URBANA, Ill. – Agriculturalists around the world are invited to engage in a global food production discussion during International Agronomy Day at the University of Illinois on Aug. 31.
The U of I Department of Crop Sciences encourages producers from around the globe to participate in this unique forum that brings its nationally renowned faculty together to share the latest in agronomy, weed science, crop production, pest management, agricultural economics, and more.
International Agronomy Day was developed as an opportunity for international visitors to attend a field tour at the U of I and interact with faculty and staff. The event will take place the day before the Farm Progress Show opens in Decatur to provide an opportunity for international visitors traveling to the United States to attend the Farm Progress Show to learn more about the research being conducted by our faculty and staff.
Germán Bollero, head of the Department of Crop Sciences, said he looks forward to the opportunity for more global engagement.
“Whether you produce soybeans in Champaign or Brazil, we all face similar challenges in producing food and feedstuffs,” Bollero said. “We want to provide information based on sound scientific research to help improve global food production.”
International Agronomy Day will take place on Monday, Aug. 31, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the U of I South Farms, allowing participants enough time to continue on to Decatur, Ill., for the 2015 Farm Progress Show held Sept. 1-3.
“Every year we receive many requests to host international visitors, and this is our way of meeting that demand by creating an annual event with targeted messages to answer their most pressing questions while helping them achieve their goals,” said Aaron Hager, International Agronomy Day chairman. “We hope to continue a new tradition for people who attend the Farm Progress Show and add value to their experience.”