It’s our pleasure to welcome you to the 5th annual AGMasters Conference! We know that you have other options when it comes to educational programs and we value your participation in this conference. Our program committee has endeavored to create a slate of speakers and topics that will make your experience at this event relevant, interesting, and also translate into a productive year in 2014. Our conference will begin with a general session that features five well known speakers who will address topics directly related to agricultural production and the environment. At times, these two subjects can be divisive, particularly between urban and rural audiences. Ron Hustedde, a Professor in Community and Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky, will begin our conference by helping us take a proactive approach in bridging some of these differences. After the general session has concluded, instructors will begin with the first series of advanced workshops. The 1-hour workshops will be repeated once and are designed to promote interaction between the instructor and the students. Each of the sixteen workshops will be limited to 45 participants. At the 2013 Conference, instructors from a great diversity of universities will be featured including: Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Purdue University, The Ohio State University, University of Guelph-Ridgetown, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, University of Minnesota, and the University of Missouri. The workshops will provide research-based information on a wide variety of timely subjects including: management of troublesome weed species, nitrogen management, cover crops, sudden death syndrome, agricultural drainage systems, Bt resistance, managing soybean insect pests, herbicide carryover, potassium management, crop rotations and profitability, glyphosate resistance, examining soil properties, and corn mycotoxins. The biggest challenge faced by this year’s participants is selecting only eight of the sixteen workshops that are offered. All of the choices look very appealing. We hope that your investment in this conference is a positive one. Please let us know at any point during the next 2 days how we can improve your overall experience. Again, thanks for your participation in the 2013 AGMasters Conference.
Dennis Bowman, Carl Bradley, Mike Gray, Aaron Hager, and Sandy Osterbur