The forty-eighth annual Arkansas Soybean Association Business Session and Seminar will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Convention Center (1501 Weatherby Drive) in Brinkley, Ark.

Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m., the program at 9:00 a.m. and the meeting will conclude mid-afternoon. Lunch will be provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.

The program will include a legislative update from the American Soybean Association, a look at the European soybean situation from the United Soybean Board, a report on Arkansas soybeans (where do our beans go?), and a 2012 market outlook. Speakers scheduled at this time are Steve Wellman, President, American Soybean Association; Marc Curtis, Past Chair, United Soybean Board; Grayson Daniels, Vice President of Grain Sales, Riceland Foods; Scott Stiles, Extension Economist, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture; and Jeremy Ross, Extension agronomist – soybeans, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

For a tentative agenda, see here.

During the business session, winners of the 2011 Go for the Green ($$$$) Yield Challenge will be announced and the 2012 DuPont Young Leaders, Reid and Jamie Hornbeck, will be recognized. The association will also present the 2011 Soybean Extension Education Awards.

Agriculture business representatives will be present to answer questions.

The association will also hold a live auction during lunch to raise additional funds for lobbying and special projects. Auction items, provided by members of the soybean industry, include soybean seed, crop protection chemicals, trout fishing, custom applications, pearls, and many other items.

Bobby Swanson, association president, said recently, “This is a busy time of year for all producers and we have designed our meeting to meet the needs of our membership. We are providing information we feel is important to producers in a day.”

All are invited to attend and bring a friend. For more information, call (501) 666-1418 or e-mail swsoy@aristotle.net.