Oct. 25: 2018 Small Plot Research Equipment Field Day, Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, Tenn. Field Day begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 1:00 p.m. Ten companies will showcase research equipment designed for small plot research.
Oct. 25-Nov. 11: LSU AgCenter AgMagic, State Fair of Louisiana, Shreveport, La. Showcasing the impact agriculture has on daily life through hands-on activities to delight both youth and adult visitors. Eight interactive exhibits will explore plant and animal production, feature agricultural product development and marketing, and allow visitors to experience agriculture from farm to table while learning more about nutrition, health and safety. Visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour anytime between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The event will host more than 3,200 school children in grades 3-6 from northwest Louisiana schools during four school tour days scheduled for Nov. 1, 2, 8 and 9. Registration is available online at www.lsuagcenter.com/agmagic or through the State Fair of Louisiana website. AgMagic is located in the Agriculture Building in the state fairgrounds and is open to the public through the duration of the fair, which runs from Oct. 25 through Nov. 11. The State Fair of Louisiana offers free parking and gate admission for AgMagic each weekday until 3 p.m.
Oct. 26: The North Mississippi Beef Expo, Batesville Civic Center, Batesville, Miss. Will provide cattle producers with an opportunity to learn from multiple industry professionals. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the and the speakers will conclude at approximately 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Farm Bureau, Wade Incorporated, and Mississippi Land Bank are sponsors, along with other community donors. This event will provide a trade show and cover topics such as disease diagnosis and prevention, weaning and conditioning, and how to prepare cattle for the feedlot stage. MSU Extension agent Lance Newman is coordinating the expo and has multiple specialists scheduled to speak, including Gene Lowrey of Five Rivers XIT Feeders in Texas; Jason Banta, Texas A&M beef cattle specialist; Amelia Woolums, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine; Andy Berry, Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association; and a panel of cattle producers. For more information, contact Lance Newman at [email protected] or 662-832-4586.
Oct. 27: The Cotton Museum’s 12th Annual Harvest Party, Warehouse (36 GE Patterson Ave.), Memphis, Tenn. The Harvest Party is the museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Guests will enjoy live music from the Earnestine & Hazel's House Band, dancing, classic Memphis food, a silent auction and an open bar. All proceeds benefit the work of the Cotton Museum. Your support enables us to expand our educational programming and engage our city's youth with our shared history. Call (901) 531-7826 to reserve tickets.
Oct. 29: The Fayette County, Tenn., Extension Office will be hosting a meeting to discuss Changes to the Seed Cotton Program. This meeting will be held in the Oak Rm at Trustmark Bank, 16790 Hwy 64 at the corner of South Main and Hwy 64, Somerville, Tenn., starting at 6 p.m. Dr. Aaron Smith, crop marketing specialist with the University of Tennessee, will discuss how to allocate generic acres before the December deadline. A meal will be provided. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or [email protected].
Nov. 3: Antique Tractor Show, Paul Love Park, Glen Allan, Miss. Starts at 9 a.m. Train ride for kids. Giant slide for kids. Arts and Crafts. Food vendors. Tractor rodeo at 1 pm. Free admission. Organized by the Lake Washington Old Tractor Club. For more information, call (662) 822-8520, (662) 378-7217, (662) 907-0169 or (662) 822-8500.
Nov. 14-15: LSU AgCenter’s AgMagic Cenla, State Evacuation Shelter and DeWitt Livestock Facility in Alexandria, La. AgMagic Cenla is an inaugural event promoting agriculture awareness, said AgCenter Central Region director Tara Smith. The event will host about 900 third-graders during the two-day event. School groups can register for tours online on the LSU AgCenter website at www.lsuagcenter.com/agmagic. A series of five interactive exhibits led by AgCenter experts together with youth and adult volunteers will offer a wide variety of agriculture-related experiences developed to promote hands-on learning. Tours will feature exhibits on forestry, nutrition, horticulture, livestock and 4-H youth development.
Dec. 5-7: USA Rice Outlook Conference and Trade Show, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, San Diego, Calif. At the conference the U.S. rice industry meets, bringing together rice farmers, millers, merchants, and representatives of allied businesses from all rice-producing states and beyond. The conference features a trade show devoted to rice-related farm equipment, technology, products, and services. The 2018 USA Rice Outlook Conference program will be two full days and will include economic and political outlooks, as well as the global rice outlook. Dr. Morgaine Gaye, food futurologist, is the keynote speaker. Also on tap are state-by-state production and research reports, breakout sessions on sustainability, farm management, business and more. The conference website is at http://www.usarice.com/outlook. For more information, can contact Jeanette Davis at [email protected] or (703) 236-1447.
Jan. 8-10: 2019 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, La. Insight on current research and emerging technology – to help attendees improve production, processing and marketing efficiency. The BWCC, coordinated by the National Cotton Council (NCC), annually brings together university and USDA researchers, Extension personnel/agents, consultants, and industry sales/support personnel. Information on the 2019 BWCC, including registration and housing reservation instructions, is at www.cotton.org/beltwide/. The site also includes a link to BWCC proceedings from 2005-2018. The 2019 BWCC will begin at noon on Jan. 8 with the half-day Cotton Consultants Conference – open to all attendees. Among scheduled topics selected by the consultant community are: an expert panel of entomologists to discuss bollworm and Bt resistance; objectives of cover crop initiatives; status and new products pertaining to nematodes; the current state of integrated pest management in cotton and future considerations; the status of boll weevil eradication in the Lower Rio Grande Valley; and a product registration update. The BWCC cotton technical conferences, which will provide updates on research and a look into the technology pipeline, will meet concurrently beginning on the morning of Jan. 9 and conclude by noon on Jan. 10. Registration costs for the 2019 BWCC before Dec. 17 are: $200 for NCC/Cotton Foundation members, university and USDA researchers, Extension personnel, associations and consultants; $500 for non-U.S. research, extension, associations, and consultants; $400 for non-NCC/Foundation members; and $80 for students. On-site conference self-registration kiosks will be available 24 hours a day beginning on the evening of Jan. 7. Beginning on the morning of Jan. 8, NCC staff will be available for attendees needing assistance with registration and name badge printing.
Jan. 22-23: 2019 Louisiana Ag Industries Association annual meeting, Paragon Casino Resort and Hotel Marksville, La. Representatives from the seed, chemical, fertilizer, grain, and feed industries will hear presentations on GMO technologies, drone applications, the “Fieldview” program, grain and fertilizer market outlooks for 2019, and other timely, market-driven information. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 with a business session and luncheon, followed by a 4-man golf scramble tournament at Tamahka Trails Golf Club. The meeting will resume at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at noon on Jan. 23. Registration will be $125 for current members and $175 for non-members. All agricultural industry, university, state and federal agency personnel are encouraged and invited to attend. Contact Donna Morgan at [email protected] or (318) 613-9278 for more information.
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].
Jan. 31 – Feb. 1: 22nd Annual National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference, Southern Corn & Soybean Conference, Southern Precision Ag Conference and Delta States Irrigation Conference, Crowne Plaza, Baton Rouge, La. For more information go to www.mafg.net (click on conference button on right, then scroll down for conference/hotel information.