Feb. 8-11: Weed Science Society Joint Annual Meeting with Southern Weed Science Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Four special symposia are planned: Weed Control 2050: Imagining future strategies and the knowledge needed to achieve them; The intersection of agricultural lands and wild areas: Management of non-crop vegetation as a habitat for pollinator, beneficial and iconic species; 21st century challenges in aquatic weed management; Use of endemic plant diseases and insect pests for biological control of invasive weeds. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a preconference tour of the El Yunque Rainforest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System. More details and registration information are available at www.wssa.net.

Feb. 9: Missouri Cotton Production and Outlook Conference, Fisher Delta Research Center, Portageville, Mo. Registration at 7:30 a.m. Program begins at 8 a.m. CEUs will be applied for. Program includes: “iPiPE, Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education”- Dr. Moneen Jones, research entomologist, Fisher Delta Research Center; “Cotton Irrigation with MU Extension Phone App” - Dr. Gene Stevens, professor, Fisher Delta Research Center; Cotton Weed Control - Anthony Ohmes, University of Missouri Extension; Cotton Variety Trials and Research - Andrea Jones, Fisher Delta Research Center; Products from Industry; Cover Crops and Soil Health - Zack Straatmann, Fisher Delta Research Center; Cotton Outlook and Marketing Strategies - David Reinbott- University of Missouri Extension. Lunch will be served. Contact Andrea Jones at (573) 379-5431 for more information. Private pesticide training will begin after the Cotton Conference at 1 p.m. in Room 111 at the Fisher Delta Research Center.

Feb. 9: Ashley/Chicot Counties Winter Production Meeting, Wayne Edwards Building, Lake Village, Ark. Meeting to begin at 9:00 a.m. Crops to be discussed include soybean, corn and cotton. Among University of Arkansas researchers speaking: Chad Norton, Kevin Lawson, Nick Seiter, Kevin Norton, Bill Robertson, Ryan Doherty and Zack Hill. For more information visit http://bit.ly/1Kt5591.

Feb. 9: Irrigation Products Updates, MSU DREC Capps Center, Stoneville, Miss. Education on the latest in irrigation products. Hosted by Delta Irrigation and Supply, Leland, Miss. Starts at 9 a.m. Agenda includes: Blake New, NRCS, EQUIP and other programs; Mark Hentry, MSU, Benefits and researching findings on various water conservation products; Nick King, Precision King, Telemetry-based units for monitoring soil moisture, pivots, electric pumps and flowmeters; Wayne Smalley, McCrometer, Portable and stationary flow meters; Steve Perkins, Irrometer, Soil moisture sensors and related products; Bobby Southard, Lectri-Flo, Automation control units for electric and diesel engines; Billy Koos/Justin Prather, Sentek Technologies, Soil moisture probes; Henry Martinez, P&R Surge Systems, Surge valves; and Chris DeClerk, Delta Plastics, Polytubing program Pipe Planner. Lunch will be provided. RSVP for lunch to Shawna Melton at (662) 686-9922 or selandrum@bellsouth.net.

Feb. 9: 2016 AgVenture Corn University, Harlow Casino Convention Center, Greenville, Miss. Starts at 9 a.m. Speakers: David Hula, NCGA 2016 Corn Yield National Winner; Paul Bodenstine, Certified Professional Agronomist. Hosted by Dulaney Seed and AgVenture. Free event. Lunch served. RSVP online at dulaneyseed.com/university.

Feb. 9-11: 2016 Pesticide Stewardship Conference, DoubleTree by Hilton at the Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, N.M. Sessions on Pesticide Disposal, Container and Ag Plastics Recycling 2,4-D/Dicamba Production Systems and Emerging Issues, Pesticide Label Language and Personal Protective Equipment. “Let Them Eat Precaution” is the title of the keynote presentation to be presented by Jon Entine, Executive Director, Genetic Literacy Project and Senior Fellow World Food Center, Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy, University of California-Davis. The 2016 conference kicks off with the President’s Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you have any questions about the conference, contact Bob Magee at Robert.R.Magee@dupont.com. Conference agenda and registration at the TPSA website: http://tpsalliance.org/upcoming-2016-annual-conference/.

Feb. 10: Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference, A-State Fowler and Convocation Centers, Jonesboro, Ark. On-site registration begins at 7:45 a.m. in the Fowler Center. The morning general session features five presentations on the agricultural economy, environmental law and regulation, agricultural and trade policy, and business succession planning. Lunch will be served in the Convocation Center at noon. The afternoon program, which includes an update from the Arkanas Agriculture Department and sessions on commodity markets, ends at 4 p.m. A complete conference program and on-line registration will be available at http://www.astate.edu/college/agriculture-and-technology/. There is no registration fee. For more information, contact Robin Parks at rjoslin@astate.edu.

Feb. 10: Louisiana Crop Forum, Delhi Civic Center, Delhi, La. Information on the upcoming crop year. Starts at 9 a.m. Topics to be covered include weed control, herbicide drift control, diseases and fungicides, insects and insecticides, corn varieties and production practices, and information from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Feb. 10: Phillips/Lee/Monroe/St. Francis Counties Winter Production Meeting, Lon Mann Research Station, Marianna, Ark. Meeting to begin at 8:30 a.m. Crops to covered include cotton and feed grain. Among University of Arkansas researchers speaking: Bill Robertson, Nick Seiter, Jason Kelley, Leo Espinoza, Mike Hamilton and Robert Goodson. CEUs available for nutrient management (1 hour), IPM (2 hours), and crop management (4 hours).  For more information visit http://bit.ly/1Kt5591.

Feb. 11: Mississippi Rice Council Annual Meeting. Bolivar County Extension Office, Cleveland, Miss. 10 a.m. Speakers include Betsy Ward, CEO, USA Rice Federation, and Ben Mosely, vice president of government affairs, USA Rice Federation. Reports on rice research and a Mississippi State Plant Board report. For more information, contact Tina Manning at (662) 686.3356 or tmanning@deltacouncil.org.

Feb. 11-12: Fruit and Vegetable Growers Meeting, Magnolia Building at Lee County Agri-Center, adjacent to the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, Verona, Miss. Mississippi State University will host the event. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 11 and concludes at noon Feb. 12. There is a $15 conference fee for participants. Lunch is provided the first day. Topics covered the first morning include cover crops, sweet corn, sweet pepper, squash and soil health and productivity. The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce will be available to help set up businesses to receive Electronic Benefits Transfer payments from their customers. Interested business representatives should bring identification cards, Social Security cards and W-9 forms. During the afternoon sessions, participants will divide into special interest groups. Fruit growers will have sessions on small fruit programs, diseases, taste and health benefits. Vegetable growers will cover basic tomatoes, watermelon insects, high tunnels and cole crops. The final morning sessions will address sweet potato production, pea production, transplants and fruit tree grafting. For more information or registration details, contact the local Extension office or email Jeff Wilson at jeff.wilson@msstate.edu.