Aug. 14: Ag Council of Arkansas Board of Directors Summer Meeting, The Grange, Wilson, Ark. The meeting will offer an opportunity for Ag Council members and invited guests to network, discuss the 2018 crop year, receive updates on state and federal issues affecting agriculture, and to learn about new crop marketing opportunities offered by Tyson Foods' Local Grain Services. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and include lunch. Ag Council members and guests wishing to attend should RSVP to [email protected]. More details, including the meeting agenda are linked at: https://tinyurl.com/y9zrungo.
Aug. 15: Northeast Research and Extension Center Annual Field Day, Keiser, Ark. Experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will discuss a variety of topics to update the public on current research and recommendations from the Cooperative Extension Service. Tour stops will include: Eshan Shakiba, rice breeder: Hybrid rice program; Jarrod Hardke, rice agronomist: Row rice; Tom Barber, weed scientist: Weed control; Glen Studebaker, entomologist: Insect control. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the tour departs at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30.
Aug. 16: Seed Cotton Farm Bill Educational Meeting, Malden Community Center, 607 North Douglas in Malden, Mo. Farm Service Agency (FSA) and University of Missouri Extension are hosting the meeting. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Seed cotton has been added as a FSA farm program crop for 2018. Producers and landowners with farms that have generic base acres have important program decisions to make for base allocation, yields, and ARC/PLC for 2018. FSA staff will give an update on program topics that include Base Reallocation, Yield Updates, Price Loss Coverage (PLC), and Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC). The University of Missouri Extension will present economic considerations in making the program elections.
Aug. 23:Food Safety Workshop, U.S. Forestry Service Eleven Point Ranger, 4 Confederate Ridge Rd, Doniphan, Mo. The workshop is for commercial 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. It is approved for produce growers needing compliance for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. To register call the Extension Center at (573) 686-8064.
Aug. 23: Missouri Rice Council’s (MRC) Annual Rice Field Day, Missouri Rice Research Farm, Glennonville, Mo. Anyone with an interest in rice production is invited to this free event. The farm is located about 8 miles west of Malden, Mo., on Highway J in northern Dunklin County The day begins at 8 a.m. with presentations and tours. Lunch will be served at noon. Various field presentations to be discussed during the tours, include row rice, irrigation scheduling of row rice, managing sulfur and using nitrogen fertilizer in rice production, rice varieties in Missouri, weed control, rice diseases, fertility updates, rice markets and farm program policies, and using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s (UAV), i.e. drones in agriculture. The Missouri Rice Council will host the annual Missouri Rice Field Day with support from Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Missouri- Fisher Delta Research Center.
Aug. 30: Sweet Potato Field Day, Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station, 8320 Highway 15 South in Pontotoc County, Miss. Learn about ongoing Mississippi State University sweet potato research and outreach efforts. Topics to be covered at the workshop include herbicide drift, soil fertility, insect and weed management, and sweet potato breeding and variety development. Representatives of the United States Sweet Potato Council and Farm Bureau Federation will provide industry and policy updates. The field day will also include information on the Guava root-knot nematode and an opportunity to taste new frozen sweet potato desserts. Attendees will participate in a guided tour of the station’s numerous sweet potato projects. This free event is open to the public. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m., and tours begin at 8:30 a.m. A steak lunch will be provided. Certified crop advisor continuing education credits are available. For more information, contact Stephen Meyers at [email protected] or (662) 769-9917.
Sept. 5: Cotton Tour Field Day, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Jackson, Tenn. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Field tours begin at 9 a.m. and include multiple presentations. The event concludes at noon with a complimentary lunch. Sessions will include updates on cotton variety performance; fungicides and target spot; weed and resistance management; irrigation; defoliation; UAVs and insect control. There is no cost to attend Cotton Tour. Pesticide recertification points will be available. A complete program will be posted at http://west.tennessee.edu and http://utcrops.com.
Sept. 14: 28th annual Delta Rice Tasting Luncheon sponsored by Delta Rice Promotions, Inc., Delta State University Walter Sillers Coliseum, Cleveland, Miss. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from the Extension office of Bolivar County, Miss., by calling (662) 843-8371. Tickets will also be on sale at the door.
Sept. 15: Second Annual Feliciana Wildlife Expo, LSU AgCenter Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station, 4419 Idlewild Road, Clinton, La. Daylong event featuring wildlife presentations and demonstrations. The AgCenter, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Bob R. Jones Wildlife Research Institute and the East Feliciana Tourist Commission are organizing the event. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., speakers will discuss a range of topics, including aging deer, benefits of fire in the forest, deer diseases, deer netting, feral hog toxicants, butchering techniques, native browse and herbicides, and Louisiana snakes. For the kids, there will shooting sports activities, displays of wildlife furs and skins, fossils and falconry. There also will be a native plant walk as part of the expo. Admission to the expo is free. Food will be available for purchase. More information is available by calling the research station at (225) 683-5848 or online at http://www.facebook.com/BRJWRI/.
Oct. 12-13: 2018 Fall Flower & Garden Fest, Truck Crops Experiment Station, Crystal Springs, Miss. 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days. Food vendors will have food and drinks available. For more information contact a Mississippi county Extension office, or call (601) 892-3731.
Jan. 30: Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference & Expo 2019, Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. The Conference & Expo and will address the latest issues and trends in soil and water conservation. A soil and water conservation technology trade show — the ASWEC Expo — will be included. For more information about the conference, including opportunities to participate in the trade show, contact Chris at (870) 972-2043 or [email protected].