May 18-20: LSU AgCenter Bioenergy Course, 102 Knapp Hall on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La. Hosted by the LSU AgCenter’s Sustainable Bioproducts Initiative. The program will focus on bioenergy feedstock resources, types of biofuels and biomass conversion techniques. It will also cover various types of unit operations related to biomass processing and conversion, including drying, distillation, absorption and separation. A brief introduction to COMSOL computer software and a tutorial session will conclude the course. Pranjali Muley, a postdoctoral researcher in the LSU Cain Department of Chemical Engineering, will be the instructor. The course will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. all three days with breaks for lunch. Registration and additional information are available online by going to www.eventbrite.com and putting “biomass conversion” in the search box.

May 19: Alfalfa Hay Production Field Day, Mississippi State University Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station, 51 Coastal Plain Road outside of Newton, Miss. Production and equipment demonstration. The workshop, which begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m., is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session will involve presentations on alfalfa establishment, fertility management, harvest methods, pest control and economic analyses. The afternoon session will offer a cutting, baling and wrapping demonstration featuring several manufacturers and local equipment dealers. A lunch will be provided. America’s Alfalfa is sponsoring the workshop. To preregister for the free event, contact Jenna Mosely at jlt205@msstate.edu or (601) 683-2084.

May 20: 81st Delta Council Annual Meeting, Bologna Performing Arts Center, Delta State University, Cleveland, Miss.

May 20: Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Field Day, PL88 Farms, located at 5641 Highway 84 in Prentiss. Specialty crop farmers can learn how to build or improve their online presence and expand marketing strategies during the Roberto Gallardo, associate Extension professor and leader of the Intelligent Community Institute at Mississippi State University, will help farmers understand how to use social media and the Internet to process payments and improve customer relations. Laptop computers will be available at the field day, or attendees can bring their own. Elizabeth Myles, a marketing specialist at Alcorn State University, will discuss the importance of planning in marketing and promotion strategies. Participants also will tour and learn about PL88 Farms’ vegetable and watermelon production practices. The field day is free, but preregistration is required. On-site check-in opens at 10 a.m. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Partners and sponsors of the field day include the MSU Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Alcorn State University Extension Program, University of Mississippi Transactional Law Clinic, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, Johnny’s Select Seeds, FarmTek and High Mowing Organic Seeds. For more information, contact Keith Benson, alliance manager, at (601) 988-4999 or keithmdp@yahoo.com.

May 23: Memphis Ag Club Meeting & Lunch, Agricenter International C Wing, Memphis, Tenn. Noon. Dr. Michael Buschermohle, professor in the Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Department at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will speak on the topic: Precision Agriculture has changed how we farm today. The cost to attend is $10 for the lunch. For more information, contact Hillary Spain at hillary@progenyag.com.

May 31-June 2: Annual Rice Market & Technology Convention, Royal Sonest Hotel in Galleria, Houston, Texas. The program includes world class economists, scientists and other industry members. In addition, RMTC hosts breakout sessions, workshops and other case studies, in which all conference delegates have a chance to engage in conversation with these world renowned experts. Keynote speakers this year include Michael T. Scuse, deputy secretary for USDA’s Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, presenting “What is the Future of Ag Politics in the U.S.?” Dr. Robert S. Zeigler, director general and chief executive officer of International Rice Research Institute will present “How Science is Saving the World?” Attendees can take advantage of the Post-Harvest Seminar presented by Mega Dryers and Ag Growth International as well as a tour of Louisiana rice country. Visit the convention website at www.RiceMTConvention.com for details including agenda, sponsors, exhibitors and registration information. For questions, call (713) 974-7423 or email at veronica@usriceproducers.com.

June 13-16: AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Bloomington, Minn. Provides valuable insights and networking for anyone seeking to expand eBusiness in agriculture. The working meeting provides multiple networking opportunities, as well as many open working group sessions where teams discuss ways to advance their collaborative eBusiness initiatives. Registration for the Mid-Year Meeting is $125. More information is available on AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting webpage at www.AgGateway.org.

June 22: University of Tennessee Weed Tour, West Tennessee Research & Education Center, Jackson, Tenn. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. and the tour will begin at 9 a.m. It will end about 11:30 a.m. Breakfast biscuits will be available before the tour starts. The guided tour will cover 60 weed management research tests in corn, soybean and cotton. Most of the research shown will be on management of glyphosate-resistant horseweed and Palmer amaranth. Management of these weeds in Liberty, glyphosate, Xtend and Enlist weed control systems along with some of the new herbicide technology traits on the horizon in cotton and soybeans will be highlighted. Some strategies to manage the increasing problem with glyphosate-resistant grass species as well as glyphosate/PPO resistant Palmer amaranth will be discussed. Cultural weed control practices and many of the newer premixes in corn and soybean will be demonstrated. UT personnel will lead the tour and be available for consultation as well as discussion of issues and product performance.

July 21: Progeny Ag Products Field Day, Research Farm on Hwy 64 in Wynne, Ark. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the first crop tour beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact hillary@progenyag.com.

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.