April 10-11: Annual Antique Tractor/Car Show & Tractor Ride, Harris Farms, 9235 Hwy. 305 N, Independence, Miss. Fish supper/political speaking Friday at 5 p.m. $5 per car donation at gate on Saturday (opens at 8 a.m.) with all proceeds going to the Independence Volunteer Fire Department. Burger dinner Saturday noon. Working dog demonstrations. “Bucksnorts” Best Baking Contest. Women’s Skillet Throwing Contest. Tractor Driving Contest. Kiddie Tractor Pull Contest. Live music. Booths (rentals available). 20-Mile Ride leaves Saturday at 1 p.m. If you are interested in showing or riding, contact David at (662) 292-4266. If you are interested in a booth rental, contact Steven at (662) 292-1017. Booth rentals are $20. Ride is $30 (includes Saturday dinner).

April 17: Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference 2014, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn. Hosted by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium. Farm bill implementation, estate planning for Mid-South agriculture, and wind energy and pipeline easement negotiations, are part of the agenda. Led by the National Agricultural Law Center, the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium is a national, multi-institution collaboration that develops and delivers authoritative, timely, and objective agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community. Sponsors of this year’s conference are the Delta Farm Press and the Mississippi Bar Association’s Natural Resources, Environment and Energy Section. This year’s program includes: Agricultural and Environmental Law Update: Recent Trends and Developments; 2014 Farm Bill for Practitioners, Lenders, and Other Ag Professionals; USDA National Appeals Division 101: What You and Your Farm Client Need to Know; Farm Succession and Estate Planning for Mid-South Agriculture; Ethical Considerations for Farm Clients; and Easement Negotiation 101: Focus on Gas Pipelines and Energy Transmission Lines. The program has been approved in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee for five hours of general continuing legal education credit and one hour of ethics credit. Fees for attorneys seeking continuing education credit is $150; for other attendees, not seeking professional credit, $100; for students, the fee is $25. Registration will be available through the National Agricultural Law Center: http://nationalaglawcenter.org/midsouthcle2015/.

April 22: 2015 Wheat and Oat Field Day, LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station, 212A Macon Ridge Rd, Winnsboro, La. Registration (coffee and doughnuts sponsored by Louisiana Land Bank) at 8:30 a.m Welcome and administrative update at 9 a.m., followed by field tour at 9:05 a.m. Topics to be discussed by LSU AgCenter Research and Extension faculty during the field tour include: Wheat and Oat Variety Trials; Fusarium Head Scab Genotype Screening and Disease Management Update; Hessian Fly and Aphid Control; Weed Management; Wheat BMPs;  and Wheat Crop Update and Nitrogen Rates Afternoon tour for breeders, seedsmen, and other interested persons: USDA Regional Nurseries, Sungrains Yield Trials, Seed Company Trials, Seed Increases. Sponsored lunch will be provided at 12:15 p.m. Program meets the requirements for Phase II completion and Continuing Education credits within the Louisiana Master Farmer Program. Contact Stephen Harrison at (225) 578-1308 or harrison@agcenter.lsu.edu or Donnie Miller at (318) 435-2157 or dmiller@agcenter.lsu.edu for more information concerning the field day or if you need an ADA accommodation for your participation.

May 2: Mississippi State University Beef Unit Field Day, H.H. Leveck Animal Research Center (often called South Farm), MSU, Starkville, Miss. 9 a.m. until noon. Lunch will be served at the conclusion of the field day. The Beef Unit Field Day will feature updates on research programs conducted by animal and dairy sciences faculty members on topics such as stocker cattle health and management, reproduction, nutrition and genetics. Updates to the breeding and management programs also will be highlighted. Immediately after lunch, alumni from the Block and Bridle and Judging teams will meet. At the MSU baseball game that afternoon, the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association will host Beef Day at the Ballpark. The event is hosted by the MSU Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. Participants are asked to reserve meals by calling (662) 325-2802 or e-mailing mquinn@ads.msstate.edu. For more information, visit http://msucares.com/livestock/beef/southfarm.html.