ANR Spring Training

The Way Forward: Building knowledge and skills


Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - registration 7:30 am, program 8:15 am - 4:15 pm, social 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - refreshments 8:00 am, program 8:30 am - noon

Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Ames, Iowa

The ANR Spring Training is open to all ANR field and campus staff, plus county staff and regional directors who have interests and responsibilities in work related to agriculture and natural resources.

A lighthouse was selected to represent this year’s Spring Training. Discussion and presentations will illuminate where we are now and light a path forward. Understanding university research, and knowing more about Extension’s research connections, reaffirms that the Extension mission is still strong and important. Building on the report of the Futuring Task Force, looking at what keeps us strong, the next step is uncovering ideas to guide the update ANR’s mission and strategic plan. Breakout sessions provide opportunity to build skills, and informal ways to meet colleagues and learn more about their work enhances our working relationships

On Thursday experience Lightening Talks: rapid-fire introduction to pertinent topics and issues in agriculture. Then join an Inter-disciplinary Dialogues for discussion about major themes and directions underway in our ANR teams.

Program overview

The table below provides an overview to the two-day program. For presentation descriptions, speaker information and room assignments please download/view the PDF version of the complete program.

During online registration you will be asked to select which workshops you are attending on Wednesday afternoon. Please review the program to determine your selections prior to starting online registration.

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Time Topic
Wednesday, April 6
7:30 am Registration, refreshments
8:15 am Morning program begins
9:45 am Break
10:15 am Program resumes
12:05 pm Lunch (provided)
1:10 pm Afternoon program begins
2:30 pm Concurrent sessions A - select from 5 topics
3:30 pm Concurrent sessions B - select from 5 topics
4:30 pm Social time - snacks, refreshments, cash bar
5:15 pm Comedy College All-Stars
6:00 pm BBQ dinner (provided)
7:00 pm Adjourn for the day
Thursday, April 7
7:00 am ANR mentors breakfast meeting
8:00 am Morning refreshments
8:30 am Morning program begins
10:15 am Inter-disciplinary Dialogues - select from 3 topics
noon Program adjourns
12:30 pm Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic tour


Advance registration had closed for this program. The registration deadline was midnight, March 30, 2016.

Cost: FREE. Facility, meal and materials costs for the Spring Professional Development session are covered by ANR Extension administration.

Dates: April 6 and 7, 2016

Location: 2nd floor of the Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Ames, Iowa

Deadline: midnight, March 30, 2016.

Confirmation: registration confirmations are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.

For assistance with cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or

Planning Committee

Patricia Howard
515-294-3582 |

Mark Johnson
515-382-6551 |

Courtney Long
515-294-2213 |

Chris Mondak
515-294-3197 |

Linda Naeve
515-294-8946 |

Brent Pringnitz
515-294-9487 |

Joe Sellers
641-774-2016 |

Shawn Shouse
712-769-2650 |

Larry Tranel
563-583-6496 |