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UNL Extension's new Crop Production Clinics offered across the state

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The first University of Nebraska-Lincoln Crop Production Clinics will be held at eight locations across Nebraska in January.

The clinics will provide valuable information to help crop producers and agribusiness professionals improve their profitability and safety, said Mark Bernards, UNL Extension weed specialist. The Crop Production Clinics succeed the Crop Protection Clinics which had been conducted annually since 1974.

"We gave the clinics a broader focus, adding content from irrigation and water management, soil fertility and cropping systems, and changed the name to 'production,'" Bernards said.

In addition, private applicators can now re-certify at the clinics for an additional fee, he said.

Venues and cities also were changed from previous years. Registration will be at the door from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Programs begin at 8:45 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. This year's dates and locations include:

Jan. 7--Hastings, Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S. Baltimore

Jan. 8--North Platte, Sandhills Convention Center, 2102 S. Jeffers

Jan. 9--Gering, Gering Civic Center, 1050 M St.

Jan. 13--Beatrice, Eagles Club, 111 S. Eighth St.

Jan. 14--York, Auditorium, 612 N. Nebraska Ave.

Jan. 15--Kearney, Holiday Inn and Convention Center, 110 S. Second Ave.

Jan. 21--Norfolk, Lifelong Learning Center, Northeast Community College, 601 East Benjamin

Jan. 22--Fremont, Midland Lutheran College Events Center, 900 N. Clarkson St.

Program topics are tailored to meet the needs of cropping systems in different parts of the state, and vary by location. The clinics will feature presentations from Extension specialists and educators on soil fertility, soil water and irrigation management, crop production, and disease, insect and weed pest management.

In addition, the Crop Production Clinics will be the primary venue for commercial/noncommercial pesticide applicators to renew their licenses in the Ag Plant (01), Regulatory (REG) and Demonstration/Research (D/R) categories. Representatives from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will be present to verify attendance.

Registration for the clinics is $50 a person, cash or check only, with checks payable to the University of Nebraska.

The fee includes a noon meal, refreshments, the 2009 Guide for Weed Management in Nebraska and the 2009 Crop Production Clinic Proceedings.

Individuals wanting to renew their Private Pesticide Applicators license will be charged an additional $30 training fee to cover the costs of additional materials they will receive.

Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units also have been applied for in the following categories: Integrated Pest Management (6 CEUs), Soil and Water (2 CEUs), Nutrient Management (2 CEUs), and Crop Production (1 CEU). Attendees can earn a maximum of 6 CEUs at a location. Certified Crop Advisors are required to bring their CCA number (and card where possible) to apply for CEU credit.

For more information, including specific programs at each location, contact a local UNL Extension office, visit the Web at http://cpc.unl.edu or call 402-472-1547 or 402-472-1632.

UNL Extension is in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

1/5/09
6 Star Midwest Ag\6-B

Date: 12/29/08



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