Dec. 1-3: Mississippi State University Row Crop Short Course, Bost Extension Center, MSU, Starkville, Miss. Producers who register by Nov. 26 will attend the annual Row Crop Short Course for free. Those who register after Nov. 26 must pay $40 to attend. Among the topics for this year’s short course are soil fertility, including the use of chicken litter as fertilizer; nutrient management plans designed to follow recent high crop yields; and technology implementation on farms and in agricultural enterprises. Other topics include weed resistance, insect pest management and a farm bill update. Lunch is provided each day, and dinners are included Dec. 1 and 2. Certified Crop Adviser continuing education units will be available for the short course. Visit http://msucares.com/rowcrops/shortcourse to preregister. This site will soon offer the schedule and complete list of short course topics. Contact Kathy Johnson at 662-325-2701 or kjohnson@ext.msstate.edu with questions.

Dec. 2: Farm Bill Meeting, Perryville, Mo. 10 a.m. to noon.

Dec. 3: Watermelon Grower’s Meeting, American Legion Building, Kennett, Mo. Starts at 8:30 a.m. Hosted by University of Missouri Extension. Donuts and coffee will be available for this event which will provide an opportunity for growers to talk with specialists in the areas of disease management, plastic culture and labor. Debra Minish with Workforce Development will discuss local labor opportunities. Sam Atwell, UM agronomy specialist, will talk about plastic cover contamination; Sarah Denkler, UM horticulture specialist, will discuss disease diagnosis; David Reinbott, UM ag business specialist, will discuss irrigation; and Craig Stokes will discuss the Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act. The meeting is support by our local and regional industry sponsors including Ken-Mo Ag, Mobley Greenhouse, Siegers Seed Co., Stokes Seed, Stokes Law Office, Syngenta Seeds, and TEVA Corporation. These companies will be on hand and available to discuss needs for the 2015 growing season. Lunch will be served. For more information and to pre-register, call the Butler County University of Missouri Extension Office at (573) 686-8064.

Dec. 3: MSU Farm Bill Workshop, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Lincoln Civic Center, 1096 Belt Line Drive NE, Brookhaven, Miss. Detailed information on the new covered commodity programs (ARC & PLC), crop insurance products (SCO & STAX), available decision aids, and what this all means for farm risk management. Topics covered: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); Price Loss Coverage (PLC); Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO); Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX); Farm Risk Management; and Decision Aids.

Dec. 4: Bolivar County/Area Rice Grower Meeting, Bolivar County Extension Service, Cleveland, Miss. Starts at 10 a.m. and ends with lunch. Topics include: Overview of Rice Production Issues for 2014 — Bobby Golden, rice specialist/agronomy; Herbicide Drift/Residual Herbicides — Jason Bond, weed scientist; Insect Pressures/threshold adjustments — Jeff Gore, entomologist; Overview of Rice Fungicides/2014 Blast Issues — Tom Allen, plant pathologist; Irrigation Water Management — Jason Krutz, irrigation specialist; Variety Selection/Breeding Update for 2014 — Ed Redona, rice breeder; and an update from the lunch sponsor, Horizon Ag.

Dec. 4: Farm Bill Meeting, Holiday Inn, Poplar Bluff, Mo. 9 a.m. to noon.

Dec. 4: MSU Farm Bill Workshop, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The Extension Building, 394 Hwy 51 S, Batesville, Miss. Detailed information on the new covered commodity programs (ARC & PLC), crop insurance products (SCO & STAX), available decision aids, and what this all means for farm risk management. Topics covered: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); Price Loss Coverage (PLC); Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO); Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX); Farm Risk Management; and Decision Aids.

Dec. 7-9: USA Rice Outlook Conference and Trade Show, Little Rock Marriott and Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Ark. The largest annual gathering of rice farmers from all rice-producing states features a trade show for rice-related equipment, technology, products, and services. The educational program will cover outlooks on farm bill implementation, the economy, trade, production, research, and more. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/RiceConference or contact Jeanette Davis at jdavis@usarice.com or (703) 236-1447.

Dec. 8: Farm Bill Meeting, Woodland School, Marble Hill, Mo. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dec. 10: MSU Farm Bill Workshop, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Yazoo County Extension Office, 212 E. Broadway, Yazoo City, Miss. Detailed information on the new covered commodity programs (ARC & PLC), crop insurance products (SCO & STAX), available decision aids, and what this all means for farm risk management. Topics covered: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); Price Loss Coverage (PLC); Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO); Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX); Farm Risk Management; and Decision Aids.

Dec. 10: Regional Corn Meeting, Miner Convention Center in Miner, Mo. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude in the afternoon. This year’s meeting will have speakers from the University of Missouri and University of Kentucky, who will present information in the areas of crop management, fertility management, weed, insect, and disease management. A farm bill meeting will follow a sponsored lunch. For more information, contact Anthony Ohmes at (573) 243-3581 or ohmesg@missouri.edu or David Reinbott at (573) 545-3516 or reinbottd@missouri.edu.

Dec. 10: Irrigation and Water Conservation Summit, Capps Center, Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center, Stoneville, Miss. For row crop producers, landowners and others interested in the latest research findings and technologies related to water management. The event begins with a general session at 9:30 a.m. Eleven different topics, such as irrigation efficiency, surge valves and cover crops, will be offered repeatedly during a series of five breakout sessions before and after lunch. Another general session will be conducted during lunch. Some breakout sessions feature producers who will discuss their experiences with different production methods and products, such as Delta Plastics’ irrigation management software, Pipe Planner, which is available at no cost to farmers. Jason Krutz, irrigation specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said this event is an opportunity for producers to get the first glimpse at 2014 growing season results from the Row-crop Irrigation Science and Extension Research, or RISER, program. Registration is not required to attend. For more information about the summit, contact Sam Mabry with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality at (601) 951-8833. The Governor’s Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force is hosting the summit. Partners include the MSU Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the University of Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Yazoo Mississippi Delta Joint Water Management District, Delta Plastics and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

Dec. 11: MSU Farm Bill Workshop, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Costal Plains Research & Extension Center, 51 Coastal Plain Road, Newton, Miss. Detailed information on the new covered commodity programs (ARC & PLC), crop insurance products (SCO & STAX), available decision aids, and what this all means for farm risk management. Topics covered: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); Price Loss Coverage (PLC); Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO); Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX); Farm Risk Management; and Decision Aids.

Dec. 12-13: 27th Annual SEMO Farm Toy Show, America’s Best Value Inn & Suites, Hwy 62 & I-55, Sikeston, Mo. Dec. 12: 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 13: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (573) 359-4409.

Dec. 15: Winter Row Crop Production Meeting, Olympic Steak and Pizza, 6250 Hwy 64, Oakland, Tenn. Starts at 10 a.m. Speakers and their topics include: Chuck Danehower, UT area marketing specialist, marketing in the current low price environment; Tyler Miller and Ted Lung with Agrilogic, insurance; Joseph Wilder with CFH Financial Services, estate planning; Angela McClure, soybean and corn production topics; Larry Steckel, UT weed specialist, weed control; and Tyson Raper, cotton specialist, cotton varieties and other production topics. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu.

Dec. 15: Farm Bill Meeting, Cape County Extension Office, Jackson, Mo. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dec. 15-16: Ag Council of Arkansas Annual Meeting, Marriott Hotel, Downtown Little Rock, Ark. The Agricultural Council of Arkansas will hold its annual meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Little Rock on December 15 and 16. The Ag Council Board of Directors will hold its business meeting from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday. A cocktail reception honoring the Ag Council’s 75th anniversary will be held on the top floor of the hotel from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This reception is open to Ag Council members and invited guests. The Ag Council will hold its General Session from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. the following morning. The General Session will be open to Ag Council members and invited guests. The session will feature an excellent lineup of guest speakers who will talk about multiple issues including commodity markets, ag economy, precision ag technology, weather forecasts, the farm bill, and more. Ag Council members wishing to attend should RSVP by emailing agcouncilark@sbcglobal.net or by calling (501) 376-0455. More information available here: http://bit.ly/AgCouncil2014.

Dec. 16: Farm Bill Meeting, Delta Growers Co-op, East Prairie, Mo. 9 a.m. to noon.

Dec. 17: Farm Bill Workshop Session, 9 a.m.-noon – McGehee, Ark. - McGehee Men’s Club, #1 Airport Road South. Contact: Wes Kirkpatrick, wkirkpatrick@uaex.edu or (870) 222-3972 and Gus Wilson, gwilson@uaex.edu or (870) 265-8055. Conducted by Tony Franco, FSA’s chief of Farm Programs, Anita Wilson, Agricultural Program specialist with FSA, Robert Coats, University of Arkansas professor-economics, and other FSA and Division of Agriculture specialists. The program includes FSA information requirements and the following topics will be covered include: Required information; Retain or Update Yields; Retain or Reallocate Base; Compare Agricultural Risk Coverage, or ARC, and Price Loss Coverage, or PLC; Consider Agricultural Risk Coverage — individual coverage; Supplemental Coverage Option, or SCO, and STAX offered under the federal crop insurance program; Election and annual enrollment; and Web-based decision aid demonstration with examples.

Dec. 17: MSU Farm Bill Workshop, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Lightered Knot Community Center, 401 E Pine Ave., Wiggins, Miss. Detailed information on the new covered commodity programs (ARC & PLC), crop insurance products (SCO & STAX), available decision aids, and what this all means for farm risk management. Topics covered: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); Price Loss Coverage (PLC); Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO); Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX); Farm Risk Management; and Decision Aids.

Dec. 17-18: Irrigation Conference, Miner Convention Center, Miner, Mo.

Dec. 18: MSU Farm Bill Workshop, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pontotoc County Extension Office, 402 C.J. Hardin Jr. Drive, Pontotoc, Miss. Detailed information on the new covered commodity programs (ARC & PLC), crop insurance products (SCO & STAX), available decision aids, and what this all means for farm risk management. Topics covered: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); Price Loss Coverage (PLC); Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO); Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX); Farm Risk Management; and Decision Aids.

Dec. 19: MSU Farm Bill Workshop, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Bost Extension Building (MSU Campus), Bost Extension Drive, Mississippi State, Miss. Detailed information on the new covered commodity programs (ARC & PLC), crop insurance products (SCO & STAX), available decision aids, and what this all means for farm risk management. Topics covered: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); Price Loss Coverage (PLC); Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO); Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX); Farm Risk Management; and Decision Aids.