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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.

I-FARM University Learning Series

August 8th - December 12th

The I-FARM University Learning Series provides a comprehensive exploration of cutting-edge technologies and economic strategies shaping modern agriculture. Each session, led by experts in their respective fields, will offer valuable insights and practical knowledge for enhancing farm productivity and sustainability.

Enhancing Farm Connectivity: The Backbone of Modern Agriculture

August 8th @ 11:00 - 11:30 am CDT

Deepak Vasisht, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, UIUC

This session will delve into the critical role of connectivity in modern farming. Deepak will explore the various technologies enabling seamless communication between farm equipment, sensors, and management systems. Attendees will learn about the latest advancements in IoT, satellite, and wireless communication technologies that are transforming the agricultural landscape.

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.

Farm Robotics: Revolutionizing Agricultural Practices

September 12th @ 11:00 - 11:30 am CDT

Naveen Uppalapati, Research Scientist, Center for Digital Agriculture, UIUC

Naveen will focus on the transformative impact of robotics in agriculture. This session will highlight the latest innovations in agricultural robots, including planting, harvesting, and monitoring robots. Attendees will learn about the benefits and challenges of integrating robots into farm operations and the future of robotic technology in agriculture.

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.

Economics of Adopting Weeding Robots

October 10th @ 11:00 - 11:30 am CDT

Shadi Attallah, Associate Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, UIUC

Shadi will examine the economic aspects of adopting weeding robots on farms. This session will cover how robot prices, corn prices, the robot weeding efficacy, and a farmer’s planning horizon affect how many robots to adopt and to what extent weeding robots can increase farm profitability and reduce weed resistance to herbicides.

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.

Smart Grazing: AI Integration Into Grazing Management

November 14th @ 11:00 - 11:30 am CST

Isabella Condotta, Assistant Professor, Animal Sciences, UIUC

Isabella will present her innovative work on the use of sensors and AI models in grazing management. This session will cover how advanced technologies can be used to monitor and manage livestock grazing patterns. Participants will gain insights into the design and deployment of these technologies, and how they can improve pasture utilization, livestock health, and overall farm efficiency.

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.

Bridging the Gap: Technology Adoption in Small Holder Farms

December 12th @ 11:00 - 11:30 am CST

Gregory Bernard, Assistant Professor of Plant and Soil Science, Tuskegee University Gregory will discuss the unique challenges and opportunities smallholder farms face in adopting new technologies. This session will explore practical solutions and case studies of successful technology integration in small-scale farming. Attendees will learn about the barriers to adoption and strategies to overcome them.

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