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Delta Farm Press Calendar of Events

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Dec. 13: Four States Cattle Conference, Texas A&M University of Texarkana, University Center Building, 7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Ark. Area experts and producers will speak about how to best prepare cattle for the winter months and maximize profitability in an unpredictable market. Paul Beck, a professor and animal scientist at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Southwest Research and Extension Center in Hope, Ark., will talk to producers about winter cow nutrition. The conference is geared specifically toward the four-state area including Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. There will be two other speakers at the event: Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University livestock market economist – Cattle Market Outlook; and Dave Lalman, Oklahoma State University Extension beef cattle specialist – Mineral Supplementation. Following the speakers, cattle producers from several states will have a panel discussion led by Ryon Walker. Walker is an assistant professor and researcher at the Louisiana State University Hill Farm Research Station in Homer, La. The panel will discuss strategies they used to improve operations. Registration is $70 per couple and $45 per individual. The cost of attendance also includes a catered lunch, beverages, and snacks. To register, send a check or money order payable to “Clark County CES, 640 South 6th St., Suite B, Arkadelphia, AR 71923,” along with your name, organization, phone number, email and mailing address. The conference is set to begin at 8 a.m.

Dec. 13: Irrigation and Water Conservation Summit, Capps Center, Stoneville, Miss. Hosted by Governor’s Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force. Begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Lunch will be served at no charge and no registration fee is required. Participants can expect to learn how to increase profit margins while conserving the region’s vital irrigation water supplies. During breaks, participants can visit with exhibitors to receive additional information and services for increased irrigation efficiency. The Task Force, which includes the Yazoo Mississippi Delta Joint Water Management District, Delta Council, Delta F.A.R.M., Mississippi Farm Bureau, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, was formed to develop and implement actions to sustain water resources for agriculture, fisheries, and wildlife in the Delta.

Dec. 13-14: Southern Agricultural Cover Crops, Soil Health and Water Management Conference, Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. The conference, co-sponsored by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, is designed to help farmers learn how to successfully adopt a cover crop management system and improve soil health and water management on their operations. The conference provides a forum for farmers to exchange information, discuss opportunities for collaboration, and learn about new and successful practices related to cover crops, soil and water management. Specific conference sessions will include: soil management; irrigation water management; pest management; growing cover crops to graze cattle on cropland; cover crop management, climate change, no-till farming, using gypsum and the economics of soil health. Guest speakers will include NRCS and USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists, farmers, crop consultants, and university researchers who have extensive experience with various focal points of the conference. Certified crop advisors can earn continuing education units for attending training at the conference. For more information or to register for the Southern Agricultural Cover Crops, Soil Health and Water Management Conference, contact Debbie Moreland, AACD program administrator, at (501) 682-2915. Registration packages are available at [4].

Dec. 15-16: Ag Council of Arkansas Annual Meeting, Capital Hotel, Downtown Little Rock, Ark. The Ag Council Board of Directors Business Session will take place Thursday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. A Welcome Reception will follow the business session from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. On Friday, the General Session will run from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The Welcome Reception and General Session will be open to both Ag Council members and invited guests. The General Session will feature a lineup of guest speakers who will talk about multiple issues including commodity markets, ag economy, election results and policy forecasts, weather forecasts, the farm bill, and more. Ag Council members wishing to attend should RSVP by emailing [email protected] [5] or by calling (501) 376-0455. More information is available at [6].

Dec. 15-16: Annual Missouri Crop Management Conference, Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Mo., and coincides with the MO AG winter meeting. MU Extension specialist Bill Wiebold will give the keynote, “Lessons from Soybean in Missouri,” to open the conference at 8 a.m., Thurs. Dec. 15. He will also speak on “A season to remember: Our experiences with off-site dicamba in 2016.” Daren Mueller, plant pathologist at Iowa State University, will discuss “New and re-emerging corn diseases in the Midwest.” He’ll also present on “Managing soybean sudden death syndrome.” Kelly Nelson, from the MU Greenley Center in Edina, will touch on foliar fertilizer and fungicide combinations. Information on economics and risk management will come from Ray Massey, MU Extension economist. He’ll discuss “Decision making in a down market.” Cover crops, an emerging tool to cut soil erosion in winter, will be discussed by Greg Luce, MU adjunct faculty. His topic is “Cover crop strip trials: Results and opportunities.” Kent Shannon, an MU Extension agricultural engineer in Columbia, will talk of “Using technology to implement strip trials.” Pat Guinan, MU Extension climatologist, will present new farm-weather tools becoming available. Gene Stevens of the MU Delta Center in Portageville will discuss new apps for irrigation water use. The conference fee allows free entry in the MO AG trade show held in the same hotel. Conference registration will be available online soon. Details can be obtained from Bradley at (573) 882-4039 or the MU Conference Office at [email protected] [7].

Dec. 16: Annual Tennessee Soybean Producer Meeting, Tennessee Soybean Office, 100 Executive Drive, Jackson, Tenn. Starts at 10 a.m. with lunch to follow. Two guest speakers from Asgrow and Valent. Industry updates. Lunch will be catered by the World Champion Cajun Cookers.


Jan. 4-6: 2017 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Hyatt Regency Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas. The 2017 BWCC will begin at noon on Jan. 4 with a luncheon available to all registered BWCC attendees followed by a half-day Cotton Consultants Conference that will focus on topics of interest selected by a panel of consultants. Also covered in the consultants’ conference will be new developments from industry, including reports on new varieties, chemistries and emerging technologies. All registered attendees may attend the consultants’ conference. For 2017, the cotton agronomy, physiology, and soil groups have combined their resources and are holding one conference with multiple sessions. Some topics of interest submitted for this conference are a highly comprehensive simulation model of cotton physiology, nitrogen management for subsurface drip-irrigated cotton, and quality/yield evaluation trials across the Cotton Belt. Weed management strategies will again be covered, and entomologists will provide updates on the latest research with regard to several classes of insecticides. The cotton technical conferences, ranging from agronomy to weed science, will meet concurrently beginning on the morning of Jan. 5 and conclude by noon on Jan. 6. Information regarding hotel reservations, the preliminary program and general information are available on the BWCC website at [8].

Jan. 6: 61st Annual Tri-State Soybean Forum, Dumas Community Center in Dumas, Ark. Presentations from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas specialists will include a herbicide status update, market outlook on farm profitability and land rates, summary of USB and Mid-South Soybean Board projects, overview of current pest management issues, and other topics. Soybean industry firms will have displays with information. A sponsored lunch is provided. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30 a.m. Certified Crop Advisors can sign up for CEU credits. For additional details, contact Chuck Capps, 2017 Forum Chair, at (870) 222-3972 or [email protected] [9], or Bob Stark, Forum Secretary/Treasurer, at (870) 460-1414.

Jan. 6-11: American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show, Phoenix, Ariz. For more information: [10].

Jan. 13-14: 35th Annual Ag Expo 2017, Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La. Each year, 10,000 to 12,000 attend from throughout Louisiana and adjacent regions of Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. Exhibitors come from all over the United States. The 2107 show will feature products and educational seminars to interest large farmers and backyard gardeners. It’s an educational and fun event for the entire family. Ag Expo 2017 will feature a return of the popular horse exhibition with more breeds and more demonstrations of horsemanship, the newest products and services for agriculture producers and related businesses, educational displays and programs for the public, a Junior Livestock show featuring more than 400 animals, stock dog trials (featuring Border Collies), and educational seminars for specific interests. Ag Expo is sponsored each year by the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council, with extensive cooperation from LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association and Monsanto. Additional information, including exhibitor applications and event schedules, can be found at [11] or by calling (318) 355-2495.

Jan. 17: Fayette County Extension Office Winter Row Crop Production Meeting, Lone Oaks Farm, 10,000 Lake Hardeman Rd, Middleton, Tenn. Starts at 10 a.m. Larry Steckel, UT weed specialist, will cover Weed Control; Ryan Blair, UT area specialist, will cover varieties; and Heather Kelly, UT plant pathologist, will cover disease control. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or [email protected] [12].

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 [13].

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. 24: Arkansas Soybean Association 53rd Annual Meeting of Membership, Student Community Center (7648 Victory Blvd), Arkansas State University Campus in Newport, Ark. The program will have speakers on How You Can Help with Lobbying and an update on the Xtend technology. There will be a focus on the Grow for the Green Yield Contest winners, including a panel discussion with some of the six new 100 Bushel Club members. Exhibit set up begins at 7:30 a.m.; registration at 8:30 a.m.; and the program at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will conclude in mid-afternoon. Email [email protected] [14] or call (501) 666-1418 for more information.

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 [15] 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] [16].

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. 26: Mississippi Rice Council Annual Membership Meeting, Bolivar County Extension Office, 406 North Martin Luther King Blvd, Cleveland, Miss. For more information contact Tina Manning at (662) 686-3356 or [email protected] [17].

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] [18].

Jan. 27-28: 4th Annual Cleveland Farm Toy Show, Bolivar County Expo Center, Cleveland, Miss. Hour 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] [19].

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] [20].

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 [21].

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] [22].

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] [12] or Becky Muller at (901) 476-0231 or [email protected] [19].

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 - [23]. Hotel room – reserve now to get the Catamaran Resort discounted rate at [24]. 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] [25].

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. A complete conference program and on-line registration will be available in January at [26]. There is no registration fee. For more information contact [email protected] [27] or (870) 972-3221.

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 [28].

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] [19] or Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or [email protected] [12].

Feb. 23-24: USDA 2017 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. To view Forum information go to [29]. To register for the Forum go to USDA 2017 Agricultural Outlook Forum Registration [30]. 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-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 [31]. 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 7-8: 27th annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course, Eagle Ridge Conference Center, Raymond, Miss. Online registration will start in early January. For more information: [32].

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).