United States | August 19 – August 30, 2019
Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.
About the Training
By 2050, the global population is projected to reach 9 billion, which will nearly double global food and fiber demand. Achieving and sustaining production at that level are major challenges that must be met without compromising environmental integrity or public health. Agricultural intensification, through the use of high-yielding crop varieties,balanced fertilization, irrigation, and crop protection products and practices, remains the best method to combat these challenges. In the past, emphasis was placed on improving potential yield, but today’s focus is increasingly on improving the nutritional value of foods, reducing post-harvest losses, improving stress tolerance, and reducing reliance on chemical crop protection products.
These emerging technologies are ushering in a new era that will affect farmers’ day-to-day operations and improve their ability to compete in the global market. The innovations will contribute to increased agricultural productivity and transformation of agribusiness infrastructure. Many of these advanced technologies, as well as the concepts and approaches in strategic farming in the United States, are directly applicable to agricultural production in developing and developed country environments. Thus, the IFDC study tour will provide participants with a unique opportunity to develop their professional skills and collaborate with U.S. organizations and other participants.
The objectives of the 10-day training program and study tour are to:
- Improve participants’ knowledge and understanding of recent technological advances in the areas of biotechnology, sensor-based irrigation, information management, and precision agriculture.
- Familiarize the participants with the farm-level impact of each of these advances on nutrient management.
- Provide an opportunity for participants from many countries and backgrounds to observe and discuss the practicality and economics of integrating these innovations into the mainstream major crop production.
- Expose participants to trends and challenges in the agricultural global market.
Provide a forum for participants to discuss the farm-level impacts of national policies related to water and nutrient management.
TRAINING PROGRAM CONTENT
The program will cover various topics, including:
- Overview of advances in U.S. agricultural production and nutrient management.
- Economic benefits of integrating agricultural technology advances into U.S. agriculture.
- Nutrient management using precision agriculture and remote sensing technologies.
- Sensor-based irrigation management.
- Nutrient and water spatial and temporal variability management.
- Strategic planning and risk management in uncertain times.
- Biotechnology and advances for crop improvement.
- Management of natural resources and the environment under a changing climate.
TRAINING PROGRAM FEATURES
The program offers exceptional highlights and features including, but not limited to:
- International faculty from IFDC, leading U.S. agricultural producers, and other international experts.
- Diverse and participatory activities based on training activities, key lectures, and films.
- Written training materials for reference.
- Eight days of field trips to observe recent advances in irrigation and nutrient management, biotechnology, precision agriculture, etc., and two days of classroom-style presentations and discussion opportunities.
- Discussions and interactions that will help participants improve their abilities to compete in the global market and assist farmers in their day-to-day operations.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This workshop is designed for innovative farmers, agronomists, soil scientists, researchers, and extensionists from national and international agricultural research institutes and universities, as well as policymakers from governments and ministries in charge of agricultural productivity and planning. Executives and managers of fertilizer and agricultural input organizations will find this program extremely interesting. Government officials involved in developing strategies for increased agricultural production through the use of emerging technologies that promote resource conservation and increased efficiencies also will benefit from the program. Participants should be fluent in English.
Travel and Lodging
Travel, Food, and Lodging
Participants should plan to arrive in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, on Sunday, August 18, 2019. The program will begin August 19, 2019, at IFDC Headquarters in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The participants will travel as a group via bus from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri. From Missouri, the group will travel via plane to Washington, D.C., where the program will conclude on August 30, 2019. Participants should return to their home country from Washington, D.C.
- U.S. $120/day in Muscle Shoals/Florence, AL
- U.S. $150/day in Little Rock, AR, and St. Louis, MO
- U.S. $220/day in Washington, D.C.
Visas and Medical Insurance
Applications for visa should be made as early as possible. A visa is required for entry into the United States. Each participant must obtain a visa from the Embassy or Consulate of the United States in their country of residence.
Participants should fulfill all required immunizations and health formalities before departing their country of residence. Medical insurance should be obtained by participants. The program fee does not cover any medical insurance or expenses.
Enrollment and Fees
The program fee for this training course is US $2,700 per participant (inclusive of a US $250 non-refundable deposit) and should reach IFDC no later than July 19, 2019, four (4) weeks before the program is scheduled. Those received thereafter will be accepted at IFDC’s discretion and incur a late fee. Participants will be given the opportunity to take advantage of an early bird rate if registration and payment is received by IFDC prior to June 19, 2019. Please refer to the table for pricing.
Group discounts are available for those organizations who sponsor multiple participants. Discounts are available according to the schedule below.
Refund Policy: The program fee, less the non-refundable deposit and, if applicable, the wire fee, will be refunded for cancellations made two (2) weeks before the commencement of the program. Ninety percent of the paid fee will be returned and 10 percent, in addition to the deposit, will be charged to cover administrative costs for cancellations made between two (2) weeks and one (1) week before the commencement of the program. Cancellations made less than one (1) week before the commencement of the program will receive no refund.
Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Paid participants will receive priority. An organization wishing to enroll more than one participant should supply information and payment for each participant.
The program fee covers registration, training and reference material, coffee/tea breaks, all lunches and surface transportation on field trips. The fee does not include air travel, lodging and dinner expenses, or medical and communication expenses.
Payment of the program fee can be made by:
(1) check or draft payable to IFDC;
(2) wire transfer to IFDC’s account in the U.S.A. through First Metro Bank, 406 West Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, U.S.A., ABA number 062203955 for credit to IFDC account number 55281;
or (3) major credit card – MasterCard, Visa or American Express.
IFDC is a nonprofit, public international organization (PIO) dedicated to increasing agricultural productivity and food production through the development and use of plant nutrients in sustainable crop production systems. Headquartered in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, U.S.A., IFDC is involved in human resource development, research and technical assistance in collaboration with public, private, national and international organizations throughout the world. IFDC has conducted more than 700 formal workshops, study tours and training programs for over 11,000 participants from over 150 countries since 1974. The programs have covered a wide range of subjects including integrated soil fertility management and fertilizer use efficiency, fertilizer production technology, agro-input dealerships, competitive marketing, supply chain management, investment analysis, policy reforms and numerous specialized topics.