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Delta Farm Press Calendar of Events

To list your organization's special event in the Delta Farm Press Calendar of Events, e-mail details, including contact person, phone number, etc., to: Ed Phillips, ed.phillips@penton.com.

Feb. 21: Pesticide Applicators Training, Marvell United Methodist Church, Marvell, Ark. 9 a.m.

Feb. 21: Mid-South Agricultural Labor Seminar, West Baton Rouge Conference Center, Port Allen, La. Hosted by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation. Labor experts in the region will discuss the most important labor issues impacting farmers and agribusinesses. For more information, contact Brian Breaux at (225) 922-6210.

Feb. 22: Sprayer Clinic, Men’s Center in McGehee, Ark. Experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will conduct the instructional clinic to keep growers abreast of the latest technical and regulatory changes in spray application technology. The clinic will provide valuable information and demonstrations to help applicators make the best decisions in the 2017 spray season. Registration for each clinic begins at 8:30 a.m. Sessions begin at 9 a.m., and conclude with lunch. The clinics will also offer nozzle evaluations, so attendees should feel free to bring in any nozzles they wish to have inspected. To learn more about the upcoming clinics, contact Davis at (501) 749-2077 or jdavis@uaex.edu.

Feb. 22: 2017 River Valley Beef Cattle Conference, Ouachita Livestock Market, Danville, Ark. Supplements, cost-cutting management tactics and expected progeny differences are on the agenda. The conference opens at 8:30 a.m. with registration and concludes at noon with a steak dinner. Registration is $20 per person, including the meal. For more information, contact your county Extension office. http://uaex.edu/counties/default.aspx.

Feb. 22: Central Mississippi Producer Advisory Council Meeting, MSU Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center, McKenzie Arena, Raymond, Miss. Begins at 9 a.m. After a general session, producers will split into nine commodity sessions to share their research needs with Extension and Experiment Station experts. The groups include beekeeping, dairy, vegetables, agricultural crops, beef and forages, forestry and wildlife, fruits and nuts, home gardening and ornamentals, and small ruminants and swine. The McKenzie Arena is located at 1178 Seven Springs Road in Raymond behind the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center. To preregister, call (601) 857-2284. Onsite registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Feb. 22: Rice Irrigation Meeting, MSU Extension Coahoma County Office, Clarksdale, Miss. Starts at 10 a.m. Topics include alternate wetting and drying (AWD) and row rice. For more information, contact Don Respess at (662) 624-3070 or don.respess@msstate.edu.

Feb. 23: Winter Row Crop Marketing Meeting, Braden Station Restaurant, 189 Hwy 59, Mason, Tenn. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by the Fayette and Tipton County Extension offices and Bunge. At this meeting UT and Bunge will present the market outlook, marketing programs and other marketing information after lunch. For more information, contact Becky Muller at (901) 476-0231 or beckymuller@utk.edu or Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu.

Feb. 23: Southern Hardwood Forest Research Group annual meeting, Capps Entrepreneurial Center, Delta Branch Experiment Station, Stoneville, Miss. The program starts at 8 a.m. and concludes by 2:30 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts available. A $25 registration fee will be collected that covers meeting handouts, refreshments, a catered lunch, and Continuing Forestry Education Credits. This year’s program theme will focus on Water Management and Forests in the Mid-South. Presentations addressing this subject will be made by David Johnson, chief of the Water Quality Section, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, Miss., and Dr. Jacob F. Berkowitz, research soil scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg Miss. Dr. Margaret Devall, Dr. Dan Marion, and Zanethia Barnett with the Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research will report on their current research projects. Following a lunch catered on-site, Chip Morgan, executive vice president of the Delta Council, will give a status report on Congressional support for hardwood research. Dr. Kier Klepzig, assistant director of the Southern Research Station, will share his perspective on the outlook for bottomland hardwoods and related stream research conducted by the center. The meeting will conclude with a summary of the latest research accomplishments at the center presented by the Project Leader, Dr. Ted Leininger. Approval is being sought for Continuing Forestry Education credits (usually 4.5 contact hours in Category 1-CF). Copies of the CFE contact hour notice will be available at the registration desk, as will a signup sheet for those wanting to receive credit for this meeting. The seventh annual Dr. John Adams Student Poster Competition is open to any currently enrolled undergraduate, M.S., or Ph.D. student working on original research that investigates some aspect of Southern hardwood forestry. Competition guidelines and an entry form are available at the following link: http://www.deltacouncil.org/southern-hardwoods.html. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m., Feb. 15 (limit of one entry per student). If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Krystal Nelson (662) 686-3189 or Brenda Marshall (662) 686-3152.

Feb. 23: Sprayer Clinic, Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, Ark. Experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will conduct the instructional clinic to keep growers abreast of the latest technical and regulatory changes in spray application technology. The clinic will provide valuable information and demonstrations to help applicators make the best decisions in the 2017 spray season. Registration for each clinic begins at 8:30 a.m. Sessions begin at 9 a.m., and conclude with lunch. The clinics will also offer nozzle evaluations, so attendees should feel free to bring in any nozzles they wish to have inspected. To learn more about the upcoming clinics, contact Davis at (501) 749-2077 or jdavis@uaex.edu.

Feb. 23: Cover Crop Field Day, Graves Farm, County Road 803, Ripley, Miss. Farmer Mike Graves is working with research scientists from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Mississippi State University to improve the environmental stewardship of his farm. They are investigating the impacts of winter cover crops on soil and water quality. For more information, contact Beth Baker at (662) 325-7491 or beth.baker@msstate.edu.

Feb. 23-24: USDA 2017 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. To view Forum information go to www.usda.gov/oce/forum. To register for the Forum go to USDA 2017 Agricultural Outlook Forum Registration. This year’s theme is “A New Horizon: The Future of Agriculture.” Early Registration for this year’s Agricultural Outlook Forum is available through Jan. 26.

Feb. 27: Xtend Herbicide Technology Meeting: Preparing for the Xtend Trait in 2017: Lessons learned and where we go from here, MU Fisher Delta Research Center, Portageville, Mo. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Feb. 28: Pigposium III, East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center, Forrest City, Ark. The event begins at 9 a.m. There is no charge to attend and lunch will be served. Mid-South university and Extension personnel will be speaking on: PPO-resistant Palmer amaranth; Proactively managing for pigweed resistance; PPO-resistant pigweed and pre- and post-emergence herbicides; Managing pigweed with software; Pigweeds, cover crops and tillage; Future of pigweed control; Comparisons of soybean technologies; A review of off-site dicamba movement in 2016; New dicamba labels and regulations; and spray droplet considerations.

Feb. 28: Coastal Producer Advisory Council Meeting, Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, Miss. Begins at 9 a.m. After a general session, producers will break into nine individual commodity groups to discuss research and Extension needs for 2017. The groups include beekeeping, equine, forestry, fruits, livestock, vegetables, home horticulture, row crops, and commercial ornamental horticulture. The Coastal Research and Extension Center is located at 1815 Popps Ferry Road in Biloxi. To preregister, call (228) 546-1004. Onsite registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Producers will reconvene for another general session to share the highlights of their group discussions and suggested priorities during lunch, which is included in the registration fee. The meeting will adjourn at approximately 2 p.m.

Feb. 28-March 1: Bayer AgVocacy Forum, Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas.

March 1: Xtend Herbicide Technology Meeting: Preparing for the Xtend Trait in 2017: Lessons learned and where we go from here, Cape Girardeau Extension Office, Jackson, Mo. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

March 1: Jefferson County Cover Crop Field Tour, 8:30 a.m. meet at the Simmons Bank parking lot (just off Highway 11 near Highway 65 intersection) in Grady, Ark. Tour will then head to fields belonging to Johnny McGraw, Lee Bryant, Chad Render, Wes McNulty. Lunch will be at the McNulty shop in Sherrill, Ark. Please e-mail attendance for lunch count (include name and affiliation) by Feb. 27 to: cljamies@uark.edu. For more information call Trent Roberts at (479) 935-6546.

March 2-4: 2017 Commodity Classic, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas. The convention center will house all Commodity Classic events, including the Welcome Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions. All registration and housing reservations should be made online at www.commodityclassic.com. Experient is the official registration and housing provider for Commodity Classic. In order to stay at an official Commodity Classic hotel, reservations must be made only through Experient to ensure favorable rates, reasonable terms and confirmed hotel rooms. Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

March 3-4: Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, Cook Convention Center, Memphis, Tenn. The perfect opportunity to view the latest innovations in equipment, machinery, and technology. Sponsored by Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation and Delta Farm Press, the show annually attracts more than 18,000 domestic and international decision-makers. In addition to annual Ag Update seminars, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m., special seminars will focus on dicamba, grain marketing, and rice marketing. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 3, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Those planning on attending the show are encouraged to pre-register online by clicking on the “Attendee Registration” button on the show website: www.farmandginshow.com. For additional information about the show, contact Price at (901) 947-3104 or visit the show website: www.farmandginshow.com.

March 7: Sprayer Clinic, ASU Newport in Newport, Ark. Experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will conduct the instructional clinic to keep growers abreast of the latest technical and regulatory changes in spray application technology. The clinic will provide valuable information and demonstrations to help applicators make the best decisions in the 2017 spray season. Registration for each clinic begins at 8:30 a.m. Sessions begin at 9 a.m., and conclude with lunch. The clinics will also offer nozzle evaluations, so attendees should feel free to bring in any nozzles they wish to have inspected. To learn more about the upcoming clinics, contact Davis at (501) 749-2077 or jdavis@uaex.edu.

March 7-8: 27th annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course, Eagle Ridge Conference Center, Raymond, Miss. Designed for commercial growers. Expert speakers, national exhibitors, greenhouse tour, two lunches. Topics: Tomato Production; Environmental Control; Pest Management; Marketing and Economics; Alternative Crops; Diagnostics and Disorders; Nutrition and Fertility; Research and Technology Updates; Greenhouse Design and Logistics; Social Media and Marketing. Online registration will start in early January. For more information: http://greenhousetomatosc.com or call (601) 892-3731.

March 8: Sprayer Clinic, Cotton Research Station in Marianna, Ark. Experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will conduct the instructional clinic to keep growers abreast of the latest technical and regulatory changes in spray application technology. The clinic will provide valuable information and demonstrations to help applicators make the best decisions in the 2017 spray season. Registration for each clinic begins at 8:30 a.m. Sessions begin at 9 a.m., and conclude with lunch. The clinics will also offer nozzle evaluations, so attendees should feel free to bring in any nozzles they wish to have inspected. To learn more about the upcoming clinics, contact Davis at (501) 749-2077 or jdavis@uaex.edu.

March 9: Business Workshop for Landowners, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Morrilton, Ark. A one-day workshop for timber producers and other landowners will be held at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain. The workshop will cover a variety of topics, all related to helping landowners diversify their land’s income potential. Among the scheduled speakers are area landowner Henry Jones; Adam Tullos and Daryl Jones of the Mississippi State University NRE program; Clint Johnson of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission; Becky McPeake and Kyle Cunningham of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service; Matthew Vandiver of JWB Company Inc.; and Nick Livers of Hyden, Miron & Foster, PLLC. Topics to be covered at the workshop include outdoor business revenue potential and considerations; premises liability and legal considerations; forest management; estate planning; wildlife habitat management; and opportunities to see management prescriptions on a field tour. To find more information or to register, go to http://www.RockefellerInstitute.org/forestry or contact Program Officer Samantha Evans at (501) 727-6257 or sevans@uawri.org.

March 9: Sprayer Clinic, Greene County Fairgrounds in Paragould, Ark. Experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will conduct the instructional clinic to keep growers abreast of the latest technical and regulatory changes in spray application technology. The clinic will provide valuable information and demonstrations to help applicators make the best decisions in the 2017 spray season. Registration for each clinic begins at 8:30 a.m. Sessions begin at 9 a.m., and conclude with lunch. The clinics will also offer nozzle evaluations, so attendees should feel free to bring in any nozzles they wish to have inspected. To learn more about the upcoming clinics, contact Davis at (501) 749-2077 or jdavis@uaex.edu.

March 9-10: Mississippi Women for Agriculture Annual Meeting, Eagle Ridge Conference Center, Raymond, Miss. See website http://mswomenforag.org/ for details. Registration fee for the conference is $25. Membership fee is $25. For more information call Virginia Matthews at (662) 673-2722.

March 18: Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers Field Day, Iberia Research Station, Jeanerette, La. 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Approved for Master Farmer Phase 2 credit. Louisiana Cattlemen’s Assn., LSU AgCenter, and Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council. Indoor Program: Market report - Dr. Kurt Guidry; Update on BQA and antibiotics use - Dr. Christine Navarre and Dr. Stuart Gauthier; Marketing strategies for your calf crop - Panel discussion with beef cattle producers. Outdoor Program: Impact of management on shrink - Andrew Granger, Stan Dutile, and Blair Hebert; Winter forage alternatives - Dr. Ed Twidwell; Ryegrass varieties under grazing; nitrogen/clovers management in winter pastures on bermudagrass sod - Dr. Guillermo Scaglia; Master Farmer Program - William Hogan. Door prizes and lunch provided. Contacts: James Leleux, LCA District VIII Vice President (337-893-8334); Joe Hidalgo, LCA Board Member at Large (337-945-2640); Blair Hebert, Iberia (337-369-4441); Guillermo Scaglia, Iberia Research Station (337-276-5527);
Stuart Gauthier, St. Martin (337-332-2181); Stan Dutile, Lafayette, West St. Mary, and Acadia (337-291-7090); Jimmy Flanagan, St. Mary (337-828-4100 ext.300); and Andrew Granger, Vermilion (337-898-4335); Ed Twidwell, Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council (225-578-4564).

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