March 28: MSU Beef Cattle and Forage Research Field Day, White Sand Branch Unit of MAFES, 10 miles west of Poplarville, Miss., on Highway 26 West in Pearl River County. Experiment Station and MSU Extension Service personnel will present highlights from recent research on various issues of concern to producers. Updates on forage research, a demonstration of heifer shrink on ryegrass, a discussion of prescribed burning as a management tool, and an overview on the effects of an extended-release deworming product on performance of beef steers. Review cool-season grasses and small-grain demonstration plots throughout the day. No fee to attend. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Program from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and includes lunch. If you are interested in attending, contact event coordinator Daniel Rivera, MSU assistant professor, at (601) 403-8777 or

April 10-11: Annual Antique Tractor/Car Show & Tractor Ride, Harris Farms, 9235 Hwy. 305 N, Independence, Miss. Fish supper/political speaking Friday at 5 p.m. $5 per car donation at gate on Saturday (opens at 8 a.m.) with all proceeds going to the Independence Volunteer Fire Department. Burger dinner Saturday noon. Working dog demonstrations. “Bucksnorts” Best Baking Contest. Women’s Skillet Throwing Contest. Tractor Driving Contest. Kiddie Tractor Pull Contest. Live music. Booths (rentals available). 20-Mile Ride leaves Saturday at 1 p.m. If you are interested in showing or riding, contact David at (662) 292-4266. If you are interested in a booth rental, contact Steven at (662) 292-1017. Booth rentals are $20. Ride is $30 (includes Saturday dinner).

April 17: Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference 2014, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn. Hosted by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium. Farm bill implementation, estate planning for Mid-South agriculture, and wind energy and pipeline easement negotiations, are part of the agenda. Led by the National Agricultural Law Center, the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium is a national, multi-institution collaboration that develops and delivers authoritative, timely, and objective agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community. Sponsors of this year’s conference are the Delta Farm Press and the Mississippi Bar Association’s Natural Resources, Environment and Energy Section. This year’s program includes: Agricultural and Environmental Law Update: Recent Trends and Developments; 2014 Farm Bill for Practitioners, Lenders, and Other Ag Professionals; USDA National Appeals Division 101: What You and Your Farm Client Need to Know; Farm Succession and Estate Planning for Mid-South Agriculture; Ethical Considerations for Farm Clients; and Easement Negotiation 101: Focus on Gas Pipelines and Energy Transmission Lines. The program has been approved in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee for five hours of general continuing legal education credit and one hour of ethics credit. Fees for attorneys seeking continuing education credit is $150; for other attendees, not seeking professional credit, $100; for students, the fee is $25. Registration will be available through the National Agricultural Law Center: