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Record attendance for Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School

National speakers attract record attendance

The 2015 Mid Atlantic Crop Management School drew record attendance
The 2015 Mid Atlantic Crop Management School drew record attendance

The 2015 Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School, held in Ocean City, Md. from Nov. 17-19, 2015, set a record attendance for the school’s 21st year, as the reputation grows for the school as a premiere agricultural education opportunity for regional agriculture stakeholders.

The two and a half day crop management school attracts local and regional farmers, independent consultants, certified crop advisers, nutrient management consultants, graduate students, government agencies and university professionals who seek to learn the latest university and industry research and best practices.

Participants this year chose from a selection of 42 topics delivered across five over-arching program areas: Crop Management, Nutrient Management, Soil and Water Management, Pest Management, and Professional Development. In addition to formal sessions, the opportunity to network and participate in interactive sessions was valued.

While the majority of attendees come from Delaware and Maryland, the school draws registrations from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia as well.

An audience of 270 listened to sessions presented by 42 expert speakers from across the nation, including 13 presenters from the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Notable guest speakers included Dr. Bob Nielsen (Mr. King Corn) from Purdue University, Dr. Dewey Lee from the University of Georgia, Dr. Randy Taylor from Oklahoma State University, Dr. Jarrod Miller from University of Maryland Extension, Mr. Mark Dubin from University of Maryland Extension and U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office, Dr. Scott Bretthauer from the University of Illinois. Personnel from the Delaware Department of Agriculture and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control also presented.  In all, 322 individuals participated.

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Co-chair Richard Taylor presented at several sessions

University of Delaware staff who organized and or presented were: Bill Cissel, Emmalea Ernest,  Gordon Johnson, Nathan Klecziewski, Kali Kniel, Sydney Riggi, Amy Shober, Patrick Spanninger, Phil Sylvester, Richard Taylor, Mark VanGessel, Jenn Volk, Michele Walfred, Joanne Whalen, Cory Whaley and Tracy Wootten.  Richard Taylor and Amy Shober served as this year’s co-chairs.

“Not only did we have record attendance at this year’s school but the attendees were fantastic as an audience, interacting with the speakers and participating in lively discussions of the issues facing agriculture in the mid-Atlantic region, ” Richard Taylor said. “It was a joy not only to be a speaker at the school, but to be an audience member during talks by the other speakers.”

Comments received upon evaluation noted the school’s continued value and relevance. “This is the best training and informational meeting of the entire year,” wrote one CCA, adding, “I already have my CEUs (continuing education units) I need, but I always come to this event.”

Photo and video highlights are below:

MidAtlantic Crop School 2015

Article by M.Walfred

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