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.
Oct. 2: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Aquaculture Field Day, UAPB Aquaculture Research Station off Oliver Road in Pine Bluff, Ark. Registration, a trap shoot and tours will all begin at 8:30 a.m. The tractor and walking tours will feature the following topics: Hydrogen sulfide: rehab or detox your pond? Fathead minnows in split ponds? Crappie hybrids and triploids. Split pond engineering fundamentals. Treating diseases in split ponds and intensive systems. Tacking winter fish losses. Catfish and baitfish: what will consumers pay? Growing largemouth bass indoors. Veggie diets for bass-largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass: how far can we go? The Catfish Farmers of Arkansas board meeting and the Arkansas Catfish Promotion board meeting will be held in the afternoon. For more details, contact Casandra Byrd at (870) 575-8123 or email@example.com.
Oct. 9: LSU AgCenter Landscape Horticulture Field Day at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond, La.
Oct. 6-8: Women in Agribusiness Summit, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans. Skill Development Sessions: Negotiation, Personal Branding, Preparing for Your Next Position.
Oct. 16: Beef Cattle and Forage Field Day, LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research Station Alexandria, La. Cattle and forage producers, industry representatives, and others interested in livestock production are invited. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. at the State Emergency Shelter off Hwy 71South. A field tour will include presentations on nutrient runoff from winter pastures, standing forage for winter supplementation, utilizing injectable minerals, and a heifer selection demonstration. There will also be a short indoor program and the field day will conclude with a sponsored meal. Louisiana Master Farmer Program Phase II and CEU credits will be given, in addition to Certified Crop Advisor CEUs. For more information, contact Glen Gentry at (318) 473-6520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 17-18: Fall Flower and Garden Fest, Mississippi State University Truck Crops Experiment Station, Crystal Spring, Miss. For leisure gardeners and horticulture professionals. This event draws more than 5,000 people each year to get the latest recommendations for plants and gardening techniques. Specialists with the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Master Gardeners and others will offer information on native plants in the landscape, fruit and vegetable crops for the home, rain barrel construction, flower arrangements, herb use and more. Event hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Educational seminars begin at 9:30 each morning. Admission and parking are free. Food and drinks will be available from vendors both days. MSU specialists will conduct informational walking tours of the demonstration gardens throughout the event. Topics include gardening accessibility, pond management, high tunnels, landscape plants, insect identification, plant disease, home lawn management, flower gardening, vegetable gardening and herb gardening. Wagon tours of the 175-acre research site also will be offered. More than 60 vendors will have plants, yard art and garden tools for sale. Smartphone users can download an application with complete schedule information at http://guidebook.com/g/ffgfest. For more information or to view the full list of seminar and walking tour topics and times, visit http://www.msucares.com/fallfest/ or contact Rick Snyder at (601) 892-3731 or email@example.com.
Oct. 18: Pulling for the Cross Antique Tractor Pull and Car Show, Downtown Holcomb, Miss. Antique car/tractor parade at 8 a.m. Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antique tractor pull starts at 10 a.m. Live entertainment from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other activities: Arts & crafts, kids tractor pull, train rides, cake auction, ‘ole’ time demonstrators, jumpers, concessions, jumpers, pony rides, Camp Lakeside General Store. All proceeds go to Camp Lakeside Building Fund. For more information, contact Barry Corley at (662) 614-2145 or (662) 453-5735.
Oct. 28-29: Southern Agricultural Cover Crops Conference, Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. A forum for farmers to exchange information, discuss opportunities for collaboration and learn about new and successful practices related to cover crops. Conference begins at 9 a.m., Oct. 28. Co-sponsored by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts. Sessions include soil management, water management, pest management, economics, cover crop management and no-till. Speakers include NRCS and Agricultural Research Service scientists, farmers, crop consultants and university researchers. Certified crop advisors can earn continuing education units for attending the workshop. For more information, contact John Lee, NRCS state agronomist, firstname.lastname@example.org, (501) 301-3173 or (501) 722-8354.
Oct. 30: LSU AgCenter Agritourism Workshop, Hammond Research Station, Hammond, La. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will hear from experts about how to create an agritourism venue, attract visitors and market their business. The workshop will include a presentation on how to become a certified agritourism operator under the 2008 Louisiana Agritourism Limited Liability Law. The event will conclude with a tour of Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch in Albany, which is about 20 minutes from the station. Registration is $15 per individual or $20 per couple before Oct. 20, or $20 per individual and $25 per couple the day of workshop. Lunch is included, but transportation to the pumpkin patch is up to individual attendees. The workshop is sponsored by the AgCenter, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and Tangipahoa Master Gardeners. For more information or to register, contact Dora Ann Hatch at (318) 927-9654 or DHatch@agcenter.lsu.edu.