Certified crop advisers, consultants, farmers, agribusiness professionals and students will learn from top experts about crop, nutrient, and pest management, and soil and water conservation during the 2018 Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Conference.
The conference, co-sponsored by Purdue Extension and the Indiana Certified Crop Adviser Program, will run daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 18 and 19 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 E. 21st St., Indianapolis.
Tony Vyn, a Purdue agronomy professor and one of the conference organizers, said the event is among the largest of its kind, drawing attendees from around the Midwest.
“The conference brings together in one place nationally recognized experts who share their research-based insights on important crop production issues,” he said. “Our focus is both short-term and long-term as our 38 speakers will address new technologies, 2018 crop challenges, weather risks, and long-term healthy soil and clean-water initiatives.
“There are also opportunities to network with peers from Indiana and surrounding states, which, in and of itself, is a tremendous benefit of this annual event.”
Program speakers include Purdue Extension specialists, Purdue College of Agriculture faculty and staff, and 20 educators and industry leaders from around the nation.
There will be 32 presentations in four simultaneous tracks that cover the main CCA performance objectives: nutrient management, soil and water management, pest management, and crop management. There is an additional special session this year with four presentations on organic crop production. All of the programs, with the exception of the specialty sessions on Dec. 18, will be offered twice daily so participants can attend sessions that are of the most interest and benefit to their professional growth.
CCAs can earn up to 16 continuing education units. Private Applicator Recertification Program credit will be available, and continuing certification hours for Indiana commercial pesticide applicators also will be available in multiple categories.
Conference registration, program information and hotel rates are available online by going to the Indiana CCA homepage at www.indianacca.org and clicking on the “CONFERENCE” link.
For CCAs the conference registration cost is $225 for both days or $125 for one day. For other participants, the cost is $325 for both days and $175 for one day. Registration prices will increase by $25 after Dec. 15.