SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Global food security is a major concern
as the population continues to increase, and an agriculture group aims at
helping meet the challenge.
InfoAg conferences, which focus on the latest in precision
agriculture, have been held every other year since 1995 and will become an
annual event beginning in 2014.
The next InfoAg Conference will be held June 30 to July 3 at
the Hilton Union Station in downtown St. Louis. The pre-conference tour will be
held June 30.
During his address to kick off this year’s recent InfoAg,
Steve Phillips, International Plant Nutrition Institute’s southeast U.S. region
director, said starvation, malnutrition and poverty are serious challenges that
the industry must address in the coming decade.
“If we’re going to be able to provide a nutritious safe food
source for the growing population in the coming decade and do it in an
environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way, it’s going to take
all of us working together,” Phillips said to a record-breaking crowd of
“And because these challenges are so great, we have received
enough information and enough encouragement to believe that in holding InfoAg
every other year we might be missing opportunities. The development of
technologies is moving much faster now and at much faster adoption growth rates.
“We’re growing at a rate where we feel that we can continue
to provide a conference of high quality and value to you on an annual basis. I
encourage you to start making plans for now. It’s something we’re very excited
InfoAg conferences focus on the application of precision
technology and information management for crop production and feature a wide
range of educational opportunities.
The event features prominent national and international
speakers and includes plenary and breakout sessions in agronomy, business,
issues and sponsor showcase.
In addition, hands-on workshops are offered allowing
attendees to dig into software and get firsthand assistance in working through
on-farm research, data analysis, nitrogen models, agricultural apps for
smartphones and other topics.