Nov. 30-Dec. 2: 2015 Row Crop Short Course, Cotton Mill Conference Center near the campus of Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss. The Short Course program will include an auxin-tolerant crops symposium, entomological issues, weed science and agronomic issues, and plant pathology and agricultural economics. The program will conclude at lunch Dec. 2. Find the preliminary program at http://bit.ly/RowCrop15. Pre-registration is free of charge until Nov. 24. Registration after Nov. 24, including at the door, will be $40 per person. As in years past, lunch and dinner will be provided free of charge for those that pre-register. CCA CEU’s, pesticide applicator credits, and consultants license renewals.
Dec. 1-3: Nutrient Management and Edge of Field Monitoring: From the Great Lakes to the Gulf, Sheraton Downtown Memphis Hotel, Memphis, Tenn. Farmers, conservation experts and researchers are invited to learn about innovative nutrient reduction strategies, activities and programs that have proven to be successful. The conference will kick off Dec. 1 with a three-hour “Healthy Soils for Healthy Water” symposium at 10 a.m. The conference will also feature three breakout tracks, focusing on research and monitoring results, the implications of those results for reducing nutrient loads and watershed project implementation. More than 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in soil and water have been approved for this conference. Individuals interested in attending the conference can learn more at www.swcs.org, calling (515) 289-2331, or contacting Mike Daniels at email@example.com.
Dec. 2: Annual Watermelon Meeting, American Legion Building, Kennett, Mo. Hosted by the University of Missouri Extension and industry sponsors. Lunch will be catered by Strawberries of Holcomb. The meeting will cover timely topics such as Missouri Farm Labor and the Food Safety Modernization Act. Darryl Slade of the Department of Agriculture to discuss details regarding 2, 4-D and dicamba. CEUs for certified crop advisors are available. Make plans to attend for education, networking opportunities and the chance to meet with and thank our industry representatives and sponsors. RSVP to (573) 686-8064 with name and number attending.
Dec. 3: Farm Management Economics Decision Support Aid Workshop, MSU Extension Coahoma County Office, Clarksdale, Miss. Begins at 9 a.m. Training in the use of decision aids based on cost and return estimates to make sound choices. Provides hands-on training with spreadsheet-based aids focusing on problems such as evaluation of crop mix alternatives, calculation of sustainable land rental rates and setting marketing goals. Pre-register because only a limited number of computers are available. If you have a laptop with Microsoft Excel, please bring it. Participants will be provided copies of all handout material and Excel spreadsheets used in the workshop. To pre-register or for additional information, contact Don Respess at firstname.lastname@example.org or (662) 624-3070.
Dec. 5-7: Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation 94th Annual Meeting, Jackson, Miss. Adoption of policy book, which lays out MFBF direction for the coming year. Presentation, seminar, contests and speakers. Keynote address by Gov. Phil Bryant.
Dec. 7: Winter Row Crop Production Meeting, Olympic Steak and Pizza, 6250 Hwy 64, Oakland, Tenn. Starts at 10 a.m. Topics include weed control, varieties, marketing, insurance and The Tennessee Land Trust. Hosted by the Fayette County Extension Office. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or email@example.com.
Dec. 8-9: Sustainable Row Crop Irrigation Management Workshop, Red River Research Station Conference Center, Bossier City, La. For producers, Extension agents, NRCS agents, trainers, consultants and other interested persons. In-person presentations by LSU AgCenter, NRCS and SU experts. Farmer panel. Invited vendors. Workshop is a full first day and morning of the second day. Register online at http://lsuagcenterwater.eventbrite.com.
Dec. 8-9: National Peanut Board Quarterly Meeting, W Hotel Midtown, Atlanta, Ga. New officers will be elected.
Dec. 9: Regional Corn Meeting, Miner Convention Center, Miner, M. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m. Guest speakers include Dr. Chad Lee, University of Kentucky. Topics include trailer safety, weed management, high yield corn management, nitrogen management, market outlook, and an update from the Missouri Corn Growers. For more information contact Anthony Ohmes at (573) 243-3581 or firstname.lastname@example.org or David Reinbott at (573) 545-3516 or email@example.com.
Dec. 9-11: USA Rice Outlook Conference and Trade Show, Sheraton New Orleans, La. The USA Rice Outlook Conference brings together rice farmers, millers, merchants, and representatives of allied businesses from all rice-producing states and beyond. Features a trade show devoted to rice-related farm equipment, technology, products, and services. The 2015 USA Rice Outlook Conference program will fill two days and will include economic and political outlooks, as well as the global rice outlook, a look at the future of food, and keynote speakers Mary Matalin and James Carville. Also on tap: state-by-state production and research reports, learning sessions, the 2016 weather outlook, and more. For more information go to http://usarice.com/ or contact Jeanette Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 236-1447.
Dec. 10: Soil Health Clinic, Miner Convention Center, Sikeston, Mo. Ray Archuleta, a conservation agronomist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conversation Service, is the keynote speaker and several area producers will discuss how they use cover crops in their operation. Hosted by the Missouri Delta Soil Health Alliance. RSVP by calling (573) 624-5939 X3.
Dec. 13-15: 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands sponsored by the National Grazing Lands Coalition, Hyatt Regency DFW, DFW Airport, Texas. This conference is held every three years. Attendees will learn from experts about cutting-edge technologies and management systems for sustainably managing these private lands. Organizers expect more than 800 ranchers, professors, land managers, public officials and ecologists from across the U.S. to gather in Dallas. The conference will feature experts in fields such as range science, range and pasture management, forage management and animal behavior. Speakers include: Rancher Gary Price of 77 Ranch in Blooming Grove, Texas, and winner of the National Environmental Stewardship Award; Don Ball, professor emeritus at Auburn University who is a leader in agronomic forage and livestock information; Garry Lacefield, professor of plant and soil sciences at the University of Kentucky, who is an internationally recognized forage expert; Rachel Gilker and Kathy Voth, co-founders of OnPasture.com. To register contact Monti Golla, NatGLC executive director, at (979) 777-9779. For detailed agenda information visit http://www.grazinglands.org.
Dec. 14-15: Agricultural Council of Arkansas Annual Board of Directors Meeting, Capital Hotel in Downtown Little Rock, Ark. The two-day meeting will begin Monday afternoon with a business meeting of the Board of Directors from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. A welcome cocktail reception with Ag Council members and invited guests will follow the business session at 5 p.m. Tuesday morning’s General Session, which is open to Ag Council members and invited guests, will run from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and will feature guest speakers who will address a variety of relevant subjects. Lunch will follow. The Annual Meeting will provide an opportunity for Ag Council members to visit with one another, share ideas, and discuss the 2016 crop year and get the latest on Ag Council activities. Additional information is available at: bit.ly/ArkAgCouncil15.
Dec. 15: Irrigation and Water Conservation Summit, Capps Center, Stoneville, Miss. 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Hosted by the Governor’s Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force. The event will begin with a general session followed by four breakout sessions, each with five concurrent presentations. Producers, landowners, consultants, natural resource professionals and other interested parties may choose which presentation to attend during each breakout session. After the second breakout session, another general session will be held as lunch is served before resuming breakout sessions at 1 p.m. The breakout sessions will include presentations on ways to better manage water resources to achieve both personal water management goals and regional goals for more efficient water use and reduced groundwater pumping: Alternate wetting and drying in rice production; Groundwater modeling to evaluating potential solutions to sustain groundwater supplies for irrigation; Computerized hole selection; More efficient and effective surface water use throughout he Delta; Irrigating sealing soils; Effectively using soil moisture sensors; Case study of Louisiana’s Red Bayou Surface Water Irrigation Project; NRCS irrigation management practice Incentives; and Recharging the aquifer with direct Injection. Breakout session speakers will include professionals from Mississippi State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, YMD Joint Water Management District, Delta Plastics, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, U. S. Geological Survey, and the Louisiana NRCS office. All breakout sessions will be offered twice during the day. Lunch will be provided to those attending the event, but no registration is required. All producers, landowners, consultants, natural resource professionals and other interested parties are welcome to attend.
Jan. 5-7: 2016 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, La. For more information, contact: National Cotton Council, P.O. Box 2995, Cordova, TN 38088, (901) 274-9030 or email@example.com.
Jan. 8: Tri-State Soybean Forum, Capps Entrepreneurial Center, MSU Delta Research and Extension Center, Stoneville, Miss. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Forum is a collaborative effort between land-grant institutions, Mississippi State University, the University of Arkansas, and Louisiana State University. The Forum works to engage and educate local farmers in the tri-state area and provide networking opportunities with industry leaders. Presentations will include agricultural information specific to the Mid-south. Topics covered include feed grains, irrigation tools, pest management, maturity groups, new technology, commodity prices and economic cost outlook related to changing land rates and crop stressors such as new diseases. For more information, contact Preston Aust at (662) 247-2915 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kenner Patton at (662) 686-3214 or by email at email@example.com.
Jan. 8-13: American Farm Bureau Federation’s 97th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. A preliminary rundown of the convention, including schedule, speakers and trade show information can be found at: http://annualconvention.fb.org/.
Jan. 12-14: 19th annual National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference, Delta States Irrigation Conference, Southern Precision Ag Conference and Southern Corn & Soybean Conference, Hilton Convention Center, Memphis, Tenn. One registration admits participates to all four conferences. Online registration and information can be found at www.mafg.net.
Jan. 15-16: Ag Expo 2016, Ike Hamilton Expo Center, West Monroe, La. Each year, 10,000 to 12,000 people attend from throughout Louisiana and adjacent regions of Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. Exhibitors come from all over the United States. The 2016 show will feature the newest products and services for agriculture producers and related businesses, educational displays and programs for the public, a Jr. Livestock show, 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. 15-16: Ag Expo, Black River Coliseum, Poplar Bluff, Mo. The event will be held Friday, Jan. 15, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission will be $1 for adults and free for all college students and youth. This trade show is sponsored by Butler County University of Missouri Extension Council and the Ag Club of Three Rivers College. There will be 118 booths to visit and learn first-hand about agriculture and natural resources and its impact on the area’s economy. The expo will also feature outdoor exhibits. The two days are packed with activities for the whole family. Entertainment and events include youth dancing and clogging; gospel, jazz, and contemporary music; agriculture seminars; beauty pageants; and toy tractor pedal pull contests for youth ages 4 to 9. There will be tractor driving contests for FFA members; a petting farm; an old time auction; a milking contest; an ag photography contest; a duck calling contest for adults and youth; and a baking contest. The Pesticide Applicator Training for private re-certification will be held at the Expo on Friday. The Master Gardeners will provide Garden Adventures for Kids Saturday morning. 4-H will host a Youth Farm Safety program Saturday, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and the FFA and 4-H Speech Contest Friday at 4 p.m. For more information, contact the University of Missouri Extension Center, 222 North Broadway, Poplar Bluff (573) 686-8064 or go to website at www.extension.missouri.edu/butler.
Jan. 20-21: 43rd Annual Delta Agricultural Exposition, Bolivar County Expo Center, Cleveland, Miss. Show hours: Jan. 20, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Jan 21, 8:30 a.m. - noon. Keynote speaker and more than 100 agriculture-related exhibits. Free admission. Contact: Craig Hankins, Bolivar County Extension Service, (662) 843-8361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 21-22: Sustainable Row Crop Irrigation Management Workshop, Scott Research/Extension and Education Center, Winnsboro, La. For producers, Extension agents, NRCS agents, trainers, consultants and other interested persons. In-person presentations by LSU AgCenter, NRCS and SU experts. Farmer panel. Invited vendors. Workshop is a full first day and morning of the second day. Register online at http://lsuagcenterwater.eventbrite.com.
Jan. 27: Arkansas Seed Growers Association annual meeting, Rice Branch Experiment Station in Stuttgart, Ark. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Meeting will begin at 8:45 a.m. For questions, contact Scooter Hodges (email@example.com) or (870) 674-4100 or Melanie Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (870) 829-3461.
Jan. 27: 18th Annual Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference, Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. Held in conjunction with the Arkansas Irrigation Expo 2016. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The conference cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch. To register online, visit http://agri.astate.edu and click on Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference and Arkansas Irrigation Expo 2016. Walk-ins are welcome at the cost of $40 per person. For more information, contact Chris Jones at (870) 972-2043 or email@example.com.
Feb. 2: Rice and Soybean Production meeting, MB Ainley Community Center, Corning Ark. Begins at 8:30 am. Speakers will provide the latest research based information concerning rice and soybean production: Glen Studebaker, insect control; Bob Scott, weed control; Jarrod Hardke, rice production and performance; Jeremy Ross, soybean production and performance; and Mike Hamilton, crop irrigation. Industry representatives will be on hand providing product information for our area. Credits will be offered for certified crop advisors. For more information contact Stewart Runsick at (870) 631-1066 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.uaex.edu/clay.
Feb. 8-11: Weed Science Society Joint Annual Meeting with Southern Weed Science Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Four special symposia are planned: Weed Control 2050: Imagining future strategies and the knowledge needed to achieve them; The intersection of agricultural lands and wild areas: Management of non-crop vegetation as a habitat for pollinator, beneficial and iconic species; 21st century challenges in aquatic weed management; Use of endemic plant diseases and insect pests for biological control of invasive weeds. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a preconference tour of the El Yunque Rainforest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System. More details and registration information are available at www.wssa.net.
Feb. 9-11: 2016 Pesticide Stewardship Conference, DoubleTree by Hilton at the Albuquerque Conventional Cener, Albuquerque, N.M. Sessions on Pesticide Disposal, Container and Ag Plastics Recycling 2,4-D/Dicamba Production Systems and Emerging Issues, Pesticide Label Language and Personal Protective Equipment. "Let Them Eat Precaution" is the title of the keynote presentation to be presented by Jon Entine, Executive Director, Genetic Literacy Project and Senior Fellow World Food Center, Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy,University of California-Davis. The 2016 conference kicks off with the President's Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you have any questions about the conference, contact Bob Magee at Robert.R.Magee@dupont.com.
Feb. 16-17: Sustainable Row Crop Irrigation Management Workshop, Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, La. For producers, Extension agents, NRCS agents, trainers, consultants and other interested persons. In-person presentations by LSU AgCenter, NRCS and SU experts. Farmer panel. Invited vendors. Workshop is a full first day and morning of the second day. Register online at http://lsuagcenterwater.eventbrite.com.
March 3-5: Commodity Classic, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, La. Commodity Classic is the annual trade show and convention of the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. In 2016, Commodity Classic welcomes the Association of Equipment Manufacturers as an affiliate of the event. Check out the 2016 Commodity Classic website for additional information.