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Annual Arkansas corn, sorghum conferences to be held at Jonesboro, Dumas

Fifth annual Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Producer Conference to be held this week at Jonesboro and Dumas. Program repeated at both locations. For more information about the program contact: Matt King, (501) 228-1297, or Jason Kelley, (501) 749-6207, There is no cost to attend.  

“Records are made to be broken” is among the talks on the agenda for the annual Corn and Grain Sorghum Producer Conference, which will be held in two locations this year: Tuesday in Jonesboro and Thursday in Dumas.

Tuesday’s meeting (Jan. 8) will be held at the Arkansas State University Alumni Center in Jonesboro, and Thursday’s meeting (Jan. 10) will be held at the Dumas Community Center. Registration at both locations opens at 8:30 and the program runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“With explosion in corn acres and interest in sorghum, we are presenting the conference twice, with the same information at both the Jonesboro and Dumas locations,” said Jason Kelley, Extension corn and grain sorghum agronomist for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

“Our meetings will include talks that won’t be heard at county meetings,” he said. “We also have the winner of the National Corn Growers yield contest from Georgia who will talk about how he has been able to grow more than 350-bushel-per-acre corn.”


The agenda:

  • Welcome/2012 Board Report -- David Gammill, Chairman, Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board.
  • Market Outlook and New Market Development -- Ryan Moe, Senior Manager Business Development, Purina Animal Nutrition.
  • Improving Fertilizer Efficiency -- Dr. Trent Roberts, fertility specialist, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
  • Farming: There’s an App for That -- Dr. Dharmendra Saraswat, extension engineer, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
  • Records are made to be broken: Preparing for the 2013 Crop and Managing for Success in 2013 -- Dr. Jason Kelley, corn and grain sorghum specialist, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
  • Panel Discussion/Q&A -- Dr. Jason Kelley, Moderator, with producers, Extension specialists and others.
  • Luncheon Speaker -- Randy Dowdy, Dixie, Ga., National Corn Growers Association corn yield contest winner.
  • The New Norm in Farm Policy: Crop Insurance Workshop, including an overview of Programs -- Rock Davis, director, USDA/Risk Management Agency Jackson, Miss.

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