Oct. 18: University of Missouri Extension Food Safety Workshop, University of Missouri Extension Center, 614 Lindsay Ave., Suite 3 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. For Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). This workshop is approved for produce growers needing compliance for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. To register, send payment with the completed registration form found at http://extension.missouri.edu/butler under Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training to the University of Missouri Extension Center in Butler County or call the Extension Center at (5730 686-8064.
Oct. 19: Fifth Annual Dean Lee Beef Cattle and Forage Field Day, State Emergency Evacuation Shelter, Hwy 71N, Alexandria, La. 2:30 p.m. registration. Field tour: Environmentally smart nitrogen; Beef cattle nutrition; Controlling johnsongrass in pastures and hay meadows; Corner bracing fences - the right and wrong way; Managing beef cattle diseases. Indoor program: Louisiana Master Cattlemen Program graduation. Sponsored meal will be served immediately after. Field Day will serve as credit for: Louisiana Farmer Program Phase II, Louisiana Farmer Program CEUs, CCA CEUs. For more information, contact Dr. Glen Gentry at (225) 683-5848 or [email protected].
Oct. 21: USDA Honey Bee Lab Field Day, 1157 Ben Hur Road, Baton Rouge, La. Sponsored by the USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory and the Louisiana State Beekeepers Association. Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. with presentations and activities scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Field Day will include a series of talks in the morning from members of the Louisiana Beekeepers Association and the USDA-ARS staff about Louisiana beekeeping and research being conducted at USDA lab. The afternoon features break-out sessions for beginners and more experienced beekeepers. There will be also be a 2-hour focused workshop on selective breeding followed by a final session on queen rearing techniques. You may pre-register (and submit payment) at labeekeepers.org with the option to pay by credit card or PayPal. A printable pre-registration form will be located at labeekeepers.org that may be mailed to Beth Derr, 210 Meadowlark Dr, Jefferson, Texas 75657. Pre-registration will close October 11. All other registration will be collected at the door. For additional information go to labeekeepers.org or contact Dr. Frank Rinkevich (225) 276-3998 or [email protected]); Sandra Hineman (225) 767-9280; or Joe Sanroma (318) 346-2805. For questions regarding online registration, Jennifer Brown (601) 493-3447.
Oct. 21: Fall Folklore Jamboree, University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Milan, Tenn. More than 100 folk artists and musicians will gather to re-create rural Tennessee from years gone by. Join the Jamboree to explore the history, culture, art and traditions of the area. Gates open at 9 a.m. Visit the booths of skilled craftsmen who make toys, tools, instruments, furniture and more all by hand. See blacksmithing, weaving, broom making and quilting demonstrations throughout the day. You can even watch as freshly ground corn meal is prepared in an old-fashioned grist mill. These handmade goods are of the highest quality and make unique gifts for friends or family. The mule plowing demonstrations are always a big hit. Younger visitors will enjoy handpicking and ginning cotton and hand milking a goat. Of course, guests of all ages love to eat, and Fall Folklore visitors can enjoy a wide selection of savory foods like grilled tenderloin sandwiches, homemade chili and old-fashioned kettle corn. Traditional bluegrass, gospel and string bands will entertain on an outdoor stage throughout the day. Pull up a hay bale and enjoy the toe tapping melodies performed by some of the region’s top musicians. While you’re there, make time to tour the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, which houses almost 15,000 agricultural artifacts. The museum tells the story of rural life in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Also, be sure to include the AgResearch Overview Tour on your visit. This tractor-pulled wagon ride offers visitors an insiders’ look at the AgResearch Center grounds. The Fall Folklore Jamboree begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 3-12. The UT AgResearch and Education Center and West Tennessee Agricultural Museum are located on Highway 70/79 in Milan. For more detailed directions or other information call (731) 686-8067, visit the website http://milan.tennessee.edu/, or visit the Facebook page at “West TN Ag Museum.”
Oct. 24: LSU AgCenter State Conference Dedicated To Farm To School Initiatives, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, La. Focus on promoting farm to school activities, networking and increased awareness. The conference will include two parallel tracks. The first will include sessions on best practices for school gardens, connecting menus with the seasons and education. The second track will focus on local purchasing, food safety, local sourcing and a buyers’ panel. Two general sessions will be devoted to local, regional and national resources for farm to school programs, and a networking session will close out the conference. Online registration is available at http://bit.ly/2wbGzMm. The cost is $24 per person. A limited number of waivers are available for those who need them to ensure participation of everyone that may be interested.
Oct. 25-26: Louisiana Ag Industries Association Annual Meeting, Paragon Casino Resort and Hotel, Marksville, La. Representatives from the seed, chemical, fertilizer, grain, and feed industries will hear presentations on grain and feed markets, industry updates, as well as other timely, market-driven information that affects not only Louisiana industries, but processors, and producers as well. The format will include one full day of business meetings and presentations, followed by a golf tournament the next day (Oct. 26 at 8:30 a.m.) for those wanting to participate. The meeting will conclude that afternoon at 4:30 p.m. More details regarding the agenda and golf tournament will be posted to the LAIA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Louisiana-Ag-Association-Inc1391353927916/. Registration will be $125 for current members and $175 for non-members. All agricultural industry, university, state and federal agency, and crop consultants are encouraged to attend. Contact Donna Morgan at [email protected] or (318) 613-9278 for more information.
Nov. 4: Cotton Museum’s 11th Annual Harvest Party, The Warehouse, 36 G.E. Patterson, Memphis, Tenn. 7 p.m. to midnight. All proceeds benefit the work of the Cotton Museum. (901) 531-7826.
Nov. 4: Antique Tractor Show, Paul Love Park, Glen Allen, Miss. Free admission. 9 a.m. – Train Ride for Kids, Giant Slide for Kids, Arts and Crafts, Food Vendors. 1 p.m. – Tractor Rodeo. 2 p.m. – Tractor Parade. Organized by the Lake Washington Old Tractor Club. Other antiques, such as cars and trucks, are invited. For more information, contact David Whitehead at (662) 822-8500 or (662) 827-5383 or [email protected].
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.
Jan. 3-5: 2018 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas.
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. 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].