No. 23 Article 10/October 8, 2010

AGMasters Conference & Corn & Soybean Classics: Registration Sites are Now Open

It's time to register for the 2010 AGMasters Conference and the 2011 Corn & Soybean Classics. Together, these two University of Illinois Extension educational programs offer participants a synergistic opportunity to sharpen their crop management skills. The AGMasters Conference provides a unique classroom style setting with 2-hour advanced sessions on a variety of crop production and protection topics. Instructors from several universities (Iowa State University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska, University of Tennessee) including the University of Illinois, will provide their unique perspectives and offer their recommendations for the 2011 growing season. This 2-day event (December 2 and 3) will take place at the University of Illinois I-Conference Center just south of the Assembly Hall. Registration for this conference closes on November 17 and will be limited to the first 160 registrants. Why are we limiting the enrollment number? This ensures that our classrooms will have no more than 40 students to promote greater interaction with our instructors.

The 2011 Corn & Soybean Classics, an educational program that continues the tradition of providing our clientele with the most current and timely information related to crop production, marketing and pest management, will feature presentations by University of Illinois Extension Specialists Carl Bradley, Mike Gray, Emerson Nafziger, Terry Niblack, Gary Schnitkey, Fabián Fernández, Vince Davis and Aaron Hager. The 2011 program, which begins at 9:00 AM and concludes by 3:30 PM, will encourage communication between speakers and participants with question and answer sessions scheduled for both morning and afternoon sessions. A noon lunch and a proceedings booklet, containing synopses of all presentations, are provided to each registrant. Over 1000 people attended the Corn & Soybean Classics in 2010. We believe the excellent attendance bears affirmative testimony that our clientele place a high value on this educational program.

For more specifics about the variety of advanced sessions and topics that will be offered and to register on-line, please go to the following website: If you have registration questions about either of these conferences, please contact Sandy Osterbur by calling 1-(800)321-1296, or by email ( For questions concerning the program content, please give us a call, 1-(217)333-4424, or send us an email (, Gray and Aaron Hager

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