Ag Sciences Week, Show-Me Ag Classic kick off Jan. 31 at MU

More than 1,500 producers, dealers, industry representatives, faculty, students and staff are expected to attend the 2006 University of Missouri Ag Sciences Week and Show-Me Ag Classic, Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, on the MU campus at Columbus, Mo.

Events begin Jan. 31 with the MO-AG Custom Applicator Workshop. In addition to providing the opportunity to be recertified as custom applicators, attending certified crop advisors can receive 12.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the workshop, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Jan. 31, and 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., Feb. 1, at the Hearnes Center.

Cost for the workshop is $175 for MO-AG members and $225 for non-members. For more information, contact Jeff Leonard at (573) 636-6130.

Both established growers and those new to the greenhouse production of floricultural crops should plan to attend the 10th annual Greenhouse Growers School, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 31, at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in Columbia.

Cost for the school is $12. Contact David Trinklein at (573) 882-9631 or [email protected] for more information. The school is sponsored by MU Extension and the Missouri State Florists' Association.

Events Jan. 31 conclude with the annual Ag Unlimited Banquet and Auction, which for the first time will be on campus at the Reynolds Alumni Center. The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the live auction at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 at the door. Childcare will be available.

For more information, contact the Ag Alumni Association at (573) 999-5749 or (888) 682-2367. Additional information is online at

The Show-Me Ag Classic Trade Show and Convention, which will feature around 100 agricultural trade show exhibits with the latest farm equipment and chemical and seed technology, will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 1, and from 8 a.m. to noon, Feb. 2, at the Hearnes Center.

This year's Show-Me Ag Classic includes a panel discussion where participants will give their views on current hot topics in agriculture, including river and rail issues, renewable fuels and the potential dangers county health ordinances pose for the future of Missouri agriculture. Cost is $15 and includes a ticket for the 43rd annual Ag Day Barbeque, which begins at 11:30 a.m., Feb. 1. For meal tickets, contact James Hundle at (573) 882-3846 or [email protected].

The 39th Missouri Irrigation Conference, sponsored by MU Extension and the Missouri Irrigation and Water Management Association, will run from 8 a.m. to 2:40 p.m., Feb. 1, at the Hearnes Center. Contact Joe Henggeler at [email protected] or (573) 379-5431 for more details.

The Missouri Crop Improvement Association will hold its banquet and awards from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Feb. 1, and its annual meeting from 7:30 to 10 a.m., Feb. 2, at the Holiday Inn Select. Cost for the MCIA meeting and banquet is $40; for more information, contact Richard Arnett at (573) 449-0586 or [email protected].

The week's events are sponsored by the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; the Missouri Soybean Association; the Missouri Corn Growers Association; and the Missouri Ag Industries Council, Inc. For more details on events, locations and costs, contact the College at (573) 882-3846, or MO-AG at (573) 636-6130 or visit A detailed schedule also is available online at

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