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Aug. 25: Memphis Ag Club Meeting & Lunch at the Agricenter International C Wing, Memphis, Tenn. Noon. The August speaker will be Susan Fentress with Harris Shelton Law Firm. She will be speaking on Intellectual Property Trends in Agriculture. The cost to attend is $10 for the lunch. For more information, contact Hillary Spain at

Sept. 9: Cotton Variety Tour, Hosted by the Fayette County, Tenn., Extension office. Held in the field at Hwy 64 and Warren Rd in Somerville, Tenn., starting at 8 a.m. Jeff Via, county agent, and Tyson Raper, cotton specialist, will cover 15 cotton varieties in the UT-CST. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or

Sept. 19: 24th Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon, Delta State University’s Walter Sillers Coliseum, Cleveland, Miss. 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. About 1,000 people from Mississippi and other states attend the annual event, which this year will feature more than 300 rice dishes. The food is prepared by local rice-growing families and Delta restaurants. Informative exhibits are also part of the Rice Tasting Luncheon. Most recipes served at the luncheon can be found in the rice cookbook Between the Levees, which will be on sale at the luncheon for $10. Delta Rice Promotions, Inc., a group of individuals representing farmers, agri-businesses, farm organizations and government agencies, is the host of the 24th Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon. Delta Rice Promotions’ mission is the promotion of Mississippi-produced rice. Its activities have included 23 National Rice Month luncheons, the awarding winning cookbook Between the Levees, grocery store promotions, educational programs, speaking to various groups about Mississippi rice, and the Mississippi Rice Cook-Off. For more information about the Rice Tasting Luncheon, call (662) 843-8371.

Sept. 19-20: Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show, John W. Starr Memorial Forest, Hwy. 25 South, Starkville, Miss. The longest-running, live, in-the-woods forestry equipment demonstration in the nation. Exhibitors representing hundreds of product brands, supplies, and services. Many special offerings planned, some of which will benefit Log-A-Load for Kids charity. Expansive continuing eduction schedule, skidder/loader contests, a children's area, chainsaw carver, vintage chainsaws, and other attractions. More information at or (662) 325-2191.

Oct. 2: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Aquaculture Field Day, UAPB Aquaculture Research Station off Oliver Road in Pine Bluff, Ark. Registration, a trap shoot and tours will all begin at 8:30 a.m. The tractor and walking tours will feature the following topics: Hydrogen sulfide: rehab or detox your pond? Fathead minnows in split ponds? Crappie hybrids and triploids. Split pond engineering fundamentals. Treating diseases in split ponds and intensive systems. Tacking winter fish losses. Catfish and baitfish: what will consumers pay? Growing largemouth bass indoors. Veggie diets for bass-largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass: how far can we go? The Catfish Farmers of Arkansas board meeting and the Arkansas Catfish Promotion board meeting will be held in the afternoon. For more details, contact Casandra Byrd at (870) 575-8123 or

Oct. 9: LSU AgCenter Landscape Horticulture Field Day at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond, La.

Oct. 6-8: Women in Agribusiness Summit, Hyatt Regency, New Orleans. Skill Development Sessions: Negotiation, Personal Branding, Preparing for Your Next Position.

Oct. 16: Beef Cattle and Forage Field Day, LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research Station Alexandria, La. Cattle and forage producers, industry representatives, and others interested in livestock production are invited. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. at the State Emergency Shelter off Hwy 71South. A field tour will include presentations on nutrient runoff from winter pastures, standing forage for winter supplementation, utilizing injectable minerals, and a heifer selection demonstration. There will also be a short indoor program and the field day will conclude with a sponsored meal. Louisiana Master Farmer Program Phase II and CEU credits will be given, in addition to Certified Crop Advisor CEUs. For more information, contact Glen Gentry at (318) 473-6520 or

Nov. 1: Bull Soundness Evaluation. Hosted by the Fayette County, Tenn., Extension office along with the Fayette County Livestock Association and Stockdales. The meeting will be held at the Somerville Livestock Barn in Somerville, Tenn., starting at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or email

Nov. 11-12: Louisiana Ag Industries Association Annual Convention (rescheduled), Paragon Casino and Resort, Marksville, La. The previously scheduled meeting was held in January of this year, but inclement weather ended the meeting abruptly and it was rescheduled. Representatives from the seed, chemical, fertilizer, grain, and feed industries will hear presentations on fertilizer markets, industry updates, new herbicide technologies, as well as other timely, market-driven information that affects not only Louisiana industries, but processors, and producers as well. The format will include two half-day business sessions, beginning at 8 a.m. on Nov. 11, followed by a luncheon, skeet shoot and golf tournament for those wanting to participate. The meeting will conclude at noon on Nov. 12. Registration will be $75 for current members and $125 for non-members. All agricultural industry, university, state and federal agency, and crop consultants are invited to attend. Contact Donna Morgan at or (318) 229-9955 for more information.



Jan. 28: Arkansas Seed Growers Association annual meeting, University of Arkansas Rice Branch Experiment Station, Stuttgart, Ark. The ninety-eighth 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, vice-president David Gairhan at, ASPB representative Terry Fuller at or executive secretary Melanie Patton at