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Education Credits for Crop Advisors at the PFI Annual Conference


This year we are excited to offer continuing education credits (CEUs) to Certified Crop Advisors for several sessions at the PFI annual conference. Opportunities to earn 19 CEUs are offered in all four categories (nutrient management, soil and water management, crop management, and integrated pest management) throughout the short course and annual conference on January 18-20, 2018. CCAs, pre-register by January 11 at to save your place in the short course or at the annual conference.


The title of the short course this year is “Soils: Cultivating a Deeper Understanding.” For both crop and livestock operations alike, farmers across the spectrum depend on soil. This short course begins with the basics and then digs deeper into the science, offering a total of 7.5 CEUs.  Please note that these are not separate sessions. In order to receive the CEU credits, you must attend the entire short course.

January 18 1-6:30 P.M. and January 19 8-11:30 A.M.
Title Presenter CEUs
The Soils of Iowa Dr. Lee Burras 1.5 – Soil and Water Management
How Microbes Influence Plant Growth and Productivity Dr. Gwyn Beattie 1.5 – Nutrient Management
Alternative Strategies for Building Soil Health & Enhancing Ecosystems Dr. Cindy Cambardella 1.5 – Soil and Water Management
Soil-Test Biological Activity – A Tool for Soil Health Assessment Dr. Alan Franzluebbers 1.5 – Nutrient Management
Group Activity and Panel All Short Course Presenters 1.5 – Crop Management



Ten additional sessions at the PFI Annual Conference on January 19 and 20 are approved for CEUs in all four categories.

Friday, January 19
Title Presenter Time CEUs
An Economic Evaluation of Cover Crops in Midwestern Agriculture Dr. Alejandro Plastina 12:30 – 2:00 P.M. 1.5 – Crop Management
Carbonomics Keith Berns 3:00 – 4:30 P.M. 1.5 – Soil and Water Management
Using Habitat to Increase Beneficial Insects on Fruit and Vegetable Farms Sarah Foltz, Dave Williams 3:00 – 4:30 P.M. 1.5 – Integrated Pest Management


Saturday, January 20
Title Presenter Time CEUs
Soil Health and Grazing – Can They Coexist? Alan Franzluebbers 8:30 – 9:40 A.M. 1 – Soil and Water Management
Using the SmartMix Calculator to Develop Good Cover Crop Mixes Keith Berns 10:00 – 11:10 A.M. 1 – Crop Management
Learning from On-Farm Research: Field Crops Tim Sieren, Jack Boyer, Stefan Gailans 1:00 – 2:10 P.M. 1 – Crop Management
Off-Target Movement: Can Herbicides be Kept in Place? Bob Hartzler 1:00 – 2:10 P.M. 1 – Integrated Pest Management
Using Tea Bags to Assess Soil: A Low-Cost Approach? Marshall McDaniel 2:30 – 3:40 P.M. 1 – Nutrient Management
Learning from On-Farm Research: Livestock Bruce and Connie Carney, Tom and Irene Frantzen, Meghan Filbert 4:00 – 5:10 P.M. 1 – Crop Management
Soil Health: Continuous Testing, Continual Learning Mitchell Hora 4:00 – 5:10 P.M. 1 – Nutrient Management


To record your attendance at each session, you will sign-in at the beginning and sign-out following the session. Please have your CCA number available.

Registration for the short course can be purchased on its own or in combination with registration for one or both days of the PFI Annual Conference; you cannot purchase a registration for only one session within the short course or conference. Register online at

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