March 28: UT Extension Workshop: Growing Hops as a Specialty Crop, UT Martin Champions Club, Fourth Floor, Martin, Tenn. To help producers understand the potential for hops as a crop in Tennessee. Will feature hops production information from Extension Specialists David Lockwood and Eric Walker from the Department of Plant Sciences. David Hughes and Aaron Smith from the Department of Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics will cover economic and marketing trends for the crop. The number of participants at each location is limited, so register early to reserve your space. For complete details on workshop topics and to preregister, contact Hannah Wright with the Agricultural and Natural Resources Department, 865-974-1895, email@example.com, or the UT-TSU Extension office associated with the meeting date.
April 5: 29th Annual Florida Parishes Forestry Forum, University Center at Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, La. The forum will begin with registration at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. The theme is “Future of Land Management: Making Decisions for Dollars and Sense.” The forum, which is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, will provide information on local and national trends, emerging markets, options for timbered land and invasive species such as the southern pine beetle. Registration is $20 per person before March 26 and $40 after. The fee includes lunch and refreshments. For more information or to receive a program with a registration form, contact Whitney Wallace at (985) 748-9381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 16: Improve Your Odds for ROI Field Day, Livestock and Forestry Research Station, Batesville, Ark. Value-added calf marketing, cattle genetics and a hands-on livestock workshop top the agenda. Cost is $25 per person and includes materials and lunch. Participants are encouraged to register before the event and let the station know if they plan to take part in the hands-on workshop. To register or obtain more information, contact Jenny Branscum, 870-793-7432. The conference is sponsored in part by Zoetris.
April 25: 66th Southern Hardwood Forest Research Group annual meeting, Capps Entrepreneurial Center, Delta Branch Experiment Station in 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 will be collected to cover meeting handouts, refreshments, a catered lunch, and Continuing Forestry Education Credits. Make checks payable to: Delta Research Foundation. This year’s program theme will focus on Threats to the Bottomland Hardwoods Resource. Presentations addressing invasive plant species will be made by: Dr. Nancy Loewenstein, Extension Specialist, Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University; and Dr. Andy Ezell, retired Forestry Department Head, Mississippi State University. Chronic wasting disease will be discussed by Brian Murphy, CEO/Wildlife Biologist, Quality Deer Management Association, Bogart, Ga. Dr. Diane DeSteven, Dr. Ying Ouyang, and Dr. Emile Gardiner with the Forest Service, Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research, will report on their current research projects. Frank Howell, executive vice president of the Delta Council, will give a status report on congressional support for hardwood research. The meeting will conclude with a summary of the latest research accomplishments at the center presented by the project leader Dr. Ted Leininger. Approval for Continuing Forestry Education credits is currently being sought. The ninth 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.org/southernhardwood.html. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, April 15. There is a limit of one entry per student. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Krystal Nelson at (662) 336-4800) or email@example.com.
June 27: LSU AgCenter Field Expo Day, Dean Lee Research and Extension Center, Alexandria, La. Field crops, beef cattle and forages, horticulture. Industry EXPO -Equipment, Technology, Production & Pest Management Products. Field crops research -Cotton, Corn and Soybean. Beef cattle and forage research. Horticultural demonstrations with LSU AgCenter Super Plants. Youth activities and 4-H Mini Farm. Food Preservation workshop (registration required). Opens at 2:30 p.m. Sponsored meal at 6 p.m. An Interagency Agent Training will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. For details, contact: Tara Smith, LSU AgCenter Regional Director, at 318-473-6520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 11: Summer Celebration, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Jackson, Tenn.
Sept. 4: Cotton Tour, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Jackson, Tenn.