- Conferences, field days, seminars, trade shows and conferences.
Meetings, trade shows, field days and conferences for those involved in Mid-South agriculture. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the entire DFP Calendar of Events, go to http://bit.ly/1kG0LG7.
Jan. 3: Tri State Soybean Forum, Dumas Community Center, Dumas, Ark. Soybean growers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi can learn from growers with record-breaking yields, as well as university experts. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend. Speakers and tentative topics on the agenda: 8 a.m. — Jeremy Greene, professor of entomology, Clemson University - A New Soybean Pest for the Mid-South - The Kudzu Bug; 8:45 a.m. — Terry Spurlock, Extension plant pathologist, University of Arkansas - Spatial Distribution of Aerial Blight in Soybean Fields Undergoing Annual Rotations with Rice; 9:30 a.m. — Grover Shannon, professor of soybean genetics and breeding, University of Missouri - Chloride Issues in Soybean Production; 10:45 a.m. — Larry Steckel, associate professor/row crop weed specialist, University of Tennessee - Managing Weed Resistance in Soybean Systems; 11:30 a.m. — United Soybean Board representative, national soybean update; 11:45 a.m. — Lanny Ashlock, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board project manager and Mid-South Soybean Board research coordinator, moderating a panel discussion with the Arkansas Race for 100 Winners: Nelson Crow, Matt Miles, and Eddie Tackett. The meeting is sponsored by agricultural companies in the region, the United Soybean Board, the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, and the Arkansas Soybean Association.
Jan. 6: Farm Futures Ag Finance Boot Camp, St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark Hotel, St. Louis, Mo. http://www.farmfutures.com/bootcamp.
Jan. 6-8: 2014 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, New Orleans Marriott Hotel, New Orleans, La. For more information, contact: National Cotton Council, P.O. Box 2995, Cordova, TN 38088, (901) 274-9030 or email: email@example.com.
Jan. 7: Farm Futures Business Summit, St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark Hotel, St. Louis, Mo. http://www.farmfutures.com/summit2014.
Jan 7: Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Producer Conference at ASU Alumni Center in Jonesboro, Ark. This year’s Conference will look at results from high-yield trials, new marketing opportunities, water issues, and more. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. and end shortly after lunch.
Jan 9: Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Producer Conference at Dumas Community Center in Dumas, Ark. This year’s Conference will look at results from high-yield trials, new marketing opportunities, water issues, and more. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. and end shortly after lunch.
Jan. 12-15: American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2014 Annual Convention, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio. AFBF President Bob Stallman will open the meeting the morning of Jan. 12. Gen. Stan McChrystal, a retired four-star general and former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, will serve as a keynote speaker on Jan. 13. Agricultural specialists from both the public and private sectors will be featured during a full slate of special issue and outlook conferences. There will also be the Farm Bureau Showcase, a trade show featuring equipment exhibits and innovative program and idea displays from state and county Farm Bureaus and their members, and a full slate of competitive events featuring Young Farmer and Rancher participants. The final two days will be devoted to the business session of voting delegates, when members set Farm Bureau policy positions on major national and international issues for the coming year.
Jan. 13: Food Safety Workshop, Forrest County Extension office, 952 Sullivan Dr., Hattiesburg, Miss. Fruit and vegetable growers can learn techniques to make their produce safer for consumers. Specialists with the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will conduct the workshop on developing and implementing good agricultural practices and good handling practices. The voluntary guidelines, referred to as GAPs and GHPs, were issued by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998 to help growers eliminate food safety hazards that can occur during growing, harvesting, cleaning, washing, sorting, packing and transporting unprocessed foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables. Begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Topics include site selection and soil; agricultural water; fertilizer and pesticide use; animal exclusion; worker health and hygiene; produce cleaning and water treatment; packing and storage; traceability; harvesting; cooling; transportation; and U.S. Department of Agriculture audit verification checklist. Registration is free and open to all Mississippi fruit and vegetable growers who sell to the fresh market. Seating is limited to the first 25 participants to preregister. A pre- and post-test will be given. Those completing the course will receive a certificate of completion. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To preregister or for more information, contact Mahmoud at (228) 762-7783, ext. 301, or firstname.lastname@example.org. The MSU workshops are free, but farmers must pay for each independent audit of their farms. Mississippi farmers who successfully pass the certification class can apply for a cost-share program through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce to help cover the cost of the initial audit. For more information about this program, contact Michael Lasseter at (601) 359-1120 or email@example.com.
Jan. 15-16: 17th Annual National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference, Southern Corn and Soybean Conference and Southern Precision Ag Conference, Harrah’s-Tunica Convention Center in Tunica, Miss. The conference will include presentations on cotton, rice, corn and soybean production systems by more than 100 speakers including university researchers, farmers and crop consultants. Breakout sessions will provide farmers information on how to improve production methods. Corporate sponsors of the event are Cotton Incorporated, the U.S. Rice Producers Association, the United Soybean Board and MidAmerica Farm Publications. Universities sponsoring the event are University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Auburn University, the Louisiana State University AgCenter, Mississippi State University, the University of Missouri, the University of Tennessee and Texas A&M University. Technical co-sponsors are the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the USDA Agricultural Research Service centers in Oxford, Miss., and Auburn, Ala. Information on conference registration is available at http://www.mafg.net.
Jan. 15-18: 23rd Annual Southern SAWG Conference: Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms, Mobile, Ala. For serious organic and sustainable producers, farm-to-school participants, urban farmers and others interested in creating more vibrant community food systems. The event offers informative pre-conference courses and field trips, practical conference sessions, networking, trade show, Taste of Alabama event and more. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a brochure.
Jan. 15: Soybean Crop Management Conference/ District 7 Missouri Soybean Association Meeting, Miner Convention Center, Miner, Mo. Registration: 7:30 a.m. Program: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. CEUs will be applied for. Topics: Weed Control Strategies for Resistance Weeds – Anthony Ohmes, MU Extension; Soybean Production and Management – Bill Wiebold, University of Missouri Columbia; Soybean Variety Update – Dr. Grover Shannon, MU Delta Center; Cover Crop Economics - Ray Massey, University of Missouri; Soybean Response to Maximum Yield Environment – Ryan J. Van Roekel, Soybean Researcher University of Arkansas; Sudden Death Syndrome Update (SDS) – Jason Bond, University of Illinois Carbondale, Plant Pathologist; Soybean Frog Eye Leaf Spot and Fungicide Resistance - Heather Kelly, University of Tennessee Plant Pathologist; Grain Marketing Outlook and Strategies – David Reinbott, MU Extension; Soybean Association Update – JP Dunn, Missouri Soybean Association. Industry representatives on hand to answer questions about their products. Sponsored lunch. Pre-registration is requested for meals and handouts. To pre-register or if you have any questions contact Anthony Ohmes at (573) 243- 3581 or David Reinbott at (573) 545-3516.
Jan. 17-18: Ag Expo 2014, Ike Hamilton Expo Center, West Monroe, La. Ag Expo is also the trade show for the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting, which will be held concurrently at the Hilton Garden Inn across the street from Ike Hamilton. More than 170 exhibit booths with the newest offerings in products, services and equipment. New this year will be a Master Farmer program for producers conducted by LSU Ag Center. The Forestry Forum and Master Gardener Programs will return. Livestock show entries are also being accepted. Interested exhibitors should contact their local 4-H agents or go to www.agexpo.org and click on Livestock Show Entry and Schedule for complete information. Educational displays and programs for the public coordinated through LSU AgCenter, a Junior Livestock Show featuring more than 400 animals, stock dog trials featuring border collies, and a Miniature ZEBU Cow Show. Ag Expo is sponsored each year by the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council with cooperation from LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association and Monsanto. Additional information, including exhibitor applications and event schedules, can be found at www.agexpo.org. For Ag Expo exhibitor and attendance information: go to www.agexpo.org, call (318) 355-2495 or email email@example.com. For more information about the Master Farmer Program, contact the LSU AgCenter at (318) 323-2251.
Jan. 21-23: Arkansas Crop Management Conference, Wyndham Riverfront, Little Rock, Ark. The conference will highlight the challenges of 2013 and help better equip attendees to field them in the future. There will be some changes to the meeting such as more CEUs, improvements on the flow of traffic around the meeting rooms, and bigger meeting rooms. Pre-register online or send registration by mail. Pre-registration is $165 with a pre-registration cut-off date of Jan. 10. On-site registration is $195. State and federal registration is $95. Call the Wyndham Riverfront for reservations at (501) 371-9000.
Jan. 28: Arkansas Soybean Association Annual Meeting, Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart Ark. Begins at 9 a.m. Contact Dawn Howe at (501) 666-1418 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Jan. 28: Louisiana Rice Council and Louisiana Rice Growers Association Joint Annual Meeting, International Rice Festival Building, 717 W. Mill Street Crowley, La. 4:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Trade Show opens at 4:30 p.m. and meeting program begins at 5:45 p.m. Dinner will be served. For more information contact Randy Jemison at email@example.com.
Jan. 29: Northeast Louisiana Rice Growers Association Rice Forum, Richland Community Center, 817 Louisa Street Rayville, La. 9:25 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Lunch will be served.
Jan. 29: Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Seed Growers Association at the University of Arkansas Rice Branch Experiment Station in Stuttgart, Ark. Registration will start at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 8:50 a.m. Mark your calendar for this important date to receive a lot of very good information. For further details, contact Scooter Hodges at (800) 264-4433 or (870) 674-4100 or Melanie Patton at (870) 829-3461.
Jan. 30: 2014 Arkansas Rice Annual Meeting, Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart, Ark. Joint meeting of the Arkansas Rice Council and the Arkansas Rice Farmers. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 30: West Tennessee Irrigation Conference, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, located at 605 Airways Boulevard in Jackson, Tenn. The event will include multiple presentations from university experts as well as an industry sponsored trade show featuring new products and technologies. Presentations on aquifers, land contracts, water regulations and chemigation and fertigation. New this year, the conference will include two breakout sessions on irrigation timing; one for row crop producers, and one for those working in the vegetable and horticulture industries. Another new addition to the program is a “Farmer-to-Farmer” panel. Conference attendees can discuss irrigation issues with their peers and share ideas on best management practices. The free conference will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration, coffee and refreshments. A complimentary lunch will also be served. The conference will conclude at approximately 2 p.m. For more information on the West Tennessee Irrigation Conference, contact a county UT Extension office, or call Richard Powell at (731) 425-4724.
Jan. 31: 16th Annual Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Arkansas State University Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. This conference will address the latest issues and trends in soil and water conservation. The conference cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch. To register online visit http://agri.astate.edu and click on Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference. The deadline to register is Jan. 20. Walk-ins are welcome at the cost of $40 per person. For more information, contact Chris Jones at (870) 972-2043, or email@example.com.
Jan. 31-Feb. 1: Cleveland Farm Toy Show, Bolivar County Expo Center, Cleveland, Miss. Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Show will feature farm toys, trucks, construction toys, memorabilia, and more. Buy/Sell/Trade. For more info contact Blake Andrews at (662) 588-0677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.