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Now is the best time to register for the Ninth North American Agroforestry Conference, June 12-15, 2005 at Rochester, Minnesota. Early registration discounts are available until January 31 for the three-day meeting, entitled Moving Agroforestry into the Mainstream. You can save $25 by registering before the end of January, compared to regular registration rates offered from February 1 through May 2. AFTA members are entitled to an additional discount o­n fees.

How to Register

The easiest way to register is to visit the conference website, complete the online registration form and pay by credit card. If you don�t wish to pay o­nline, you can also download a printed registration form to mail with your check to the conference host, the Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) at the University of Minnesota.

Registration fees entitle participants to receive the program with abstracts, the proceedings o­n CD-ROM, full participation in the conference, including the Sunday evening welcome reception and Wednesday field trip, and lunches and break refreshments during the conference.

Map of SE Minnesota    
Rochester, MN is the third largest city in the state (Map courtesy City of Rochester)

Accommodations

The conference venue will be the Kahler Grand Hotel, 20 SW Second Ave., Rochester, MN 55902. The special daily room rates (not including taxes) for conference attendees are $75/night (king bed or two double beds) and $44/night for a smaller, economy room (one double bed). These rates will be honored for three days before and after the conference (based o­n availability).

To receive the special reduced rates at the Kahler Grand, be sure to mention Group Code 13926, for people attending the Ninth North American Agroforestry Conference. Hotel reservations can be made either (1) by calling 800-533-1655 toll-free from the U.S. or Canada or calling the hotel directly at 507-280-6200; (2) o­nline at the hotel website, or (3) o­nline at the CINRAM website. When you register for the conference o­nline, you can also make hotel reservations at the same time. To find other hotels in Rochester, consult an o­nline guide such as http://rochester.minnesota.hotelguide.net/.

Travel to Rochester

Rochester is located in southeastern Minnesota, o­n I-90 approximately 80 miles southeast of Minneapolis / St. Paul, and 70 miles west of La Crosse, WI. Two airlines serve Rochester daily with regular flights: American Airlines (800-433-7300) and Northwest Airlines (800-225-2525).

For greater flight selection, you can fly into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) which is served by more than 18 domestic and international carriers. From that airport, you can catch Rochester Direct, (800) 280-9270, a shuttle service with eleven daily departures between MSP and Rochester.

Other useful websites to help plan your visit to Rochester include http://www.rochestercvb.org/http://www.rochestermn.com/, and http://www.rochestervisitor.com/.

Conference Information

For the latest information o­n the agroforestry conference program, schedule, field trips, etc., consult the CINRAM website or the AFTA website.

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