Feb. 11: Mississippi Rice Council Annual Meeting. Bolivar County Extension Office, Cleveland, Miss. 10 a.m. Speakers include Betsy Ward, CEO, USA Rice Federation, and Ben Mosely, vice president of government affairs, USA Rice Federation. Reports on rice research and a Mississippi State Plant Board report. For more information, contact Tina Manning at (662) 686.3356 or tmanning@deltacouncil.org.

Feb. 11-12: Fruit and Vegetable Growers Meeting, Magnolia Building at Lee County Agri-Center, adjacent to the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, Verona, Miss. Mississippi State University will host the event. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 11 and concludes at noon Feb. 12. There is a $15 conference fee for participants. Lunch is provided the first day. Topics covered the first morning include cover crops, sweet corn, sweet pepper, squash and soil health and productivity. The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce will be available to help set up businesses to receive Electronic Benefits Transfer payments from their customers. Interested business representatives should bring identification cards, Social Security cards and W-9 forms. During the afternoon sessions, participants will divide into special interest groups. Fruit growers will have sessions on small fruit programs, diseases, taste and health benefits. Vegetable growers will cover basic tomatoes, watermelon insects, high tunnels and cole crops. The final morning sessions will address sweet potato production, pea production, transplants and fruit tree grafting. For more information or registration details, contact the local Extension office or email Jeff Wilson at jeff.wilson@msstate.edu.

Feb. 16: Drew County Winter Production Meeting, Dumas Community Center, Dumas, Ark. Meeting to begin at 3 p.m. Crops to be discussed include soybean, rice and corn. Among University of Arkansas researchers speaking: Jason Kelley, Jeremy Ross, Jarrod Hardke and Scott Stiles. For more information visit http://bit.ly/1Kt5591.

Feb. 16: Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center Producer Advisory Council Meeting, McKenzie Arena, Raymond, Miss. Representatives of the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will hear feedback on and direction for their educational programs and research projects. Agricultural producers served by the center’s 20 southwest county Extension offices and research stations are invited to attend the program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McKenzie Arena. Nine individual commodity sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m., including dairy, ornamentals, vegetables, bees, ag crops, forestry and wildlife, fruits and nuts, small ruminants and swine, and beef, equine and forages. Posters detailing Extension and Experiment Station educational programming and research will be available for viewing in the general assembly area. All commodity groups will share their priorities during a general session after lunch. Deadline for preregistration is Feb. 9. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. Feb. 16. Lunch will be provided. McKenzie arena is located at 1178 Seven Springs Road in Raymond, behind the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center. For more information or to register, call the center at (601) 857-2284.

Feb. 16: Fayette Extension Office Irrigation Meeting, Rube Rhea’s Farm Shop,15480 Hwy 64, Somerville, Tenn. Starts at 5 p.m. Reinke will be presenting information on Chemigation. A meal will be provided. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu.

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.

Feb. 16-17: Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting, Wyndham Hotel, North Little Rock, Ark.

Feb. 17: Tennessee Agricultural Production Association (TAPA) Winter Agronomic Workshop, DoubleTree Hotel, 1770 Hwy 45 Bypass, Jackson, Tenn. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Program is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch provided. Topics covered: Economics and Sustainability of Soil Health and NRCS Program Update; Soil Nutrient Management Update; Soil Fertility and Interpretation; Practical Uses of Aerial Imagery; Current and Future Technology to Improve Crop Management; Best Management Practices for High Yields and Profits; Using Soil and Water Management to Enhance Corn Yields; Crop Yield Optimization Using In-Season Soil and Plant Tissue Data; No-Till Past, Present, and Future; Considerations for Upcoming Weed Management Technologies; Irrigation Strategies for the Mid-South; Soil Science Perspective on Subsurface Tile Drainage. Certified Crop Advisor CEUs and Tennessee recertification points will be available. To pre-register, visit TAPA’s website at: http://tapa.tennessee.edu/Annual-meetings/2016/Pre-register-Form-2016.pdf.

Feb. 17: 2016 Missouri Rice Conference, Malden Community Center (new location), Business Hwy. 25, Malden, Mo. 8:10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with registration at 8 a.m. CEUs will be applied for. Program includes: Furrow Irrigated Row Rice - Dr. Michael Aide, research, SEMOSU; Rice Weed Control - Jim Heiser, Fisher Delta Research Center; Rice Research/Varieties - Matt Rhine, Fisher Delta Research Center; Rice Economics - David Reinbott, University of Missouri Extension; Rice Production Issues - Dr. Charles Wilson, University of Arkansas Rice Research, Stuttgart; U.S. Rice Domestic & Foreign Markets - Greg Yielding, Missouri Rice Council /US Rice Producers Association. Lunch will be provided. Contact Sam Atwell at (573) 748-5531 for more information.

Feb. 17: Cross County Winter Production Meeting, Wynne Fire Station, Wynne, Ark. Meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Crops to be discussed include rice and soybean. Among University of Arkansas researchers speaking: Chris Grimes, Jeremy Ross, Glenn Studebaker, Mike Hamilton, Trent Roberts, Jarrod Hardke, Yeshi Wamishe and Bob Scott. For more information visit http://bit.ly/1Kt5591.

Feb. 17: Woodruff County Winter Production Meeting, Three County Fairgrounds, McCrory, Ark. Meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Crops to be discussed include rice, soybean, corn and grain sorghum. Among University of Arkansas researchers speaking: Jarrod Hardke, Jeremy Ross, Bob Scott, Yeshi Wamishe, Jason Kelley, Mike Hamilton, Jason David and Glenn Studebaker. CEUs available for soil/water management (0.5 hours), IPM (2 hours), and crop management (1.5 hours). For more information visit http://bit.ly/1Kt5591.

Feb. 17-19: The Louisiana Agricultural Technology and Management Conference sponsored by the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association, Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, La. Recertification of consultant and commercial applicator license. CCA CEUs available. Silent auction and raffle to benefit the Ray and Dorothy Young Endowed Assistantship in Louisiana Row Crop IPM. Preliminary program will be posted at www.laca1.org. Contact Denise Wright, executive director, at denise@laca1.org or (337) 945-3694 (m) for more information.

Feb. 18: 63rd Southern Hardwood Forest Research Group Annual Meeting, Capps Entrepreneurial Center, Delta Branch Experiment Station, Stoneville, Miss. The program starts at 8 a.m. and concludes by 2:30 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts available. A $25 registration fee covers meeting handouts, refreshments, a catered lunch, and Continuing Forestry Education Credits. This year’s program theme will focus on the Management of Young Bottomland Hardwood Plantations. Presentations will be made by Dan Prevost, a forester with Delta Wildlife in Stoneville, Miss., and Steve Meadows, a principal silviculturist with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Hardwoods Laboratory in Stoneville. In addition, Susie Adams, Wendell Haag, Tracy Hawkins, and Dan Wilson with the Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research will report on their current research projects. Following a lunch catered on-site, Greg Ruark, assistant director of the Southern Research Station, will share his perspective on the outlook for bottomland hardwoods and related stream research conducted by the Center. The meeting will conclude with a summary of the latest research accomplishments at the Center presented by Ted Leininger, project leader. The sixth annual Dr. John Adams Student Poster Competition is open to any currently enrolled undergraduate, M.S. or Ph.D. student working on original research that investigates some aspect of southern hardwood forestry. Competition guidelines and an entry form are available at: http://www.deltacouncil.net/southern-hardwoods.html. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. There is a limit of one entry per student. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Penny Byler at (662) 686-3154 or Brenda Marshall at (662) 686-3152.

Feb. 18: Crittenden County Winter Production Meeting, Crittenden County Extension office, Marion, Ark. Meeting to begin at 9:00 a.m. Crops to be discussed include corn, cotton and grain sorghum. Among University of Arkansas researchers speaking: Glenn Studebaker, Jason Davis, Scott Stiles, Tom Barber and Jason Kelley. For more information visit http://bit.ly/1Kt5591.

Feb. 18: Mississippi State University’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center Annual Producer Advisory Council Meeting, Magnolia Conference Center next to Lee County Agri-Center, Verona, Miss. Agricultural clients will meet with representatives from the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station to discuss outreach and research needs. Free, on-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the. The general session begins at 9 a.m. Agricultural producers from the 27 northeast Mississippi counties served by the center are invited to attend. Fifteen commodity sessions will meet after the general session, including agritourism, aquaculture, beef, cotton, dairy, equine, forestry, ornamentals, peanuts, sweet potatoes, swine, turf, grain crops, goats and sheep, and fruits, nuts and vegetables. Mike McCormick, president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, is the keynote speaker for this year’s meeting. The meeting will end about 2 p.m. Posters highlighting university research on a range of grower interests will be on display from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is provided. Commodity groups will present their priorities after lunch during a general session.

Feb. 18: Cotton Focus - University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Jackson, Tenn. Cotton Focus provides useful information for the upcoming cropping season. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and concludes with a complimentary lunch at noon. There is no cost to attend. Topics include variety performance, weed and pest control, irrigation and more. Program speakers include: Tyson Raper, cotton specialist, UTIA; Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist, Mississippi State University; Larry Steckel, row crop weed specialist, UTIA; Aaron Smith, crop marketing specialist, UTIA; Heather Kelly, field crops pathologist, UTIA; Craig Brown, vice president of producer affairs, National Cotton Council; Scott Stewart, entomologist, UTIA; Mike Buschermohle, precision agriculture specialist, UTIA; and Gus Lorenz, entomologist, University of Arkansas. A complete program agenda can be viewed online at the West Tennessee AgResearch Center’s website: west.tennessee.edu, or call (731) 425-4707 for more details. Continuing education units (CEUs) will be available for pesticide applicators and certified crop advisors. The West Tennessee AgResearch Center is located at 605 Airways Boulevard in Jackson, Tenn.

Feb. 22-29

Feb. 22: Memphis Ag Club Meeting & Lunch at the Agricenter International C Wing, Memphis, Tenn. Noon. The February speaker will be Scott Stewart with University of Tennessee Extension, speaking on the topic of Agriculture and Pollinator Health. The cost is $10 for the lunch. For more information, contact Hillary Spain at hillary@progenyag.com.

Feb. 22: Water: Your Farm, Your Finances and Your Future, Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart, Ark. For more information, contact Debbie Moreland at (501) 582-2915.

Feb. 23: Clay/Greene Counties Winter Production Meeting, Rector Community Center, Rector, Ark. Meeting begins at 8: 00 a.m. Cotton will be the focus. Among University of Arkansas researchers speaking: Bill Robertson, Tom Barber, Gus Lorenz, Terry Kirkpatrick and Scott Stiles. For more information visit http://bit.ly/1Kt5591.

Feb. 24: Arkansas Rice Growers Association Membership Meeting, Brinkley Convention Center, Brinkley, Ark. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Meeting starts at 9 a.m. Gary Billups with Zaccaria USA will talk about efforts to change the way rice milling yield is determined to PAZ technology. Billups will demonstrate a small, affordable, on-farm rice mill. Dennis Delaughter with Progressive Farm Futures will give a grain market report and Eric j Wailes, University of Arkansas economist, will talk about emerging markets (Africa, Asia, China, Cuba), the TPP and other trade agreements. Mark Pousan will talk about success in Louisiana with direct sales into Mexico. The economics of grain bins, for the farmer and the landlord, will be discussed. Greg Yielding will talk about the China protocols and other USRPA/ARGA promotional activities. For membership information call (870) 375-4278 or download the membership form at arkansasricegrowers.com. Memberships also available at the door. Lunch will be served.

Feb. 25: Clay County Winter Production Meeting, Rector Community Center, Rector, Ark. Meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. Feed grains will be the focus. Among University of Arkansas researchers speaking: Jason Kelley, Glenn Studebaker, Tom Barber, Travis Faske and Scott Stiles. For more information visit http://bit.ly/1Kt5591.

Feb. 25: LSU AgCenter Meeting for Rice and Soybean Farmers, St. Martin Parish Extension Office, Breaux Bridge, La. The session will begin at 5 p.m. Topics include new rice varieties, rice and soybean weed control, fertility, soybean disease and insect control, and soybean agronomics.

Feb. 25: Winter Row Crop Marketing Meeting, Braden Station Restaurant, 189 Hwy 59, Mason, Tenn. Fayette County Extension Office along with Chuck Danehower with the University of Tennessee and Bunge will be hosting the meeting. Starts at 11:30 a.m. UT and Bunge will present the market outlook, marketing programs and other marketing information after lunch. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu.

Feb. 25-26: USDA 2016 Agricultural Outlook Forum: Transforming Agriculture, Blending Technology and Tradition, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Va. Register and view the complete program at: www.usda.gov/oce/forum. Keynote speaker: Howard Buffett, CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Dinner speaker: Mitch E. Daniels Jr., president of Purdue University and former Governor of Indiana, Plenary panel: “Providing Leadership for Present and Future Generations in the Transformation of Agriculture” featuring distinguished leaders from academia, farming and industry, 2016 Economic Outlook for Agriculture. Sessions include: Ag Talent Pipeline, Land & Tenure Transition, International Trade, Commodity Outlooks, Food Price Outlook, Future of Ag Credit.

Feb. 26-27: 2016 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tenn. The South’s largest indoor farm show. Co-sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners and Delta Farm Press. More than 400 exhibitors on hand to interact with showgoers as they look over the latest equipment, new technology, and products and services. Ag Update seminars, held Friday and Saturday mornings at 8:30 in the Lobby Meeting Room, will provide the latest information on cotton, grains, rice, and wheat, as well as industry outlooks. Farmers and others planning to attend the show are encouraged to pre-register online at farmandginshow.com — just click on “attendee registration” and complete the information form. Those who pre-register are also eligible to win a $1,000 cash prize. Returning in 2016 will be another meal packaging event to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank. FFA Students from Tennessee and surrounding states participate in the event which is designed to package nutritious meals for those in need. Last year, the students packaged more than 35,000 meals. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday. For more information, visit the website at www.farmandginshow.com, or call (901) 947.3104.

March

March 1-2: 26th Annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course, Eagle Ridge Conference Center, Raymond, Miss. Information at http://greenhousetomatosc.com. Registration: see website. Exhibitors: There is still room for more. See the website. A greenhouse tour will be available this year (included with your registration). Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenhouseTomatoShortCourse.

March 3: Craighead County Winter Production Meeting, Craighead County Extension office, Jonesboro, Ark. Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. Crops to be discussed include peanut and cotton. University of Arkansas researchers speaking include Travis Faske and Bill Robertson. For more information visit http://bit.ly/1Kt5591.

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.

March 11: Arkansas Grazing Lands Conference, Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, Ozark, Ark.

March 19: 20th Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers Field Day, Iberia Research Station, Jeanerette, La. Registration starts at 8 .m. Indoor program includes: Veterinary feed directive-what you need to know, Dr. Christine Navarre; Use of apps in agriculture, Dr. Stuart Gauthier; Understanding soil analysis results, Blair Hebert; Master Farmer Program, William Hogan. Outdoor program includes: Proper vaccination and deworming practices, Andrew Granger, Stan Dutile, and Dr. Stuart Gauthier; Fertilization of hay meadows, Dr. Ed Twidwell; Use of Prowl H2O in hay meadows, Dr. Ron Strahan; Stocking rate/supplementation of stockers, Dr. Guillermo Scaglia; and Master Cattleman graduation ceremony, Stan Dutile/Andrew Granger. Door prizes and lunch provided. Contacts: LCA District VIII Vice President James Leleux (337) 893-8334; LCA Board-Member-at-Large Joe Hidalgo (337) 945-2640; Iberia, Blair Hebert (337) 369-4441; Iberia Research Station, Guillermo Scaglia (337) 276-5527; St. Martin, Stuart Gauthier (337) 332-2181; Lafayette, West St. Mary, and Acadia, Stan Dutile (337) 291-7090; St. Mary, Jimmy Flanagan (337) 828-4100 ext.300; and Vermilion, Andrew Granger (337) 898-4335; Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council, Ed Twidwell (225) 578-4564.

July

July 28: 29th Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day and Crop Variety Demonstrations, North Tract of University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Milan, Tenn. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information: (731) 686-3558, recatmilan@utk.edu or milan.tennessee.edu.