Oct. 13: Water Quality and Private Wells Workshop, Copiah County Extension Office, Hazlehurst, Miss. Learn how to better manage, operate and protect private wells. Understand groundwater basics, well-care best practices, how to find assistance, how to sample their wells, how to interpret sample results, and what to do to protect wells and source water from contamination. Information about the workshop and registration is available at http://gcd.msucares.com/register. Additional information is available by calling (662) 325-3141.

Oct. 15-17: Mississippi Agricultural Economics Association 41st Annual Meeting, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss. Oct. 15: Golf and social. Oct. 16: Annual meeting. Oct. 17: CALS breakfast and game (Louisiana Tech). Registration details at http://www.agecon.msstate.edu.

Oct. 16-17: Fall Flower & Garden Fest, Truck Crops Experiment Station, Crystal Springs, Miss. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information: http://msucares.com/fallfest. Free and open to the public.

Oct. 17: Antique Tractor Show, Paul Love Park, Glen Allan, Miss. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tractor Rodeo at 1 p.m. Tractor Parade at 2 p.m. Rides, face painting, food vendors, arts and crafts. Free admission. Show is organized by the Lake Washington Old Tractor Club. Between 50 and 60 old tractors displayed, along with old cars, trucks and farm equipment. For more information call (662) 822-8520, (662) 822-8500 or (662) 873-1356.

Oct. 17: Pulling for the Cross Antique Tractor Pull & Car Show, Downtown Holcomb, Miss. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds go to Camp Lakeside Building Fund. Antique Car/Tractor Parade at 8 a.m. Antique Car/Tractor Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull begins at 10 a.m. (all tractors must be 1960 model or older). Live entertainment all day. Bar B Que Competition. Best Pie Contest. Arts and Crafts. Kids Tractor Pull. Kids Train Rides. Cake Auction. Concessions. Jumpers. Pony Rides. Shuttle service available. For more information: Tractor Pull, Keith Livingston, (662) 809-6990; BBQ Competition, Tractor Show and Parade, Barry Corley, (662) 614-2145 or (662) 453-5735; Car Show, Larry Cutts, (662) 392-9670; and Concessions, Arts and Crafts, Sabrina Stricklen, (662) 307-0709.

Oct. 20-22: 38th Annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition. Three days of non-stop action unveiling new technology in agriculture and rural living. Over 1,200 exhibitors will display and demonstrate products and welcome thousands of visitors to the 100-acre show site. Crowned as North America’s Premier Farm Show and the largest Farm Show in America with field demonstrations, the Sunbelt Ag Expo brings together all segments of rural living from research and education to the live farm harvest and agribusiness. Add in rural lifestyle fun, truck, tractor, and ATV test drives and sports and the venue is perfect for rural enthusiasts.

Oct. 21: Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference, Efferson Hall, Room 214, LSU Campus, Baton Rouge, La. The conference will help Louisiana producers and residents become more acquainted with the bioenergy industry. Experts will present information about state programs and industry involvement related to bioenergy and bioproducts. The conference will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. There is no charge for students. Registration is limited, and the deadline to register is Oct. 10. To register online or for information on how to register by mail go to http://www.lsuagcenter.com/AgCenterBioEnergyDay. This program has been reviewed and is approved by the Society of American Foresters for 6.5 professional contact hours in Category 1-C.

Oct. 23: Tennessee Beef Promotion Board Meeting, Tennessee Beef Industry Council, 530 Brandies Circle Suite A, Murfreesboro, Tenn. For more information, call the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, (615) 837-5160.

Oct. 26: Memphis Ag Club Meeting & Lunch, Agricenter International C Wing, Memphis, Tenn. Noon. Dr. Ben West, western region director for UT Extension will be speak about the Lone Oaks Farm. The cost to attend is $10 for the lunch. For more information, please contact Hillary Spain at hillary@progenyag.com.

Oct. 28-29: Southern Agricultural Cover Crops, Soil Health and Water Management Conference, Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. Co-sponsored by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts. Designed to help farmers learn how to successfully adopt a cover crop management system, improve soil health and water management on their operations. Provides a forum for farmers to exchange information, discuss opportunities for collaboration, and learn about new and successful practices related to cover crops, soil and water management. Case study presentations will identify and discuss strengths and pitfalls of real applications. Specific conference sessions will include: soil management; water management; pest management; growing cover crops to graze cattle on cropland; cover crop management and no‐till. Guest speakers will include NRCS and USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists, farmers, crop consultants, and university researchers. One of the featured speakers for this year’s conference will be Gabe Brown who will make a presentation on soil health. The second day of the conference will focus on methods to improve water management. Certified crop advisors can earn continuing education units for attending training at the conference. For more information or to register for the Southern Agricultural Cover Crops, Soil Health and Water Management Conference, contact Debbie Moreland, AACD program administrator, at (501) 682-2915. Registration packages are also available at www.aracd.org.

Oct. 29: Rice Production and Management Meeting, Rapides Extension Office, Dean Lee Research Station, Alexandria, La. 8 a.m. to 12:30p.m. $15. Hosted by Louisiana CCA and the LSU Ag Center. Speakers: Dustin Harrell, Johnny Saichuk, Adam Famoso, Eric Webster. Meal will be served following the meeting.


Nov. 4: Mississippi chapter of the American Society of Agronomy Meeting, Grenada County Extension Office, Grenada, Miss. “The program will include a variety of topics of interest to those in Mississippi agriculture,” says Keith Crouse, associate Extension professor of plant and soil sciences at Mississippi State University. Morning presentations will include soil health and Mississippi soils, new precision technologies for Mississippi row crops, effects of deer browsing on soybeans, foliar-applied zinc/in-furrow starter fertilizers/hormones to speed maturity in corn, wild hog damage in corn, and seed maturation/physiological maturity. Afternoon presentations will include wild pig control in Mississippi row crops, successes with cover crops and nematode practices in sweet potatoes, Mississippi turf varieties, grain moisture management for harvest/drying, and managing nitrogen for optimum corn production — standard systems vs. pre-tassel applications. There will be recognition of the 2015 Mississippi Agronomist and the organization’s scholarship recipient. Information and an advance registration form are available online at http//msucares.com/calendar/nov15/asa.html. Continuing education units will be available for Certified Crop Advisors and recertification credits for Category X and Category 1A. For further information, contact Keith Crouse at (662) 325-3313, e-mail kkc9@msstate.edu.

Nov. 5: 2015 Delta Area/Bolivar County, Miss., Rice Meeting, Bolivar County Extension office, Cleveland, Miss. Mississippi rice producers, industry professionals, and other interested parties are invited to listen to presentations from MSU research and Extension faculty on a wide range of topics. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude with lunch. Click to download a list of scheduled speakers and their topics: Delta Area Rice Meeting speakers and topics.

Nov. 6: 2015 Mississippi Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference, Mississippi State University Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station, Newton, Miss. Begins at 8:30 a.m. Researchers Wink Allison of Louisiana State University and Paul Beck of the University of Arkansas will present study results on grazing management systems and stocking rates for cool-season forages. A producer panel will discuss forage and hay production systems. Participants will tour the Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station to see research projects, including stockpiling, herbicide trials and native warm-season grasses. Other activities include a poster presentation, hay contest, plant identification quiz, and scholarship and awards presentations. Exhibitors also will display and demonstrate their products. The conference is open to all interested individuals. Deadline to preregister is Oct. 16. Preregistration costs $15 for Mississippi Forage and Grassland Council members and $25 for nonmembers. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. and costs $20 for MFGC members and $30 for nonmembers. For a printable preregistration form, visit http://www.mississippifgc.org and click on “Events.” For more information, contact MSU assistant research and Extension professor Brett Rushing at (601) 683-2084 or jbr93@msstate.edu. The MSU Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station is located at 51 Coastal Plain Road in Newton. The MSU Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Midcontinent Livestock Supplements, Pennington Seed and Gallagher are sponsoring the conference.

Nov. 6: Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council Annual Meeting and Tradeshow, Ellington Agricultural Center’s Ed Jones Auditorium, Nashville, Tenn.

Emerging issues will highlight this year’s program. Rob Kallenbach, forage specialist from the University of Missouri, will be discussing opportunities to utilize improved forage practices to feed livestock more profitably. Other topics include managing reproductive efficiency in beef herds, a summary of soil test results across Tennessee, and the introduction of a new beef production app. Gary Bates, director of the University of Tennessee Beef and Forage Center, will make a presentation on some of his “hardest” hay questions. There will be a presentation of the results of the latest survey of pasture sulfur and copper contents. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9 a.m. CDT. 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. An accompanying trade show offers producers a look at changing technology. 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, contact Bates at (865) 974-7208 or email at gbates@utk.edu.

Nov. 9-10: Louisiana Ag Industries Association Annual Convention, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Baton Rouge, La. Representatives from the seed, chemical, fertilizer, grain, and feed industries will hear presentations on fertilizer markets, industry updates, new technologies, and market-driven information that affects Louisiana industries, processors, and producers. The format will include a day and a half of business sessions, beginning at 1 p.m., Nov. 9, followed by an evening reception. On Nov. 10, the convention will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Attendance at the entire meeting will qualify for CCA credits, as well as RUP Salesmen re-certification. Registration will be $125 for current members and $150 for non-members. All agricultural industry, university, state and federal agency, and crop consultants are encouraged and invited to attend. Contact Donna Morgan at dsmorgan1@suddenlink.net or (318) 229-9955 for more information.

Nov. 12: Acre of Hope Dinner and Silent Auction, Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, 3414 One Place, Jonesboro, Ark. 6 to 9 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to pledge an acre of crops to the Food Bank. Silent auction of ag supplies and services. Tickets are $25 each. Contact the Food Bank of NEA at (870) 932-3663 ext. 106.


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 jdavis@usarice.com or (703) 236-1447.

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: Ag Council of Arkansas Annual Board of Directors Meeting, Capital Hotel, Little Rock, Ark.


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 beltwide@cotton.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. 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 craigh@ext.msstate.edu.

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 (scooter.hodges@sanders.com) or (870) 674-4100 or Melanie Russell (melanie@fullerseed.com) or (870) 829-3461.

March 3-5: 2016 Commodity Classic, New Orleans. 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.