Dec. 18-19: University of Missouri Crop Management Conference, Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Mo. Updates on how 2018’s drought-to-downpour growing season affected crops, pests and disease, and provides insights on how trade affects agricultural commodity markets. Also information on dicamba research and label requirements, says MU Extension weed scientist Kevin Bradley. The training is aimed at certified crop advisers, farmers and others in the ag industry. Topics include wheat management, commodity markets, emerging crop pests, post-drought diseases, phosphorus management, soybean management and yield gaps, soil health, weed management, soil and water conservation, behavioral economics, new ag technology, and glyphosate-resistant weeds. Presenters include researchers and specialists from MU, University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, University of Tennessee and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. For details and registration information, visit plantsciencesweb.missouri.edu/cmc. Register by Dec. 7. For questions about registration, contact the MU Conference Office at 573-882-9554 or [email protected]. To reserve hotel rooms, call the Holiday Inn Executive Center at 573-445-8531 and ask for the crop conference rate. For questions about the program, call Bradley at 573-882-4039.
Jan. 8: Arkansas Rice Annual Meeting, Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart, Ark. Joint meeting of the Arkansas Rice Council and Arkansas Rice Farmers. Farmers and industry experts will discuss the farm bill, the upcoming legislative session, estate planning and more. Individual registration and sponsorship opportunities available at http://arkansasrice.org/annualmeeting/. Deadline to register is Dec. 14.
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. 9: LA Rice Council/LA Rice Growers Association Annual Meeting, Grand Marais Event Center, Jennings, La. 4:30 p.m. Trade Show & LaRPAC Reception. 5:45 p.m. Meeting call to order. Kane Webb: [email protected].
Jan. 10-11: Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture, Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, Mo. Farmers, ranchers, agribusiness leaders and aspiring agriculturalists are invited to enjoy the jam-packed program that is complete with a commodity outlook, awards luncheon and nationally-recognized speaker line-up that builds on the Department’s MORE Strategic Vision. The much-anticipated Best of Missouri Grown reception will return. The event proceeds will go to support Missouri 4-H, Missouri FFA and the Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow (ALOT) program. The Missouri Agriculture Awards will honor six individuals that strive to innovate their farm or ranch, give back to their communities, commit to land stewardship or stand as a great example for future generations. To nominate a leader for one of the Missouri agriculture awards, visit Agriculture.Mo.Gov/awards/. The conference is open to the public; however, registration is required. Anyone interested in receiving updates on the upcoming Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture can sign up at http://bit.ly/2T2kgBM.
Jan. 11-16: American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, La. Speakers will deliver updates on the latest national ag issues, as well as strategies to succeed in rural America. The meeting will also feature a trade show where attendees can review the best tools and equipment available to farmers and ranchers.
Jan. 15-16: Annual Soil Health Summit, Hyatt Regency – St. Louis at the Arch, St. Louis, Mo. For the first time, the Soil Health Partnership (http://bit.ly/SoilHealthPartnership) has opened the summit to the public. Attendees will benefit from peer-to-peer networking, collaboration, and education on the latest in soil health strategies, including new data and insights from SHP. The SHP’s long-term data collection effort measures the on-farm economic and environmental impact of practices known to improve soil health and sustainability. Those practices include reducing tillage, growing cover crops and practicing advanced nutrient management. Registration is open from the Soil Health Summit website (http://bit.ly/2019SoilHealthSummit). The registration fee for the two-day event is just $100 for farmers and educators. The cost for other attendees is $250. This registration fee includes the event meals, all sessions, and a reception. A few select exhibitors will also have educational booths. General sessions will feature top environmental groups and food companies on why this effort is key to their businesses and sustainability strategies. An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, the Soil Health Partnership works closely with diverse organizations including commodity groups, industry, foundations, federal agencies, universities and well-known environmental groups toward common goals.
Jan. 16: Southeast Missouri Regional Soybean Meeting, Miner Convention Center – Miner, Mo. Registration at 8 a.m., meeting 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Contact Anthony Ohmes (573) 243-3581 or David Reinbott 573-545-3516 for more information.
Jan. 16: Arkansas Soybean Association Annual Meeting of Membership, Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart Ark. Registration will open at 8:15 a.m. and program will begin at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided and the meeting will conclude shortly after lunch. Program to include info on spray technology for dicamba products, update on exports opportunities, Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Contest awards and more. For additional information, please contact the office at [email protected] or 501-666-1418.
Jan. 18: 2019 Ag Expo Forestry Forum, West Monroe Convention Center, West Monroe, La. The program will cover a wide range of topics, all of which are important to area timberland owners, forestry consultants and industry partners. The LSU AgCenter and the Northeast Louisiana Agri-Business Council are sponsoring the forum. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the meeting is from 8:30 until noon. Monroe attorney and tree farmer Paul Spillers will review tax topics for timberland owners, and Buck Vandersteen, executive director of the Louisiana Forestry Association, will provide forest industry updates. AgCenter economist Shaun Tanger will cover timber market opportunities for northeast Louisiana, and AgCenter wildlife specialist Ashley Long will discuss wildlife management. AgCenter forestry specialist Michael Blazier will present information on The Morehouse Project, a new venture to enhance the health of northeast Louisiana and southeast Arkansas forests. Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist Kevin Norton will review the farm bill, and NRCS state forester Rick Williams will discuss tree value, harvesting and forestry best management practices. Kim Tolson will review activities of the Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force. Tolson is a professor of biology at the University of Louisiana Monroe and serves as the chairman of the task force. Early registration is $15 by Jan. 11. Registration is $20 at the door. One adult admission to Ag Expo is included in the fee. Checks should be made payable to Catahoula ANR and mailed to LSU AgCenter, P.O. Box 160, Harrisonburg, LA 71340. Include “Forestry Forum” on the memo line. The West Monroe Convention Center is located at 901 Ridge Ave, West Monroe, La.
Jan. 22: Winter Production Meeting, Lone Oaks Farm,10000 Lake Hardeman Rd. Middleton, Tenn. Hosted by Fayette County and Hardeman County, Tenn., Extension offices. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. Speaking at the meeting will be: Dr. Tyson Raper, UT Cotton Specialist, Dr. Larry Steckel, UT Weed Specialist, and Dr. Scott Stewart, UT Entomologist. Following the speakers a lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or [email protected] or Josh German at (731) 658-2421 or [email protected].
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. 29: LSU AgCenter Conference on Data and Technology, State Evacuation Shelter on U.S. Highway 71 near Alexandria, La. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Several AgCenter experts will present information about digital and precision agriculture — fields of study that deal with using technology to collect and interpret data to make farming more efficient. Terry Griffin, an assistant professor at Kansas State University, will deliver a keynote address on the value of “big data” to agriculture. After a lunch break, Louisiana farmers will take part in a panel discussion on data topics. The conference also will feature a trade show, giving attendees a chance to talk to representatives of leading Louisiana agri-businesses. Vendors interested in having a booth should contact AgCenter agent R.L. Frazier at [email protected]. Registration for this free event is required at http://bit.ly/2Qcz8Qo.
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.
Feb. 11-13: 2019 Louisiana Agricultural Technology & Management Conference (sponsored by the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association), Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, La. Jay Mahaffey will be featured in the pre-conference symposium on the first morning, talking about good agronomics and decision-making in grain crops and cotton. Attendance in this symposium will be limited, and pre-registration is required. In addition to the general sessions where presentations will include factors influencing fertility in soil to the latest in precision ag, there will be specific crop breakout sessions on cotton, rice, and sugarcane. Technical presentations during meals (breakfasts and luncheons) will be given by sponsoring sustaining members. A mixer will be held after sessions on Feb. 11 to allow a time of networking among peers. The conference provides recertification of consultant and commercial applicator licenses. CCA CEUs are also available. The preliminary program will be emailed to LACA members and past attendees on or about Dec. 20 and will also be posted on the LACA website at www.laca1.org no later than Dec. 31. Contact Denise Wright, Executive Director by email, [email protected], or phone, 337-945-3694 (m) for more information.
Feb. 12: Mississippi Rice Winter Meeting, Bolivar County Extension Office, Cleveland, Miss. Tina Manning: [email protected].
Feb. 13: 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 management, the impact of the 2018 elections, international trade policy, and the new farm bill. Lunch will be served in the First National Bank Arena at noon. Afternoon sessions include presentations on industry trends and issues for the rice, cotton, poultry, and beef markets. A complete conference program and online registration will be available in January at agri.astate.edu. There is no registration fee. For more information contact [email protected] or (870) 972-3221.
Feb. 14: Northeast Louisiana Rice Winter Meeting, Iona Golf Club, Rayville, La. 8:30 a.m. Registration. 9 a.m. Meeting callrf to order. Keith Collins: [email protected].
Feb. 14: Central Louisiana Rice Winter Meeting, Rocky’s Tails and Shells Restaurant, Bunkie, La. 6 p.m. Meeting called to order. Phillip Lamartiniere [email protected].
Feb. 21-22: 95th Annual USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. The forum, which is being held under the theme “Growing Locally, Selling Globally,” highlights current issues and trends affecting agricultural production and global markets. It offers a platform for exchanging ideas, information and best practices among producers, processors, policymakers, government officials, and non-governmental organizations, both domestic and foreign. Concurrent sessions will explore topics such as global trade trends, innovations in agriculture, developments in animal and crop biotechnology, frontiers in conservation, and outlooks for food and commodity markets. An exhibit hall will showcase resources from USDA agencies and private organizations. Speakers at the 2019 forum will include U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and other senior USDA officials; guest speakers from the agricultural sector; and plenary sessions with agricultural industry leaders. USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson will present the 2019 Economic Outlook for Agriculture. Visit the Agricultural Outlook Forum website (http://bit.ly/2019AgOutlookForum) to register, reserve discounted room rates, join the pre-forum field trip, or apply for the USDA Future Leaders in Agriculture Program.
Feb. 26-27: Bayer AgVocacy Forum, Hilton, Orlando, Fla. Influential thought leaders and stakeholders in agriculture and food talk about important topics and pressing issues facing these industries and society today. At the 14th annual forum, participants will discuss how new approaches to innovation and emerging technologies are impacting the agriculture and food industries, as well as the actions needed to engage the next generation, expand diversity in the industry, and increase consumer acceptance of modern ag technologies to benefit growers, people and the planet. Email Susan Luke at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Feb. 28-March 2: Commodity Classic, Orlando, Fla. Educational sessions will cover a wide range of important topics including soil health, grain marketing, farm policy, cover crops, farm succession planning, nutrient stewardship, weed and herbicide management, rural economic development, soybean cyst nematode (SCN), wheat yields, Blockchain technology, corn residue, weather trends and more. The 2019 Commodity Classic will offer nearly 50 educational sessions including Learning Centers, Early Risers, What’s New, Mini What’s New and additional presentations on the Main Stage on the trade show floor. Applicable educational sessions are offered at no extra charge for the days for which an attendee is registered. Registration and housing for the 2019 Commodity Classic is now open. To register, reserve hotel rooms and sign up for email updates, visit CommodityClassic.com. Early bird discounts on registration end Jan. 10.