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Delta Farm Press Calendar of Events

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Nov. 13: LSU AgCenter Industrial Hemp Meeting, State Evacuation Shelter on U.S. Highway 71 south of Alexandria, La. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The event will feature presentations by hemp researchers, producers and processors from other states as well as AgCenter and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry personnel. State Rep. Clay Schexnayder, who authored the bill that paved the way for industrial hemp legalization in Louisiana, also will speak. It is anticipated that Louisiana’s state plan and federal regulations will be in place to accommodate the 2020 planting season. Those interested in attending the meeting must register and pay a $25 fee in advance. For a $150 fee, vendors can sign up for an exhibit table. Information on how to register is available at Send questions to Ashley Mullens at

Nov. 16: University of Missouri Extension Industrial Hemp Workshop, MU Extension Center in Warren County, 107 W. Walton St., Warrenton, Mo.Speakers will include MU Extension specialists, the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s hemp program director, Missouri Hemp Trade Association representatives, and hemp growers and processors. It is important that growers understand the investment costs and potential risks before entering this new market. Speakers will give a legislative summary and regulatory update and cover topics such as agronomy practices and pests, industry outlook, crop enterprise budgets, processing, contracts and more. The workshop runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register online at or call (636) 456-3444 by Nov. 14. Contact Justin Keay at or (314) 400-7388 for more information.

Nov. 21: 2019 Delta Area Rice Meeting, Bolivar County Extension office, Cleveland, Miss. Mississippi rice producers, industry professionals, and other interested parties are invited to listen to presentations from MSU research and Extension faculty on a wide range of topics. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude with lunch. For more information contact Bobby Golden (662)-769-0274.

Nov. 21-22: Small Farm Program Borrower Training, S.J. Parker Agricultural Research Center Conference Room University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Ark. The course begins at 8 a.m. each day and ends at 5 p.m. Producers will undergo two days of intensive education consisting of 12 hours of farm business training and six hours of production, crop or livestock, training. This is required for many new or beginning Farm Service Agency borrowers or for farmers receiving a second year loan or other FSA loans. Producers will have required homework and be tested at the end of the training. They will receive a score of 1 to 3. A score of 1 or 2 is needed to pass the course. The score will be sent to the USDA FSA state office and to the borrower’s local FSA loan officer. The cost for the training is $300 per person. Fees will be collected on the first day of the course. Only a cashier’s check or money order, made payable to UAPB Small Farm Program, will be accepted. The S.J. Parker Agricultural Research Center is located at 2101 Oliver Road, off University Drive, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Those interested in taking the course should contact the Small Farm Program at (870) 575-7226 or 7225.

Nov. 25-26: Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Meeting, Fisher Delta Research Center, Portageville, Mo. 16 hours of CEU have been approved in IPM, crops, nutrients and soil/water. Monday morning session will be IPM. Crops will be covered Monday afternoon. Tuesday morning session will be nutrient management. Tuesday afternoon session will cover soil and water management. The fee is $50 per session or $180 for all four sessions. For details or specific needs and to register, contact the Delta Center at (573) 379-5431 or Anthony Ohmes at The CCA meeting is information that would be beneficial to producers as well as crop advisors.

Dec. 2-4: 2019 Row Crop Short Course, Cotton Mill Conference Center in Starkville, Miss. Registration is free of charge until Nov. 27.  Registration after Nov. 27, including at the door, will be $40 per person. All meals throughout the event, including the steak and shrimp dinner, are included in the free registration prior to Nov. 27.The preliminary program is available at Online registration is available at: For more information, call Kathy Johnson at 662-325-2311.

Dec. 8-10: USA Rice Outlook, Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Ark. Check for updates.

Dec. 11: Southeast Missouri Regional Corn Meeting, Miner Convention Center, Sikeston, Mo. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dec. 12-13: Ag Council of Arkansas Board of Directors Annual Meeting, Capital Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. The meeting will be an opportunity for Ag Council members and invited guests to network, discuss the 2019 crop year and the 2020 crop year, and make long-range plans for the future. A welcome reception for members, meeting sponsors, and invited guests will follow a business meeting of the board of directors on the evening of Dec. 12. The following morning, members and guests attending the general session will hear from a range of guest speakers covering subject matters including blockchain in agriculture, cotton sustainability initiatives, commodity markets, and other issues facing the row crop industry in Arkansas. Ag Council members and guests wishing to attend should RSVP to More details, including the meeting agenda are linked here:

Dec. 15-17: MU Crop Management Conference, Holiday Inn Express, Columbia, Mo. 19 speakers for 33 sessions in two days. It’s a three-track meeting with speakers from MU and other land-grant universities. The keynote talk looks at hard choices and responses to rural stress. Sean Brotherson, professor from North Dakota, leads off the meeting. MU economist Scott Brown will give price outlooks based on trade, policy, diseases and weather. Agricultural markets feel stresses also. Usual crop management practices reflect many changes in farming. Topics range from flood recovery, increased use of cover crops and never-ending changes in weed control. New this year will be talks on a possibly profitable cash crop — hemp. They’ll talk about fiber varieties, not medicinal. The first session, the keynote, is 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. The conference ends after 3:30 p.m., Dec. 18. Sign-up details and agenda are at The event is part of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Bradley says the annual event fills quickly. He opened enrollment early for the Dec. 17-18 event.


Jan. 10, March 13, April 17, Sept. 11: Advanced Master Cattleman Program, DeWitt Livestock Show Facility. 100 Gregg Marshall Drive, Alexandria, La. (next to LSU-A). 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration starts Sept. 16, 2019. Online registration: Registration fee: $200. Limited to 50 participants. Prerequisites: Master Cattleman graduate, BQA certified, Pesticide applicator permit. Indoor classes: Bull Selection, BQA, Financial Management, Soil Fertility, Diet Formulation, and more. Outdoor classes: Sprayer Calibration, Weed Identification, Grazing Management, Pelvic Area Measurement, and other relevant tasks. If you have special needs or accommodations to take this course, or for more information, contact Dr. G. Scaglia at

Jan. 16: Southeast Missouri Regional Soybean Meeting, Miner Convention Center, Portageville, Mo. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Jan. 22: Southeast Missouri Regional Cotton Meeting, Fisher Delta Research Center – Portageville, Mo. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Feb. 20: Southeast Missouri Regional Rice Meeting, Malden Community Center, Malden, Mo. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Feb. 20-21: 96th Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. The 2020 Forum, “The Innovation Imperative: Shaping the Future of Agriculture,” will feature more than 30 sessions covering topics such as innovations in agriculture, global trade trends, food loss and waste, frontiers in conservation, and the science of food safety. USDA’s chief economist will unveil the department’s outlook for U.S. commodity markets and trade in 2020 and discuss the U.S. farm income situation.

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