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April 25: Nutrient Management Course, Bradford Research Center, Columbia, Mo. University of Missouri Extension and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service — computer-assisted nutrient management courses. Topics include how to use a new MU website to create maps of your farm and how to use other software and online tools to calculate manure and fertilizer application rates. Laptop computers are provided or participants may bring their own. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers have been applied for. For more information, contact Hannah McClure, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Division of Plant Sciences, at McClureH@missouri.edu or (573) 884-6311. Register at www.nmplanner.missouri.edu/training/#computer.

April 28-May 4: AgMagic, Parker Coliseum, LSU, Baton Rouge, La. Annual LSU AgCenter event that offers fun, interactive exhibits to help visitors make the connection between crops and animals raised on farms and items they use every day. The event, which organizers expect will attract about 11,000 visitors, is open to scheduled school groups from April 28 to May 2. The public is invited to attend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 3-4. Admission is free. Visitors can tour seven portals that explore various facets of agriculture, from agronomic crops and insects to farm animals and good nutrition. New this year are exhibits on 4-H camping opportunities and “Measure Up,” which features interactive activities on the importance of exercise and eating healthy foods. The Body Walk, an interactive exhibit designed to combat childhood obesity, will be in the 4-H Mini Farm adjacent to Parker Coliseum Monday through Sunday, except Friday. Sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Blue Cross and the Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, it is part of an overall program known as Smart Bodies. Children have the opportunity to make rubbings of leaves, touch live crawfish and learn about how plants help protect Louisiana's eroding coast. They get to interact with live animals, including cows, sheep, pigs and goats. They also can watch eggs hatch and hold baby chicks, according to Frankie Gould, LSU AgCenter communications director. The AgCenter is also launching AgMagic on the River this year, bringing AgMagic's fun learning experience to the New Orleans area on May 14-17. For more information about AgMagic, visit www.LSUAgCenter.com/AgMagic.

April 29: Nutrient Management Course, Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon, Mo. University of Missouri Extension and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service — computer-assisted nutrient management courses. Topics include how to use a new MU website to create maps of your farm and how to use other software and online tools to calculate manure and fertilizer application rates. Laptop computers are provided or participants may bring their own. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers have been applied for. For more information, contact Hannah McClure, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Division of Plant Sciences, at McClureH@missouri.edu or (573) 884-6311. Register at www.nmplanner.missouri.edu/training/#computer.

April 29: LSU AgCenter Northwest Beef and Forage Field Day at the Hill Farm Research Station, Homer, La.

April 30: Nutrient Management Course, Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon, Mo. University of Missouri Extension and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service — computer-assisted nutrient management courses. Topics include how to use a new MU website to create maps of your farm and how to use other software and online tools to calculate manure and fertilizer application rates. Laptop computers are provided or participants may bring their own. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers have been applied for. For more information, contact Hannah McClure, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Division of Plant Sciences, at McClureH@missouri.edu or (573) 884-6311. Register at www.nmplanner.missouri.edu/training/#computer.

May 2: Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council Spring Tour, Pocahontas Livestock Auction Barn in Pocahontas, Ark. Two ranches in Lawrence and Randolph counties that weathered the extremes of drought and flood and still managed 300 days of grazing will be showcased. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and buses leave at 9:30 a.m. from the Pocahontas Livestock Auction Barn. Buses will return by 4:30 p.m. Participants will visit two area livestock farms of different sizes and grazing programs. Among the discussion topics are: Grazing systems on stocker calf and cow/calf operations; Unique electric fencing strategies; Practical forage options and management for grazing 300 days per year; Comparison of livestock water options; and Environmentally sound practices for forage and livestock management. Cost per person is $25, $10 for students. Registration includes lunch, all materials and bus transportation. To reach the Pocahontas Livestock Auction, take Hwy 67 into Pocahontas, turn onto Townsend St. (at the intersection of Hwys 67 and 304, at the T-Ricks Citgo gas station) and go west about a quarter mile to the Livestock Auction Barn. For more information about the conference or to pre-register, call John Jennings, AFGC secretary, at (501) 671-2350, or contact any AFGC board member.

May 3: LSU AgCenter Habitat Management for White-tailed Deer at the Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station, Clinton, La.

May 6: Nutrient Management Course, Greenley Memorial Research Center, Novelty, Mo. University of Missouri Extension and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service — computer-assisted nutrient management courses. Topics include how to use a new MU website to create maps of your farm and how to use other software and online tools to calculate manure and fertilizer application rates. Laptop computers are provided or participants may bring their own. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers have been applied for. For more information, contact Hannah McClure, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Division of Plant Sciences, at McClureH@missouri.edu or (573) 884-6311. Register at www.nmplanner.missouri.edu/training/#computer.

May 8: Nutrient Management Course, Delta Research Center, Portageville, Mo. University of Missouri Extension and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service — computer-assisted nutrient management courses. Topics include how to use a new MU website to create maps of your farm and how to use other software and online tools to calculate manure and fertilizer application rates. Laptop computers are provided or participants may bring their own. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers have been applied for. For more information, contact Hannah McClure, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Division of Plant Sciences, at McClureH@missouri.edu or (573) 884-6311. Register at www.nmplanner.missouri.edu/training/#computer.

May 21: LSU AgCenter Fruit and Vegetable Growers Field Day at the Botanic Gardens at Burden, Baton Rouge, La.

May 22: Nutrient Management Course, Bradford Research Center, Columbia, Mo. University of Missouri Extension and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service — computer-assisted nutrient management courses. Topics include how to use a new MU website to create maps of your farm and how to use other software and online tools to calculate manure and fertilizer application rates. Laptop computers are provided or participants may bring their own. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers have been applied for. For more information, contact Hannah McClure, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Division of Plant Sciences, at McClureH@missouri.edu or (573) 884-6311. Register at www.nmplanner.missouri.edu/training/#computer.

May 26-June 6: MDCC AG Production Training, Mississippi Delta Community College, Moorhead, Miss. MDCC offers 75+ hours of instruction and hands-on experience to prepare you to work in farm operations. Includes: operating tractors on the farm, attaching implements, pulling wide span rigs in tight surroundings, basic tractor maintenance, tool identification, overview of GPS guidance systems, handling and identifying chemicals, farm safety training and CPR certification through the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. Must be 18 years old and have a valid Mississippi driver’s license. $25 per trainee (cost for Mississippi residents shared by Mississippi Community College Board and MDCC’s Capps Technology Center). Register through May 15. For more information or to register, contact John Conrad at (662) 887-2876, ext.14, or register in person at The Capps Center; 920 Hwy 82 West;  Indianola, Miss.

May 27-29: 2014 Rice Market & Technology Convention Hotel Real Intercontinental San Jose, Costa Rica. Program includes leading economists, market analysts, researchers, meteorologists, and mechanical engineers. Speakers include Norris Bond, Cleiton Sequeira, and Milo Hamilton. For more details and to register, go to http://ricemtconvention.com/.

May 29: Nutrient Management Course, Forage Systems Research Center, Linneus, Mo. University of Missouri Extension and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service — computer-assisted nutrient management courses. Topics include how to use a new MU website to create maps of your farm and how to use other software and online tools to calculate manure and fertilizer application rates. Laptop computers are provided or participants may bring their own. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers have been applied for. For more information, contact Hannah McClure, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Division of Plant Sciences, at McClureH@missouri.edu or (573) 884-6311. Register at www.nmplanner.missouri.edu/training/#computer.

May 30: 79th Delta Council Annual Meeting, Delta State University’s Bologna Performing Arts Center, Cleveland, Miss. Meeting itinerary: 9 a.m., Salute to Delta Honor Graduates Event; 9 a.m., Delta 1000 Event: The 2014 Midterm Election Analysis; 10:30 a.m., General Session; Noon, Catfish Luncheon on the Quadrangle. Sponsors of the Delta Council Annual Meeting include: BankPlus, Catfish Farmers of Mississippi, Cotton Incorporated, Jimmy Sanders, Inc., Mississippi Corn Promotion Board, Mississippi Rice Promotion Board, Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board, and Southern Ag Credit / Mississippi Land Bank.

June 5: LSU AgCenter Nursery Industry Open House at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond, La.

June 17: LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station Pest and Crop Production Field Day, St. Joseph, La.

June 21: LSU AgCenter Garden Fest at the Botanic Gardens at Burden, Baton Rouge, La.

June 25: LSU AgCenter 105th Rice Research Station Field Day, Crowley, La.

July 7-8: Delta AgTech Symposium: Advancing UAVs in Agriculture, Agricenter International in Memphis, Tenn. Hosted by Entira, Inc., an agricultural marketing and management firm, with support from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Will showcase on-farm uses of unmanned aerial vehicles. Applications and opportunities for this technology will be the focus. The symposium will bring together crop consultants, agronomists, farmers, and the businesses who serve them, along with UAV manufacturers and researchers. The two-day event will include demonstrations of the aircraft, speakers, and a trade show for organizations to share their knowledge and solutions. A schedule of demonstrations and presentations, as well as registration information will be available on the Delta AgTech Symposium web site. Companies interested in sponsorship or exhibit details should contact Kelli Polatty at kpolatty@entira.net.

July 10: LSU AgCenter Northeast Region Rolling Crops Field Tour, Macon Ridge Research Station, Winnsboro, La. The tour will begin and end at the Macon Ridge Research Station. Registration starts at 11 a.m., and transport vans will depart the station at 11:30 a.m. The tour will travel to variety demonstration plots in West Carroll, Richland and Franklin parishes, highlighting soybean, cotton and corn production and pest management. The tour will conclude with crop updates, an NRCS soils trailer demonstration, a sponsored dinner and door prize drawings. Contact Tara Smith, tsmith@agcenter.lsu.edu, or Donnie Miller, dmiller@agcenter.lsu.edu, for additional details.

July 16: LSU AgCenter Sugarcane Field Day at the Sugar Research Station, St. Gabriel, La.

July 17: LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center Field Day, Alexandria, La.

July 29-Aug. 2: 2014 Mississippi Agricultural Industry Council and Mississippi Seedsmen’s Assn. Convention, Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach, Al. Registration information can be found on the MAIC website: www.maicms.org.

Aug. 7: LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Field Day at the Sweet Potato Research Station, Chase, La.

Oct. 9: LSU AgCenter Landscape Horticulture Field Day at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond, La.