April 27: LSU AgCenter Beef and Forage Field Day, Red River Research Station, Bossier City, La. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the field tour at 9 a.m. There will be a sponsored lunch. Tour topics include: market outlook, warm-season grasses, vaccinations, pasture weed control, and coated fertilizer use. Approved for Phase 2 and continuing education credits for the Louisiana Master Farmer program and qualifies for four veterinarian continuing education units. Register by phone at (318) 741-7430 or e-mail Donna Haynes at [email protected].
April 29: Wildlife Management Field Day, LSU AgCenter Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station, Clinton, La. Managing white-tailed deer will be the featured topic. Other topics will include browse surveys, butchering wildlife, taxidermy, predator control and feral hogs. The program will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. and end with lunch at noon. The field day is a free event, with all costs covered by the Quality Deer Management Association of South Louisiana. Participants are asked to register in order to ensure an accurate count for lunch. Registration can be completed by calling Tammy Bosch at (225) 291-7500. The research station is located 3 miles south of Clinton at 4419 Idlewild Road.
May 4: Coastal Plain Forage Production Field Day, Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station, 51 Coastal Plain Road, Newton, Miss. The Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry and Experiment Station are hosting the free event. Topics will include fertility and grazing management, forage production economics, broadleaf weed control, and native warm-season grasses and alfalfa grazing. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the field day starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Lunch is included.
May 11: Mississippi Commercial Pecan Production Field Day. Event will begin at the Mississippi State University Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center at 1320 Seven Springs Road in Raymond. Topics will include planting, pruning, fertilizing and marketing. Attendees will relocate to Pecan Hill Farms in Raymond after lunch to see an irrigation installation demonstration and learn about the farm’s production practices. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. There is a sponsored lunch but preregistration required. Registration free for association members and $15 for nonmembers. To register or for more information, contact Max Draughn at [email protected].
May 12: Ag Council of Arkansas Spring Meeting, East Arkansas Community College Performing Arts Center, Forrest City, Ark. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and run through lunch. It is open to Ag Council members and invited guests. Attendees will receive updates from various agricultural boards, a review of the 91st General Assembly’s legislative session, and other updates on Ag Council activities. The meeting will also feature guest speakers who will address crop marketing strategies (Steve Scott of Scott Agri), federal tax reform and agriculture (Jim Rein, K-Coe ISOM), and new irrigation water management technologies (Brandon Finch of Smart Farm). The event will serve as a networking opportunity for Ag Council members to network and gather valuable information. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to [email protected] or by calling (501) 376-0455 to ensure the appropriate amount of seating and meals. More information available here: http://tinyurl.com/agcouncilspring.
May 16: Natural Resource Enterprises Business Workshop, Pecan Hill Farms Raymond, Miss. Daryl Jones, director of the MSU Natural Resource Enterprises program says the workshop is designed for landowners interested in learning about developing enterprises from the natural resources on their property or simply learning more about wildlife and business management. Attendees will learn about marketing, ways to reduce liability, recreational enterprise potential, available cost-share programs, management for waterfowl and other natural resources, and nuisance wildlife, such as wild hogs. Registration is $25 per person or $30 per couple, which includes lunch and reference materials. Advance registration is required at http://www.wildlifeworkshop.msstate.edu/. The Natural Resource Enterprises program at MSU is a research and outreach initiative of the MSU Extension Service, MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
May 19: Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Field Day - Tomatoes and Cucumbers. Hosted at Levee Run Farm in Greenwood, Miss. The event will cover composting and trellising these crops, as well as ways to control insects and disease. Attendees also will learn about the family farm’s vegetables, flowers, fruit trees, high tunnels and pastured poultry. 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. Levee Run Farm is located at 802 Grenada Boulevard Extended in Greenwood. To register for the field day or to host a field day, contact alliance manager Keith Benson at [email protected] or (601) 988-4999. For detailed directions, call farm owner Leann Hines at (662) 392-4189. Alliance field day partners and sponsors include the Mississippi State University 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.
June 8-9: Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Memphis. Conference will address agricultural lending in a down economy, land use and more topics important to lenders, attorneys and other agricultural professionals. Greg Cole, president and CEO of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, will address changes his company has had to make in a down economy and issues ag lenders face because of it. In the same session, agricultural attorney Jeff Peterson of St. Cloud, Minn., will address related legal issues. Another topic of the conference will be land use and environmental issues. A panel will provide an update on agricultural and environmental laws affecting farmers and landowners in the Mid-South region. Among the speakers will be Rusty Rumley, senior staff attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Ranch and estate planning will also be a topic of discussion at the conference. The conference opens at 6:30 p.m. June 8 with a reception at The Rendezvous Restaurant, 52 S. Second Street in Memphis. Onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m. June 9 at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, and the conference begins with welcome and announcements at 8 a.m. More information, including a full agenda and online registration, is available online: http://nationalaglawcenter.org/midsouthcle2017/.
July 12-14: Soil Health Institute Annual Meeting: Powering Up Our Soils, St. Louis, Mo.