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Oct. 25: 38th Grand Prairie Rice Festival, East City Park Area, Hazen, Ark. At the junction of Highways 70 & 63. The festival opens at 10 a.m. with the traditional antique farm equipment parade. Following the parade, the equipment —tractors and small and large engines — will be arranged for display and demonstrations of rice threshing and corn milling. It is an open show. Anyone may bring an item of antique farm equipment. The 4th Biennial Antique Quilt Show will be across the street in the Hazen Community Center. There will be entertainment, vendors and children’s activities throughout the day. The festival will close at 3:30 p.m.. Check it out at www.hazen.ws. Contact David Hardke at (870) 830-2404.

Oct. 27: Memphis Ag Club Meeting & Lunch at the Agricenter International C Wing, Memphis, Tenn. Noon. The October speaker will be Arthur Oliver, senior vice president at SunTrust Bank. He will be speaking on estate planning.  The cost to attend is $10 for the lunch. For more information, contact Hillary Spain at hillary@progenyag.com.

Oct. 27-Nov.1: American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers Annual Meeting: AgroNomics, Vision for 2015, JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson Resort and Spa, Tucson, Ariz. James C. Borel, executive vice president, DuPont, will deliver the opening address. More than 500 rural property land experts are expected to attend the annual meeting and trade show to understand how policy, regulations, investment decisions and even the weather impact land values. Participants will also discover how data analysis and the utilization of technology can assist in making more intelligent, fact-based decisions. Borel will focus on how global trends in population growth, middle class expansion, and demand for healthy and nutritious food choices will provide growth opportunities for the food and agriculture industries. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a variety or speakers, earn continuing education credits and view a demonstration on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). To learn more visit http://www.agro-nomics.org or call (303) 758-3513 for additional information.

Oct. 28-29: Southern Agricultural Cover Crops Conference, Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. A forum for farmers to exchange information, discuss opportunities for collaboration and learn about new and successful practices related to cover crops. Conference begins at 9 a.m., Oct. 28. Co-sponsored by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts. Sessions include soil management, water management, pest management, economics, cover crop management and no-till. Speakers include NRCS and Agricultural Research Service scientists, farmers, crop consultants and university researchers. Certified crop advisors can earn continuing education units for attending the workshop. For more information, contact John Lee, NRCS state agronomist, john.lee@ar.usda.gov, (501) 301-3173 or (501) 722-8354.

Oct. 29: Farm Bill and Crop Insurance Listening Sessions. 9 to 10 a.m. at the Delta Research and Extension Center (Capps Center) at Stoneville, Miss., and 3 to 5 p.m. at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center (conference room) at Verona, Miss. Scheduled by USDA, Senate Agriculture Committee staff, and the office of Sen. Thad Cochran. For Mississippi agriculture producers to provide input and ask questions about new programs authorized in the Agricultural Act of 2014. Farmers, ranchers, county representatives and interested citizens are encouraged to participate and ask USDA officials about new and existing risk management tools, and to offer guidance on where USDA efforts should be focused going forward. For more information regarding the listening sessions, contact Chris Gallegos at (202) 224-5054 or chris_gallegos@cochran.senate.gov.

Oct. 30: LSU AgCenter Agritourism Workshop, Hammond Research Station, Hammond, La. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will hear from experts about how to create an agritourism venue, attract visitors and market their business. The workshop will include a presentation on how to become a certified agritourism operator under the 2008 Louisiana Agritourism Limited Liability Law. The event will conclude with a tour of Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch in Albany, which is about 20 minutes from the station. Registration is $15 per individual or $20 per couple before Oct. 20, or $20 per individual and $25 per couple the day of workshop. Lunch is included, but transportation to the pumpkin patch is up to individual attendees. The workshop is sponsored by the AgCenter, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and Tangipahoa Master Gardeners. For more information or to register, contact Dora Ann Hatch at (318) 927-9654 or DHatch@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Oct. 30: Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council Annual Fall Conference – Changing Landscapes in Forages, Woodland Heights Baptist Church Education Building, Conway, Ark. Peter Ballerstedt, forage products manager for Barenbrug USA, who will talk about “Beef – the Real Health Food,” a look at the role of quality beef in human nutrition and obesity. Other topics will be covered by nationally known speakers on key issues such as grass-fed beef production and marketing, how the endangered species act and environmental regulation may affect Arkansas producers, forage crop insurance, filling in forage gaps, native grasses, and livestock water alternatives. Registration may be paid at the door by cash, credit or debit card, or check. The registration fee is $45 per person and $15 for students and includes lunch, conference materials, and membership in the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council and American Forage and Grassland Council. Commercial exhibits and booths will be set up for attendees to see the latest forage management products. Registration before the conference is encouraged to help with planning but isn't required. For more information about the conference or to pre-register, call Kim Fryer at (501) 671-2171 or contact any AFGC board member.

Nov. 1: Bull Soundness Evaluation. Hosted by the Fayette County, Tenn., Extension office along with the Fayette County Livestock Association and Stockdales. The meeting will be held at the Somerville Livestock Barn in Somerville, Tenn., starting at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or email jvia@utk.edu.

Nov. 1: Bull Soundness Evaluation, Somerville Livestock Barn in Somerville, Tenn. Hosted by the Fayette County Extension Office, the Fayette County Livestock Association and Stockdales. Starts at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or email jvia@utk.edu.

Nov. 5: Soil Health Clinic, Miner Convention Center, Sikeston, Mo. Hosted by Missouri Delta Soil Health Alliance. Registration at 8 a.m. Agenda: Demo’s and Basic Principals of Soil Health, Making Soil Health Work, Delta Center Soil Health Update, Producer Panel and Q&A for speakers. Lunch provided (RSVP for lunch by Oct. 29 by calling (573) 624-5939 x3). Guest speaker: Gabe Brown, a pioneer of the current soil health movement.

Nov. 6: Fayette County Extension Office and the Fayette County Livestock Association District 2 annual meeting and BQA for those that need to be certified. Somerville Livestock Barn in Somerville, Tenn. Starts at 6 p.m. A meal will be provided. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or email jvia@utk.edu.

Nov. 6-8: American Agri-Women Annual Convention – Bridging the Path from Farm to Fork, Hueston Woods Lodge & Convention Center, College Corner, Ohio. The event will include business meetings, officer elections, tours and an awards ceremony. Online registration is available at http://americanagriwomen.org/2014-aaw-convention-registration. If you have questions, please contact the convention co-chairs, Jane Marshall (citizenjane@me.com) or Rachael Vonderhaar (farmeral3@gmail.com). Hotel reservations should be made directly with Hueston Woods Lodge, (513) 664-3500.

Nov. 7: Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council Annual Meeting and Tradeshow, Ellington Agricultural Center’s Ed Jones Auditorium in Nashville. Ryan Goodman, who maintains the website agricultureproud.com, which boasts more than 11,000 followers, will be discussing the need for interaction between the ag industry and non-ag society. He will also discuss the opportunities of social media in agricultural relations. Other topics include preventing herbicide resistance in pasture weeds, managing nuisance wildlife and techniques for low-cost heifer development. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9 a.m. CST. A $25 registration fee covers the cost of membership in the Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council as well as lunch. The meeting will conclude by 3 p.m. CST. An accompanying trade show offers producers a look at and a lesson about the constantly changing technology necessary to make the best decisions for their farms and for their buyers. The day’s events also include a silent auction provided by the major seed, chemical and pharmaceutical companies participating in the tradeshow. For more information about the Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council, contact your county’s UT Extension office or Bates at (865) 974-7208 or by email at gbates@utk.edu.

Nov. 10-13: AgGateway’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference, Cultivating eBusiness for Global Success, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz. The program is especially geared to ag retailers, distributors, manufacturers of ag inputs (e.g., seed, crop nutrition, crop protection), and software and data service providers, as well as professionals in precision ag, academia, agricultural organizations, ag media and students interested in eBusiness developments. In addition to general sessions, educational sessions, networking events and working sessions, the meeting features recognition of individual and group efforts that are moving the industry forward in eBusiness. First-time attendees are invited to attend a welcome luncheon the first day to learn more about AgGateway and how to take full advantage of everything the conference has to offer. General session speakers include Darren Coppock, president, Ag Retailers Association; Bob Riley, chairman of the board, Feed Energy Company; Chid Apte, director, Mathematical Sciences & Analytics, IBM Research; Herman Wilson, president, Pioneer Equipment Co.; and Chalmers Carr, president, Titan Farms, Inc. Registration information, a highlights flyer (designed for sharing with trading partners who may be interested in the conference), full conference agenda and other meeting details can be found in the “Events” section of www.AgGateway.org.

Nov. 11-12: Louisiana Ag Industries Association Annual Convention (rescheduled), Paragon Casino and Resort, Marksville, La. The previously scheduled meeting was held in January of this year, but inclement weather ended the meeting abruptly and it was rescheduled. Representatives from the seed, chemical, fertilizer, grain, and feed industries will hear presentations on fertilizer markets, industry updates, new herbicide technologies, as well as other timely, market-driven information that affects not only Louisiana industries, but processors, and producers as well. The format will include two half-day business sessions, beginning at 8 a.m. on Nov. 11, followed by a luncheon, skeet shoot and golf tournament for those wanting to participate. The meeting will conclude at noon on Nov. 12. Registration will be $75 for current members and $125 for non-members. All agricultural industry, university, state and federal agency, and crop consultants are invited to attend. Contact Donna Morgan at dsmorgan1@suddenlink.net or (318) 229-9955 for more information.

Nov. 14: Mississippi Forage and Grassland Conference, North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, located at 5421 Highway 145 South in Verona, Miss. Learn about the latest research and production methods. The conference includes poster presentations, a hay contest, the Mississippi Grasslander Award presentation, an awards lunch, an exhibit area with products and services, and numerous networking opportunities. Speakers will discuss current issues, including sustainability of grazing systems and grazing management of native grasses. The event begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. Participants can fill out an online registration form at http://www.mississippifgc.org/ or call (662) 325-2311. The deadline to register is Nov. 1. MFSGC members can attend for $15. Nonmembers can preregister for $25 or register onsite for $30. Student registration fees are $15. Sponsors include Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Forage and Grassland Council, MSU Extension Service Forage Program, Grazing Lands Coalition Initiative, Soil and Water Conservation Commission and Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association.

Nov. 21-22: 25th Annual West Tennessee Farm Toy Show, Fairgrounds Park, 800 S. Highland, Jackson, Tenn. Nov. 21: 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Nov. 22: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (731) 784-5440 for more information.

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. 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. 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.

Jan. 28: Arkansas Seed Growers Association annual meeting, University of Arkansas Rice Branch Experiment Station, Stuttgart, Ark. The 98th annual meeting of the association will begin with registration at 8:45 a.m. Lunch will be served. For more information, e-mail association president Scooter Hodges at shodges@strattonseed.com, vice-president David Gairhan at dgairhan@centurytel.net, ASPB representative Terry Fuller at fullseed@landdb.com or executive secretary Melanie Patton at Melanie@fullerseed.com.