Nov. 30-Dec. 2: 2015 Row Crop Short Course, Cotton Mill Conference Center near the campus of Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss. The Short Course program will include an auxin-tolerant crops symposium, entomological issues, weed science and agronomic issues, and plant pathology and agricultural economics. The program will conclude at lunch Dec. 2. Find the preliminary program at Pre-registration is free of charge until Nov. 24. Registration after Nov. 24, including at the door, will be $40 per person. As in years past, lunch and dinner will be provided free of charge for those that pre-register. CCA CEU’s, pesticide applicator credits, and consultants license renewals.

Dec. 1-3: Nutrient Management and Edge of Field Monitoring: From the Great Lakes to the Gulf, Sheraton Downtown Memphis Hotel, Memphis, Tenn. Farmers, conservation experts and researchers are invited to learn about innovative nutrient reduction strategies, activities and programs that have proven to be successful. The conference will kick off Dec. 1 with a three-hour “Healthy Soils for Healthy Water” symposium at 10 a.m. The conference will also feature three breakout tracks, focusing on research and monitoring results, the implications of those results for reducing nutrient loads and watershed project implementation. More than 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in soil and water have been approved for this conference. Individuals interested in attending the conference can learn more at, calling (515) 289-2331, or contacting Mike Daniels at

Dec. 2: Annual Watermelon Meeting, American Legion Building, Kennett, Mo. Hosted by the University of Missouri Extension and industry sponsors. Lunch will be catered by Strawberries of Holcomb. The meeting will cover timely topics such as Missouri Farm Labor and the Food Safety Modernization Act. Darryl Slade of the Department of Agriculture to discuss details regarding 2, 4-D and dicamba. CEUs for certified crop advisors are available. Make plans to attend for education, networking opportunities and the chance to meet with and thank our industry representatives and sponsors. RSVP to (573) 686-8064 with name and number attending.

Dec. 3: Farm Management Economics Decision Support Aid Workshop, MSU Extension Coahoma County Office, Clarksdale, Miss. Begins at 9 a.m. Training in the use of decision aids based on cost and return estimates to make sound choices. Provides hands-on training with spreadsheet-based aids focusing on problems such as evaluation of crop mix alternatives, calculation of sustainable land rental rates and setting marketing goals. Pre-register because only a limited number of computers are available. If you have a laptop with Microsoft Excel, please bring it. Participants will be provided copies of all handout material and Excel spreadsheets used in the workshop. To pre-register or for additional information, contact Don Respess at or (662) 624-3070.

Dec. 5-7: Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation 94th Annual Meeting, Jackson, Miss. Adoption of policy book, which lays out MFBF direction for the coming year. Presentation, seminar, contests and speakers. Keynote address by Gov. Phil Bryant.

Dec. 7: Winter Row Crop Production Meeting, Olympic Steak and Pizza, 6250 Hwy 64, Oakland, Tenn. Starts at 10 a.m. Topics include weed control, varieties, marketing, insurance and The Tennessee Land Trust. Hosted by the Fayette County Extension Office. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or

Dec. 8-9: Sustainable Row Crop Irrigation Management Workshop, Red River Research Station Conference Center, Bossier City, La. For producers, Extension agents, NRCS agents, trainers, consultants and other interested persons. In-person presentations by LSU AgCenter, NRCS and SU experts. Farmer panel. Invited vendors. Workshop is a full first day and morning of the second day. Register online at

Dec. 8-9: National Peanut Board Quarterly Meeting, W Hotel Midtown, Atlanta, Ga. New officers will be elected.

Dec. 9: Regional Corn Meeting, Miner Convention Center, Miner, M. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m. Guest speakers include Dr. Chad Lee, University of Kentucky. Topics include trailer safety, weed management, high yield corn management, nitrogen management, market outlook, and an update from the Missouri Corn Growers. For more information contact Anthony Ohmes at (573) 243-3581 or or David Reinbott at (573) 545-3516 or

Dec. 9-11: USA Rice Outlook Conference and Trade Show, Sheraton New Orleans, La. The USA Rice Outlook Conference brings together rice farmers, millers, merchants, and representatives of allied businesses from all rice-producing states and beyond. Features a trade show devoted to rice-related farm equipment, technology, products, and services. The 2015 USA Rice Outlook Conference program will fill two days and will include economic and political outlooks, as well as the global rice outlook, a look at the future of food, and keynote speakers Mary Matalin and James Carville. Also on tap: state-by-state production and research reports, learning sessions, the 2016 weather outlook, and more. For more information go to or contact Jeanette Davis at or (703) 236-1447.

Dec. 10: Soil Health Clinic, Miner Convention Center, Sikeston, Mo. Ray Archuleta, a conservation agronomist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conversation Service, is the keynote speaker and several area producers will discuss how they use cover crops in their operation. Hosted by the Missouri Delta Soil Health Alliance. RSVP by calling (573) 624-5939 X3.

Dec. 13-15: 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands sponsored by the National Grazing Lands Coalition, Hyatt Regency DFW, DFW Airport, Texas. This conference is held every three years. Attendees will learn from experts about cutting-edge technologies and management systems for sustainably managing these private lands. Organizers expect more than 800 ranchers, professors, land managers, public officials and ecologists from across the U.S. to gather in Dallas. The conference will feature experts in fields such as range science, range and pasture management, forage management and animal behavior. Speakers include: Rancher Gary Price of 77 Ranch in Blooming Grove, Texas, and winner of the National Environmental Stewardship Award; Don Ball, professor emeritus at Auburn University who is a leader in agronomic forage and livestock information; Garry Lacefield, professor of plant and soil sciences at the University of Kentucky, who is an internationally recognized forage expert; Rachel Gilker and Kathy Voth, co-founders of To register contact Monti Golla, NatGLC executive director, at (979) 777-9779. For detailed agenda information visit

Dec. 14-15: Agricultural Council of Arkansas Annual Board of Directors Meeting, Capital Hotel in Downtown Little Rock, Ark. The two-day meeting will begin Monday afternoon with a business meeting of the Board of Directors from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. A welcome cocktail reception with Ag Council members and invited guests will follow the business session at 5 p.m. Tuesday morning’s General Session, which is open to Ag Council members and invited guests, will run from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and will feature guest speakers who will address a variety of relevant subjects. Lunch will follow. The Annual Meeting will provide an opportunity for Ag Council members to visit with one another, share ideas, and discuss the 2016 crop year and get the latest on Ag Council activities.  Additional information is available at:

Dec. 15: Irrigation and Water Conservation Summit, Capps Center, Stoneville, Miss. 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Hosted by the Governor’s Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force. The event will begin with a general session followed by four breakout sessions, each with five concurrent presentations. Producers, landowners, consultants, natural resource professionals and other interested parties may choose which presentation to attend during each breakout session. After the second breakout session, another general session will be held as lunch is served before resuming breakout sessions at 1 p.m. The breakout sessions will include presentations on ways to better manage water resources to achieve both personal water management goals and regional goals for more efficient water use and reduced groundwater pumping: Alternate wetting and drying in rice production; Groundwater modeling to evaluating potential solutions to sustain groundwater supplies for irrigation; Computerized hole selection; More efficient and effective surface water use throughout he Delta; Irrigating sealing soils; Effectively using soil moisture sensors; Case study of Louisiana’s Red Bayou Surface Water Irrigation Project; NRCS irrigation management practice Incentives; and Recharging the aquifer with direct Injection. Breakout session speakers will include professionals from Mississippi State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, YMD Joint Water Management District, Delta Plastics, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, U. S. Geological Survey, and the Louisiana NRCS office. All breakout sessions will be offered twice during the day. Lunch will be provided to those attending the event, but no registration is required. All producers, landowners, consultants, natural resource professionals and other interested parties are welcome to attend.