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: Tri-State Soybean Forum, Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center in Oak Grove, La. Experts from Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas will present the latest in soybean research. Presentations will cover a variety of production topics on current situations and market outlooks for the soybean industry, including updates on the 2018 farm bill, protoporphyrinogen oxidase (PPO) weed resistance, soybean fertility, nematodes in soybeans, tap root decline and redbanded stink bugs. During the program, retired LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ron Levy will be recognized for his contributions to the industry and the Tri-State Soybean Association, and the 2018 Tri-State college scholarship recipients from each state will be announced. The meeting will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and end at noon with lunch provided. No registration fee is required. The forum is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, Mississippi State University and the University of Arkansas. The Thomas Jason Lingo Center is located at 195A Community Road off La. Highway 17 in Oak Grove, La. For more information, contact R. L. Frazier at [email protected] or (318) 574-2465.
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. 16-18: 2018 Arkansas Crop Management Conference, Wyndham Riverfront, North Little Rock, Ark. Program starts at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16. On-site registration will start on Monday, Jan. 15 at the Wyndham from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The conference program includes applicable agricultural approaches and solutions for the coming year. Randy Veach, president of Arkansas Farm Bureau, will speak at the awards luncheon. Pre-registration is $175 with a pre-registration cut-off date of Jan. 8 online. Onsite registration is $200, state and federal registration is $100. The room rate for the conference is $104 single or double including a complimentary breakfast. Call the Wyndham Riverfront — (501) 371-9000 — for room reservations. A block will be available until Dec. 31 on a first-come basis. The ACMC meeting will have about 20 CEUs available this year if you attend the complete agenda. Pre-register at http://acpanews.com/.
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. 17-18: 45th Annual Delta Ag Expo, Bolivar County Exposition Center, 601 First Street in Cleveland, Miss. 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and 8:30 a.m. until noon on Thursday. Over 100 commercial exhibits will represent every phase of agriculture and demonstrate innovative production practices. The Delta Ag Expo provides farmers and others interested in agriculture an opportunity to see the latest technology in agricultural products, services, and information. You will have the opportunity to view agricultural exhibits and talk with extension and research personnel and get up-to-date information for planning your crop year. Educational seminars featuring Extension, research, and industry professionals who will provide the latest research-proven information aimed at assisting producers. Seminars will be in the meeting complex located adjacent to the exhibit hall. Seminar highlights include: The Future of Auxin Crops in Mississippi; Early Season Stink Bug Infestations in Corn; Boll Worm Situation in Bt Cotton; Late Season Damage in Soybean: Weather, Redbanded Stink Bug, Pathogens, or Agronomic Factors?; Fertility Challenges/Management Strategies for 2018; Trading Places – Export Destinations and Agreements; and 2018 Farm Bill. For more information, contact Delta Ag Expo Chairman, Bolivar County Extension Agent Craig Hankins at (662) 588-4742 or [email protected].
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: Soil Health, Cover Crop Conference, Hampton Inn in West Monroe, La. Will feature information on soil health, cover crops, and other row crop and forage issues. The LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Master Farmer Program and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are planning the events. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no registration charge, and the public is invited. Farmers, landowners, and personnel of state and federal agriculture agencies are encouraged to attend. Topics to be addressed include soil testing and interpretation, soil fertility and health, cover crop variety selection and management, water quality and management. Participants will receive credit for Phase 2 of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program. Certified Master Farmers and certified crop advisers who attend will receive continuing education credit. Pre-registration is required and may be completed at http://bit.ly/2AWdHdV for the West Monroe conference and at http://bit.ly/2zQ2s2W for the Alexandria conference. For more information, contact James Hendrix at (318) 235-7198 or Donna Morgan at (318) 613-9278.
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. 24: The Arkansas Seed Growers Association Annual Meeting, University of Arkansas Rice Branch Experiment Station, Stuttgart, Ark. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the meeting to start at 8:50 a.m. Speaker topics will include: What soybean technologies will farmers plant?; Wheat and feed grains expectations; What’s new with Arkansas rice breeding?; How did all the rice perform in 2017?; What is the future direction of the University of Arkansas Extension Service? Following lunch there will be reports from the Arkansas State Plant Board, the Foundation Seed Program and a business meeting. For more information, contact Melanie Russell at (870) 829-3461 or email [email protected].
Jan. 24: Soil Health, Cover Crop Conference, DeWitt Livestock Show Facility near the LSU Alexandria campus. Will feature information on soil health, cover crops, and other row crop and forage issues. The LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Master Farmer Program and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are planning the events. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no registration charge, and the public is invited. Farmers, landowners, and personnel of state and federal agriculture agencies are encouraged to attend. Topics to be addressed include soil testing and interpretation, soil fertility and health, cover crop variety selection and management, water quality and management. Participants will receive credit for Phase 2 of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program. Certified Master Farmers and certified crop advisers who attend will receive continuing education credit. Pre-registration is required and may be completed at http://bit.ly/2AWdHdV for the West Monroe conference and at http://bit.ly/2zQ2s2W for the Alexandria conference. For more information, contact James Hendrix at (318) 235-7198 or Donna Morgan at (318) 613-9278.
Jan. 31: Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference and Expo 2018, First National Bank Arena-Arkansas State University (formerly the ASU 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 show. CCA credits: 6 hours of Soils, Nutrient Management 1, and SSP .5 Total hours: 7.5. The conference cost is $20 per person which includes lunch. To register online visit http://www.AState.edu/ASWEC and click on Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference and Expo 2018. The deadline to register is Jan. 19. Walk-ins are welcome at the cost of $40 per person. Soil & Water continuing education credits for certified crop advisors will be awarded. 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.
March 3: Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers Field Day, LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station. 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Approved for Master Farmer Phase 2 credit. Indoor Program: Use of cover crops and effects on soil health; Export market and its impact on US beef prices and policies; and Resistance to dewormers and control of internal parasites. Outdoor Program: Control of annual ryegrass in bermudagrass hay meadows; Alternatives to improve the use of nitrogen fertilizer on pastures — update and field demonstration; Care of the newborn calf — How to handle problems; and Evaluation of low vs. high input cow/calf management systems. Also: Master Farmer Program update, and Master Cattleman graduation ceremony. Door prizes and lunch provided. Contacts: LCA District VIII Vice President James Leleux (337) 893-8334; Iberia, Blair Hebert (337) 369-4441; Iberia Research Station, Guillermo Scaglia (337) 276-5527; St. Martin, Stuart Gauthier (337) 332-2181; Lafayette, West St. Mary, and Acadia, Stan Dutile (337)291-7090; Vermilion, Andrew Granger (337) 898-4335; Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council, Ed Twidwell (225) 578-4564.