Feb. 22: Second Veterans 4 Ag Summit, University of Arkansas-Monticello. Designed to educate and prepare military veterans for careers in agriculture. Leaders in both agriculture and veteran affairs will participate in panel discussions focused on how to get started in agriculture and why veterans are a good fit for careers in the industry. Networking opportunities and time to speak to industry partners one-on-one.
Feb. 22: Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council Winter Meeting, Woodland Heights Education Building, Conway, Ark. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information or to register, call Linda McCargo at (501) 671-2171.
Feb. 22, 23, and 24: The Fayette, Hardeman, Lauderdale, Haywood and Tipton County (Tennessee) Extension Offices Advanced Master Beef Program, Lone Oaks Farm, 10000 Lake Hardeman Rd. Middleton, Tenn. Starts at 4 p.m. on Feb. 22. The following agents and specialists will be speaking at this meeting: Dr. Andrew Griffith on Marketing and Management; Brian White on Current Events/Hot Topics; Dr. Jason Smith on Nutrition; Dr. Pat Keyser on Forages; Dr. Justin Rhinehart on Reproduction; Danny Morris on Production Economics; and Dr. David Kirkpatrick on Genetics; For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or [email protected]; Becky Muller at (901) 476-0231 or [email protected];Lindsay Griffin at (731) 772-2861 or [email protected]; JC Dupree at (731) 635-9551 or [email protected]; or Lee Sammons at (731) 658-2421 or [email protected].
Feb. 23: 2018 Winter Sweetpotato Production Meeting, Calhoun County Extension Office, Pittsboro, Miss. Registration at 8 :30 a.m. Lunch sponsored by Industrial Ventilation. Program at http://www.mississippi-crops.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-Winter-Sweetpotato-Production-Meeting-Agenda.jpg.
Feb. 27 North Central Arkansas Beef and Forage Conference, Salem High School in Salem, Ark. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Four Arkansas counties coming together to help farmers prepare their herds for the upcoming spring season. A joint effort of Fulton, Sharp, Izard and Independence county Cooperative Extension Service offices. Guest speakers will discuss how to make operations smoother and increase profitability. A question and answer session will follow the presentations. Deadline to register is Feb. 21. Registration is $10 per person and includes a meal. To register, drop off or mail a check made out to the Cooperative Extension Service, along with the names of the attendees to your local county Extension office. All counties are welcome to attend. For more information, contact your local county Extension office or visit www.uaex.edu.
Feb. 27-March 1: Commodity Classic, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif. Features educational sessions on a wide range of topics and issues. Includes a trade show, the latest in agricultural innovation and technology, speakers and the opportunity to network with farmers from across the United States. A detailed schedule of events is available at www.commodityclassic.com. Eastablished in 1996, Commodity Classic is produced by National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
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.
March 6: Southern Hardwood Forest Research Group Annual Meeting, Capps Entrepreneurial Center, Delta Branch Experiment Station in 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 to cover meeting handouts, refreshments, a catered lunch, and Continuing Forestry Education Credits. Make checks payable to “Delta Research Foundation.” Delta Research Foundation does not take credit cards, purchase orders, or other electronic payments. This year’s program theme will focus on Wetland Forest Management and the Clean Water Act. Lunch will be catered on-site. The eighth 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: http://www.deltacouncil.org/southernhardwood.html. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. There is a limit of one entry per student. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Krystal Nelson at (662) 686-3189 or [email protected].
March 6-7: Greenhouse Tomato Short Course, Eagle Ridge Conference Center, Raymond, Miss. For more information and online registration go to http://greenhousetomatosc.com.
March 13: Forage Forward Workshop, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Livestock and Forestry Station, Batesville, Ark. There is no cost to attend the half-day afternoon-only session. For information, call the station at (870) 793-7432. The agenda includes: 1 p.m. - Sprayer Technology and Calibration – Jason Davis, Extension application technologist, U of A System Division of Agriculture; 2 p.m. - Herbicide/ weed control for 2018 – John Boyd, Extension weed scientist/visiting professor, Division of Agriculture; and 3 p.m. - Planning a forage program for 2018 – John Jennings, professor-forage, for the Division of Agriculture.
March 13-14: Arkansas Women in Agriculture Annual Conference, Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, North Little Rock, Ark. For more information, contact Amy Lyman at [email protected] or (501) 837-4761.
March 22: Beef Heifer Development School, The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Tennessee Beef Heifer Development Center located at the UT AgResearch and Education Center in Lewisburg, Tenn. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. CDT. The school will emphasize reproductive success and calving management for heifers through hands-on demonstrations of reproductive and carcass ultrasound, breeding management, feed bunk management, grazing and a calving simulator. The cost to attend the school is $15 and includes lunch. Contact the UT Extension Office in Marshall County at (931) 359-1929 to preregister by March 16. You may also email Webb at [email protected]. Onsite registration will also be available, but lunch can only be guaranteed to those who preregister. Those unable to attend can learn more about the UT Beef Heifer Development program by contacting their local county UT Extension agent. Additional information can also be found online at utbeef.com. The Tennessee Beef Heifer Development Center is a partnership between the UT Institute of Agriculture, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Farmers Co-op.
April 3-5: Our Farms, Our Future Conference, St. Louis, Mo. Hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the National Center for Appropriate Technology. Conference will address major food sustainability trends with presentations by a diverse group of speakers who represent unique links in our sustainable agriculture supply chain. Register and find more information at http://ofof.sare.org/.