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Crop Pest Management Short Course and MCPR Trade Show

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AG: Big Data's New Frontier

2014 date and location

December 9-11, 2014 Minneapolis Convention Center and adjacent Minneapolis Hilton Hotel

Description

University of Minnesota Extension and The Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Association (MCPR) will host the 2014 CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center from December 9 through 11, 2014.

The three-day program starts Tuesday, December 9 with the Technical Service Provider (TSP) recertification program followed by a special session on remote sensing and back by popular demand, Dan Frieberg, CEO, Premier Crop Systems LLC, will drill down into the elements of successful, productive site specific agronomy.

Pesticide Applicator Recertification sessions will be from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9 and continue at 8:00 am through 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10 for categories A (Core), C (Field Crop Pest Management) and H (Seed Treatment).

The CPM Short Course’s General Session will start at 8:00 am on Wednesday, December 10 with the theme “Ag: Big Data’s New Frontier”. Dr. Michael Schmitt, associate dean and professor at the University of Minnesota, will provide insight into the decision-making process regarding fertilizer management from a producer perspective; Aaron Ault, senior research engineer at Purdue University, will discuss Open Ag Data Alliance which is an open project for farmer-focused crop data privacy, interoperability, and security trend; and Dr. Galen P. Dively, professor emeritus University of Maryland, will review and discuss neonicotinoid insecticides, their history, current use and potential unintended consequences.

The concurrent sessions at the CPM Short Course on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday all day will continue the strong educational program with a wealth of pest, crop and fertilizer management topics including using soybean seed treatments for the control of soybean aphids; monitoring crop insects using remote sensing; giant ragweed biology and control; big equipment and sprayer technology; weed seed bank management; corn stover removal and soil fertility; corn yield potential as effected by weather and water; revised nitrogen best management practices; understanding soybean physiology to increase yields; and sulfur management for corn and grain markets – prices for 2015. These sessions and more will build upon the idea that we have control of our destiny and the long-term success of our industry.

Who should attend?

Agronomists, sales people (seeds, chemicals, fertilizers), crop consultants, crop production specialists, regional and local extension educators, government agency personnel, farm managers, and anyone else who appreciates high quality research-based professional training.

Continuing education credits

Certified crop advisors will be able to collect a total of 15 CCA continuing education credits over the course of the 3-day program.

Program registration and fees

The registration fees for the 2014 Crop Pest Management Short Course and MCPR Trade Show are as follows:

Early Pricing (on or before 11/18/14)

Late Pricing (after 11/1/14)

Register online or by completing the registration form and faxing or mailing to: MCPR, 15490 101st Ave N, Suite 100, Maple Grove, MN 55369.

Lodging, maps, parking

Hotel accommodations

Attendees can book their hotel rooms at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis online or by calling (888) 421-1442 and asking for the MN Crop Production Retailers rate.

The discounted MCPR room rate of $110/night is good until Tuesday, November 25th or until the MCPR room block is sold-out.

For other area hotels, please see the map.

Driving directions

(To the Minneapolis Convention Center, Downtown Minneapolis)

FROM THE WEST (I-94):
Take the 4th Street exit from I-94 and proceed to 2nd Ave. S. (Do NOT turn right onto 2nd Avenue North.) Turn right on 2nd Ave. S. and go eight blocks to Convention Center.

FROM THE EAST (I-94):
Take the 11th Street Exit: follow 11th Street S. until you reach 2nd Avenue South, turn left onto 2nd Avenue S. and cross 12th Street S. The Convention Center will be on your left. The Underground Plaza Parking Ramp is on your right.

FROM THE WEST (I-394):
Take Downtown Exit (12th Street): follow 12th Street S. to 2nd Avenue S. and turn right. The Convention Center will be on your left. The Underground Plaza Parking Ramp will be on your right.

FROM THE SOUTH (I-35W):
Follow downtown exit signs to the 11th Street exit and follow 11th St. to 2nd Ave. S. Turn left on 2nd Ave. S. and go one block to Convention Center.

FROM THE NORTH (I-35W):
Take the I-94 exit. Follow I-94 to the 11th St. exit (NOT 11th Avenue exit). Follow 11th Street to 2nd Ave. S. Turn left on 2nd Ave. S. and go one block to the Convention Center.

FROM THE AIRPORT MAIN TERMINAL:
Take Hwy. 55 exit from the airport. Follow Hwy. 55 west to Minneapolis. This will become Hwy. 62 west. Follow Hwy. 62 to I-35W north to Minneapolis downtown exits. Then take the 11th Street exit. Follow 11th St. S. to 2nd Ave. S. Turn left on 2nd Ave. S. and go one block to the Convention Center.

PUBLIC ENTRANCES:
There are 4 main public entrance rotundas located on Second Avenue S. & Grant Street, labeled "Ballroom Entrance", "Plaza 1", "Plaza 2" and "Plaza 3." Designated handicap entrances (power assisted doors) are adjacent to Plaza 3 (entrance closest to Wesley Church), and the 12th Street Entrance.

ENTRANCES/EXITS TO UNDERGROUND PLAZA PARKING RAMP:
Enter either on Second Avenue S., or on 12th Street S. The Plaza Ramp has handicap parking - elevators and a skyway connect the Ramp to the Convention Center, allowing easy access for wheelchairs.

Maps

Minneapolis Parking Map
Minneapolis Parking Map (with Hotels)

2014 agenda

View printable abstracts (376 K PDF) and schedules of concurrent sessions for December 10 (195 K PDF) and December 11 (192 K PDF).

Wednesday, December 10
Minneapolis Convention Center

General session 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. How Minnesota Corn Producers Manage Fertilizer Nitrogen – Insights for Dealers (CEU = NM)
Dr. Michael Schmitt, University of Minnesota
9:10 a.m. Open Ag Data Alliance: Simplifying Data In Ag (CEU = CM)
Aaron Ault, Purdue University
10:00 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. Causal Factors of Honey Bee Colony Declines: Are Neonicotinoid Insecticides Involved? (CEU = PM)
Dr. Galen Dively, University of Maryland
11:00 a.m. Break and opportunity to visit exhibit floor
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
Concurrent sessions 1:00-5:00 p.m.

This arrangement allows the participants to choose the topics of greatest interest to them. The smaller group setting also encourages a more interactive environment and greater accessibility to speakers. Each topic will be presented twice with each session lasting 50 minutes.

NOTE CCA: Each topic offered will offer 1.0 CEU* in the category listed. A maximum of 7.0 CEU can be earned by attending the general session in the morning and four sessions on the afternoon of December 10, 2014.

*Denotes that a CEU application will be made for the category indicated.

Thursday, December 11
Minneapolis Convention Center

Concurrent sessions 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

This arrangement allows the participants to choose the topics of greatest interest to them. The smaller group setting also encourages a more interactive environment and greater accessibility to speakers. Audience participants may elect up to six different topics to attend during the day.

NOTE CCA: Each topic presented will offer 1.0 CEU* in the category listed. A maximum of 6.0 CEU can be earned by attending six topic sessions on December 11, 2014.

*Denotes that a CEU application will be made for the category indicated.

Questions about the agenda? Contact: David Nicolai, nico0071@umn.edu or 612-625-2278.

Past participant comments

"I can't say how much I like the format of this short course. I can get the training I want as well as the training I need to maintain my CCA."

"Good topics and very current. Excellent."

"For a program that on the surface looked suspect, this one has to rank as one of the best ever and I have been coming since the early '90s."

"The short abstracts appearing in the program were very helpful in deciding which seminars would be best for me."

"The topics in the concurrent sessions are very relevant to the problems we are facing today. The speakers do a good job and I enjoy attending the show."

"Very good program. It is good to see the progress of ongoing experiments. The topics pertain to issues agriculture is facing today."

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