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Farmers are facing many issues as they go into the 2014 crop year. The new farm bill will entail many changes, and there are the usual challenges related to production and marketing. The show brings together experts in all these areas to provide farmers crucial information on these important topics.”
In addition to the Ag Outlook sessions, there will be special seminars each day of the show. They include:
Friday, Feb. 28, 1:30 p.m. — Mid-South Ag Forum, convention center mezzanine level: This special seminar will feature representatives from Mid-South universities who will address critical issues facing Mid-South agriculture, including:
• Improving efficiency and profitability through irrigation
• Neonicotinoid insecticides: Cropping systems, honey bees, and public perception
• Use requirements with Roundup Ready Xtend and Enlist Weed Control Systems
• Fungicide resistant frogeye leaf spot: Management options
• Economic Considerations for On-Farm Grain Storage
Speakers include Jason Krutz, Mississippi State University; Scott Stewart, University of Tennessee; Tom Barber, University of Arkansas, and other university experts and representatives.
Saturday, March 1, 1:30 p.m., Rice Marketing Seminar: “The U.S. rice farmer's world is about to become a lot larger.” Speaker: Milo Hamilton, Firstgrain, Inc., co-founder and senior agricultural economist. Hamilton is author of the book, “When Rice Shakes the World,” which outlines “a better and brighter way” for rice markets and rice farmers globally.
“We are honored to have Milo Hamilton return to the show to talk with farmers about the future of rice for the Mid-South and for the world,” Price says. “We encourage anyone with an interest in the topic to attend this session.”
Also at 1:30 pm. Saturday, there will be an informational seminar, “Peanuts in the Mid-South.”
“Farmers in the region continue to have interest in peanut production,” Price says. “Those attending this seminar can hear presentations about options and benefits of growing peanuts in the Mid-South, marketing options, and potential agronomic challenges associated with peanut production.”