No. 4 Article 1/April 17, 2009

Don't Forget to Mark Your Calendar for the First Illinois Ag Masters Conference

The first Illinois Ag Masters Conference will be held on December 1 and 2, 2009, in Champaign, at the new I Hotel and Conference Center, located just across St. Mary's Road from the Assembly Hall. On day 1, participants will hear outstanding speakers in a large general session. The topics should be of interest to certified crop advisers and other ag professionals throughout the state and region. Day 2 will feature advanced sessions, with enrollments limited to 30 participants each. We intend to offer each of these classroom-style sessions twice. Instructors will challenge participants with the latest research findings across multiple disciplines (e.g., agronomy, entomology, plant pathology, weed science). Professors from the University of Illinois and other institutions will engage participants in analyzing peer-reviewed journal articles and will lead discussions on the implications and relevance of these scientific findings to rapidly evolving agricultural management practices and issues.

The precise number of advanced classes is still being determined, but we anticipate approximately 120 registrants for day 2. Enrollment will be capped and be on a first-come, first-served basis. The conference will feature a two-tiered registration system--you can register for the first day (general session) only, for the second day (advanced sessions) only, or for both days. Costs are still being determined, but participants who register for both days will receive a discount.

As the planning for this new conference continues, we will provide updates about developments in the Bulletin and through other media. Until we develop an on-line registration site (later this summer), please do not attempt to register for the conference yet. For now, place a hold on your calendar for December 1 and 2. We look forward to an exciting event.--Mike Gray

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