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.

May 19: Ag Council of Arkansas Spring Meeting, Brinkley, Ark. The Agricultural Council of Arkansas will hold its Spring Board of Directors Meeting at the Brinkley Convention Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The meeting is open to Ag Council members and invited guests. The meeting offers Ag Council members the opportunity to network, get the latest information about Ag Council activities, and gather information important to Arkansas farming operations. Presentations include updates on public policy matters from Washington, D.C., and Little Rock, a summary of the 90th General Assembly, an overview of commodity markets, and the latest with the State Water Plan. Guest speakers include newly appointed Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward and National Cotton Council CEO Gary Adams. Additional guest speakers will make presentations. Lunch will be provided for attendees. Ag Council members wishing to attend should RSVP by e-mailing agcouncilark@sbcglobal.net or by calling (501) 376-0455. More information available: http://agcouncil.net/2015/03/ag-council-spring-meeting-may-19th-in-brinkley/.