Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Agricultural Financial Professionals Workshop, Griffis Hall, 500 Baily Howell Dr., Room 401, Mississippi State, Miss. Hosted by Mississippi State Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Service. Focus on Ag finance, land values and cash rents, risk management, macro-agricultural economic situation, row crop, specialty crop, cattle, dairy, forestry and Poultry outlook. Discussions will follow each presentation. Contact: Bryon J. Parman, (662) 325-2887 or [email protected]. Register online at: http://bit.ly/AgLendersWorkshop.
Nov. 30-Dec. 2: Louisiana Beekeepers Association’s 56th Annual Convention, Country Inn and Suites, Pineville, La. The convention begins with a special welcome and a social hour that evening for commercial beekeepers that is sponsored by Mann Lake. Convention information and registration forms are on the Louisiana Beekeepers website: http://www.labeekeepers.org/. The Country Inn and Suites is located at 2727 Monroe Hwy 165; phone number (844) 507-9486. For additional convention-related information, please contact Jennifer Brown, LBA vice-president, at (601) 493-3447.
Dec. 4-6: 2017 Row Crop Short Course hosted by Mississippi State University, Mill Conference Center in Starkville, Miss. Pre-registration is free until Nov. 27 and will be $40 thereafter including at the door. Pre-registration may be completed using the form which can be accessed at 2017 Row Crop Short Course Paper Registration Form, which can then be mailed or faxed to Mississippi State University or online at http://extension.msstate.edu/row-crop-short-course. Topics will include a cover crop symposium, insect management, new traits, a look at dicamba issues and what to expect moving forward, as well as several presentations on nutrient management and soil and water crop inputs. A block of hotel rooms is available at the Courtyard by Marriott (attached to The Mill Conference Center), Comfort Suites, and the Hampton Inn (newly renovated). Mention the Row Crop Short Course when booking rooms. In 2016, over 600 people attended the Row Crop Short Course, making it one of the largest row crop meetings in the nation. If you have questions regarding the Row Crop Short Course, call Darrin Dodds, Erick Larson, Trent Irby, Angus Catchot, or Ms. Kathy Johnson (662-325-2311).
Dec. 10-12: USA Rice Outlook Conference and Trade Show, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas. The USA Rice Outlook Conference is where the U.S. rice industry meets, bringing together rice farmers, millers, merchants, and representatives of allied businesses from all rice-producing states and beyond. The Conference features a trade show devoted to rice-related farm equipment, technology, products, and services. The 2017 USA Rice Outlook Conference program will fill two full days and will include economic and political outlooks, state-by-state production and research reports, and political and media advisor, creator, executive producer, and co-host of Showtime’s The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth, Mark McKinnon as the keynote speaker. New this year are breakout sessions for all segments of the industry. Visit www.usarice.com/outlook for more information including sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities or contact Jeanette Davis at [email protected].com or (703) 236-1447.
Dec. 13: Southeast Missouri Regional Corn Meeting, Miner Convention Center, Miner, Mo. Registration at 8 a.m.; Meeting 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Contact Anthony Ohmes (573) 243-3581 or David Reinbott (573) 545-3516 to register. Tentative Agenda (PDF)
Dec. 14-15: MU Crop Management Conference, Columbia, Mo. Problems growing crops provide topics for talks, says Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri Extension weed scientist. Answers go beyond problems faced this year with off-site herbicide drift. Bradley says wise use of dicamba will be covered. With registration open, organizers urge early sign-up. The MU Extension training for certified crop advisers, farmers and others in the ag industry meets at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia. At the same time, a trade show by MO-AG Industries will be in the Expo Center. The show is free to those enrolled in the conference. Topics covered include drought, soybean cyst nematodes, soybean seed treatment, aerial drones and spray nozzles. New research studies from MU and nearby state land-grant universities will be discussed. Ray Massey, MU ag economist, will talk on “Irrational Decision Making” and “Herbicide Injury: Crop and Liability Insurance.” Crop adviser credits are offered on crop, nutrient, soil and water, and pest management. Also covered is professional development. At lunch, Dec. 14, Dean Chris Daubert of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and Chris Chinn, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will talk. Their topics are “New Leaders and New Visions for Agribusiness.” During the meeting, speakers post their slides for their talks on an MU website. Farmers get a special rate of $100 for two days. Deadline for registration is Dec. 4. After that late fees apply. Registration is through the MU Conference Office or at plantsciences.missouri.edu/cmc. For questions about the program, call Bradley at 573-882-4039. Registration questions go to 573-882-4349. For hotel rooms, call 573-445-8531. Ask for a crop conference rate.
Dec. 14-15: Ag Council of Arkansas Board of Directors Annual Meeting, Capital Hotel, Little Rock, Ark. The meeting will offer an opportunity for Ag Council members and invited guests to network, discuss the 2017 crop year and the 2018 crop year, and make long-range plans for the future. A welcome reception for members, meeting sponsors, and invited guests will follow a business meeting of the board of directors on the evening of Dec. 14. The following morning, members attending the general session will hear from a range of guest speakers covering subject matters including the farm bill, commodity markets, and other issues facing the row crop industry in Arkansas. Ag Council members and guests wishing to attend should RSVP to [email protected] More details, including the meeting agenda are linked here: http://agcouncil.net/2017/01/ag-council-board-of-directors-annual-meeting-summary/.
Jan. 3-5: 2018 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas. For more information, contact: National Cotton Council, P.O. Box 2995, Cordova, TN 38088, (901) 274-9030 or email: [email protected].
Jan. 5-10: American Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th Annual Convention, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, Tenn. Top-notch speakers will deliver updates on the latest national ag issues, as well as strategies to succeed in rural America. The meeting will also feature a trade show where you can review the best tools and equipment available to farmers and ranchers. A tentative rundown of the convention, including schedule, speakers and trade show information can be found at: http://annualconvention.fb.org.
Jan. 11-12: 21st Annual National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference, Southern Corn & Soybean Conference, Southern Precision Ag Conference and Delta States Irrigation Conference, Hilton, Memphis, Tenn.
Jan. 16: The Fayette and Hardeman County Extension Offices Winter Production Meeting, Bolivar City Hall/Municipal Center, 211 N. Washington St., Bolivar, Tenn. Starts at 10 a.m. The following specialists will be speaking at this meeting: Dr. Tyson Raper, UT cotton specialist; Dr. Larry Steckel, UT weed specialist; and Ryan Blair, area specialist on varieties. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or [email protected] or Josh German at (731) 658-2421 or [email protected].
Jan. 17: Missouri Regional Soybean Meeting, Miner Convention Center, Miner, Mo. Registration at 8 a.m.; Meeting 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Contact Anthony Ohmes (573) 243-3581 or David Reinbott (573) 545-3516 to register. Tentative Agenda (PDF)
Jan. 19-20: Ag Expo 2018, Ike Hamilton Expo Center, 501 Mane St., West Monroe, La. Friday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annual networking and educational event for all things agricultural. Trade show, seminars, Jr. Livestock Show, Stock Dog Show, Horse Breed Extravaganza, educational displays. Fun for entire family. Price: $7. Children under 6 free. More information at http://www.agexpo.org/. Contact: North Louisiana Agri-Business Council, Sandy Lyons at [email protected] or (318) 355-2495. Follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AG-EXPO-Jan-19-20-2018-1507842992764936/ and on Twitter at #AgExpo1.
Jan. 23-24: INTL FCStone Southern States Agriculture Risk Academy, Big Cypress Lodge at the Bass Pro Shops in the Memphis Pyramid. INTL FCStone Financial Inc., in cooperation with the Agricultural Council of Arkansas, is conducting a day and a half interactive “pure education” commodity risk management seminar in Memphis. The event will offer an excellent opportunity for farmers, grain merchandisers, feed manufacturers, and other participants in commodity futures markets from the Mid-South region and beyond to network and gain additional education in the area of grain merchandising and commodity price risk management. The program is designed to help participants learn tactics and strategies to minimize the challenges of a volatile and complex global grain market by helping to better manage commodity price risk, protect and enhance profit margin, and increase grain origination. Find more information, including how to register here: http://tinyurl.com/yb3jbzsd.
Jan. 31: Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference and Expo 2018, Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The conference and expo will address the latest issues and trends in soil and water conservation. Will include a vendor trade soil. For more information about the conference including opportunities to participate in the trade show, contact Chris at (870) 972-2043 or [email protected].
Feb. 2: Randolph County/Lawrence County (Arkansas) Agri-Expo, Black River Technical College, Pocahontas Ark. 8 a.m. Featuring Extension specialists in row crops, beef cattle, forages, and horticulture. Agriculture career presentations for high school students. For more details contact: Mike Andrews, Randolph County Extension Office, (870) 892-4504 or Herb Ginn, Lawrence County Extension Office, (870) 886-3741.
Feb. 6-8: Pesticide Stewardship Alliance 18th Annual Conference, Hilton Memphis, 930 Ridge Lake Blvd., Memphis, Tenn. The 2018 Conference will feature over 20 sessions including: Hazardous Pesticide Categorization; How Instant Data Can Increase Safety and Re-use of Pesticides; IFCA 2016 Survey Findings; Preventing Herbicide Carry-Over in the Farm Distribution Chain and on the Farm; Rinsing, Rinsate Disposal & IBCs; and Complexity of Herbicide Label Requirements. Rick Keigwin, director, EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, will present The Role of Stewardship in EPA’s Registration Decisions. Scheduled speakers include Jean Payne,IFCA and AASA; Dr. Jeff Birk, BASF; Dr. Jason Deveau, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs; Dr. Allan Felsot, Washington State University; and Dr. Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia. For more information and to view the conference schedule, visit: https://tpsalliance.org/. Registration is also open online and the hotel details are posted.
Feb. 8: Missouri Rice Conference, Malden Community Center - Hwy 25 Business, Malden, Mo. Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.; Program starts at 8:10 a.m. Contact Sam Atwell (573) 748-5531 for more information. Tentative Agenda (PDF)
Feb. 14: Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference, A-State Fowler and First National Bank Arena, Jonesboro, Ark. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Fowler Center. The morning general session features presentations on farm real estate, the U.S. cotton industry, agricultural and trade policy, and the outlook for a new farm bill. Lunch will be served at noon. Afternoon sessions include presentations on community banks and agricultural credit, rice and cotton markets, and poultry and beef market issues. A complete conference program and on-line registration will be available in January at http://www.astate.edu/college/agriculture-and-technology/. There is no registration fee. For more information contact [email protected] or (870) 972-3221.