March 7: Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers Field Day, LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station, Jeanerette, La. 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Activity approved for Master Farmer Phase 2 credit. Indoor program: Best Management practices - preventative medicine, Jacques Fuselier; Bull nutrition and selection, Guillermo Scaglia; Bull selection: 17 years of field data, Stan Dutile. Outdoor program: Cattle handling demonstration on pasture and in pens, Andrew Granger and Stan Dutile; Annual ryegrass evaluation plots, Ed Twidwell; Sprayer calibration, Blair Hebert; Rainfall simulator, NRCS; Cow-calf systems, Guillermo Scaglia; Master Farmer Program, Donna Morgan. Door prizes and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact: Guillermo Scaglia at (337) 276-5527 or at email@example.com.
March 7: Annual Meeting of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association (www.mldda.org), Holiday Inn Executive Center at US Hwy I-70 and Stadium Boulevard (exit 124), Columbia, Mo. Starts at 12:30 p.m. The program includes an afternoon session and an evening session featuring Washington, D.C., legislative and government agency officials speaking about river issues. The evening session begins at 6 p.m. with a steak dinner. Hear from the officials making decisions about flood control, private land use control, and navigation operations. Join in the discussions with the officials. Contact person for the meeting is Tom Waters, president, MLDDA, Orrick, Mo. Phone (816) 770-5562 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 9: The Roy J Smith Barnyardgrass Workshop, Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart, Ark. The workshop — co-sponsored with Delta Farm Press — will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run through 3 p.m. Presenters will highlight the most current research and information on management of barnyardgrass in all Southern crops. In addition to speakers from Arkansas, barnyardgrass experts from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas will present. Little Cypress will cater lunch, which will consist of chicken and sausage gumbo, cajun crawfish maux choux, boiled potatoes, corn, mushrooms, and sausage. Several companies have donated door prizes. The event is free and while preregistration is not required, it is preferred to help with planning for lunch. You can preregister for the meeting by emailing email@example.com. For those needing to stay overnight, hotel reservations can be made at the Days Inn & Suites in Stuttgart at (870) 673-3616. Four hours of CEUs will be available for those that attend. Door prizes include: Dow AgroSciences - Yeti cooler; BASF - Yeti cooler; Practical Weed Consultants - gift card; Syngenta - gift card; FMC - gift card; Bayer CropSciences - gun case; Willowood USA - gift card; RiceTec - gift card; Horizon Ag - gift card and Yeti mug; Valent U.S.A - gift card; RiceCo - 10 gallons of Riceshot LC; Monsanto - gift card; DuPont Crop Protection - Skil handheld drill with carrying case; Gowan - gift card.
March 9: Biodiesel Workshop, Fire County Training Room, 18 N. Hiawatha St., Somerville, Tenn. Starts at 6 p.m. Presented by Fayette County Extension Office. Dinner will be provided. Will cover: Introduction to Biodiesel Production; Feedstocks for Biodiesel Production; Biodiesel Production Demonstration; Economics of small scale Biodiesel Production; and Federal Assistance programs for Biodiesel Production. For more information, contact Jeffery D. Via, Extension Agent at (901) 465-5233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 10: Farm Bill Decision Workshop, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Ark. 6 p.m. ASU College of Agriculture, Computer Lab (AG 242) Contact: email@example.com or (870) 972-2481.
March 10: Cover Crop Road Trip. See what is happening with cover crops in Southeast Missouri. Visiting the farms of Johnny Hunter at Avert, Mo., Keith Mayberry at Bernie, Mo., and Peter Rost at New Madrid, Mo. All three producers planted different species and mixes of cover crops in their fields last fall. See different crop rotations which include beans, rice and corn. Some fields are irrigated and some are non-irrigated. See equipment that is specifically designed for use with cover crops. At 7:30 a.m., meet at Johnny Hunter’s Avert farm for registration, cover crops and demonstrations. At 9 a.m., drive to Bernie to Keith Mayberry’s farm. At 10:20 a.m., Drive to New Madrid to Peter Rost’s farm. Lunch provided. CEUs applied for. RSVP for lunch by March 6: (573) 624-5939 x3. Hosted by Missouri Delta Soil Health Alliance.
March 13: Farm Bill Decision Workshop, East Arkansas Community College, Forrest City, Ark. 10 a.m. Computer Lab (Building C/Lab 1) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 261-1730.
March 17: Farm Bill Decision Workshop, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Ark. 6 p.m. ASU College of Agriculture, Computer Lab (AG 242) Contact: email@example.com or (870) 972-2481.
March 18: National Ag Day
March 20: Farm Bill Decision Workshop, East Arkansas Community College, Wynne, Ark. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Computer Lab Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 238-5745.
March 23: Memphis Ag Club Meeting & Lunch, Agricenter International C Wing, Memphis, Tenn. Noon. Pete Nelson, president of Ag Innovation Group, will be speaking about different ag startup companies. The cost to attend is $10 for the lunch. For more information, please contact Hillary Spain at email@example.com.
April 17: Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference 2014, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn. Hosted by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium. Farm bill implementation, estate planning for Mid-South agriculture, and wind energy and pipeline easement negotiations, are part of the agenda. Led by the National Agricultural Law Center, the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium is a national, multi-institution collaboration that develops and delivers authoritative, timely, and objective agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community. Sponsors of this year’s conference are the Delta Farm Press and the Mississippi Bar Association’s Natural Resources, Environment and Energy Section. This year’s program includes: Agricultural and Environmental Law Update: Recent Trends and Developments; 2014 Farm Bill for Practitioners, Lenders, and Other Ag Professionals; USDA National Appeals Division 101: What You and Your Farm Client Need to Know; Farm Succession and Estate Planning for Mid-South Agriculture; Ethical Considerations for Farm Clients; and Easement Negotiation 101: Focus on Gas Pipelines and Energy Transmission Lines. The program has been approved in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee for five hours of general continuing legal education credit and one hour of ethics credit. Fees for attorneys seeking continuing education credit is $150; for other attendees, not seeking professional credit, $100; for students, the fee is $25. Registration will be available through the National Agricultural Law Center: http://nationalaglawcenter.org/midsouthcle2015/.