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. 25: River Valley Row Crop Conference, Covering Rice, Corn and Soybean Production, Conway County Fairgrounds, Multipurpose Building, Morrilton, Ark.
Jan. 26: Poinsett and Craighead Counties Cotton and Corn Production Meeting, Lake City First Baptist Church, Lake City, Ark. 8 a.m.
Jan. 26-27: Cleveland Farm Toy Show, Bolivar County Expo Center, Cleveland, Miss. Show will open Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buy, sell, or trade farm toys, trucks, memorabilia and more. For more info, contact Blake Andrews at (662) 5880677 or email [email protected] or search on Facebook for @ClevelandFarmToyShow.
Jan. 29: Arkansas Soybean Association Annual Business Session and Seminar, Brinkley Convention Center (1501 Weatherby Drive) Brinkley, Ark. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude in early-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. Dr. Jeremy Ross will present an overview of the contest and provide information on what we have learned. Speakers include Cynthia Edwards, deputy secretary of agriculture for Arkansas; Patrick Delaney, director, policy communication, American Soybean Association.; Gary Sitzer, chairman, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board; and Dr. Gus Lorenz, Extension entomologist. A tentative agenda is available online at www.arkansassoybean.com. Topics will cover Arkansas agriculture, the latest on soybean insects, and an update on the soybean federal policy outlook. The Arkansas Soybean Association will hold its annual business session of membership. There will be 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 and bring a friend. CEU credits will be available. For more information, call (501) 666-1418 or email [email protected].
Jan. 30: Woodruff and Cross Counties Rice and Soybean Production Meeting, Three County Fairgrounds, McCrory, Ark. 8 a.m.
Jan. 30: Desha, Drew and Lincoln Counties Rice and Soybean Production Meeting, Dumas Community Center, Dumas, Ark. 3 p.m.
Jan. 31: Phillips and Lee Counties Rice and Soybean Production Meeting, Lon Mann Research Station, Marianna, Ark. 8:30 a.m. Lunch provided by Cajun Express.
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].
Jan. 31 - Feb. 1: 13th Annual Mississippi Peanut Growers Association Meeting and Trade Show, Lake Terrace Convention Center, Hattiesburg, Miss. Session I Registration and trade show opens at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31 followed by the Association meeting and farm bill presentation beginning at 3 p.m. Session II begins at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1 with registration and trade show visits followed by educational presentations with meeting ending at 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided and over $25,000 in door prizes will be awarded during the meeting.
Feb. 1: LSU AgCenter Rice Producer Meeting, Avoyelles Parish LSU AgCenter Extension office, 8592 La. Highway 1, Mansura, at 8:15 a.m. Farmers will be able to get advice for key decisions made early in the year, including variety selection and field preparation. Topics include controlling weeds, insects and diseases. Discussions will also include research for variety development and agronomic practices in addition to an economic outlook for rice and a discussion of the upcoming farm bill. Includes lunch.
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: Greene County Rice and Soybean Production Meeting, Stanford Baptist Church, Stanford, Ark. 8 a.m.
Feb. 6: Clay County, Ark., Rice and Soybean Production Meeting, MB Ainley Community Center in Corning, Ark. Begins at 11:30 a.m. Specialists who will speak at the meeting: Dr. Bob Scott, Extension weed scientist; Dr. Gus Lorenz, Extension entomologist; Dr. Jarod Hardke, Extension rice specialist; and Arkansas producer Adam Chappell, Arkansas Soil Health Alliance. For more information contact Stewart Runsick at [email protected]
Feb. 6: The Fayette County (Tennessee) Extension Office Irrigation Meeting, Rube Rhea’s Farm Shop, 15480 Hwy 64 S, Somerville, Tenn. Starts at 5 p.m. Tennessee Tractor will discuss pivot maintenance and other information of interest after a meal. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or [email protected].
Feb. 6: LSU AgCenter Rice Producer Meeting, Rayville Civic Center, 827 Louisa St., at 9 a.m. Farmers will be able to get advice for key decisions made early in the year, including variety selection and field preparation. Topics include controlling weeds, insects and diseases. Discussions will also include research for variety development and agronomic practices in addition to an economic outlook for rice and a discussion of the upcoming farm bill. Includes lunch.
Feb. 6: Pesticide Applicator Training, Lon Mann Research Station, Marianna, Ark.
Feb. 6-7: Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association 45th Annual Conference, Bost Extension Center, 190 Bost Extension Drive, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss. Committee meetings and exhibitor set-up will be on Monday afternoon, Feb. 5, and the Conference will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, ending on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 7. 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 any questions, contact Carol Bullard at [email protected] or (662) 561-2348.
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. 8-9: 2018 North Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference, MSU Agri-Center, Verona, Miss. Registration is $30 at the conference but $25 for those who preregister before Jan. 25. The theme for this year’s workshop is “Sustaining Ag Into the Future.” Topics include production methods, research updates, variety trials and sustainable practices. Each day will offer general sessions in the morning for all attendees and specialized break-out sessions after lunch. Vendors will display their services and products. The registration fee covers conference handouts, a lunch on the first day, refreshments and email newsletters during the growing season. For a registration form, email Jeff Wilson at [email protected] or call (662) 566-2201. 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. The MSU Agri-Center is located at 5395 Mississippi Highway 145 in Verona. The conference will be held in the facility’s Magnolia Building.
Feb. 14: Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference, A-State Fowler Center 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 is available at at AState.edu/agribusconf. There is no registration fee. For more information contact [email protected] or (870) 972-3221.
Feb. 14-16: Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Annual Meeting/Louisiana Agricultural Technology and Management Conference, Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, La. Pre-registration is $100 for LACA members and $125 for non-members.The preliminary program and other information can be viewed at http://www.laca1.org/. For more information, contact Denise Wright at (337) 945-3694 or [email protected].
Feb. 14-17: National Farm Machinery Show, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. Solutions for today. Strategies for tomorrow. The nation’s largest indoor farm show for: state-of the-art equipment, innovative technology, and solution-packed seminars. Championship Tractor Pull. www.farmmacineryshow.org.
Feb. 15, 16, and 17: The Fayette and Tipton County (Tennessee) Extension Offices Master Horse Program, University of Memphis; Millington Campus, 6500 Navy Road, Millington, Tenn. Starts at 3 p.m. on Feb. 15. Agents and specialists speaking will be: Dr. Gary Bates on Pasture Management; Dr. Lew Strickland on Equine Health; Becky Muller on Responsible Horse Ownership; Dr. Forbes Walker on Waste Management; Dr. Jennie Ivey on Equine Nutrition; and Danny Morris on Equine Economics. The program will conclude with a panel discussion on Hot Topics. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or [email protected] or Becky Muller at (901) 476-0231 or [email protected].
Feb. 21-23: North American Agricultural Safety Summit, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ag industry leaders focus on the business and economic values of safety on the farm and in agricultural businesses. To register, sponsor, and see hotel registration details go to www.ASHCA.org.
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. 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 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.