A National Agricultural Electric Code Seminar will be held Feb. 15, 2005, at the Radisson Hotel La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wisc. The seminar precedes the 44th Annual Rural Energy Conference, to be held Feb. 16-17, at the same location. Seminar sponsors are the Midwest Rural Energy Council and MWPS of Iowa State University.

The NAEC Seminar is intended for electrical utility employees, electricians, farm builders, farm operators, farm structure insurers and agricultural advisors.  The seminar's focus will be aspects of the 2005 National Electric Code that apply to agricultural buildings. Materials that comply with 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.

Among the other topics the conference will address, include 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 MREC; Cooperative Extension services of Iowa State University, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota.

Cost of the National Agricultural Electric Code Seminar is $95 prior to Feb. 1 and $110 for later reservations. Cost of the Rural Energy Conference begins at $195. Additional details for both events are available at www.mrec.org or by writing or calling CALS Conference Services, 620 Babcock Drive, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI  53706; (608) 263-1672. Registration for each event may be made by mail or online at www.peopleware.net/2723.