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Agronomy Day 2007

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Welcome to Agronomy Day 2007

Robert Hoeft Robert Hoeft
Professor and Head
Department of Crop Sciences
rhoeft@illinois.edu
217-333-9480

Welcome to Agronomy Day 2007, the 51st consecutive Agronomy Day. Today’s presentations related to the theme “Growing Our Future” will feature such positive implications as using the crops we produce for bioenergy, as well as negative impacts such as pest resistance that may develop if we misuse practices and procedures. In addition, you will be able to learn the latest techniques to effectively control pests, fertilize your fields, and till the soil to allow you to produce the high yields necessary to meet the large demand for the commodities we produce in Illinois.

Speaking of commodities, our state’s food and agriculture system continues to change to meet the challenges of today’s world. The need for quality and timely information by our clientele is a motivating force behind our research. Cropping systems cover 77% of the land surface in Illinois. Field, food and floriculture crops contribute more than $6.2 billion to the Illinois economy, and animal products another 4.0 billion. Processing industries that transform these agricultural commodities into food, export products, biobased industrial feedstocks, ethanol, and other consumer goods employ many of our citizens and generate a large proportion of state revenue.

Please join us at the north side of the Seed House at noon today for a presentation by Dr. Hans Blaschek, Director of the Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research [CABER]. The Center is structured to facilitate the development of cross-disciplinary research and development, education and outreach programs that promote greater and more efficient use of biorenewable resources, and more specifically, support the emergence of advanced biofuels and chemicals. Dr. Blaschek will discuss future bioenergy implications for Illinois.

Finally, don’t forget to visit the many displays inside the large orange and blue tent. Interested in possibly becoming a student in Crop Sciences? Find out why NOW is the best time to consider training for a career in plant breeding, and many other plant science related fields. Our current Crop Sciences students will be on hand to tell you about the various courses offered through the program, and the great opportunities that are out there just waiting for our graduates.

This annual event is a partnership among several academic units in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. We’re delighted to have you with us, and hope that you will often return to this premier event.