Check out this feature for events that will help you farm smarter and more profitably and stay in touch with those involved in Mid-South agriculture.

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.

July 17: MFBF Summer Rice Commodity Meeting, Bolivar County Extension Service Auditorium, Cleveland, Miss. 10 a.m. Lunch provided. Speakers include: Samantha Cawthorn, MFBF director of public policy; Chip Morgan, Delta Council; Thomas Wynne, USRPA staff; Nathan Buerhing, Extension rice specialist; and Tim Walker, MAFES. If you plan to attend, please contact Justin Ferguson at jferguson@msfb.com or Nancy Britt at nbritt@msfb.com or (601) 977-4230.

July 20: Decisions 2009, Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tenn. Five critical factors affecting crop profitability — weather, markets, land values, technology and farm inputs — will be discussed in detail. Speakers include Richard Brock, Brock and Associates, Erin FitzPatrick, Rabobank International, and Randall Pope, The Westchester Group. Call (800) 558-3431 or register at www.brockreport.com. The sessions begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 3:15 p.m. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

July 23-24: Cotton Forum in New York City will feature cotton market update, marketing strategies and tours of Intercontinental Exchange options floor and electronic trading. Market outlook from a panel of cotton experts on Friday, July 24, begins at 7:30 a.m. Central Time. The meeting will be broadcast live on the ICE Web site at http://www.theice.com and by teleconference to the Ag Market Network listening audience. The program will also be carried by KFLP radio, which covers the west Texas area. It’s also available live at http://www.kflp.net, on a 10-second delay. If you’d like to attend the event in person in New York City, call Pat McClatchy at (888) 795-8071 for registration or more information.

July 24: Cotton Roundtable in New York City. Market outlook from a panel of cotton experts on Friday, July 24, begins at 7:30 a.m. The meeting will be broadcast live on the ICE Web site at http://www.theice.com and by teleconference to the Ag Market Network listening audience. The program will also be carried by KFLP radio, which covers the west Texas area. It’s also available live at http://www.kflp.net, on a 10-second delay.

July 24: 10th Annual Delta Classic Scholarship Golf Tournament, Helena Country Club, Helena, Ark. Hosted by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences. Since 2000, the tournament has generated funds for undergraduate scholarships for students in the CSES Department. For more information contact Richie Workman, Tournament Director at richard.workman@monsanto.com. To sponsor a hole or a team or to donate to the tournament, contact: Gloria Fry, (479) 575-5716 or gry@uark.edu.

July 29 and 31: Soybean grading clinics for elevator inspectors followed by educational seminar on grading process, open to the public. July 29 clinic in Vicksburg, Miss., at the Warren school district superintendant’s office, 1500 Mission 66 St. July 31 clinic in Stoneville, Miss., at the Delta Research and Extension Center, Capps Entrepreneurial Center. Inspector clinics begin at 9 a.m., educational seminar at 1:30 p.m. Lunch provided. Call Trey Koger for more information, (662) 207-1604. Participation is free for all sessions.

July 30: Alternative Biofuel Crops Field Day, Southeast Branch Station, Rohwer, Ark.

Aug. 4: Soybean grading clinics for elevator inspectors followed by educational seminar on grading process open to the public. Tunica, Miss., at Tunica RiverPark, One Riverpark Dr., Tunica Resorts. Inspector clinics begin at 9 a.m., educational seminar at 1:30 p.m. Lunch provided. For more information call Trey Koger at (662) 207-1604. Participation is free for all sessions.

Aug. 5: Northeast Research and Extension Field Day, Keiser, Ark.

Aug. 5: Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference, University of Tennessee at Martin, University Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Program includes a guide for interpreting economic change, cap and trade and other options for carbon policy and commodity outlooks. For ag lenders, farmers, farm-related business owners, farm credit and Farm Service Agency representatives. For additional information, contact Tom Payne at (731) 881-7324 or tpayne@utm.edu, or go to www.utm.edu/agconference.

Aug. 7: Northeast Arkansas Rice/Soybean Field Day