No. 17 Article 2/July 21, 2006

Fall 2006 Courses in the Off-Campus Graduate Studies Program

People involved in agriculture and horticulture might be interested in two courses to be offered in the Off-Campus Graduate Studies program during the upcoming fall semester. The Department of Crop Sciences will offer CPSC 479, Insect Pest Management, via two-way video at four locations--Champaign, Mt. Vernon, Oak Brook, and Springfield. The content will include fundamentals of entomology and management of insects in turf, ornamentals, trees and shrubs, fruit and vegetable crops, and field crops. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:45 p.m., August 23 through December 6 (no class on November 22 during fall break). Instructors will be Drs. Kevin Steffey, Rick Weinzierl, and Phil Nixon. The course is offered for 4 undergraduate hours, 4 graduate hours, and/or 30 CEUs in IPM for Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs). For more information about the course, contact Kevin Steffey (ksteffey@uiuc.edu) or visit the web site.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences will offer (jointly with Crop Sciences and Agricultural Education) NRES 488, Soil Fertility and Fertilizers, online, delivered via Elluminate interactive course management system. The course will provide a general overview of basic soil fertility as it relates to soil characteristics, soil-plant relationships, and nutrient form and reaction in the soil. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:45 p.m., August 22 through December 5 (no class on November 21). The instructor will be Dr. Howard Brown. The course is offered for 3 undergraduate hours, 3 graduate hours, and/or 30 CEUs for CCAs (20 in Nutrient Management, 4 in Soil and Water Management, 6 in Crop Management). For more information about the course, contact Howard Brown (hbrown@growmark.com) or visit the web site.

To register for either course, visit www.outreach.uiuc.edu. In the menu on the left, click on "Registration." People who wish to take a course solely to earn CCA CEUs should click on "Non-Credit." If you need help with registration, contact the registrar, Peggy Day, at (217)244-2507.--Kevin Steffey

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