Jan. 5-7: 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas. For more information, contact: National Cotton Council, P.O. Box 2995, Cordova, TN 38088, (901) 274-9030 or beltwide@cotton.org.

Jan. 7-8: Farm Futures’ Business Summit, Hilton Ballpark Hotel, St. Louis. The summit is designed to help farmers combat difficult economic challenges by boosting their business and marketing skills, says Mike Wilson, Farm Futures executive editor. Purdue Ag Economist Mike Boehlje will keynote the meeting. Boehlje’s forward-thinking presentations focus on finance and management, even in turbulent economic times. The summit will feature sessions on global supply and demand, Big Data, and the U.S. economic outlook. It will also include breakout sessions that focus on the following topics: how to manage 2015 crop budgets; the future of unmanned aerial vehicles for agriculture; the top 10 mistakes farmers make in estate planning; how to improve landlord relationships; tips for young farmers in the ‘new normal’ of low grain prices; how to find and keep great employees; and understanding benefits in the new farm bill. Farm Futures’ senior market analyst Bryce Knorr closing presentation will take an in-depth look at the year ahead, just in time to help participants prepare for the key Jan. 12 USDA reports that kick off the New Year. For agenda, registration and hotel booking links, go to farmfutures.com/summit2015. If you prefer to register by phone, call (800) 441-1410. The Hilton offers summit attendees a special rate of just $85 along with free parking. To book hotel by phone, call (314) 421-1776. The 2015 Farm Futures Business Summit is sponsored by FarmLink, Kennedy & Coe LLC, John Deere, SureStart II herbicide, Conservis and Rabobank.

Jan. 9: 59th Annual Tri-State Soybean Forum, Thomas Jason Lingo Center, Oak Grove, La. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Will include updates on soybean irrigation practices, information on immerging insect pressure from kudzu bugs and red-banded stink bugs, new varieties and technologies, economic profitability of high-yield soybean fertility practices, current fungicide and diseases issues, and an industry update from the United Soybean Board. For more information, contact this year’s chairman Bruce Garner at bgarner@agcenter.lsu.edu or (318) 428-3571.

Jan. 10-14: American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, San Diego. Online registration is now open at http://bit.ly/1teZWw4. The full Farm Bureau member registration fee is $100 and includes the IDEAg Trade Show and Young Farmer & Rancher competitive events (Saturday, Jan. 10, through Monday, Jan. 12), general sessions, workshops and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Silent Auction. Non-members may pay $10 in advance for a one-day registration to attend the IDEAg Trade Show and Foundation Silent Auction on Saturday, Jan. 10. AFBF President Bob Stallman will give his annual “State of Farm Bureau” address to members at the opening general session of the convention on Jan. 11. On Jan. 12, Commander Rorke Denver will give the general session keynote address, and late night TV host Jay Leno will give the closing session keynote address. Visit http://annualconvention.fb.org for news and updates.

Jan. 13: UT Extension Tipton County Winter Production Meeting, Tipton County Farm Bureau, 1798 Hwy 51S, Covington, Tenn. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bob Williams/Ryan Blair, grain varieties; Angela McClure, grain management, skip row data; Tyson Raper, wheat management, cotton comments; Dave Verbree, irrigation in grains. Lunch will be catered. For more information, contact Becky Muller at (901) 476-0231 or beckymuller@utk.edu.

Jan. 14: Regional Soybean Meeting, Miner Convention Center, Miner, Mo.

Jan. 14-16: 18th annual National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference, the Southern Corn & Soybean Conference and the Southern Precision Ag Conference, Crowne Plaza, Baton Rouge, La. Sponsored by Cotton Incorporated, US Rice Producers Association, and the United Soybean Board and a production of MidAmerica Farm Publications. The conference will showcase presentations by over 100 speakers. Mid-South farmers, university researchers representing seven southern universities and nationally recognized crop consultants will share their latest crop production research during the three-day conference. Cotton, rice, corn and soybean production systems will be the topics. Of the 100 plus scheduled speakers, over 40 will be Mid-South farmers who will be sharing their crop production systems with attendees during the breakout sessions. Farmers from Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee will be able to receive their state pesticide re-certification credits. Certified crop consultants can select from over 50 hours of qualifying sessions to earn CEUs during the conference.

Jan. 14-17: Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference, Mobile, Ala. The 24th annual Southern SAWG conference is for serious organic and sustainable producers, farm-to-school participants, urban farmers and those 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. Each year, participants go home with information to use immediately to improve their operations. Schedule available now at www.ssawg.org.

Jan. 16-17: Ag Expo 2015, Ike Hamilton Expo Center, West Monroe, La. Educational seminars. See new products and services, educational displays, junior livestock show, Ag Alley and Mini-Farm. Sponsored each year by the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council, with extensive cooperation from LSU AgCenter, LA Tech University, Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, Monsanto and Progressive Tractor & Implement. For Ag Expo Exhibitor, pre-registration and attendance information: www.agexpo.org, call (318) 355.2495 or email info@agexpo.org.

Jan. 20-22: 2015 Arkansas Crop Management Conference, Wyndham Riverfront, North Little Rock, Ark. Program starts at 8 a.m. on Jan. 20. On-site registration will be on Jan. 19 at the Wyndham from 3 to 6 p.m. The program includes applicable agricultural approaches and solutions for the coming year including a discussion on drone technology. Pre-registration is $165 with a pre-registration cut-off date of Jan. 15 on line. On-site registration is $195, state and federal registration is $95. The room rate for the conference is $104 single or double including a complimentary breakfast. Call the Wyndham Riverfront at (501) 371-9000 for room reservations. A block will be available until Jan. 10 on a first-come basis. The ACMC meeting will have over 20 CEUs available this year if you attend the complete agenda. For questions, email Tom Barber at tbarber@uaex.edu or Don Johnson at drjohnson@centurytel.net. Pre-register at http://acpanews.com/.

Jan. 21-22: 42nd Delta Ag Expo, Bolivar County Expo Center, Cleveland, Miss. Jan. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Keynote speaker: John Anderson, chief economist, American Farm Bureau Federation. Over 100 commercial exhibits will represent every phase of agriculture and demonstrate innovative production practices. Educational Seminars will be held both days. Co-sponsored by the Delta Ag Expo Corporation and Mississippi State University Extension Service. MSU Extension Service and MAFES specialists manning booths both days. C.E.U. credits will be available. Free admission. For more information contact Craig Hankins at (662) 843-8361 or craigh@ext.msstate.edu or go to the website http://conference.msucares.com/deltaagexpo.

Jan. 28: Arkansas Seed Growers Association annual meeting, University of Arkansas Rice Branch Experiment Station, Stuttgart, Ark. The 98th annual meeting of the association will begin with registration at 8:45 a.m. Lunch will be served. For more information, e-mail association president Scooter Hodges at shodges@strattonseed.com, vice-president David Gairhan at dgairhan@centurytel.net, ASPB representative Terry Fuller at fullseed@landdb.com or executive secretary Melanie Patton at Melanie@fullerseed.com.