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Iowa's Annual Crop Management Conference Is Nov. 29-30

Register now to attend 2006 ICM Conference and Agribusiness Expo Nov. 29-30 at Ames.

The 18th Annual Integrated Crop Management Conference and the Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) Agribusiness Expo will be held Nov. 29 and 30 on the Iowa State University (ISU) campus at Ames.

"Combining our annual education conference and the Expo with a common date and location is a great benefit for participants. This allows service providers and retail dealers an opportunity to participate in both events without being away from their business for an extended period of time," says Gerald Miller, program director, ISU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension.

"Our AAI members are always looking for new technology, data and innovation from the academic side of our industry. Partnering with the ISU ICM conference in late November should provide an excellent venue to start out the new crop year," adds Paul MacKendrick, AAI services chair.

Conference attendees can choose from 37 different presentations that offer the latest information on crop production and protection technology in Iowa and surrounding states. The conference is hosted by ISU Extension, ISU College of Agriculture and the departments of agronomy, entomology, plant pathology and agricultural and biosystems engineering.

The Agribusiness Expo presents a comprehensive collection of new and innovative products covering all facets of the agribusiness industry. More than 50 exhibitors will have displays of their produces and services for this year's Expo, which will be held in Hilton Coliseum.

Registration for the 2006 Integrated Crop Management Conference and Agribusiness Expo is now open. To register online for this event or for more information, visit ISU's Agribusiness Education Program Web site at Companies interested in exhibiting at the expo should contact Joan O'Brien, at (515) 262-8323, or via e-mail at .

ISU Extension offers 2006 dealer updates

Updates on the latest crop production products and recommendations are the featured topics of the 2006 Ag Chemical Dealer Updates. Sponsored by Iowa State University Extension, this series will be held Nov. 21 to Dec. 19 at nine locations around Iowa.

"These meetings are a chance for ag input dealers to meet with Extension specialists to review current research, discuss new products and learn of new recommendations," says Brent Pringnitz, coordinator of ISU's Agribusiness Education Program.

Each location will feature presentations on weed, insect and crop disease management as well as soil nutrient management. Each meeting is approved for Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) credits. In addition, the meetings offer recertification for Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicators in categories 1A, 1B, 1C and 10.

For more information about a particular program, contact your ISU area Etension crop production specialist. Registration materials and additional information about the meetings is available at

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