Oct. 8: Dean Lee Beef Cattle & Forage Field Day, State Emergency Evacuation Shelter, Hwy 71 N, Alexandria, La. Registration: 2:30 p.m. Field Tour: Nutrient runoff from winter pastures; Utilizing different planting methods of winter forages; Body condition scoring; Cellular traps for feral hogs; Armyworm control and bermuda stem maggot; Pasture weed control with non-2,4-D herbicides; and Standing forages & winter supplementation. Indoor program: Grazing management for beef producers; Louisiana Master Cattlemen graduation; and Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association update. Sponsored meal will be served. Organized by Donna Morgan, Jeff Gurie and Rodney Johnson: (318) 427-4424.

Oct. 13: Water Quality and Private Wells Workshop, Copiah County Extension Office, Hazlehurst, Miss. Learn how to better manage, operate and protect private wells. Understand groundwater basics, well-care best practices, how to find assistance, how to sample their wells, how to interpret sample results, and what to do to protect wells and source water from contamination. Information about the workshop and registration is available at http://gcd.msucares.com/register. Additional information is available by calling (662) 325-3141.

Oct. 15-17: Mississippi Agricultural Economics Association 41st Annual Meeting, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss. Oct. 15: Golf and social. Oct. 16: Annual meeting. Oct. 17: CALS breakfast and game (Louisiana Tech). Registration details at http://www.agecon.msstate.edu.

Oct. 16-17: Fall Flower & Garden Fest, Truck Crops Experiment Station, Crystal Springs, Miss. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information: http://msucares.com/fallfest. Free and open to the public.

Oct. 17: Antique Tractor Show, Paul Love Park, Glen Allan, Miss. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tractor Rodeo at 1 p.m. Tractor Parade at 2 p.m. Rides, face painting, food vendors, arts and crafts. Free admission. Show is organized by the Lake Washington Old Tractor Club. Between 50 and 60 old tractors displayed, along with old cars, trucks and farm equipment. For more information call (662) 822-8520, (662) 822-8500 or (662) 873-1356.

Oct. 17: Pulling for the Cross Antique Tractor Pull & Car Show, Downtown Holcomb, Miss. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds go to Camp Lakeside Building Fund. Antique Car/Tractor Parade at 8 a.m. Antique Car/Tractor Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull begins at 10 a.m. (all tractors must be 1960 model or older). Live entertainment all day. Bar B Que Competition. Best Pie Contest. Arts and Crafts. Kids Tractor Pull. Kids Train Rides. Cake Auction. Concessions. Jumpers. Pony Rides. Shuttle service available. For more information: Tractor Pull, Keith Livingston, (662) 809-6990; BBQ Competition, Tractor Show and Parade, Barry Corley, (662) 614-2145 or (662) 453-5735; Car Show, Larry Cutts, (662) 392-9670; and Concessions, Arts and Crafts, Sabrina Stricklen, (662) 307-0709.

Oct. 20-22: 38th Annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition. Three days of non-stop action unveiling new technology in agriculture and rural living. Over 1,200 exhibitors will display and demonstrate products and welcome thousands of visitors to the 100-acre show site. Crowned as North America’s Premier Farm Show and the largest Farm Show in America with field demonstrations, the Sunbelt Ag Expo brings together all segments of rural living from research and education to the live farm harvest and agribusiness. Add in rural lifestyle fun, truck, tractor, and ATV test drives and sports and the venue is perfect for rural enthusiasts.

Oct. 21: Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference, Efferson Hall, Room 214, LSU Campus, Baton Rouge, La. The conference will help Louisiana producers and residents become more acquainted with the bioenergy industry. Experts will present information about state programs and industry involvement related to bioenergy and bioproducts. The conference will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. There is no charge for students. Registration is limited, and the deadline to register is Oct. 10. To register online or for information on how to register by mail go to http://www.lsuagcenter.com/AgCenterBioEnergyDay. This program has been reviewed and is approved by the Society of American Foresters for 6.5 professional contact hours in Category 1-C.

Oct. 23: Tennessee Beef Promotion Board Meeting, Tennessee Beef Industry Council, 530 Brandies Circle Suite A, Murfreesboro, Tenn. For more information, call the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, (615) 837-5160.

Oct. 26: Memphis Ag Club Meeting & Lunch, Agricenter International C Wing, Memphis, Tenn. Noon. Dr. Ben West, western region director for UT Extension will be speak about the Lone Oaks Farm. The cost to attend is $10 for the lunch. For more information, please contact Hillary Spain at hillary@progenyag.com.

Oct. 28-29: Southern Agricultural Cover Crops, Soil Health and Water Management Conference, Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. Co-sponsored by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts. Designed to help farmers learn how to successfully adopt a cover crop management system, improve soil health and water management on their operations. Provides a forum for farmers to exchange information, discuss opportunities for collaboration, and learn about new and successful practices related to cover crops, soil and water management. Case study presentations will identify and discuss strengths and pitfalls of real applications. Specific conference sessions will include: soil management; water management; pest management; growing cover crops to graze cattle on cropland; cover crop management and no‐till. Guest speakers will include NRCS and USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists, farmers, crop consultants, and university researchers. One of the featured speakers for this year’s conference will be Gabe Brown who will make a presentation on soil health. The second day of the conference will focus on methods to improve water management. Certified crop advisors can earn continuing education units for attending training at the conference. For more information or to register for the Southern Agricultural Cover Crops, Soil Health and Water Management Conference, contact Debbie Moreland, AACD program administrator, at (501) 682-2915. Registration packages are also available at www.aracd.org.

Oct. 29: Rice Production and Management Meeting, Rapides Extension Office, Dean Lee Research Station, Alexandria, La. 8 a.m. to 12:30p.m. $15. Hosted by Louisiana CCA and the LSU Ag Center. Speakers: Dustin Harrell, Johnny Saichuk, Adam Famoso, Eric Webster. Meal will be served following the meeting.