AMES, Iowa - An electrical code seminar for utility employees, electricians, builders, farm operators and agricultural advisers will be held Feb. 15 in La Crosse, Wis. The seminar is being sponsored Iowa State University MWPS (MidWest Plan Service) and the Midwest Rural Energy Council.



The seminar will focus on aspects of the 2005 National Electric Code for agricultural buildings. The featured speaker is LaVerne Stetson, co-author and technical editor of the revised "Wiring Handbook for Rural Facilities." Participants will receive a copy of the book prior to the seminar.



The seminar precedes the 44th Annual Rural Energy Conference to be held Feb. 16-17 at the same location. The conference topics include transmission and distribution technology, stray voltage testing and energy efficiency. Conference sponsors include Iowa State University Extension; the University of Wisconsin and its biological systems engineering department; the University of Minnesota and its biosystems and agricultural engineering department; and the Iowa State agricultural and biosystems engineering department.



The seminar costs $95 for registrations received prior to Feb. 1 and $110 after that date. Additional details for both events are available at www.mrec.org, by calling (608) 263-1672, or contacting CALS Conference Services, 620 Babcock Drive, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706.



MWPS is headquartered at Iowa State University and is an educational publishing consortium composed of 11 universities and the USDA. MWPS provides science-based, peer-reviewed, low-cost and free information and building plans to agricultural professionals, agribusiness persons and homeowners. Since 1932, 3.3 million MWPS publications have been distributed worldwide.



SOURCE: Iowa State University news release.