Jan. 17-19: 2017 Arkansas Crop Management Conference, Wyndham Riverfront, North Little Rock, Ark. On-site registration will start on Monday, Jan. 16, at the Wyndham from 3 to 6 p.m. The program starts at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The conference program includes very applicable agricultural approaches and solutions for the coming year including a discussion on peanut production by Dr. Travis Faske and Dr. Jason Sarver. Dr. Rick Cartwright, interim director for UACES, will speak on the future of crops and genetics. Pre-registration is $165 with a pre-registration cut-off date of Jan. 11 on line; on-site registration is $195; state and federal registration is $95. The room rate for the conference is $104 single or double including a complimentary breakfast. Call the Wyndham Riverfront for room reservations at (501) 371-9000. A block will be available until Jan. 9 on a first-come basis. The ACMC meeting will have a total of around 20 CEUs available this year if you attend the complete agenda. Pre-Register at http://acpanews.com/.
Jan. 18: Soybean Crop Management Conference, Missouri Soybean District 7 Meeting, Miner Convention Center, Miner, Mo. Registration: 8 a.m. Program: 8:30 a.m. CEUs will be applied for. Agenda: Program & Policy Update – Christine Tew, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council & Missouri Soybean Association; Soybean Variety Update - Grover Shannon, University of Missouri; High Yield Soybean Management – Chad Lee, University of Kentucky; Understanding Labeling for New Weed Control Technologies – Jim Heiser, Fisher Delta Research Center, University of Missouri; Selecting Soybean Maturity – Bill Wiebold, University of Missouri; Two New Invasive Soybean Pests – Moneen Jones, Fisher Delta Research Center, University of Missouri; and Grain Marketing Outlook - David Reinbott, MU Extension. Lunch will be hosted by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. Industry representatives on hand to answer questions about their products. Contact Anthony Ohmes (573) 243-3581 or David Reinbott (573) 545-3516 to register and for more information.
Jan. 18: Grain Bin Simulator and Rescue Training, Jimmy Bryan 4-H Youth Complex, West Point, Miss. The workshop, scheduled for farmers, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. This training is designed to teach agricultural employees the safety practices and preliminary steps to take in the event someone becomes entrapped in a grain bin. For more information or to RSVP contact BJ McClenton or Kerrie Blissard at (662) 494-2088.
Jan. 18-19: 44th Delta Ag Expo, Bolivar County Exposition Center, 601 First Street, Cleveland, Miss. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Over 100 commercial exhibits. Seminar highlights: Drones in Mississippi Agriculture; Trends in U.S. and Global Agriculture; Herbicide Resistance; Variety Performance in Soybeans; Spray Efficacy and Drift Control; and Land Value, Cash Rents & Farm Profit.
Jan. 20: Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Field Day, Ole Brook Organics, Brookhaven Miss. Speakers will include Bill Evans, associate research professor with Mississippi State University; Girish K. Panicker, associate professor and director of the Center for Conservation Research with Alcorn State University; and Al Buie, farm owner. The field day is free, but preregistration is required. Onsite check-in begins at 10 a.m. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Ole Brook Organics and Buie Family Pavilion is located at 2028 Oil Field Lane Northwest in Brookhaven. Topics include high tunnels, preparing for spring planting, and the nutritional value of specialty crops, including turmeric, blueberries and muscadines. Ole Brook Organics is a certified organic farm that grows turmeric, ginger, squash, tomatoes, beets, turnips, mustard and melons. Buie will discuss some of the farm’s unique produce, such as turmeric and ginger. Attendees can learn about and taste Ole Brook Organics’ new line of ginger tea. Alliance field day partners and sponsors include the MSU Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Alcorn State University Extension Program, University of Mississippi Transactional Law Clinic, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, and Mississippi Department of Education. To register for the field day or to host a field day, contact alliance manager Keith Benson at [email protected] or 601-988-4999.
Jan. 20-21: Ag Expo 2017, Black River Coliseum, Poplar Bluff, Mo. The event is sponsored by Butler County University of Missouri Extension Council and the Ag Club of Three Rivers College. There will be 118 booths available to visit and learn first-hand about agriculture and its importance to the economy. The expo will also feature outdoor exhibits. Opening ceremonies will occur Friday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. with the Expo going until 8 p.m. It continues Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The two days are packed with activities for the whole family. Entertainment and events include blues, jazz, and contemporary music; line dancing and clogging; agriculture seminars; and beauty pageants. There will be two different tractor contests: the toy tractor pedal pull contest for youth ages 4 to 9 and the FFA tractor driving contest sponsored by local tractor dealers. The expo will also feature a petting farm; an old-time auction; a milking contest; an ag photography contest; and baking contest. Pesticide Applicator Training will be held at the Expo on Friday afternoon starting at 2 p.m. The 4-H and FFA public speaking contest will occur on Friday at 4 p.m. Saturday will bring fun for the kids with the Kids Gardening Adventure by the Master Gardeners from 9 a.m. to noon and the Youth Farm Safety educational program sponsored by 4-H held noon until 2 p.m. For more information, to purchase booth space, and to register for the beauty pageant, contact the University of Missouri Extension Center, 614 Lindsay Ave., Ste. 3, Poplar Bluff, Mo., (573) 686-8064 or, [email protected]. Or go to http://extension.missouri.edu/butler.
Jan. 23-24: Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Winter Commodity Conference, Forestry & Land, Livestock, and Row Crop Segments, MFBF Offices – 6311 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, Miss. For information on the conference and to RSVP, contact Nancy Britt at [email protected] or (601) 977-4230.
Jan. 24: 2016 Crop Season in Review, Webster’s Restaurant, Greenwood, Miss. “What we learned from the 2016 season and the opportunities for 2017.” Speaker: Paul Bodenstine C.P. Ag. Sponsored by Dulaney Seed and Ouachita Fertilizer. Program and lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To reserve your seat, call (877) 974-7333.
Jan. 24: Arkansas Soybean Association Annual Business Session and Seminar, ASU Student Community Center-Newport (7648 Victory Blvd), Newport, Ark. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m., program at 9 a.m. The meeting will conclude in mid-afternoon. Lunch will be provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board and meeting sponsors. The program will include a report from the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board and recognition of the Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Challenge winners. This will include a panel discussion with some of the 100 Bushel Winners for 2016. Scheduled to participate are James Wray, Martin Henry, Layne Miles, and Michael Taylor Jr. Speakers scheduled are Wes Ward, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture; Bev Paul, Gordley & Associates, Washington D.C., Gary Sitzer, Chairman, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board; and Chet Chaney, agronomist for Monsanto. A tentative agenda is available online at www.arkansassoybean.com. The association will hold its annual business session of membership. Ag business reps will be present to answer questions. There will be holding a live auction to raise additional funds for special projects. Auction items, provided by members of the soybean industry, include soybean seed, crop protection chemicals, fish cookers, custom applications, pearls, and many other similar items. All are invited to attend. For more information, contact the office at (501) 666-1418 or [email protected].
Jan. 25: Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference & Expo 2017, Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Will address the latest issues and trends in soil and water conservation. Will include a vendor trade show – the ASWEC Expo. The conference cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch. To register online visit http://www.AState.edu/SoilandWater and click on Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference and Expo 2017. The deadline to register is Jan. 9. Walk-ins are welcome at the cost of $40 per person. Soil & Water continuing education units for certified crop advisors will be awarded. For more information, contact Chris Jones at (870) 972-2043 or [email protected].
Jan. 25: The Arkansas Seed Growers Association Annual Meeting, University of Arkansas Rice Branch Experiment Station, Stuttgart, Ark. This will be the 100th anniversary for the ASGA. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Lunch will be served by Cater Rita’s from Stuttgart.
Jan. 25: 2016 Crop Season in Review, Greenville Country Club, Greenville, Miss. “What we learned from the 2016 season and the opportunities for 2017.” Speaker: Paul Bodenstine C.P. Ag. Sponsored by Dulaney Seed and Ouachita Fertilizer. Program and lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To reserve your seat, call (877) 974-7333.
Jan. 25: Conservation Program Workshop, Ouachita Room of the West Monroe Convention Center, 901 Ridge Ave. West Monroe, La. The program will provide information about a federal program that promotes sustainability while helping landowners increase productivity. The LSU AgCenter, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and Louisiana Delta Adventures are sponsoring the event. Speakers will give details on the NRCS Conservation Stewardship Program, including eligibility, the application process and land enhancements the program can facilitate. There also will be a question and answer session. Presentations will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a break for a provided lunch. Anyone who wants to attend is asked to register by Jan. 20. There is no fee. Call (318) 343-4467 ext. 138 or send an email to [email protected].
Jan. 25-26: Mississippi Peanut Growers Association 12th Annual Meeting and Trade Show, Bost Building B on the campus of Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss. Registration and visit industry exhibits will open at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Annual meeting will begin 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 session will begin at 7:30 a.m. with industry visits and speaker presentations and end with Grand Door prize drawing at 3 p.m. Current Association members and individuals interested in learning about the peanut industry are encouraged to attend. The meeting is free and no pre-registration is needed. For further information, contact Malcolm Broome, executive director at (601) 606-3547 or [email protected].
Jan. 26: Mississippi Rice Council Annual Meeting, Bolivar County Extension Office, Cleveland, Miss. Speakers for the meeting will include Betsy Ward, CEO, USA Rice Federation, and Ben Mosely, vice president of government affairs, USA Rice Federation. There will be reports on rice research. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, please contact Tina Manning at (662) 686-3356 or [email protected].
Jan. 26: 2016 Crop Season in Review, Clarksdale Country Club, Clarksdale, Miss. “What we learned from the 2016 season and the opportunities for 2017.” Speaker: Paul Bodenstine C.P. Ag. Sponsored by Dulaney Seed and Ouachita Fertilizer. Program and lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To reserve your seat, call (877) 974-7333.
Jan. 27: Arkansas Rice Council and Arkansas Rice Farmers Annual Joint Membership Meeting, Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart, Ark., opens with a trade show followed by the program. For more information contact Lauren Waldrip at (501) 375-1100 or [email protected].
Jan. 27-28: 4th Annual Cleveland Farm Toy Show, Bolivar County Expo Center, Cleveland, Miss. Hours for the show are Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buy, sell, trade farm toys, trucks, construction toys, memorabilia, and more. Admission is $2 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, call Blake Andrews at (662) 588-0677.
Jan. 31: UT Extension Tipton County Winter Production Meeting, Tipton County Farm Bureau, 1798 Hwy 51S, Covington, Tenn. 10 a.m. Ryan Blair, Grain Varieties; Tyson Raper, Cotton Varieties and Production; Larry Steckel, New Herbicide Technologies; and Chuck Danehower, Production Economics. Lunch will be catered. For more information, contact Becky Muller at (901) 476-0231 or [email protected].
Feb 2: Clay County, Ark., Rice & Soybean Production Meeting, M.B. Ainley Community Center, Corning, Ark. Begins at 11:30 a.m. CEU credits are available. University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service specialists will make presentations on important production topics including a herbicide status update, herbicide resistant weed management, maximizing soybean yield and rice farming for profit. For additional details contact Stewart Runsick at (870) 631-1066 or [email protected].
Feb. 6-9: Weed Science Society of America Annual Meeting, Tucson, Ariz. The wide-ranging agenda includes multiple symposia and workshops. Among the topics are: Precision Agriculture and Weed Science; Understanding and Reducing the Impact of Herbicide Off-Site Movement; Contributions of USDA ARS Area-Wide Projects to Weed Science Research and Practice; Navigating the New Landscape of Federal Funding for Weed Science Research; and Teaching Undergraduate Weed Science: Strategies to Improve Learning. Additional details and registration information are available online at the Society’s website at http://wssa.net/meeting/2017-meeting/.
Feb. 7: Louisiana Rice Council and Louisiana Rice Growers Association Annual Joint Membership Meeting, Grande Marais Center, 919 North Lake Arthur Ave., Jennings, La. Opens with a trade show and reception at 4 p.m. followed by the program at 5:45 p.m. For more information, contact Randy Jemison at (337) 738-7009 or [email protected].
Feb. 7: Irrigation Meeting, Rube Rhea’s farm shop, 15480 Hwy 64 Somerville, Tenn. Hosted by the Fayette and Tipton County Extension offices. Starts at 5 p.m. TN Tractor will be speaking on pivot maintenance and furrow irrigation. A meal will be provided. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or [email protected] or Becky Muller at (901) 476-0231 or [email protected].
Feb. 7: Missouri Cotton Production and Outlook Conference, University of Missouri Fisher Delta Research Center, Portageville, Mo. Registration: 7:30 am; Program: 8 a.m. CEUs applied for. Contact Andrea Jones ([email protected]) or (573) 379-5431 to register or for more information or needs.
Feb. 7-8: 44th Annual Conference of the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association, Bost Extension Center, 190 Bost Extension Drive, Mississippi State University. MACA committee meetings and exhibitor set-up will be on Monday afternoon, Feb. 6, and the conference will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, ending on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 8. For a complete listing of events, presentations, registration forms and other details, please go to www.msagconsultants.com. Pre-registration deadline is Jan. 27 or you may register at the door. Lunch is included with registration fee. CCA CEU’s and license renewal are available at the conference. If you have questions, contact Carol Bullard at [email protected] or (662) 561-2348.
Feb. 7-9: The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance 17th Annual Conference, Catamaran Resort, San Diego, Calif. Keynote speakers include: Allen Felsot, Professor and Extension Specialist, Entomology & Environmental Toxicology, Washington State University; Brian Leahy, Director, California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Tracks and Topics include: Worker Protection Standards (WPS), including Handler Training Requirements, How to Explain the Application Exclusion Zone and Selecting the Appropriate Respirator; Droplet Size Management for Best Coverage and Drift Control, including 2,4-D and Dicamba; Recycling Ag Plastics, Ag Film and Managing Rinsate; State Pesticide Disposal Database and Guidelines for Arranging State and County Collections; Plastic Pesticide Container Rinsing and Disposal; and Pesticide Application Certification and Training. To attend: Register - http://tpsalliance.org/upcoming-2017-annual-conference/. Hotel room – reserve now to get the Catamaran Resort discounted rate at http://tpsalliance.org/2017-conference-introduction/conference-hoteltravel/. Hotel room and early registration close Jan. 10.
Feb. 8: Northeast Louisiana Rice Growers Association Rice Forum, Rayville Civic Center, Rayville, La. 9 a.m. For more information, contact Keith Collins, [email protected].
Feb. 8: Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference, A-State Fowler and Convocation Centers, Jonesboro, Ark. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Fowler Center. The morning general session features five presentations on the agricultural economy, the impact of the 2016 election, and the outlook for agricultural and trade policy. Lunch will be served in the Convocation Center at noon. Afternoon sessions in the Convocation Center include presentations on credit and farmland markets, rice and cotton markets, and livestock market issues. The complete conference program and on-line registration is available at astate.edu/agribusconf. There is no registration fee. For more information call (870) 972-3221.
Feb. 8: Tennessee Agricultural Production Association (TAPA) Winter Agronomic Workshop, DoubleTree Hotel, 1770 Hwy 45 Bypass, Jackson, Tenn. Registration begins: 7 a.m. Program: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Lunch provided. Topics to include Tennessee Rural Economy (Jai Templeton - Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Agriculture); Weather and Climate Fundamentals for the Mid-South (Zachery Maye - National Weather Service); Row Crop Irrigation Management (Dr. Brian Leib - University of Tennessee); Soybean Update (Parks Wells - Tennessee Soybean Promotion Council); Agricenter Strategic Plan (John Butler - Agricenter International); Marketing Your Timber in West Tennessee (Austin Carroll - Tennessee Timber); Hardwood Forest Research at Ames Plantation (Dr. Allan Houston - University of Tennessee); Potassium: Soil Fertility and Row Crop Nutrition (Dr. Oscar Ruiz - WayPoint Analytical); Soil Micronutrients (Derek Emerine - Helena Chemical); Soil Health and Why It’s Important (Matthew Denton - USDA/NRCS). To pre-register by Jan. 31, visit TAPA’s website at: http://tapa.tennessee.edu/Forms/Pre-reg-2017.pdf On-site registration - add $15 to pre-registration fee. Certified Crop Advisor CEUs and Tennessee recertification points will be available.
Feb. 9: UT Institute of Agriculture’s Annual Cotton Focus, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, located at 605 Airways Boulevard, Jackson, Tenn. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. CST. The half-day program will conclude with a complimentary lunch. There is no cost to attend. Cotton Focus presentations will address weed, insect, and disease management; a detailed review of the performance of tested cotton varieties; and a look ahead at the 2017 cotton market. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for Pesticide Applicators and Certified Crop Advisors. Call (731) 425-4707 for more information.
Feb. 9-10: North Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Lee County Agri-Center at 5395 Miss. Hwy. 145, Verona, Miss. The conference will be held at the facility’s Magnolia building. Hosted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. Produce growers can learn the latest research on production methods and disease management. Topics will include grafting, orchard establishment, fruit diseases, unmanned aerial systems in agriculture, insects in vegetable crops and the economics of vegetable production. Producers who want to grow pecans, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes or lettuce will also receive valuable information at the conference. The registration fee is $25 per participant if payment is received by Jan. 31. The fee is $30 after Jan. 31 or at the door. Lunch is provided on the conference’s first day. Mail preregistration fees to the MSU North Mississippi Research and Extension Center at P.O. Box 1690, Verona, MS 38879. Make checks payable to Mississippi State University -- F&V Conference. Visit http://bit.ly/NM17FruitVeg for more information on the conference.
Feb. 14-16: 2017 World Ag Expo, International Agri-Center, Tulare, Calif.
Feb 15: 2017 Soil Fertility Clinic, Cooper Alumni Center, ASU, Jonesboro, Ark. Arkansas Plant Food Association, in collaboration with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and Arkansas State University. The clinic will include topics such as cover crops and residue management, P and K fertilization, soil sampling time and soil amendments, among others. Go to https://www.regonline.com/2017_Fertility_Clinic for registration information. For more information contact Leo Espinoza at [email protected] or (501) 837-8693.
Feb. 15: Regional Rice Meeting, University of Missouri FDRC Lee Farm – Rone Hall, Portageville, Mo. Registration: 8 a.m.; Program: 8:15 a.m. CEUs applied for. Contact Sam Atwell ([email protected]) or (573) 748-5531 to register or for more information or needs.
Feb. 15-17: Louisiana Agricultural Technology & Management Conference (LATMC), Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, La. Sponsored by the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association (LACA). Recertification of consultant and commercial applicator licenses. CCA CEUs also available. Preliminary program will be posted at www.laca1.org. Contact Denise Wright, executive director, at [email protected] or (337) 945-3694 (m) for more information.
Feb. 20-22: 22nd Annual National Ethanol Conference, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, Calif. Engage key decision-makers and industry executives. Network and learn about the latest technologies and government policies. More information at nationalethanolconference.com.
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 [email protected].
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 [email protected] or Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or [email protected].
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 [email protected].
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 [email protected].
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. 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-March 1: Bayer AgVocacy Forum, Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas.
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 [email protected].
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 [email protected].
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 [email protected].
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 [email protected].
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).