Crop ecology workshops geared for educators

Crop ecology workshops geared for educators


URBANA—The most up-to-date information on crop ecology will be presented at workshops designed to help educators and consultants. The workshops will be offered on Feb. 21 from 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and March 4 from 1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at several locations via compressed-video dial-up/Internet video conferencing. The February workshop will look at residue quality and decomposition while the March workshop will focus on soil biology.

“We wanted to offer workshops to help equip educators to organize and teach local crop ecology educational programs,” said Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, research/Extension specialist at the University of Illinois in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. “The workshops will provide a comprehensive overview of Illinois research in this area and materials that educators/consultants can use with their farmer/landowner clients,” she said.

Both workshops will begin with a brief overview of crop ecology and will provide participants with several publications and Web sites. Participants will also receive a package of support and reference materials including a CD-ROM with educational materials related to each topic.

The workshop on residue quality and decomposition on Feb. 21 will be taught by Germán Bollero and Ben Tracy. The March 4 workshop will be taught by Terry Niblack, Ellen Phillips, Michelle Wander and Ed Zaborski.

The workshops will be held at the following locations: John A. Logan Community College in Carterville; The Office of Continuing Education in Champaign; Southern Illinois University—East Campus in Edwardsville; Northwest Regional Extension Office/Quad Cities Extension Center in Moline; Oak Brook University Center in Oak Brook; and at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Registration is available online at There is no cost for registration, but pre-registration is required due to space limitations. Deadline to register is Feb. 14. These workshops may qualify for Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits.

For information, contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant via e-mail at or phone (217) 968-5512 or contact Ellen Phillips via e-mail at or phone (708) 352-0109.

Debra Levey Larson, Media/Communications Specialist University of Illinois

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences, 65 Mumford Hall, MC-710-1301 W. Gregory Dr.; Urbana, IL 61801; 217-244-2880; Fax: 217-333-2614; E-mail:;

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