Monday, Jan. 28
Cover crop workshop. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Vermilion County Farm Bureau Auditorium, 1905 U.S. 150, Danville. Learn how cover crops can improve your operation. Natural Resources Conservation Service staffers, agricultural consultants and local producers will discuss soil health, cover crop basics and local producer experiences. Sponsored by the Lake Vermilion Water Quality Coalition, NRCS, Vermilion County Soil and Water Conservation District, Lincoln Heritage Resource Conservation and Development and Vermilion County Farm Bureau. Lunch provided at no charge. Call the NRCS/Vermilion County SWCD office, 442-8511, ext. 3, to reserve a lunch and handout materials.
Wednesday, Jan. 30
'Meet the Pros' series. Noon to 1 p.m., Room C-118, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Lecture by local filmmaker and entrepreneur Luke Boyce of the new media development and film production company Shatterglass Studios. For information, visit http://gds.parkland.edu/pros.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast. 7 a.m., Ford-Iroquois Extension office, 912 W. Seminary Ave., Onarga. Jared Shaw of Farmers Mutual Hail of Iowa will present a program on 2013 multiperil crop insurance. Reservations required by noon Feb. 5. Register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv or contact Helen Heins at 815-268-4051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fireside Toastmasters. 5:45 to 7 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Improve communication and leadership skills. For more information, contact Debra Custer at 621-0168 or email@example.com or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Feb. 15
Soil fertility workshop/webinar. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., University of Illinois Extension, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C. Event features specialists from Illinois and Missouri on nitrogen management, micronutrients and related topics. Registration costs $50; includes meal, refreshments and handouts. To register, call the office, 333-7672, or go online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv, by Feb. 11.
Crop insurance, truck regulations seminar. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bremer Center Auditorium, Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main St., Danville. Illinois Farm Bureau regional seminar on federal truck regulations and crop insurance for 2013. Truck regulations session by Kevin Rund, Illinois Farm Bureau transportation expert, 8 to 10 a.m.; and session on crop insurance by Doug Yoder, risk management specialist, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Refreshments. Attend one or both sessions. Free, but advance registration requested; go to http://www.vcfb.info and click on the Crop Insurance — Truck Regulations registration link, or call 309-557-3207.
University of Illinois Small Farms Webinar Series. Online, continues 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 7-28 and March 7-28, and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. Or attend at Champaign County Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C. Jan. 31: "Wildlife Damage Control." Feb. 5: "Growing and Marketing Unique Vegetables." Feb. 7: "Basics of Fruit Insect Management." Free. Register at: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=7543. To register for the series at the Extension office, call 333-7672 at least one week prior to the session.
'One-on-One Computer Basics.' 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Feb. 4 through May 29, Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., C. Drop in for one-on-one computer instruction. Get free help with questions about the Internet, email, resumes and more. Volunteers provided by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the UI. Individual computer instruction from library staff also available by appointment. Call the library, 403-2090.
Food service sanitation manager's certification course. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and 12, Round Barn Banquet Centre, 1900 Round Barn Road, C. Also, a renewal course, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 5. Course fee: $125 for full course; includes book and exam. Renewal fee of $60 includes book. Call Corporate Training Center, 800-705-8204, to register.
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