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New electrical code for farm buildings is focus of upcoming nat'l conference

A National Agricultural Electric Code Seminar will be held February 15, 2006, at the Radisson Hotel La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It will focus on aspects of the 2005 National Electric Code (NEC) that apply to agricultural buildings. The seminar is intended for farm builders, farm operators, farm structure insurers, agricultural advisors, electrical utility employees and electricians.

The event precedes the 44th Annual Rural Energy Conference, which will be held February 16-17 at the same location. Seminar sponsors are the Midwest Rural Energy Council (MREC) and MWPS (MidWest Plan Service) of Iowa State University.

Materials that comply with the NEC for agricultural applications also will be reviewed. The featured speaker is LaVerne Stetson, USDA-ARS, author of the newly revised book Wiring Handbook for Rural Facilities (MWPS-28; formerly Farm Buildings Wiring Handbook.) Seminar participants will receive an advance copy of the book.

The Rural Energy Conference will address transmission and distribution technology, stray voltage testing, and energy efficiency. It will feature a dinner program on the history of rural electrification.

Conference sponsors include the MREC; Cooperative Extension services of Iowa State University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota; the UW Biological Systems Engineering Department; the UM Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department; and the ISU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department.

Cost of the National Agricultural Electric Code Seminar is $95.00 prior to February 1 and $110.00 for later reservations. Cost of the Rural Energy Conference begins at $195.00. Additional details for both events are available at www.mrec.org

A National Agricultural Electric Code Seminar will be held February 15, 2006, at the Radisson Hotel La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It will focus on aspects of the 2005 National Electric Code (NEC) that apply to agricultural buildings. The seminar is intended for farm builders, farm operators, farm structure insurers, agricultural advisors, electrical utility employees and electricians.

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