Nov. 21-22: 25th Annual West Tennessee Farm Toy Show, Fairgrounds Park, 800 S. Highland, Jackson, Tenn. Nov. 21: 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Nov. 22: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (731) 784-5440 for more information.

Nov. 24: Memphis Ag Club Meeting & Lunch, Agricenter International C Wing, Memphis, Tenn. Noon. Speaker will be Tim Smith with the University of Tennessee Extension. He will talk about the Lone Oaks 4H facility in Hardeman County, Tenn. The cost to attend is $10 for the lunch. For more information, contact Hillary Spain at hillary@progenyag.com.

Nov. 24-25: Certified Crop Advisors Meeting, Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, Mo. Separate sessions in Pest Management and Crop Production will be offered Nov. 24. Separate sessions in Soil Fertility and Soil and Water will be offered Nov. 25. Each session will offer 4 CEUs. Classes will begin at 8 a.m. each day. Registration will be $50 per session or $180 for all four, which will include lunch. For more details, contact David Dunn at (573) 379-5431 or  dunnd@missouri.edu or Anthony Ohmes at (573) 243-3581 or ohmesg@missouri.edu and http://bit.ly/CropAdvisors14.

Nov. 25: Farm Bill Meeting, Delta Growers Co-op, East Prairie, Mo. 9 a.m. to noon.

December

Dec. 1-3: Mississippi State University Row Crop Short Course, Bost Extension Center, MSU, Starkville, Miss. Producers who register by Nov. 26 will attend the annual Row Crop Short Course for free. Those who register after Nov. 26 must pay $40 to attend. Among the topics for this year’s short course are soil fertility, including the use of chicken litter as fertilizer; nutrient management plans designed to follow recent high crop yields; and technology implementation on farms and in agricultural enterprises. Other topics include weed resistance, insect pest management and a farm bill update. Lunch is provided each day, and dinners are included Dec. 1 and 2. Certified Crop Adviser continuing education units will be available for the short course. Visit http://msucares.com/rowcrops/shortcourse to preregister. This site will soon offer the schedule and complete list of short course topics. Contact Kathy Johnson at 662-325-2701 or kjohnson@ext.msstate.edu with questions.

Dec. 2: Farm Bill Meeting, Perryville, Mo. 10 a.m. to noon.

Dec. 3: Watermelon Grower’s Meeting, American Legion Building, Kennett, Mo. Starts at 8:30 a.m. Hosted by University of Missouri Extension. Donuts and coffee will be available for this event which will provide an opportunity for growers to talk with specialists in the areas of disease management, plastic culture and labor. Debra Minish with Workforce Development will discuss local labor opportunities. Sam Atwell, UM agronomy specialist, will talk about plastic cover contamination; Sarah Denkler, UM horticulture specialist, will discuss disease diagnosis; David Reinbott, UM ag business specialist, will discuss irrigation; and Craig Stokes will discuss the Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act. The meeting is support by our local and regional industry sponsors including Ken-Mo Ag, Mobley Greenhouse, Siegers Seed Co., Stokes Seed, Stokes Law Office, Syngenta Seeds, and TEVA Corporation. These companies will be on hand and available to discuss needs for the 2015 growing season. Lunch will be served. For more information and to pre-register, call the Butler County University of Missouri Extension Office at (573) 686-8064.

Dec. 3: MSU Farm Bill Workshop, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Lincoln Civic Center, 1096 Belt Line Drive NE, Brookhaven, Miss. Detailed information on the new covered commodity programs (ARC & PLC), crop insurance products (SCO & STAX), available decision aids, and what this all means for farm risk management. Topics covered: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); Price Loss Coverage (PLC); Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO); Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX); Farm Risk Management; and Decision Aids.

Dec. 4: Bolivar County/Area Rice Grower Meeting, Bolivar County Extension Service, Cleveland, Miss. Starts at 10 a.m. and ends with lunch. Topics include: Overview of Rice Production Issues for 2014 — Bobby Golden, rice specialist/agronomy; Herbicide Drift/Residual Herbicides — Jason Bond, weed scientist; Insect Pressures/threshold adjustments — Jeff Gore, entomologist; Overview of Rice Fungicides/2014 Blast Issues — Tom Allen, plant pathologist; Irrigation Water Management — Jason Krutz, irrigation specialist; Variety Selection/Breeding Update for 2014 — Ed Redona, rice breeder; and an update from the lunch sponsor, Horizon Ag.

Dec. 4: Farm Bill Meeting, Holiday Inn, Poplar Bluff, Mo. 9 a.m. to noon.

Dec. 4: MSU Farm Bill Workshop, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The Extension Building, 394 Hwy 51 S, Batesville, Miss. Detailed information on the new covered commodity programs (ARC & PLC), crop insurance products (SCO & STAX), available decision aids, and what this all means for farm risk management. Topics covered: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); Price Loss Coverage (PLC); Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO); Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX); Farm Risk Management; and Decision Aids.

Dec. 7-9: USA Rice Outlook Conference and Trade Show, Little Rock Marriott and Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Ark. The largest annual gathering of rice farmers from all rice-producing states features a trade show for rice-related equipment, technology, products, and services. The educational program will cover outlooks on farm bill implementation, the economy, trade, production, research, and more. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/RiceConference or contact Jeanette Davis at jdavis@usarice.com or (703) 236-1447.

Dec. 8: Farm Bill Meeting, Woodland School, Marble Hill, Mo. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dec. 10: MSU Farm Bill Workshop, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Yazoo County Extension Office, 212 E. Broadway, Yazoo City, Miss. Detailed information on the new covered commodity programs (ARC & PLC), crop insurance products (SCO & STAX), available decision aids, and what this all means for farm risk management. Topics covered: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); Price Loss Coverage (PLC); Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO); Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX); Farm Risk Management; and Decision Aids.

Dec. 10: Regional Corn Meeting, Miner Convention Center in Miner, Mo. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude in the afternoon. This year’s meeting will have speakers from the University of Missouri and University of Kentucky, who will present information in the areas of crop management, fertility management, weed, insect, and disease management. A farm bill meeting will follow a sponsored lunch. For more information, contact Anthony Ohmes at (573) 243-3581 or ohmesg@missouri.edu or David Reinbott at (573) 545-3516 or reinbottd@missouri.edu.

Dec. 11: MSU Farm Bill Workshop, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Costal Plains Research & Extension Center, 51 Coastal Plain Road, Newton, Miss. Detailed information on the new covered commodity programs (ARC & PLC), crop insurance products (SCO & STAX), available decision aids, and what this all means for farm risk management. Topics covered: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); Price Loss Coverage (PLC); Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO); Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX); Farm Risk Management; and Decision Aids.

Dec. 12-13: 27th Annual SEMO Farm Toy Show, America's Best Value Inn & Suites, Hwy 62 & I-55, Sikeston, Mo. Dec. 12: 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 13: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (573) 359-4409.

Dec. 15: Winter Row Crop Production Meeting, Olympic Steak and Pizza, 6250 Hwy 64, Oakland, Tenn. Starts at 10 a.m. Speakers and their topics include: Chuck Danehower, UT area marketing specialist, marketing in the current low price environment; Tyler Miller and Ted Lung with Agrilogic, insurance; Joseph Wilder with CFH Financial Services, estate planning; Angela McClure, soybean and corn production topics; Larry Steckel, UT weed specialist, weed control; and Tyson Raper, cotton specialist, cotton varieties and other production topics. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu.

Dec. 15: Farm Bill Meeting, Cape County Extension Office, Jackson, Mo. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dec. 15-16: Ag Council of Arkansas Annual Meeting, Marriott Hotel, Downtown Little Rock, Ark. The Agricultural Council of Arkansas will hold its annual meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Little Rock on December 15 and 16. The Ag Council Board of Directors will hold its business meeting from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday. A cocktail reception honoring the Ag Council’s 75th anniversary will be held on the top floor of the hotel from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This reception is open to Ag Council members and invited guests. The Ag Council will hold its General Session from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. the following morning. The General Session will be open to Ag Council members and invited guests. The session will feature an excellent lineup of guest speakers who will talk about multiple issues including commodity markets, ag economy, precision ag technology, weather forecasts, the farm bill, and more. Ag Council members wishing to attend should RSVP by emailing agcouncilark@sbcglobal.net or by calling (501) 376-0455. More information available here: http://bit.ly/AgCouncil2014.

Dec. 16: Farm Bill Meeting, Delta Growers Co-op, East Prairie, Mo. 9 a.m. to noon.

Dec. 17: Farm Bill Workshop Session, 9 a.m.-noon – McGehee, Ark. - McGehee Men’s Club, #1 Airport Road South. Contact: Wes Kirkpatrick, wkirkpatrick@uaex.edu or (870) 222-3972 and Gus Wilson, gwilson@uaex.edu or (870) 265-8055. Conducted by Tony Franco, FSA’s chief of Farm Programs, Anita Wilson, Agricultural Program specialist with FSA, Robert Coats, University of Arkansas professor-economics, and other FSA and Division of Agriculture specialists. The program includes FSA information requirements and the following topics will be covered include: Required information; Retain or Update Yields; Retain or Reallocate Base; Compare Agricultural Risk Coverage, or ARC, and Price Loss Coverage, or PLC; Consider Agricultural Risk Coverage — individual coverage; Supplemental Coverage Option, or SCO, and STAX offered under the federal crop insurance program; Election and annual enrollment; and Web-based decision aid demonstration with examples.

Dec. 17: MSU Farm Bill Workshop, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Lightered Knot Community Center, 401 E Pine Ave., Wiggins, Miss. Detailed information on the new covered commodity programs (ARC & PLC), crop insurance products (SCO & STAX), available decision aids, and what this all means for farm risk management. Topics covered: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); Price Loss Coverage (PLC); Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO); Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX); Farm Risk Management; and Decision Aids.

Dec. 17-18: Irrigation Conference, Miner Convention Center, Miner, Mo.

Dec. 18: MSU Farm Bill Workshop, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pontotoc County Extension Office, 402 C.J. Hardin Jr. Drive, Pontotoc, Miss. Detailed information on the new covered commodity programs (ARC & PLC), crop insurance products (SCO & STAX), available decision aids, and what this all means for farm risk management. Topics covered: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); Price Loss Coverage (PLC); Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO); Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX); Farm Risk Management; and Decision Aids.

Dec. 19: MSU Farm Bill Workshop, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Bost Extension Building (MSU Campus), Bost Extension Drive, Mississippi State, Miss. Detailed information on the new covered commodity programs (ARC & PLC), crop insurance products (SCO & STAX), available decision aids, and what this all means for farm risk management. Topics covered: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC); Price Loss Coverage (PLC); Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO); Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX); Farm Risk Management; and Decision Aids.

January

Jan. 5-7: 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas. For more information, contact: National Cotton Council, P.O. Box 2995, Cordova, TN 38088, (901) 274-9030 or beltwide@cotton.org.

Jan. 7-8: Farm Futures’ Business Summit, Hilton Ballpark Hotel, St. Louis. The summit is designed to help farmers combat difficult economic challenges by boosting their business and marketing skills, says Mike Wilson, Farm Futures executive editor. Purdue Ag Economist Mike Boehlje will keynote the meeting. Boehlje’s forward-thinking presentations focus on finance and management, even in turbulent economic times. The summit will feature sessions on global supply and demand, Big Data, and the U.S. economic outlook. It will also include breakout sessions that focus on the following topics: how to manage 2015 crop budgets; the future of unmanned aerial vehicles for agriculture; the top 10 mistakes farmers make in estate planning; how to improve landlord relationships; tips for young farmers in the ‘new normal’ of low grain prices; how to find and keep great employees; and understanding benefits in the new farm bill. Farm Futures’ senior market analyst Bryce Knorr closing presentation will take an in-depth look at the year ahead, just in time to help participants prepare for the key Jan. 12 USDA reports that kick off the New Year. For agenda, registration and hotel booking links, go to farmfutures.com/summit2015. If you prefer to register by phone, call (800) 441-1410. The Hilton offers summit attendees a special rate of just $85 along with free parking. To book hotel by phone, call (314) 421-1776. The 2015 Farm Futures Business Summit is sponsored by FarmLink, Kennedy & Coe LLC, John Deere, SureStart II herbicide, Conservis and Rabobank.

Jan. 10-14: American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, San Diego. Online registration is now open at http://bit.ly/1teZWw4. The full Farm Bureau member registration fee is $100 and includes the IDEAg Trade Show and Young Farmer & Rancher competitive events (Saturday, Jan. 10, through Monday, Jan. 12), general sessions, workshops and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Silent Auction. Non-members may pay $10 in advance for a one-day registration to attend the IDEAg Trade Show and Foundation Silent Auction on Saturday, Jan. 10. AFBF President Bob Stallman will give his annual “State of Farm Bureau” address to members at the opening general session of the convention on Jan. 11. On Jan. 12, Commander Rorke Denver will give the general session keynote address, and late night TV host Jay Leno will give the closing session keynote address. Visit http://annualconvention.fb.org for news and updates.

Jan. 14: Regional Soybean Meeting, Miner Convention Center, Miner, Mo.

Jan. 14-17: Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference, Mobile, Ala. The 24th annual Southern SAWG conference is for serious organic and sustainable producers, farm-to-school participants, urban farmers and those interested in creating more vibrant community food systems. The event offers informative pre-conference courses and field trips, practical conference sessions, networking, trade show, Taste of Alabama event and more. Each year, participants go home with information to use immediately to improve their operations. Schedule available now at www.ssawg.org.

Jan. 16-17: Ag Expo 2015, Ike Hamilton Expo Center, West Monroe, La. Educational seminars. See new products and services, educational displays, junior livestock show, Ag Alley and Mini-Farm. Sponsored each year by the North Louisiana Agri-Business Council, with extensive cooperation from LSU AgCenter, LA Tech University, Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, Monsanto and Progressive Tractor & Implement. For Ag Expo Exhibitor, pre-registration and attendance information: www.agexpo.org, call (318) 355.2495 or email info@agexpo.org.

Jan. 20-22: 2015 Arkansas Crop Management Conference, Wyndham Riverfront, North Little Rock, Ark. Program starts at 8 a.m. on Jan. 20. On-site registration will be on Jan. 19 at the Wyndham from 3 to 6 p.m. The program includes applicable agricultural approaches and solutions for the coming year including a discussion on drone technology. Pre-registration is $165 with a pre-registration cut-off date of Jan. 15 on line. On-site registration is $195, state and federal registration is $95. The room rate for the conference is $104 single or double including a complimentary breakfast. Call the Wyndham Riverfront at (501) 371-9000 for room reservations. A block will be available until Jan. 10 on a first-come basis. The ACMC meeting will have over 20 CEUs available this year if you attend the complete agenda. For questions, email Tom Barber at tbarber@uaex.edu or Don Johnson at drjohnson@centurytel.net. Pre-register at http://acpanews.com/.

Jan. 21-22: 42nd Delta Ag Expo, Bolivar County Expo Center, Cleveland, Miss. Jan. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Keynote speaker. Over 100 commercial exhibits will represent every phase of agriculture and demonstrate innovative production practices. Educational Seminars will be held both days. Co-sponsored by the Delta Ag Expo Corporation and Mississippi State University Extension Service. MSU Extension Service and MAFES specialists manning booths both days. C.E.U. credits will be available. Free admission. For more information contact Craig Hankins at (662) 843-8361 or craigh@ext.msstate.edu or go to the website http://conference.msucares.com/deltaagexpo.

Jan. 28: Arkansas Seed Growers Association annual meeting, University of Arkansas Rice Branch Experiment Station, Stuttgart, Ark. The 98th annual meeting of the association will begin with registration at 8:45 a.m. Lunch will be served. For more information, e-mail association president Scooter Hodges at shodges@strattonseed.com, vice-president David Gairhan at dgairhan@centurytel.net, ASPB representative Terry Fuller at fullseed@landdb.com or executive secretary Melanie Patton at Melanie@fullerseed.com.

February

Feb. 19: Regional Rice Producers Conference, Dexter Eagles, Dexter, Mo.

March

March 3-4: Greenhouse Tomato Short Course, Eagle Ridge Conference Center, Raymond, Miss. More information: http://greenhousetomatosc.com. New Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GreenhouseTomatoShortCourse.

March 18: National Ag Day