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URBANA -- Online registration is now open for the 2014 AGMasters Conference, scheduled for Dec. 15-16 at the iHotel and Conference Center in Chamapign.

This sixth annual conference, hosted by University of Illinois Extension, is scheduled to begin with a general session that features speakers covering a variety of topics. These topics include potential water protection rules and standards; implications of the new Farm Bill; agrichemical/agribusiness/industry education initiatives; and the practical implications of evolutionary principles regarding resistance development by insects, plant pathogens, and weeds.

Following the general session, attendees can choose eight out of 16 specialized sessions.

Topics offered include cover crops, managing big data, refining herbicide application techniques, Palmer amaranth biology/ecology, western corn rootworm resistance to Bt, understanding and managing Pythium, methods to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus losses, white mold and soybean production, fusarium head blight of wheat, use of drones for aerial scouting, advance in corn genetics, management of insects in stored grain, and soybean management with pollinator considerations.

Leading the workshops will be speakers from Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Guelph, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, and the University of Wisconsin.

Mike Gray, a U of I professor of crop sciences, said space in the breakout sessions is limited, and those with interest in this conference are encouraged to register early to help ensure the availability of specialized classes of most interest.

The registration fee for this event is $250 through Dec. 5. Enrollment in the specialized sessions is on a first-come, first-served basis.

“One of the most popular features of this two-day event is the opportunity to interact with instructors from many universities in small classroom-style sessions” Gray said. “The instructors have been encouraged to solicit input and questions from the participants. So please come loaded up with questions for these researchers to address.”

Register online at For more information about registration, contact Sandy Osterbur at

Continuing education credits are offered in the following categories: professional development (1.5), crop management (4.0), IPM (10.5), nutrient management (1.5), and soil and water management (3.5).


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