Find meetings and conferences in the coming weeks that can help you prepare for the upcoming season.

Jan. 30: Arkansas Rice Council & Arkansas Rice Producers’ Group Joint Annual Meeting, Brinkley Convention Center, Brinkley, Ark. 10 a.m. to noon. Lunch to follow. Chuck Wilson, (870) 673-7541.

Feb. 3: 2009 Cotton Production Meeting, Northeast Research and Extension Center, Keiser, Ark. Mississippi County Cooperative Extension Service. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Meeting begins at 9 a.m. Updates on the latest in cotton production and marketing will be given by University of Arkansas specialists. CEUs available. Blake McClelland at (870)762-2075 or bmcclelland@uaex.edu.

Feb 3-4: Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association Annual Meeting, Bost Extension Center, Mississippi State University campus. Grain crop production issues will be one of the main focuses of discussion. Presentations will be provided by Mid-South researchers and Extension personnel. There will be an industry exhibit hall to showcase the latest in crop protection products and new varieties. For registration or exhibit information call Phil McKibben, (662) 263-6826.

Feb. 5: Corn/Soybean Producer Meeting, Country Inn, Baldwyn, Miss. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Charlie Stokes, (662) 386-7307.

Feb. 5: Corn, Grain Sorghum and Wheat Production Meeting, 8 a.m., Lon Mann Cotton Research Station on Hwy 1 south of Marianna, Ark. Lazaro English or Mark Brawner at (870) 295-7720.

Feb. 8 - 12: The Nature of Agritourism Retreat, sponsored by the Business of Birding Institute, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, DeWitt, Ark. For farmers, landowners, lodge owners, hunting guides, community leaders and others with an interest in starting or expanding Nature Tourism as a business or in their community. Information including registration is available at http://www.aragriculture.org/aai/retreat/default.asp or contact Kathy Radomski at (870) 946-3506, ext. 1617.

Feb. 10: General Pest Management Workshop, Central Mississippi Experiment Station, Raymond, Miss. Stored grain, insects in pine plantations, pests of home and landscapes, corn and peanut fungicides. Chris Daves, (662) 418-1492.

To list your organization’s special event in the Delta Farm Press Calendar of Events, e-mail details, including contact person, phone number, etc., to: Ed Phillips, ephillips@farmpress.com.