IPNI director Dr. Steve Phillips organizes the scientific portion of The InfoAg Conference, The Premier Event in Precision Agriculture, which takes place in St. Louis, Missouri. Crafting the agenda requires a lot of planning and an understanding of emerging agronomy topics.
IPNI’s Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) program developed a mobile app to help train extension agents on 4R Nutrient Stewardship. The app enables SSA staff to reach more extension agents and reduce travel costs. “Instead of our two facilitators traveling around the country for three day workshops, we can offer training from our office,” said Dr. Shamie Zingore, SSA director. “It also allows us to reach extension agents who are not able to travel to our training workshops,” Zingore noted.
The SSA program has received positive feedback from users. “The first group to use the app found it innovative because of the way it guides you through the 4R concepts and reinforces learning through modules with practical examples,” said Zingore. They also appreciate its ease of use and flexibility to complete the courses.
Zingore noticed increased interest in learning and attentiveness by extension agents when using the app, compared to traditional workshops. The app is linked to a database that enables staff to monitor modules that users find difficult to understand. “This gives us the advantage of offering personalized training support, depending on the knowledge level of the user,” Zingore said.
Based on the success of the 4R mobile app, the SSA program is exploring ways to integrate the app with tools to capture information in the field, monitor nutrient deficiencies, and provide management solutions during the growing season. Learn more about the SSA program here.
The Frontiers of Potassium Science Conference website has been updated with oral presentations, posters, and more. More material is forthcoming, so check back often!
The Frontiers of Potassium conference will be held January 25-27, 2017, in Rome, Italy.
The call for papers is open. The deadline for short abstract submissions is October 1, 2016.
For more details, visit the conference website.
I visited the Kansas Agricultural Watershed field laboratory to speak with Nathan Nelson about this 4R Research Fund supported project. To read more about the project, click here.
Click to read our 2016 Program Report.
It provides a great overview of how we work with our partners throughout the world to improve plant nutrition and feed a growing population.
Our Southeast Asia program (SEAP) is working with Cocoa Care to help struggling cocoa farmers in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Together, they provide training, education, and help farmers replant or rehabilitate their cocoa trees. I visited some of the farmers last fall to learn more about their challenges and how the program works.
The first in a series of nutrient deficiency eBooks is now available on Amazon. The book provides readers with a valuable diagnostic tool through its unique collection of photographs documenting nutrient deficiency symptoms in broccoli. Get the Kindle version here. An iTunes version is coming soon!