Extension Ag Update
September/October 2002
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Educational Opportunities

Throughout the year University of Illinois Extension offers workshops, round tables, field days and other events to keep producers up-to-date on the most current research based information. Keep in touch with your local Extension Office for programs addressing the topics that interest you and are offered in your county. To find your county's website go to: http://web.aces.uiuc.edu/ve/

On-Line Dairy Classes

Michael Hutjens, Extension Specialist, Urbana, 217-333-2928, hutjensm@uiuc.edu
Source: Bob Sampson, Extension Comm. Specialist, Phone 217- 244-0225, sampson@uiuc.edu

Two University of Illinois dairy classes will be offered this fall on-line. Registration is now open for the classes—Advanced Dairy Nutrition and Dairy Reproduction and Management.

Advanced Dairy Nutrition will meet on Monday evenings on the World Wide Web beginning Sept. 30 and ending Dec. 10. The class includes a new section on metabolic disorders, an updated section on transition cow management and feeding, and forage-based feeding approaches including pasture. The class is limited to the first 25 to enroll.

Dairy Reproduction and Management begins Oct. 1 and will continue for 10 weeks at 7 p.m. It will be limited to 25 students on campus and 25 students off campus. Topics to be covered include female and male physiology, heat detection, new target breeding programs, health management and applications, and new technologies. To enroll in these classes on-line go to: http://www.outreach.uiuc.edu/ansci/class_info/

Putting Small Acreage’s to Work (for You?)

November 9, 2002, 8:00 – 2:50, Rock Valley College

Are you looking for ways in which to increase your income? Specialty and ethnic markets may hold the key for that potential for you. A workshop sponsored by University of Illinois Extension is scheduled for November 9 at Rock Valley College in Rockford. The workshop will cover a wide range of topics, including; “Understanding Ethnic Markets,” “Where Are All the Good Ideas,” “Ag. Tourism,” “Profit Potential in Commercial Fruits and Vegetables” and “Viticulture.” For further information and to receive registration materials, contact the Extension Office in Boone, DeKalb, McHenry or Winnebago counties.