Oct. 27: Acadiana Cattle Producers Field Day, Cecil McCrory Exhibit Building at 1105 West Port St., Abbeville, La. The event, which includes a meal, will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. The program will include demonstrations on weed control and low-stress cattle handling techniques, along with talks on sudden cattle deaths, ryegrass planting, mineral supplementation strategies, and updates on the Louisiana Master Farmer and Louisiana Master Cattle programs. The event is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council and the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association.

Oct. 27-29: Mississippi Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting, Mississippi State University. Theme, “Sustainability in Agriculture.” Brochure with details/registration info at http://www.agecon.msstate.edu/docs/2016maea.pdf. For information, dave.sites@msstate.edu or Marsha Myers at (662) 325-2671.

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. 1-3: 2016 Antibiotics Symposium: Working Together for Better Solutions, Hyatt Regency Dulles, Herndon, Va. View complete symposium information on the National Institute for Animal Agriculture website: http://www.animalagriculture.org/. Contact Katie Ambrose at katie.ambrose@animalagriculture.org or (719) 538-8843, Ext 14.

Nov. 2: Delta Council Midyear Board of Directors Meeting, Charles W. Capps Entrepreneurial Center, Stoneville, Miss. Political analysts Andy Taggart and Jere Nash will discuss the 2016 elections during the general business session. The presentation by Nash, a Democrat, and Taggart, Republican, “Insights and Outlook: November 8 and Beyond,” will follow a report by Harry Simmons, a catfish, corn and soybean producer from Yazoo County, who is serving as president of Delta Council in 2016-17. The session is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m. It will be preceded by joint meetings of the Delta Council’s Flood Control and Soil and Water Resources Committee and the Highways and Transporation, Development Department and Education and Health Policy Committee, in Rooms B and A of the Capps Center at 9:30 a.m. For more information, go to http://www.deltacouncil.org/.

Nov. 4-5: National Black Farmers Association Conference, Holiday Inn Trustmark Park, 110 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl, Miss. NBFA members will hear from a number of noted speakers, including representatives of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy, actor Danny Glover and U.S. Deputy Comptroller of the Currency Beverly Cole. The conference will highlight a special banking session titled “Financial Readiness for Farmers.” A special session will present updates on the federal government’s settlement for decades of unequal treatment in the Agriculture Department’s support for minority group farmers, including the Black Farmers Settlement, Women Farmers Settlement and Native American Farmers Settlement. The NBFA is a non-profit, national organization founded in the early 1990s. The NBFA encourages the participation of small and disadvantaged farmers in gaining access to resources of state and federal programs administered by USDA. Shortly after creating the NBFA, Boyd led its members in a march on the White House, where he eventually met with President Bill Clinton and testified before Congress about the plight of black farmers.

Nov. 5: Antique Tractor Show & Community Festival, Paul Love Jr. Park, Glen Allan, Miss. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children’s Rides and Activities, Face Painting Booth, Tractor Rodeo (12:30 p.m.), Old Tractor Sled Pull. No vendor’s fees. Arts and Crafts. Food. Old truck, cars and farm equipment invited. No admission or entry fee. For more information, contact: Allen Stone, (662) 822-8520; Randy New, (662) 379-1447; Justin Nipper, (662) 907-0169; or David Whitehead, (662) 822-8500.

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.

Nov. 11-12: Mississippi Environmental Education Alliance, Warren-Tully YMCA Camp, Port Gibson, Miss. Registration 11 a.m., Friday; 8 a.m., Saturday. Through Environmental Education (EE) children and adults learn to discover and investigate nature and the environment and to make intelligent, informed decisions about valuing and caring for the land, water, air and their inhabitants. Explore a path to develop a comprehensive environmental education plan for Mississippi, engaging outdoor activities, developing a super nature trail, networking, and more. The conference is funded by a Nonpoint Source grant from EPA to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality under the Clean Water Act. Register by Oct. 28. Registration questions? Contact Peggy at (228) 324-3136 or peggyguyton@gmail.com. Other questions? Contact Harold Anderson at (601) 613-5567 or handerson212@gmail.com.

Nov. 17: Bolivar County Ducks Unlimited Dinner, Cleveland Country Club, Cleveland, Miss. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dinner, live auction and raffle. There will be decoys, guns, and DU merchandise to win or purchase. Tickets: Single - $45; Couple - $65; Greenwing - $20. To purchase tickets, contact George Frisbee, (662) 400-3022 or Stephen Leininger, (662) 822-9942.

Nov. 19: Cotton Museum’s 10th Annual Harvest Party, The Warehouse (36 GE Patterson Ave), Memphis, Tenn. 7 p.m. to midnight. The Harvest Party is the Cotton Museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Guests will enjoy live music from the Earnestine & Hazel’s House Band, dancing, classic Memphis food, a silent auction and an open bar. For more information: http://bit.ly/HarvestParty16.

Nov. 28:  Memphis Ag Club Meeting & Lunch, Agricenter International C Wing, Memphis, Tenn. Noon. Dr. Dan Reynolds with the Department of Plant & Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University will speak about new herbicide technologies and drift concerns. The cost to attend is $10 for the lunch. For more information, contact Hillary Spain at hillary@progenyag.com.

Dec. 2: Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council, DeWitt Livestock Show Facility at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research & Extension Center south of Alexandria. Freshwater and saltwater flooding effects on forage production will highlight the conference. Presentations will be made on the effects of saltwater flooding on pastures and hayfields after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and on the effects of freshwater flooding on pastures and hayfields during the spring and summer of 2016. Other presentations will be made on pasture systems and the effects of grazing and hay management on nutrient runoff and erosion from pastures. Registration and viewing of commercial exhibits will begin at 8:15 a.m. with the presentations beginning at 9. The meeting will conclude with a lunch. The meeting is open to anyone interested in forage production and management. Registration is $10 and includes lunch. Membership in the LFGC is not required.

Dec. 3-5: Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting, Hilton Jackson, Jackson, Miss. For more information, contact Dedra Luke at (601) 977-4169 or dluke@msfb.org.

Dec. 7-9: USA Rice Outlook Conference and Trade Show, Memphis Cook Convention Center, Memphis, Tenn. The conference brings together rice farmers, millers, merchants, and representatives of allied businesses from all rice-producing states and beyond. The conference features a trade show devoted to rice-related farm equipment, technology, products, and services. The 2016 USA Rice Outlook Conference program will fill two full days and will include economic and political outlooks, as well as the global rice outlook, and former NASA astronaut and current Columbia University professor Michael Massino as the keynote speaker. Also on tap, state-by-state production and research reports, a conservation mini-conference, and more. For more information, contact Jeanette Davis at jdavis@usarice.com or (703) 236-1447.

Dec. 15-16: Ag Council of Arkansas Annual Meeting, Capital Hotel, Downtown Little Rock, Ark. The Ag Council Board of Directors Business Session will take place Thursday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. A Welcome Reception will follow the business session from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. On Friday, the General Session will run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The Welcome Reception and General Session will be open to both Ag Council members and invited guests. The General Session will feature a 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 guyva@agcouncil.net or by calling (501) 376-0455. More information is available at http://agcouncil.net/2016/09/ag-council-annual-meeting-december-15-16-in-little-rock/.



Jan. 4-6: 2017 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Hyatt Regency Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas. The 2017 BWCC will begin at noon on Jan. 4 with a luncheon available to all registered BWCC attendees followed by a half-day Cotton Consultants Conference that will focus on topics of interest selected by a panel of consultants. Also covered in the consultants’ conference will be new developments from industry, including reports on new varieties, chemistries and emerging technologies. All registered attendees may attend the consultants’ conference. For 2017, the cotton agronomy, physiology, and soil groups have combined their resources and are holding one conference with multiple sessions. Some topics of interest submitted for this conference are a highly comprehensive simulation model of cotton physiology, nitrogen management for subsurface drip-irrigated cotton, and quality/yield evaluation trials across the Cotton Belt. Weed management strategies will again be covered, and entomologists will provide updates on the latest research with regard to several classes of insecticides. The cotton technical conferences, ranging from agronomy to weed science, will meet concurrently beginning on the morning of Jan. 5 and conclude by noon on Jan. 6. Information regarding hotel reservations, the preliminary program and general information are available  on the BWCC website at www.cotton.org/beltwide/.

Jan. 6: 61st Annual Tri-State Soybean Forum, Dumas Community Center in Dumas, Ark. Presentations from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas specialists will include a herbicide status update, market outlook on farm profitability and land rates, summary of USB and Mid-South Soybean Board projects, overview of current pest management issues, and other topics. Soybean industry firms will have displays with information. A sponsored lunch is provided. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30 a.m. Certified Crop Advisors can sign up for CEU credits. For additional details, contact Chuck Capps, 2017 Forum Chair, at (870) 222-3972 or ccapps@uaex.edu, or Bob Stark, Forum Secretary/Treasurer, at (870) 460-1414.

Jan. 13-14: 35th Annual Ag Expo 2017, Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La. Each year, 10,000 to 12,000 attend from throughout Louisiana and adjacent regions of Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. Exhibitors come from all over the United States. The 2107 show will feature products and educational seminars to interest large farmers and backyard gardeners. It’s an educational and fun event for the entire family. Ag Expo 2017 will feature a return of the popular horse exhibition with more breeds and more demonstrations of horsemanship, the newest products and services for agriculture producers and related businesses, educational displays and programs for the public, a Junior Livestock show featuring more than 400 animals, stock dog trials (featuring Border Collies), and educational seminars for specific interests. Ag Expo is sponsored each year by the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council, with extensive cooperation from LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association and Monsanto. Additional information, including exhibitor applications and event schedules, can be found at www.agexpo.org or by calling (318) 355-2495.

Jan. 25: Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference & Expo 2017, Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Will address the latest issues and trends in soil and water conservation. Will include a vendor trade show – the ASWEC Expo. The conference cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch. To register online visit http://www.AState.edu/SoilandWater and click on Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference and Expo 2017. The deadline to register is Jan. 9. Walk-ins are welcome at the cost of $40 per person. Soil & Water continuing education units for certified crop advisors will be awarded. 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.

Feb. 8: 
Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference, A-State Fowler and Convocation Centers, Jonesboro, Ark. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Fowler Center. The morning general session features five presentations on the agricultural economy, the impact of the 2016 election, and the outlook for agricultural and trade policy. Lunch will be served in the Convocation Center at noon. Afternoon sessions in the Convocation Center include presentations on credit and farmland markets, rice and cotton markets, and livestock market issues. A complete conference program and on-line registration will be available in January at www.astate.edu/college/agriculture-and-technology/. There is no registration fee. For more information contact Astate_Agribus_Conf@astate.edu or (870) 972-3221.