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This year we are excited to offer continuing education credits (CEUs) to Certified Crop Advisors for several sessions at the PFI annual conference. Opportunities to earn 19 CEUs are offered in all four categories (nutrient management, soil and water management, crop management, and integrated pest management) throughout the short course and annual conference on January 18-20, 2018. CCAs, pre-register by January 11 at pficonference.org to save your place in the short course or at the annual conference.
The title of the short course this year is “Soils: Cultivating a Deeper Understanding.” For both crop and livestock operations alike, farmers across the spectrum depend on soil. This short course begins with the basics and then digs deeper into the science, offering a total of 7.5 CEUs. Please note that these are not separate sessions. In order to receive the CEU credits, you must attend the entire short course.
|January 18 1-6:30 P.M. and January 19 8-11:30 A.M.|
|The Soils of Iowa||Dr. Lee Burras||1.5 – Soil and Water Management|
|How Microbes Influence Plant Growth and Productivity||Dr. Gwyn Beattie||1.5 – Nutrient Management|
|Alternative Strategies for Building Soil Health & Enhancing Ecosystems||Dr. Cindy Cambardella||1.5 – Soil and Water Management|
|Soil-Test Biological Activity – A Tool for Soil Health Assessment||Dr. Alan Franzluebbers||1.5 – Nutrient Management|
|Group Activity and Panel||All Short Course Presenters||1.5 – Crop Management|
ANNUAL CONFERENCE SESSIONS
Ten additional sessions at the PFI Annual Conference on January 19 and 20 are approved for CEUs in all four categories.
|Friday, January 19|
|An Economic Evaluation of Cover Crops in Midwestern Agriculture||Dr. Alejandro Plastina||12:30 – 2:00 P.M.||1.5 – Crop Management|
|Carbonomics||Keith Berns||3:00 – 4:30 P.M.||1.5 – Soil and Water Management|
|Using Habitat to Increase Beneficial Insects on Fruit and Vegetable Farms||Sarah Foltz, Dave Williams||3:00 – 4:30 P.M.||1.5 – Integrated Pest Management|
|Saturday, January 20|
|Soil Health and Grazing – Can They Coexist?||Alan Franzluebbers||8:30 – 9:40 A.M.||1 – Soil and Water Management|
|Using the SmartMix Calculator to Develop Good Cover Crop Mixes||Keith Berns||10:00 – 11:10 A.M.||1 – Crop Management|
|Learning from On-Farm Research: Field Crops||Tim Sieren, Jack Boyer, Stefan Gailans||1:00 – 2:10 P.M.||1 – Crop Management|
|Off-Target Movement: Can Herbicides be Kept in Place?||Bob Hartzler||1:00 – 2:10 P.M.||1 – Integrated Pest Management|
|Using Tea Bags to Assess Soil: A Low-Cost Approach?||Marshall McDaniel||2:30 – 3:40 P.M.||1 – Nutrient Management|
|Learning from On-Farm Research: Livestock||Bruce and Connie Carney, Tom and Irene Frantzen, Meghan Filbert||4:00 – 5:10 P.M.||1 – Crop Management|
|Soil Health: Continuous Testing, Continual Learning||Mitchell Hora||4:00 – 5:10 P.M.||1 – Nutrient Management|
To record your attendance at each session, you will sign-in at the beginning and sign-out following the session. Please have your CCA number available.
Registration for the short course can be purchased on its own or in combination with registration for one or both days of the PFI Annual Conference; you cannot purchase a registration for only one session within the short course or conference. Register online at pficonference.org.