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2024 Precision Conservation Management (PCM) Webinar Series

June 20th - September 5th

Discover the latest insights from Precision Conservation Management (PCM) in our three-part webinar series. Join us as we dive into the newest data-driven findings on optimizing conservation practices for both profitability and sustainability.

Throughout the series, experts from PCM, the Illinois Corn Growers Association, and the University of Illinois farmdoc team will share valuable insights to help farmers make informed decisions. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how PCM's cutting-edge research can help you balance profitability and sustainability on your farm.

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Conservation Practices

June 20th @ 11:00 - 12:00 pm CDT

New Data from PCM with Focus on Cover Crops and Tillage. Precision Conservation Management (PCM) works directly with farmers and uses data analysis to determine how farmers can implement conservation practices without sacrificing profits. This webinar from Greg Goodwin (IL Corn Growers Association) and Gary Schnitkey (University of Illinois farmdoc team) covers 9 years of data-driven insights. We will emphasize profitable practices using cover crops. Profitability and tillage practices will be examined.

Cultivating Caution: A Monthly Guide to Farm Safety & Health

July 16th - November 19th

Join University of Illinois experts monthly as they share the latest research and recommendations for staying safe and healthy while working in agriculture. Topics will cover machinery safety, infectious diseases, grain hazards, tractor safety, heat illness, and mental health. The webinar series provides practical tips and best practices for Illinois farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers to protect themselves, their families, and their operations.

Illinois Injury Surveillance Efforts

July 16th @ 11:00 - 12:00 pm CDT

Overview of agriculture-related injury and illness tracking programs active in Illinois. Will cover data collection methods, trends identified, and how surveillance information guides prevention initiatives for the agriculture community.

Balancing Profitability and Sustainability: PCM’s Latest Insights

August 1st @ 11:00 - 12:00 pm CDT

Here we will take a deeper dive into nitrogen management relations to profitability and the environment. We will also look at the potential and issues associated with carbon markets.

Farm Safety for Youth: Keeping the Next Generation Safe

August 20th @ 11:00 - 12:00 pm CDT

Children and teens make up a significant portion of injuries and fatalities in agriculture. This webinar looks at why young people are uniquely vulnerable to farm hazards. We will review child labor laws and resources for legally employing youth in agriculture. You'll learn about equipment risks, and key safety practices to prevent farm incidents. We'll also cover effective ways to train young workers and ensure safe behaviors around your farm or ranch.

Maximizing Returns on Challenging Soils: PCM’s Low SPR Findings

September 5th @ 11:00 - 12:00 pm CDT

We will look at environmental indicators from PCM farms and their relationship to farming practices. NEW this year: PCM has separate data available for high SPR and low SPR soils so you can better assess how conservation practices could impact your fields.

Addressing Mental Stress & Health in Agriculture

September 17th @ 11:00 - 12:00 pm CDT

Farming and ranching are filled with stressors like financial pressures, uncertain conditions, long hours, and social isolation. This webinar focuses on mental health challenges common in agriculture and ways to foster resilience and wellbeing. We will discuss signs and symptoms of conditions like anxiety, depression, and suicide risk. You'll gain strategies for managing stress, building social connections, and finding help when needed. We aim to reduce stigma around mental illness and enable farmers and ranchers to access mental health resources.

Resources for Farmers in Crisis

October 15th @ 11:00 - 12:00 pm CDT

When injury, illness, or natural disasters strike, farmers and ranchers need help to continue operating. This webinar highlights two key resources for farmers in crisis. We will explain the Farm Rescue program which plants, harvests, hauls, and does chores for free when farmers have an emergency. We'll also cover the AgrAbility program helping agriculture workers with disabilities. You'll learn who qualifies, what services are offered, and how to request assistance from these essential non-profits serving the ag community.

Future of Ag Safety: How AI Will Transform Agriculture

November 19th @ 11:00 - 12:00 pm CST

This final webinar looks ahead at emerging technologies and innovations that will transform safety in agriculture. We will showcase cutting-edge research around autonomous equipment, wearable tech, telematics, and digital training tools. You'll gain insights into how these futuristic solutions could monitor risks, prevent incidents, and improve health outcomes for agricultural workers. We'll discuss how farmers, researchers, and policymakers can collaborate to fully realize the safety benefits of new ag technologies.

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