Extension Ag Update
January/February 2003
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Educational Opportunities

University of Illinois Agriculture Events

New programs are being confirmed every day. Keep in touch with your Extension Office for programs addressing the topics that interest you and are offered in your County. To find your counties website go to: http://web.aces.uiuc.edu/ve/

2003 Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference, January 7 and 8, Urbana

The 2003 program will be held at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois. Numerous CCA-CEU's available. Register by: calling Conferences and Institutes at (217) 333-2880 or toll-free at (877) 455-2687.

Highlights of the conference include the following:

Keynote session

  • Homeland Security and Ag Bio
  • Integrated Food and Ag-Biosecurity Command and Control Concept
  • Homeland Security in Illinois: An Agenda
  • Decision Making in Times of Uncertain Crises: Consumers' Risk Attitudes and Risk Perceptions
  • National Plant Pest and Disease Network: Increased Vigilance for Agricultural Security

Six symposia (four presentations within each symposium)

  • Environmental Stewardship and Spray Drift
  • Invasive Species
  • Improving Water Quality and Natural Resources 4· Key Pest and Crop Management Issues
  • Stewardship of Transgenic Technologies
  • New Developments in Crop Protection Products: A University's

Fifteen seminars (smaller group interactions)

  • Conflict An Opportunity for Development
  • Economics of Site-Specific Management
  • Biology and Control of Selected Problem Weeds
  • Aquatic Weed Management
  • Earthworms and Soil Management Practices
  • Disease Interactions: SCN, SDS, and BSR: What's Going on Here?
  • Stress and the Common Corn Plant
  • Managing Birds, Deer, and Small Rodents in the Field
  • Getting It Right the First Time: Calibrating Field Sprayers
  • Transmission of Bean Pod Mottle Virus in Soybeans by Bean Leaf Beetles and Western Corn Rootworm Adults
  • Herbicide Fate as Influenced by the Soil
  • Winter Annual Weed Management
  • CSI: Crop Symptom Investigation
  • Drift Reduction Tools and Techniques
  • Understanding Herbicide Modes of Action: Invaluable in Diagnosing Herbicide Injury and Preventing Resistance Development

Illinois/ Wisconsin Stateline Horse Conference, Feb. 22, 9:00 am 4:00 pm, Bristol, WI

Horse owners wanting an overview of best management practices for their horses, stables and pastures will not want to miss this event. Topics include: When to panic and call the vet, Horse Nutrition, Pasture Management, Manure Management: Storage, Composting and Removal, Housing Your Horse, What You Need to Know , Federal Laws and Regulations, State Laws and Regulations that affect Horses

For more information contact your Extension Office or Rose Skora, Kenosha/Racine UW-Extension, 262-857-1945, rose.skora@ces.uwex.edu

Certified Livestock Managers Training Workshops

Randy Fonner; (217) 333-2611; refonner@uiuc.edu;
Ted Funk; (217) 333-9313; funkt@uiuc.edu

Workshops will be held at the locations listed below. To register for a workshop, or to order the new LPES curriculum, call 1-800-345-6087. Please register at least 3 weeks prior to the workshop you would like to attend. If you choose to order the CD version of the curriculum manual, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader software to read or print the material.

Prices are listed below and payment is by phone or mail. The manual and CD are mailed UPS two-day delivery.

LPES Manual-Print version $36.00 + $6.50 shipping
LPES Manual-CD version $15.00 + $3.50 shipping
LPES Manual-Print & CD version $46.00 + $6.50 shipping
CLMT Workshop Registration $10.00 per person

January 21, 2003

Location: Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 150 E. Pleasant Hill Rd., Carbondale. For directions call University of Illinois Extension Carbondale Center at 618.453.5563. The workshop begins at 8:20 a.m. with registration; class starts at 8:50 a.m. The IL Department of Agriculture written exam will be offered at 1:30 p.m.

January 24, 2003

Location: Sangamon/Menard Co. Extension Office, Illinois State Fairgrounds, South Gate, Bldg. 30, Springfield, IL. For directions call the Sangamon/Menard Co. Extension Office at 217.782.4617. The workshop begins at 8:20 a.m. with registration; class starts at 8:50 a.m. The IL Department of Agriculture written exam will be offered at 1:30 p.m.

February 3, 2003 - Focus on SWINE

Location: White Co. Extension Office, 1715 College Ave., Carmi, IL. For directions call the White Co. Extension Office at 618.382.2662. This workshop will primarily be aimed at swine producers with examples and discussion, but is open to ALL producers. The workshop begins at 8:20 a.m. with registration; class starts at 8:50 a.m. The IL Department of Agriculture written exam will be offered at 1:30 p.m.

February 10, 2003 - Focus on BEEF/DAIRY

Location: Clinton Co. Extension Office, 1163 North 4th St., Breese, IL. For directions call the Clinton Co. Extension Office at 618.526.4551. This workshop will primarily be aimed at beef/dairy producers with examples and discussion, but is open to ALL producers. TIMES DIFFER FOR THIS WORKSHOP. The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration; class starts at 10:00 a.m. The IL Department of Agriculture written exam will be offered at 2:00 p.m.

February 11, 2003

Location: St. Paul’s Church United Church of Christ, 330 North Buhrman St., Nashville, IL. For directions call the Washington Co. Extension Office at 618.327.8881. The workshop begins at 8:20 a.m. with registration; class starts at 8:50 a.m. The IL Department of Agriculture written exam will be offered at 1:30 p.m.

February 20, 2003

Location: McLean Co. farm Bureau Bldg. 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington, IL. For directions call the McLean Co. Extension Office at 309.663.8306. The workshop begins at 8:20 a.m. with registration; class starts at 8:50 a.m. The IL Department of Agriculture written exam will be offered at 1:30 p.m.

February 21, 2003

Location: Effingham Co. Extension Office, 1209 Wenthe Dr., Effingham, IL. For directions call the Effingham Co. Extension Office at 217.347.5126. The workshop begins at 8:20 a.m. with registration; class starts at 8:50 a.m. The IL Department of Agriculture written exam will be offered at 1:30 p.m.

February 24, 2003

Location: Lake Storey Pavilion, 1572 Mechan Dr, (N Lake Storey Rd, turn at ball field) Galesburg, IL. For directions call the Knox Co. Extension Office at 309.342.5108. The workshop begins at 8:20 a.m. with registration; class starts at 8:50 a.m. The IL Department of Agriculture written exam will be offered at 1:30 p.m.

February 25, 2003 - Focus on BEEF/DAIRY

Location: Park Hills Evangelical Free Church, 2525 W. Stephenson, Freeport, IL. For directions call the Stephenson Co. Extension Office at 815.235.4125. This workshop will primarily be aimed at beef/dairy producers with examples and discussion, but is open to ALL producers. TIMES DIFFER FOR THIS WORKSHOP. The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration; class starts at 10:00 a.m. The IL Department of Agriculture written exam will be offered at 2:00 p.m.

February 26, 2003

Location: Naaman Diehl Auditorium, Carroll Co. Farm Bureau Bldg., Rt. 64 & 78 south edge of Mt. Carroll, IL. For directions call the Carroll Co. Extension Office at 815.244.9444. The workshop begins at 8:20 a.m. with registration; class starts at 8:50 a.m. The IL Department of Agriculture written exam will be offered at 1:30 p.m.

February 28, 2003

Location: DeKalb Co. Farm Bureau Bldg., 1350 W. Prairie Dr., Sycamore, IL. For directions call the DeKalb Co. Extension Office at 815.758.8194. The workshop begins at 8:20 a.m. with registration; class starts at 8:50 a.m. The IL Department of Agriculture written exam will be offered at 1:30 p.m.

March 3, 2003

Host/Location: Adams/Brown Co. Extension Office, 330 S. 36th St., Quincy, IL. For directions call the Adams/Brown Co. Extension Office at 217.223.8380. The workshop begins at 8:20 a.m. with registration; class starts at 8:50 a.m. The IL Department of Agriculture written exam will be offered at 1:30 p.m.

2003 Shepherd’s Clinic, Jan. 6 and Jan. 13

Topics covered in the Clinic’s two sessions include increasing lamb survival and assisting with difficult births, ram behavior, biological controls for barn flies, sheep diseases, and the scrapie eradication program. Presenting the topics will be A. Richard Cobb, U of I Extension sheep specialist; Mike Neary, Purdue University Extension sheep specialist; Debbie Royer, a sheep producer from Washington; Rick Jones, the designated scrapie epidemiologist for Illinois; and Clifford Shipley, associate professor in the U of I College of Veterinary Medicine. . For more information contact Dr. Cobb at (217) 333-7351 or by e-mail at: arcobb@uiuc.edu.

Sheep Grazing Telenet, Jan. 14.

The Sheep Grazing Telenet is targeted toward producers who want to expand their knowledge on grazing, Topic include frost seeding, as well as other timely topics. Producers will be encouraged to ask questions and to participate in the discussion.

West. IL Grazing Conf. & IL Forage Institute, Jan. 11, 8:30am - 3:30 pm, Macomb

This program will be focused on best management recommendations for forage production and pasture management. The Institute will be held at Western Illinois Univ. at Macomb. For more information, contact Dean Oswald, Macomb Extension Center, at 308-836-2265.