Meetings, conferences and more

Check out these upcoming events scheduled for the Mid-South and other parts of the nation:

Feb. 27-28: 57th Annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, Memphis Cook Convention Center, Memphis, Tenn. Sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, with Delta Farm Press as co-sponsor. More than 20,000 domestic and international decision-makers are expected to attend the event that will have more than 400 exhibitors. Both the familiar and the cutting edge as companies unveil new technologies in seed and crop inputs, as well as equipment updates and new equipment that will make farming easier and potentially more profitable. Informational sessions featuring experts in many fields. Speakers for the ever-popular Ag Update Seminars Friday and Saturday will include Joe Nicosia, who will present the outlook for U.S. and world cotton; Carl Brothers, who will discuss the outlook for rice and wheat; a National Cotton Council representative who will discuss farm bill and legislative issues; and Richard Brock, who will return to headline the Saturday morning session on marketing. A special Saturday seminar is also planned. Member associations of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association will be holding their annual meeting and other events during the week. They include the Arkansas/Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana Cotton Ginners Associations. Exhibit hours at the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Visitors who view the exhibit areas are eligible for prizes, which will be awarded each afternoon, including $2,000 in attendance prizes awarded daily. For additional information, contact Tim Price at (901) 947-3104 or visit the Web site

Feb. 26-28: Commodity Classic, Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. Commodity Classic is the convention and trade show of the National Corn Growers Association, the American Soybean Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Sorghum Producers. Commodity Classic will feature a trade show, educational sessions, cutting-edge technological demonstrations, association banquets, entertainment events and important networking opportunities. For more information about Commodity Classic, go to

Feb. 27-28: Eighth annual Mississippi Farm Toy Show at the MAFES Conference Center, Starkville, Miss. (The old MSU Bull Barn located on the northwest side (near the electrical substation) of the intersection of Hwy 12 and Hwy 182. Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information contact (662) 418-4537.

Feb. 28: Annual meeting of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association, Holiday Inn Executive Center at I-70 and Stadium Blvd. in Columbia, Mo. Begins at 12:30 p.m. Concludes with an evening meal and program about 9 p.m. The program will include presentations about the Missouri River on: the operation of the river for 2009, navigation flows, environmental programs authorized in the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 that will affect navigation, flood control and drainage, flood damaged levee repairs. Items of interest to Delta farmers are environmental programs and regulated flows on the Missouri River and how they affect flood control and navigation on the Mississippi River. Contact Tom Waters, [email protected] or 36257 State Hwy. Z, Orrick, Mo. 64077 or (816) 770-5562.

March 3: Missouri Cotton Production and Outlook Conference, University of Missouri Delta Center (the office in town), Portageville, Mo. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with speakers beginning at 8:30 a.m. Among topics that will be covered: cotton weed strategies, Anthony Ohmes, Extension agent; nematode update, Allen Wrather, UMC Delta Center; cotton insect update, Kelly Tindall, UMC Delta Center; irrigating cotton in Missouri, Earl Vories, UMC Delta Center; soil fertility update, David Dunn, UMC Delta Center; cotton marketing strategies, David Reinbott, farm management specialist, Scott County; farm bill update, and Mike Blankenship, Pemiscot County FSA director. There will also be a cotton variety panel featuring many seed company representatives. Lunch will be served. For more information, contact Andrea Phillips Jones (573)379-5431 or e-mail at [email protected].

March 3: Private Applicators Training, Delta Center, Portageville, Mo. Conducted by Jeff House. 1:30 p.m. New training. $12-book will have to be purchased. If you have any questions, contact House at (573) 748-5531.

March 5-7: Catfish Farmers of America Annual Convention and Research Symposium, Eola Hotel and Natchez Convention Center, Natchez, Miss. Catfish Farmers of Mississippi is serving as host of the event, which will draw industry representatives from throughout the South. For more information call (601) 206-1600 or e-mail [email protected].

March 8-11: Entomological Society of America’s Southeastern Branch Meeting, Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Convention Center, Montgomery, Ala.

March 10-12: 19th annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course, Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, Miss. Complete information Reasonably priced training for growers and prospective growers. Learn about raising greenhouse tomatoes and other vegetables. Special topics this year include alternative heating, greenhouse design, and pest management. Rick Snyder at (601) 892-3731 or [email protected].

April 4: 34th Annual World Catfish Festival, downtown Belzoni, Miss. 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Activities include live entertainment all day, catfish eating contest, crowning of the Catfish Queen, 5K run, new rides just for the kids, a carnival with rides and entertainment, fun for all ages, over 100 arts and crafts vendors. $1,000 will be given away. For more information, go to or call (800) 408-4838.

To list your organization’s special event in the Delta Farm Press Calendar of Events, e-mail details, including contact person, phone number, etc., to: Ed Phillips, [email protected].

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