Jan. 27: The Arkansas Soybean Association Annual Business Session and Seminar, Grand Prairie Center (2709 U.S. 165), Stuttgart, Ark. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., program at 9 a.m. Will conclude in mid-afternoon. Lunch will be provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. The program will include a legislative update from the American Soybean Association, a report from the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, a report on biodiesel, and recognition of the Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Challenge winners. Speakers include Ron Moore, secretary, American Soybean Association; West Higginbothom, chairman, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board; and Robert Stobaugh, National Biodiesel Board/United Soybean Board director. A tentative agenda is available online at www.arkansassoybean.com. There will be an update on neonicitinoid seed treatments from Becky Langer with Bayer and Gus Lorenz with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Chet Chaney with Asgrow will also present his company’s new technology. The Soybean Association will hold its Annual Business Session of membership. During this meeting, the winners of the 2014 Grow for the Green Yield Challenge will be recognized along with the newest 100 Bushel Club Members. David Bennett of Lake Village and Sherrie Miles of McGehee joined the club started last year by Nelson Crow, Matt Miles, and Eddie Tackett. The 2015 DuPont Young Leader, James Bisswanger from Ethel will also be recognized. Ag business reps will be present to answer questions. There will be a live auction to raise additional funds for special projects. For more information, call (501) 666-1418 or email swsoy@aristotle.net.

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.

Jan. 28: West Tennessee Irrigation Conference, Dyer County Fairgrounds, located on James Rice Drive in Dyersburg, Tenn. The event is sponsored by University of Tennessee Extension. The event will include multiple presentations as well as an industry-sponsored trade show featuring new products and technologies. On the agenda for the 2015 conference are presentations on aquifers, irrigation sustainability and furrow irrigation. The conference will also include two breakout sessions; one for row crop producers and one for those working in the vegetable and horticulture industries. Stefan Maupin, with Tennessee Farm Bureau, will wrap up the conference with an update on state water regulations. This free conference will begin at 7 a.m. with registration, coffee and refreshments. The program will conclude with a complimentary lunch. For more information on the West Tennessee Irrigation Conference, contact your county’s UT Extension office, or call Richard Powell at (731) 425-4724. A more detailed conference agenda will be posted online at the UT Extension website (http://extension.tennessee.edu) as the event date approaches.

Jan. 30-31: Cleveland Farm Toy Show, Bolivar County Expo Center, Cleveland, Miss. Show opens Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Buy, sell, or trade farm toys, trucks, construction toys, memorabilia, literature and more. For more information, call Blake Andrews at (662) 588-0677.

Jan. 30-31: Missouri’s Ag Expo, Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Booths and outdoor exhibits. One of the largest ag trade shows in the region. Sponsored by Butler County University of Missouri Extension Council and the Ag Club of Three Rivers College. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 30, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 31. Admission will be $1 for adults and free for all college students and youth. Packed with activities for the whole family. Entertainment and events include youth dancing and clogging; gospel, jazz, and contemporary music; agriculture seminars; beauty pageants; and toy tractor pedal pull contests for youth ages 4 to 9. There will be tractor driving contests for FFA members; petting farm; an old time auction; a milking contest; an ag photography contest; duck calling contest for adults and youth; and baking contest. Pesticide Applicator Training for private re-certification will be held at the Expo on Jan. 30. The Master Gardeners will provide Garden Adventures for Kids the morning of Jan. 31 and 4-H will host a Youth Farm Safety program 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 31 New this year will be the FFA and 4-H Speech Contest. For more information, contact the University of Missouri Extension Center, 222 North Broadway, Poplar Bluff (573) 686-8064 or go to www.extension.missouri.edu/butler.