Iowa farmers, agronomists and others interested in using the results of crop production and environmental research to improve their competitiveness and profitability are encouraged to attend the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) Research Conference.
The annual event will be held Thursday, Feb. 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Iowa State University's Scheman Building in Ames. Registration is open at www.isafarmnet.com.
Nearly 40 breakout sessions and a variety of experts will headline this year's conference, formerly the On-Farm Network conference. They will include representatives of ISA's On-Farm Network, Environmental Programs and Services (EPS) and Analytics teams, academia and industry.
Farmer-led panel discussions and researcher-led presentations
"This is the conference where farmers come together and talk about current research that directly bolsters soybean productivity and improves environmental quality," says Roger Wolf, ISA EPS director. Topics to be addressed include crop, nutrient and pest management, the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, soil and water quality, sustainability, cover crops and technology. There will be several farmer-led panel discussions along with researcher-led presentations. Certified crop advisors will be eligible to receive credit for sessions attended.
An attendee dinner and forum will precede the conference on Feb. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Gateway Hotel and Conference center in Ames. "There is always something cutting edge at the conference," says Tom Oswald, ISA president and conference attendee. "I come home with information that helps me understand new innovations in technology and practices."
Registration prior to Feb. 5 is $50 for trial participants and $100 for non-participants; after Feb. 5, $100 for trial participants and $125 for non-participants. The dinner Feb. 18 is $20 for all attendees. For additional event information or to register, visit www.isafarmnet.com or call 515-334-1033. Follow ISA on Twitter at IowaSoybeans or search #ISARC15.
The Iowa Soybean Association develops policies and programs to help Iowa's 40,000 soybean farmers expand profit opportunities while promoting environmentally sensitive production using the soybean checkoff and other resources. ISA was founded in 1964 and is governed by an elected volunteer board of 21 farmers. It strives to be honest and transparent, fact-based and data driven and committed to environmental stewardship, collaborations and partnerships.