Oct. 6: Landscape Horticulture Industry Field Day, Hammond Research Station, Hammond, La. The field day will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Walking tours of landscape research projects and demonstration plots along with indoor and outdoor lectures on a number of horticulture topics are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 2 p.m. Topics for the field day will include an overview of ornamental plant variety evaluations, including annual bedding plants, herbaceous perennials, roses, new crape myrtles and new shrubs; updates on current disease, insect and weed issues; and a field tour featuring new research focusing on native prairies and ornamental meadows. The annual Southeast Louisiana Nursery Association trade show will be held concurrently with the field day. Wholesale nursery exhibitors from the Northshore will display available products from 8 to 9 a.m. and from noon to 3 p.m. Louisiana licensed landscape architects attending the event will receive Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry continuing education credits. Refreshments will be available throughout the day and a barbeque lunch will be served at noon. Attendees will receive a booklet summarizing current activities and research. No registration fee or RVSP is required to attend the field day, which is intended exclusively for professional horticulture industry personnel. The station is located approximately 6 miles east of Hammond at 21549 Old Covington Highway (La. 1067). For more information about the field day, contact Owings at (985) 543-4125 or email aowings@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Oct. 11: 2016 Tennessee Agriculture Leadership Forum, Embassy Suites, 1200 Conference Center Blvd., Murfreesboro, Tenn. Keynote address by Dr. Jay Lehr, senior director, The Heartland Institute. Washington update by Brian Cavey, senior vice president government affairs, CoBank. Rural Development Task Force, Commissioner Jai Templeton, Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Creating Opportunities for Success, Sarah Bellos, founder and CEO, Stony Creek Colors. Lunch provided. Farm Credit Mid-America, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and CoBankRSVP at www.e-farmcredit.com/TNAgForum. For more information, email information@e-farmcredit.com.

Oct. 14-15: Fall Flower and Garden Fest, Truck Crops Experiment Station, Crystal Springs, Miss. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, go to http://extension.msstate.edu/fallfest (new website). Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FFGFest.

Oct. 18-20: Sunbelt Agricultural Expo, Moultrie, Ga. Advance tickets can be purchased at: www.sunbeltexpo.com. (229) 985-1968. Download show mobile app in the iPhone or Android store.

Oct. 20: LSU AgCenter’s Fourth Annual Dean Lee Research Station Beef Cattle & Forage Field Day, Alexandria, La. Cattle and forage producers, industry representatives, and anyone interested in livestock production are invited to attend. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. at the State Emergency Shelter off Hwy 71 South. There will be a short field tour as well an indoor program and the field day will conclude with a sponsored meal. Louisiana Master Farmer Program Phase 2 and CEU credits will be given, in addition to Certified Crop Advisor CEUs for attending. For more information, contact Glen Gentry at (225) 683-5848 or ggentry@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Oct. 24: Memphis Ag Club Meeting & Lunch, Agricenter International C Wing, Memphis, Tenn. Noon. Speaker will be Pete Nelson, Director of the AgLaunch Initiative. The cost to attend is $10 for the lunch. For more information, please contact Hillary Spain at hillary@progenyag.com.

Oct. 27: Acadiana Cattle Producers Field Day, Cecil McCrory Exhibit Building at 1105 West Port St., Abbeville, La. The event, which includes a meal, will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. The program will include demonstrations on weed control and low-stress cattle handling techniques, along with talks on sudden cattle deaths, ryegrass planting, mineral supplementation strategies, and updates on the Louisiana Master Farmer and Louisiana Master Cattle programs. The event is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council and the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association.

Oct. 27-29: Mississippi Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting, Mississippi State University. Theme, “Sustainability in Agriculture.” Brochure with details/registration info at http://www.agecon.msstate.edu/docs/2016maea.pdf. For information, dave.sites@msstate.edu orMarsha Myers at (662) 325-2671.

Nov. 1-2: Louisiana Ag Industries Association Annual Convention, Wyndham Gardens Hotel, Lafayette, La. Representatives from the seed, chemical, fertilizer, grain, and feed industries will hear presentations on grain and feed markets, industry updates, as well as other timely, market-driven information that affects Louisiana industries, processors, and producers. The format will include two half-day business sessions, beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, followed by a luncheon, skeet shoot and a golf tournament for those wanting to participate. The meeting will conclude at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Registration will be $125 for current members and $175 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) 613-9278 for more information.

Nov. 1-3: 2016 Antibiotics Symposium: Working Together for Better Solutions, Hyatt Regency Dulles, Herndon, Va. View complete symposium information on the National Institute for Animal Agriculture website: http://www.animalagriculture.org/. Contact Katie Ambrose at katie.ambrose@animalagriculture.org or (719) 538-8843, Ext 14.

Nov. 9: Fayette County Extension Office Quarterly Beef and Row Crop Marketing Meeting, Fayette County Extension Office, 302 B. Midland St., Somerville, Tenn. Starts at 7 a.m. Dr. Andrew Griffith and Dr. Aaron Smith will present the market outlook on beef and row crops. The meeting will be via Zoom and should last about an hour in length. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu.

Nov. 11-12: Mississippi Environmental Education Alliance, Warren-Tully YMCA Camp, Port Gibson, Miss. Registration 11 a.m., Friday; 8 a.m., Saturday. Through Environmental Education (EE) children and adults learn to discover and investigate nature and the environment and to make intelligent, informed decisions about valuing and caring for the land, water, air and their inhabitants. Explore a path to develop a comprehensive environmental education plan for Mississippi, engaging outdoor activities, developing a super nature trail, networking, and more. The conference is funded by a Nonpoint Source grant from EPA to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality under the Clean Water Act. Register by Oct. 28. Registration questions? Contact Peggy at (228) 324-3136 or peggyguyton@gmail.com. Other questions? Contact Harold Anderson at (601) 613-5567 or handerson212@gmail.com.

Nov. 19: Cotton Museum’s 10th Annual Harvest Party, The Warehouse (36 GE Patterson Ave), Memphis, Tenn. 7 p.m. to midnight. The Harvest Party is the Cotton Museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Guests will enjoy live music from the Earnestine & Hazel’s House Band, dancing, classic Memphis food, a silent auction and an open bar. For more information: http://bit.ly/HarvestParty16.

Dec. 3-5: Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting, Hilton Jackson, Jackson, Miss. For more information, contact Dedra Luke at (601) 977-4169 or dluke@msfb.org.

Dec. 7-9: USA Rice Outlook Conference and Trade Show, Memphis Cook Convention Center, Memphis, Tenn. The conference brings together rice farmers, millers, merchants, and representatives of allied businesses from all rice-producing states and beyond. The conference features a trade show devoted to rice-related farm equipment, technology, products, and services. The 2016 USA Rice Outlook Conference program will fill two full days and will include economic and political outlooks, as well as the global rice outlook, and former NASA astronaut and current Columbia University professor Michael Massino as the keynote speaker. Also on tap, state-by-state production and research reports, a conservation mini-conference, and more. For more information, contact Jeanette Davis at jdavis@usarice.com or (703) 236-1447.

Dec. 15-16: Ag Council of Arkansas Annual Meeting, Capital Hotel, Downtown Little Rock, Ark. The Ag Council Board of Directors Business Session will take place Thursday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. A Welcome Reception will follow the business session from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. On Friday, the General Session will run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The Welcome Reception and General Session will be open to both Ag Council members and invited guests. The General Session will feature a 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 guyva@agcouncil.net or by calling (501) 376-0455. More information is available at http://agcouncil.net/2016/09/ag-council-annual-meeting-december-15-16-in-little-rock/.

2017

Jan. 25: Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference & Expo 2017, Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Will address the latest issues and trends in soil and water conservation. Will include a vendor trade show – the ASWEC Expo. The conference cost is $20 per person, which includes lunch. To register online visit http://www.AState.edu/SoilandWater and click on Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference and Expo 2017. The deadline to register is Jan. 9. Walk-ins are welcome at the cost of $40 per person. Soil & Water continuing education units for certified crop advisors will be awarded. For more information, contact Chris Jones at (870) 972-2043 or chrisjones@astate.edu.

Jan. 25: The Arkansas Seed Growers Association Annual Meeting, University of Arkansas Rice Branch Experiment Station, Stuttgart, Ark. This will be the 100th anniversary for the ASGA. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Lunch will be served by Cater Rita’s from Stuttgart.

Jan. 26: Mississippi Rice Council Annual Membership Meeting, Bolivar County Extension Office, 406 North Martin Luther King Blvd, Cleveland, Miss. For more information contact Tina Manning at (662) 686-3356 or tmanning@deltacouncil.org.

Jan. 27: Arkansas Rice Council and Arkansas Rice Farmers Annual Joint Membership Meeting, Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart, Ark., opens with a trade show followed by the program. For more information contact Lauren Waldrip at (501) 375-1100 or lauren@noblestrat.com.

Feb. 7: Louisiana Rice Council and Louisiana Rice Growers Association Annual Joint Membership Meeting, Grande Marais Center, 919 North Lake Arthur Ave., Jennings, La. Opens with a trade show and reception at 4 p.m. followed by the program at 5:45 p.m. For more information, contact Randy Jemison at (337) 738-7009 or rjemison@usarice.com.

Feb. 8: Northeast Louisiana Rice Growers Association Rice Forum, Rayville Civic Center, Rayville, La. 9 a.m. For more information, contact Keith Collins, kcollins@agctr.lsu.edu.