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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 29-Aug. 2: 2014 Mississippi Agricultural Industry Council and Mississippi Seedsmen’s Assn. Convention, Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach, Al. Registration information can be found on the MAIC website: www.maicms.org.
Aug. 1: Arkansas Rice Expo, Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart, Ark. The expo, hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, attracts about 1,000 participants from 8 a.m. through lunch. The expo will feature a farmers’ market for vendors to sell their locally grown produce to those attending. Space remains available for growers to register and market their products. Table centerpiece arrangers will compete for prizes by using their creativity to make arrangements using rice in the design for placement on the luncheon tables. Master Gardeners, garden club members and others who wish to enter should register in advance and have their arrangements in place by 9 a.m. Competition is limited to the first 60 arrangements that are entered. To register for the farmers’ market or the centerpiece arrangements, contact Richard Klerk, Cross County Extension agent, at email@example.com or Lee Anderson, Jefferson County Extension agent, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms for either activity are available at http://www.uaex.edu/rice-expo/.
Aug. 7: LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Field Day at the Sweet Potato Research Station, Chase, La.
Aug. 18: Annual Southeast Missouri Corn Growers Golf Tournament at Fox Haven Country Club in Sikeston, Mo. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $75/person or $300/team and includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, giveaways and a one-year Missouri Corn Growers Association membership. For more information or to sign-up, visit www.mocorn.org/golf or contact Matt Amick at (800) 827-4181 or email@example.com.
Aug. 21: Missouri Rice Research Farm Field Day, near Glennonville, Mo. Contact: Donn Beighley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 19: 24th Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon, Delta State University’s Walter Sillers Coliseum, Cleveland, Miss. 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. About 1,000 people from Mississippi and other states attend the annual event, which this year will feature more than 300 rice dishes. The food is prepared by local rice-growing families and Delta restaurants. Informative exhibits are also part of the Rice Tasting Luncheon. Most recipes served at the luncheon can be found in the rice cookbook Between the Levees, which will be on sale at the luncheon for $10. Delta Rice Promotions, Inc., a group of individuals representing farmers, agri-businesses, farm organizations and government agencies, is the host of the 24th Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon. Delta Rice Promotions’ mission is the promotion of the Mississippi-produced rice. Its activities have included 23 National Rice Month luncheons, the awarding winning cookbook Between the Levees, grocery store promotions, educational programs, speaking to various groups about Mississippi RICE, and the Mississippi Rice Cook-Off. For more information about the Rice Tasting Luncheon, call (662) 843-8371.
Sept. 19-20: Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show, John W. Starr Memorial Forest, Hwy. 25 South, Starkville, Miss. The longest-running, live, in-the-woods forestry equipment demonstration in the nation. Exhibitors representing hundreds of product brands, supplies, and services. Many special offerings planned, some of which will benefit Log-A-Load for Kids charity. Expansive continuing eduction schedule, skidder/loader contests, a children's area, chainsaw carver, vintage chainsaws, and other attractions. More information at www.midsouthforestry.org or (662) 325-2191.
Oct. 2: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Aquaculture Field Day, UAPB Aquaculture Research Station off Oliver Road in Pine Bluff, Ark. Registration, a trap shoot and tours will all begin at 8:30 a.m. The tractor and walking tours will feature the following topics: Hydrogen sulfide: rehab or detox your pond? Fathead minnows in split ponds? Crappie hybrids and triploids. Split pond engineering fundamentals. Treating diseases in split ponds and intensive systems. Tacking winter fish losses. Catfish and baitfish: what will consumers pay? Growing largemouth bass indoors. Veggie diets for bass-largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass: how far can we go? The Catfish Farmers of Arkansas board meeting and the Arkansas Catfish Promotion board meeting will be held in the afternoon. For more details, contact Casandra Byrd at (870) 575-8123 or email@example.com.
Oct. 9: LSU AgCenter Landscape Horticulture Field Day at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond, La.