The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) and cooperating partners will host the Fourth Annual Precision Agriculture and Field Crops Conference Dec. 8, 2009 at the Wind Creek Hotel in Atmore, Alabama.

The conference will begin with registration and equipment demonstrations at 8:00 a.m. with educational sessions beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The conference will conclude after lunch with additional afternoon workshops on managing and using precision ag data.

A session is also being developed for livestock producers to address the use of precision agriculture in pasture management.

The conference will feature precision agriculture exhibits, equipment demonstrations and educational sessions. During the event, producers will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of precision agriculture topics including section control technology, economics of precision agriculture, soil fertility applications, and CORS for agriculture.

“We are very excited to bring our annual precision ag event to southwest Alabama and are looking forward to this year's program”, says Shannon Norwood, ACES Multi-County Extension Agent and conference chair. “There are a lot of great farmers in southwest Alabama and we look forward to visiting with them.”

Participating partners for the event include the Alabama Farmers Federation, Auburn University, University of Florida Extension, Alabama Natural Resource Conservation Service, Alabama Association of Conservation Districts, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Stations and USDA-ARS.

The conference is free and open to everyone. For more information visit the Precision Ag website at www.alabamaprecisionagonline.com or contact Shannon Norwood at 256-353-8702, ext. 28 or hubersr@aces.edu.