Aug. 31: Sweet Potato Field Day, LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station, Chase, La. Registration will be at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:45 a.m. Topics will include weed management, nematode control, insect problems, feral hog control, breeding for early maturity, worker protection regulations and the foundation seed program. A variety of field equipment will be shown, along with the demonstration of an irrigation surge valve. The station is located on La. Highway 15 south of Winnsboro, La.

Sept. 2: Fisher Delta Research Center Field Day, Portageville, Mo. Registration begins at 6 a.m., with a breakfast and program following at 7 a.m. Tours begin at 9 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Along with the free breakfast, a free lunch will be served at noon. There will be four tour options: soybean, cotton, corn and rice. Each will offer attendees a closer look at important research being conducted at the Fisher Delta Research Center. Tour wagons will depart at 9 a.m., 10:10 a.m., 11:20 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The cotton and corn tours will both feature talks on precision agriculture, among several other topics. The soybean tour will feature talks on five new conventional varieties for the Mid-South, responsible management of dicamba products and an entomological IT platform for agriculture. The rice tour will showcase Delta’s variety trials, relevant phone apps for managing nitrogen and irrigation, and the use of gypsum as a sulfur additive for crop management. The Fisher Delta Research Center is located at Junction T & TT in Portageville, Mo. For more information about the Field Day, call (573) 379-5431 or email Haggard at HaggardT@missouri.edu.

Sept. 6-7: Agribusiness and Policy Symposium, Columbia, Mo. Theme is “Strategic Thinking in Uncertain Times.” The opening keynote talk is by Mike Boland, professor at the Food Industry Center, University of Minnesota. He will tell “Global Trends Affecting Agribusiness Retailers.” He will connect that back to farm production. A second keynoter will be former USDA chief economist Joe Glauber, Washington, D.C. His talk is “Whither Multilateralism?” Most talks are by MU economic researchers. For detailed agenda and meeting registration, go to muconf.missouri.edu/agribusinessandpolicy or search the web for “MU Conference Office Agribusiness.” Or call (573) 882-2429. The email is muconf5@missouri.edu.

Sept. 7: 2016 University of Tennessee Cotton Tour, West Tennessee Research and Education Center, Jackson, Tenn. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the tour departing at 9a.m. The tour will end at noon with lunch. University of Tennessee Extension and research personnel from across the state will be presenting on a wide range of topics including: fungicides and target spot, weed and resistance management, irrigation, variety testing, defoliation, UAVs, and insect control. Pesticide Re-certification and CCA points will be available. http://west.tennessee.edu/

Sept. 14: Fayette Extension Cotton Field Day, The Moore’s Farm, 6260 Hwy 222, Mason, Tenn. Starts at 8 a.m. Tyson Raper, University of Tennessee cotton specialist, will present information on the UT 2016 Replicated Standardized Cotton Variety Test. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu.

Sept. 15: Annual Northeast Louisiana Beef and Forage Field Day, Goldmine Plantation near Mangham, La. Beef producers will hear ways for improving their pastures as well as tips on heifer selection and development. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the program at 9 a.m. with lunch provided, said LSU AgCenter agent Keith Collins, one of the coordinators of the field day. Topics will include heifer selection, heifer development, parasites in beef cattle, pasture weed control, rotational grazing, value of ryegrass and cattle marketing. Directions to the farm: From Winnsboro: Take Highway 618 (Lone Cedar Road) west 6 miles and veer right (north) on Highway 135, then 1.6 miles to Goldmine Plantation. From Mangham: From Highway 15 (U.S. 425), take Highway 132 west 5.7 miles, turn left (south) on Highway 135, then 8.5 miles to Goldmine. From Monroe: Take Highway 15 east to Alto, turn right (south) at Alto on Highway 135, then 11.2 miles to Goldmine. For more information, contact Jim McCann at (318) 649-2663, Keith Collins at (318) 728-3216 or kcollins@agcenter.lsu.edu, Jason Holmes at (318) 368-9935 or Wink Alison at (318) 435-2903.

Sept. 16: 26th Annual Delta Rice Tasting Luncheon sponsored by Delta Rice Promotions, Delta State University’s Walter Sillers Coliseum, Cleveland, Miss., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets for this event are $5 and can be purchased from the Extension office of Bolivar County by calling (662) 843-8371. Tickets will also be on sale at the door. Delta Rice Promotions began informally in 1991 when a group of Extension Service clientele and Farm Bureau members met at the Bolivar County Extension Service to discuss how to celebrate the first ever nationally proclaimed “Rice Month” to be held in September of that year. That first meeting led to expanding the “Rice Tasting Luncheon” sponsored in past years by the Bolivar County Extension Service and Bolivar County Farm Bureau. September is the annual Celebration of National Rice Month.

Sept. 27-29: 2016 Women in Agribusiness Summit, Hyatt Chicago, Chicago, Ill. Speakers will cover topics including the Food Safety Modernization Act, risk management and the latest actionable information about global trade agreements. Keynote speaker Grace Killelea will share impactful advancement strategies gleaned from the hundreds of CEOs and executives that she has coached with her trademark humor. this year’s summit will feature a tour of Chicago-area agribusiness destinations: the Chicago Board of Trade and the Tyson Discovery Center – Downer’s Grove. For more information about the 2016 Women in Agribusiness Summit, please visit http://www.womeninag.com or contact Joy O’Shaughnessy atjoshaughnessy@highquestgroup.com.

Oct. 14-15: Fall Flower and Garden Fest, Truck Crops Experiment Station, Crystal Springs, Miss. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, go to http://extension.msstate.edu/fallfest (new website). Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FFGFest.

Oct. 20: LSU AgCenter’s Fourth Annual Dean Lee Research Station Beef Cattle & Forage Field Day, Alexandria, La.  Cattle and forage producers, industry representatives, and anyone interested in livestock production are invited to attend. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. at the State Emergency Shelter off Hwy 71 South. There will be a short field tour as well an indoor program and the field day will conclude with a sponsored meal. Louisiana Master Farmer Program Phase 2 and CEU credits will be given, in addition to Certified Crop Advisor CEUs for attending. For more information, contact Glen Gentry at (225) 683-5848 or ggentry@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Nov. 1-2: Louisiana Ag Industries Association Annual Convention, Wyndham Gardens Hotel, Lafayette, La. Representatives from the seed, chemical, fertilizer, grain, and feed industries will hear presentations on grain and feed markets, industry updates, as well as other timely, market-driven information that affects Louisiana industries, processors, and producers. The format will include two half-day business sessions, beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, followed by a luncheon, skeet shoot and a golf tournament for those wanting to participate. The meeting will conclude at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Registration will be $125 for current members and $175 for non-members. All agricultural industry, university, state and federal agency, and crop consultants are encouraged and invited to attend. Contact Donna Morgan at dsmorgan1@suddenlink.net or (318) 613-9278 for more information.

Nov. 9: Fayette County Extension Office Quarterly Beef and Row Crop Marketing Meeting, Fayette County Extension Office, 302 B. Midland St., Somerville, Tenn. Starts at 7 a.m. Dr. Andrew Griffith and Dr. Aaron Smith will present the market outlook on beef and row crops. The meeting will be via Zoom and should last about an hour in length. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu.

2017

Jan. 25: 19th Annual Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference, Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ASWEC will once again feature an Irrigation Trade Show with vendors and displays. This conference will address the latest issues and trends in soil and water conservation. For more information, contact Chris Jones at (870) 972-2043 or chrisjones@astate.edu.

Jan. 25: The Arkansas Seed Growers Association Annual Meeting, University of Arkansas Rice Branch Experiment Station, Stuttgart, Ark. This will be the 100th anniversary for the ASGA. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Lunch will be served by Cater Rita’s from Stuttgart.

Jan. 26: Mississippi Rice Council Annual Membership Meeting, Bolivar County Extension Office, 406 North Martin Luther King Blvd, Cleveland, Miss. For more information contact Tina Manning at (662) 686-3356 or tmanning@deltacouncil.org.

Jan. 27: Arkansas Rice Council and Arkansas Rice Farmers Annual Joint Membership Meeting, Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart, Ark., opens with a trade show followed by the program. For more information contact Lauren Waldrip at (501) 375-1100 or lauren@noblestrat.com.

Feb. 7: Louisiana Rice Council and Louisiana Rice Growers Association Annual Joint Membership Meeting, Grande Marais Center, 919 North Lake Arthur Ave., Jennings, La. Opens with a trade show and reception at 4 p.m. followed by the program at 5:45 p.m. For more information, contact Randy Jemison at (337) 738-7009 or rjemison@usarice.com.

Feb. 8: Northeast Louisiana Rice Growers Association Rice Forum, Rayville Civic Center, Rayville, La. 9 a.m. For more information, contact Keith Collins, kcollins@agctr.lsu.edu.