 8 at the Illini Union on the Urbana campus. Your attendance will provide you with excellent information (presentations, Proceedings, and Handbook); a nifty commemorative shoulder bag inscribed with the 50th anniversary logo (as part of your registration fee); and the opportunity to help us celebrate the history of the conference and honor four men who contributed significantly to Illinois agriculture during their careers.

The last two issues of the Bulletin (no. 23 and 24, October 10 and November 7, respectively) included considerable information about the conference, but a few items need clarification and updating. I have included another preregistration form to provide additional information about the banquet to be held on January 6. Because a preregistration form for the 1998 Illinois Crop Protection Workshop also is included, please take care when completing the form(s). Make certain you complete and send the appropriate form for the educational event you wish to attend.

CEUs for CCAs. Although I estimated that at least 10 hours of CEUs would be awarded, I underestimated. Officially, people who attend all sessions of the conference will be awarded 13.4 CEUs (0.8 in Soil and Water Management, 11.6 in Integrated Pest Management, and 1.0 in Crop Production). This is a healthy dose of CEUs for all Certified Crop Advisers who want to get an early start on accumulating them in 1998.

Banquet. A banquet honoring Pete Petty, Steve Moore, Ellery Knake, and Marshal McGlamery will be January 6 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Because, I'm told, the starting time is not printed anywhere else, you should know that the banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. The menu looks great: assorted hors d'oeuvres, southwestern-inspired appetizer, char-grilled chicken breast and a skewer of jumbo poached shrimp, rice and vegetables, and assorted desserts. Please note that the banquet is not included in the registration fee. The preregistration form at the back of this issue lists the banquet option. If you plan to attend both the conference and the banquet, please complete the form and send it to Conferences and Institutes soon.

Sad Note. Just about 3 weeks after Pete Petty passed away, Steve Moore, the second Chair of this conference, died at his home in Treasure Island, Florida. It is a shame that neither Steve nor Pete will be with us to celebrate their leadership of and dedication to this program. Nevertheless, we will honor their memories and offer the thanks they deserve.

As you think about 1998, please consider the 1998 Illinois Agricultural Pesticides Conference as the first educational program in what we hope will be a complete agenda for information as you plan for the growing season. I hope to see you there!

Kevin Steffey, Extension Entomology, (217)333-6652