The American Soybean Association (ASA) is continuing its educational commitment to soybean growers with the 2005 Winter Soybean Rust Seminars.

ASA will begin this latest series of soybean rust education meetings on Jan. 10, in Dubuque, Iowa. A total of five one-day seminars will be held in five states.

To help educate and inform growers, the seminars will include presentations on soybean rust basics, detection techniques, protecting crops from soybean rust and fundamentals of fungicide application. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and various agribusinesses, along with state rust specialists, will present information to growers.

The ASA Winter Soybean Rust Seminar dates are as follows:

Jan. 10, 2005 — Dubuque, Iowa (Grand River Center).

Jan. 14, 2005 — Sioux falls, South Dakota (Sioux falls Convention Center).

Jan. 28, 2005 — Decatur, Ill. (Holiday Inn).

Jan. 31, 2005 — Savannah, Ga. (Marriott Savannah Riverfront).

Feb. 1, 2005 — Columbia, Mo. (Ramada Inn).

Continuing Education Units (CEU) may be applicable for Certified Crop Advisors. Applications for CEUs have been filed with the American Society of Agronomy.

Registration for the meetings, which are free to current ASA members, is required. A registration fee of $50 will be charged to non-members, which can be applied toward association membership. Go to www.Soygrowers.com/rust to register to attend one of the meetings. You may also contact ASA toll-free at 1-800-688-7692 for additional information.

At the meetings, attendees will receive ASA’s new 20-page Soybean Rust Reference Guide, while supplies last.

Sponsors of ASA’s 2005 Winter Rust Seminars are: BASF; Bayer CropScience; Dow AgroSciences; DuPont; John Deere; Nitragin; Sipcam Agro USA, Inc.; Syngenta; and TeeJet Spray Products.