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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: Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Demonstration Farm Field Day, Goodman, Miss. Fruit and vegetable growers can learn about growing fall crops and building mobile cooling trailers. Bill Evans, a Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station associate research professor with Mississippi State University, will cover variety selection, planting dates, disease resistance, pest management, crop rotation and more. Alliance farmers and participants will finalize plans to conduct a hands-on training session to show farmers how to convert a cargo trailer into a mobile cooling unit. Booth space will be available for vendors, farmers and service providers. The field day is free and open to the public. The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. Lunch and materials will be provided. The Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production is located between Goodman and Durant, 1 mile southwest of Highway 51 at 1184 Coleman Road. For more information, contact Keith Benson at 601-988-4999 or keithmdp@yahoo.com.

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 http://www.midsouthforestry.org or (662) 325-2191.

Sept. 25: Fourth Annual FFA Field Day, Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis Tenn. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 300 FFA members will hear educational presentations on everything from bio-genetics to registering newly-discovered products. Local FFA Chapters are invited. Lunch will be provided. For more information: Tim Roberts, UT Extension agent and Agricenter Director of Education: at (901) 435-7109 or tim.roberts@utk.edu.

Sept. 27: Controlling Wild Hogs and Beavers Field Day, Gaddis Farms, 2180 Queens Hill Road, Bolton, Miss. Landowners can learn about the best methods for controlling wild hogs and beavers. Hosted by the Hinds County Forestry Association. Adam Rohnke and Cliff Covington, wildlife specialists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts, will provide information on effective control techniques for both animals. Rohnke and Covington will demonstrate proper trapping techniques. The event is free to Hinds County Forestry Association members and $10 for guests. Preregistration is required by 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17. The field day begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, directions to the Gaddis Farms lake house or to preregister, call Linda Anderson at the Hinds County Extension office at (601) 372-1424.

Sept. 30: Southeastern Biofuels Research and Production Field Day, near Columbus, Miss. Using fast-growing woody crops as a source of energy and fuel may be the key to energy independence in the United States. The latest Southeastern biofuels research and production methods will be on display for landowners, industry professionals and community leaders during a month-long series of field days in September sponsored by the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems. Mississippi State University, a biofuels research partner, will host a tour stop near Columbus, Miss., on Sept. 30. The field tour of a 70-acre research area showcasing fast-growing clones of Eastern cottonwood and hybrid poplars begins at 8 a.m. Visitors can get a close-up view of short-rotation wood crop systems and learn about new research in genetics, stand establishment, disease and wildlife impacts, and biomass harvesting logistics. Auburn University will demonstrate its mobile biomass gasifier, which shows how biomass can be turned into electricity on a small scale. The deadline for required preregistration is Sept. 19. Admission is free and lunch is provided. To reserve a space, email Randy Rousseau at rrousseau@cfr.msstate.edu. The research is a combined effort of the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems, Advanced Hardwood Biofuels, Greenwood Resources and ArborGen. The tour is one of many that will be held throughout the Southeast and coordinated by the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon, Auburn University, North Carolina State University, ArborGen and the University of Georgia. For more tour information, go to http://www.se-ibss.org/.