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Delta Farm Press Calendar of Events

To list your organization's special event in the Delta Farm Press Calendar of Events, e-mail details, including contact person, phone number, etc., to: ed.phillips@farmprogress.com.

Jan. 11-16: American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, La. Speakers will deliver updates on the latest national ag issues, as well as strategies to succeed in rural America. The meeting will also feature a trade show where attendees can review the best tools and equipment available to farmers and ranchers.

Jan. 15-16: Annual Soil Health Summit, Hyatt Regency – St. Louis at the Arch, St. Louis, Mo. For the first time, the Soil Health Partnership has opened the summit to the public. Attendees will benefit from peer-to-peer networking, collaboration, and education on the latest in soil health strategies, including new data and insights from SHP. The SHP’s long-term data collection effort measures the on-farm economic and environmental impact of practices known to improve soil health and sustainability. Those practices include reducing tillage, growing cover crops and practicing advanced nutrient management. Registration is open from the Soil Health Summit website. The registration fee for the two-day event is just $100 for farmers and educators. The cost for other attendees is $250. This registration fee includes the event meals, all sessions, and a reception. A few select exhibitors will also have educational booths. General sessions will feature top environmental groups and food companies on why this effort is key to their businesses and sustainability strategies. An initiative of the National Corn Growers Association, the Soil Health Partnership works closely with diverse organizations including commodity groups, industry, foundations, federal agencies, universities and well-known environmental groups toward common goals.

Jan. 16: Southeast Missouri Regional Soybean Meeting, Miner Convention Center – Miner, Mo. Registration at 8 a.m., meeting 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Contact Anthony Ohmes (573) 243-3581 or David Reinbott 573-545-3516 for more information.

Jan. 16: Arkansas Soybean Association Annual Meeting of Membership, Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart Ark. Registration will open at 8:15 a.m. and program will begin at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided and the meeting will conclude shortly after lunch. Program to include info on spray technology for dicamba products, update on exports opportunities, Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Contest awards and more. For additional information, please contact the office at swsoy@aristotle.net or 501-666-1418.

Jan. 16: Precision Planting Winter Conference will be simulcast live in Starkville, Miss. The live event will take place at the Precision Planting corporate headquarters in Tremont, Ill. The annual Winter Conference attracts thousands of growers from around the world who are looking to improve upon their equipment, learn about new precision ag technologies to help them be more productive, and gain more insight into leading agronomic strategies. Anyone interested in attending can register at: http://bit.ly/2BWnTl8.

Jan. 17-18: International Agricultural Markets Workshop, Bost Extension Center auditorium, Starkville, Miss. Hosted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Topics will include banking, business basics, product branding, shipping services, food safety registrations, building relationships with buyers, and using assistance from state organizations to connect with markets. The day will conclude with a roundtable discussion with all the speakers and a dinner with keynote speaker Mike McCormick, Mississippi Farm Bureau president. The MSU Extension Center for Technology Outreach will cover a wide range of topics related to agricultural marketing on the second day. Topics will include implementing mobile commerce, the importance of an online presence, using social media platforms to promote products, cyber security and safety, and creating and maintaining a business website. Sessions begin each day at 8 a.m. and will end at 1 p.m., Jan. 18. Registration is $30 in advance and $40 at the door. The fee includes lunch and dinner on Jan. 17 and breakfast the following day. To register online, visit http://bit.ly/2GEdgZP.

Jan. 18: 2019 Ag Expo Forestry Forum, West Monroe Convention Center, West Monroe, La. The program will cover a wide range of topics, all of which are important to area timberland owners, forestry consultants and industry partners. The LSU AgCenter and the Northeast Louisiana Agri-Business Council are sponsoring the forum. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the meeting is from 8:30 until noon. Monroe attorney and tree farmer Paul Spillers will review tax topics for timberland owners, and Buck Vandersteen, executive director of the Louisiana Forestry Association, will provide forest industry updates. AgCenter economist Shaun Tanger will cover timber market opportunities for northeast Louisiana, and AgCenter wildlife specialist Ashley Long will discuss wildlife management. AgCenter forestry specialist Michael Blazier will present information on The Morehouse Project, a new venture to enhance the health of northeast Louisiana and southeast Arkansas forests. Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist Kevin Norton will review the farm bill, and NRCS state forester Rick Williams will discuss tree value, harvesting and forestry best management practices. Kim Tolson will review activities of the Louisiana Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force. Tolson is a professor of biology at the University of Louisiana Monroe and serves as the chairman of the task force. Early registration is $15 by Jan. 11. Registration is $20 at the door. One adult admission to Ag Expo is included in the fee. Checks should be made payable to Catahoula ANR and mailed to LSU AgCenter, P.O. Box 160, Harrisonburg, LA 71340. Include “Forestry Forum” on the memo line. The West Monroe Convention Center is located at 901 Ridge Ave, West Monroe, La.

Jan. 22: Winter Production Meeting, Lone Oaks Farm,10000 Lake Hardeman Rd. Middleton, Tenn. Hosted by Fayette County and Hardeman County, Tenn., Extension offices. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. Speaking at the meeting will be: Dr. Tyson Raper, UT Cotton Specialist, Dr. Larry Steckel, UT Weed Specialist, and Dr. Scott Stewart, UT Entomologist. Following the speakers a lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu or Josh German at (731) 658-2421 or josmgerm@utk.edu.

Jan. 22-23: 2019 Louisiana Ag Industries Association annual meeting, Paragon Casino Resort and Hotel Marksville, La. Representatives from the seed, chemical, fertilizer, grain, and feed industries will hear presentations on GMO technologies, drone applications, the “Fieldview” program, grain and fertilizer market outlooks for 2019, and other timely, market-driven information. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 with a business session and luncheon, followed by a 4-man golf scramble tournament at Tamahka Trails Golf Club. The meeting will resume at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at noon on Jan. 23. Registration will be $125 for current members and $175 for non-members. All agricultural industry, university, state and federal agency personnel are encouraged and invited to attend. Contact Donna Morgan at LAIA2018@outlook.com or (318) 613-9278 for more information.

Jan. 23-26: Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference, Little Rock, Ark. Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s 28th annual conference is for serious organic and sustainable producers, farm to school participants, urban farmers or those interested in creating more vibrant community food systems in the South. The event offers informative pre-conference courses and field trips, practical conference sessions, networking and a trade show. Each year, participants go home with information to use immediately to improve their operations. Schedule available at: https://www.ssawg.org/conference.

Jan. 24: Missouri Cotton Production and Outlook Conference, Fisher Delta Research Center, Portageville, Mo. 8 a.m. registration. Topics: Cotton OVT results from 2018; Cotton irrigation; Cotton Seedling Vigor; Open Forum with Cotton Specialist Dr. Calvin Meeks; Weed Control; Cotton Defoliation; Cotton Outlook and Marketing. Lunch. Contact Calvin Meeks, 573-379-5431 or Mike Milam, 573- 888-4722 for more information.

Jan. 24: 2019 General Pest Management Workshop, Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center, Raymond, Miss. Experts with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will discuss insect management, weed control, disease management, and pesticide safety and regulations related to various agricultural and horticultural industries. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. The program begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Preregistration is required by Jan. 17 and costs $20 per person. Lunch is included. To register after Jan. 17, contact Rebecca Melanson at 601-857-2284 to check seating availability. To print a mail-in registration form and to view the complete agenda, visit the MSU Extension Service website at https://bit.ly/2By0K8b.

Jan. 25-26: The 6th Annual Cleveland Farm Toy Show, Bolivar County Expo Center, Cleveland, Miss. The show is open Friday 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $2; Children 12 and under are free. Buy, sell, or trade farm toys, trucks, and more. For more info call Blake Andrews at (662) 588-0677 or go to Facebook.com/ClevelandFarmToyShow.

Jan. 29: LSU AgCenter Conference on Data and Technology, State Evacuation Shelter on U.S. Highway 71 near Alexandria, La. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Several AgCenter experts will present information about digital and precision agriculture — fields of study that deal with using technology to collect and interpret data to make farming more efficient. Terry Griffin, an assistant professor at Kansas State University, will deliver a keynote address on the value of “big data” to agriculture. After a lunch break, Louisiana farmers will take part in a panel discussion on data topics. The conference also will feature a trade show, giving attendees a chance to talk to representatives of leading Louisiana agri-businesses. Vendors interested in having a booth should contact AgCenter agent R.L. Frazier at RFrazier@agcenter.lsu.edu. Registration for this free event is required at http://bit.ly/2Qcz8Qo.

Jan. 29: 2019 Clay/Greene County (Arkansas) Corn & Cotton Production Meeting, Rector Community Center, Rector, Ark. Starts at 8 a.m. The program includes: Cotton Variety Trial Report, Allison Howell, County Extension Agent – Agriculture; Cotton Production Update, Bill Robertson, Extension Cotton Agronomist; Cotton/Corn Insect Control, Glenn Studebaker, Extension Entomologist; Corn Update, Jason Kelly, Extension Corn Agronomist; Corn and Cotton Weed Control. Tom Barber, Extension Weed Specialist; Economic Outlooks for the Corn and Cotton Market, Scott Stiles, Extension Economist; Chicken Litter Use, Leo Espinoza, Extension Soil Scientist. Lunch will be 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Hen House.

Jan. 29-30: 14th Annual Mississippi Peanut Growers Association Meeting and Trade Show, Lake Terrace Convention Center, Hattiesburg, Miss. Registration begins at 1 p.m. on Jan. 29.

Jan. 30: 21st Annual Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference & Expo 2019, First National Bank Arena-Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Ark. 8 a.m. to 3 pm. CCA credits: Soils & Water 6, Nutrient Management .5, and SSP .5. Total hours: 7. Will address the latest issues and trends in soil and water conservation. Conference will include a vendor trade show — the ASWEC Expo. The conference cost is $20 per person which includes lunch. To register online visit http://www.AState.edu/ASWEC and click on Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference and Expo 2019. The deadline to register is Jan. 18. Walk-ins are welcome at the cost of $40 per person.  Soil & Water continuing education credits for certified crop advisors will be awarded. For more information, contact Chris Jones at (870) 972-2043 or chrisjones@astate.edu.

Jan. 30-31: 10th annual University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry Symposium, Bond Life Sciences Center on the MU campus, Columbia, Mo. Focuses on entrepreneurship and research. A reception, poster session and demonstrations wrap up the event. Register to attend at goo.gl/iywnii. Join the livestream at goo.gl/qtzbZa.

Jan. 31 – Feb. 1: 22nd Annual National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference, Southern Corn & Soybean Conference, Southern Precision Ag Conference and Delta States Irrigation Conference, Crowne Plaza, Baton Rouge, La. For more information go to www.mafg.net (click on conference button on right, then scroll down for conference/hotel information.

Feb. 5: Middle Tennessee Grain Conference, Coffee County Fairgrounds, Manchester, Tenn. The conference, hosted by University of Tennessee Extension and Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension, will offer farmers practical insight to a number of emerging corn, soybean and wheat production concerns. Will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Registration is $10 and preregistration is available through UT-TSU Extension county offices. Registration fees cover the cost of program materials, refreshments, lunch, conference proceedings and one conference hat per person. The Middle Tennessee Grain Conference will feature more than 30 vendors who will showcase what is new and useful in the agricultural industry. At 8:30 a.m. the conference will begin, and a slate of speakers will address timely topics and practices associated with corn, wheat and soybean production. Lunch will be catered and is sponsored by the Tennessee Farmers Cooperative. Following the end of the conference and starting promptly at 3 p.m., there will be an opportunity to attend the Dicamba Certification Training. Cost of the training is an additional $25 per person to be paid on-site at the time of training. For complete details on conference topics and to preregister, contact your local UT-TSU Extension office.

Feb. 5: Rice and Soybean Production Meeting, MB Ainley Community Center, Corning, Ark. The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. Speakers will provide the latest research based information concerning rice and soybean production: Ray Sufczynski, NRCS programs update; Daniel Baldwin, NRCS incentive programs; Chris Elkins, soybean production updates; Dr. Trenton Roberts, soil fertility update; Dr. Chuck Wilson, rice research update. Industry representatives will be on hand providing product information the area. Credits will be offered for certified crop advisors. Lunch will be provided. For more information contact Stewart Runsick at (870) 631-1066 or srunsick@uaex.edu.

Feb. 5: Fayette County, Tenn., Extension UAV (Drone) Meeting, Rube Rhea’s Farm Shop,15480 Hwy 64 S., Somerville, Tenn. Starting at 5 p.m. University of Tennessee personnel will discuss the topic of drones, the regulations, and applications. Following the speakers a supper will be provided. Plans are to conduct a dicamba training following supper. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu.

Feb. 5-6: Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association 46th Annual Conference, Bost Extension Center, Mississippi State University. MACA committee meetings and exhibitor setup will be on Monday afternoon, Feb. 4, and the conference will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, ending on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 6. Pre-registration ($65) deadline is Jan. 28 or you may register at the door ($80). Lunch is included with registration fee. CCA CEUs and license renewal are available at the conference. Registration form, agenda and other information are available on the MACA website, http://www.msagconsultants.com/. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Bullard at msagconsultants@gmail.com or (662) 561-2348.

Feb. 5-7: The Pesticide Stewardship Annual Conference, Savannah, Ga. The agenda has been posted at https://tpsalliance.org/2019-conference-introduction/conference-agenda/. There are two tracks: Containers and Disposal track and Pesticide track. The Container and Disposal track will have info on IBCs, pesticide plastics, tank integrity, rinsate, storage and state programs. The Pesticide track will feature information on precision agriculture, Section 25(B), label summary sheet, paraquat, closed systems loading of liquids, pollinators, dicamba and respirators. The keynote on Wednesday will feature Ben Buckner, AgResource Company, and on Thursday the keynote speaker will be Gary W. Black, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture. Details to reserve a hotel room are available at https://tpsalliance.org/2019-conference-introduction/conference-hoteltravel/. The room block closes Jan. 14. You can also register online at https://tpsalliance.org/2019-conference-introduction/conference-registration/  Early registration ends Jan. 14.

Feb. 7: Northeast Louisiana Crops Forum, Delhi Convention Center, Delhi, La. LSU AgCenter experts will present the latest research updates in corn, cotton and soybean production. Forum topics will include insect and weed resistance management, cover crops and cover crop termination recommendations, wildlife damage management, 2018 farm bill highlights and commodity outlook updates. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks at 9. A sponsored lunch will be served at noon. The Delhi Convention Center is located at 108 Denver St. The meeting is approved for recertification for Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Private Pesticide Applicator cards that expire March 31, 2019. For more information, contact Garner at bgarner@agcenter.lsu.edu or 318-428-3571.

Feb. 11-13: 2019 Louisiana Agricultural Technology & Management Conference (sponsored by the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association), Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, La. Jay Mahaffey will be featured in the pre-conference symposium on the first morning, talking about good agronomics and decision-making in grain crops and cotton. Attendance in this symposium will be limited, and pre-registration is required. In addition to the general sessions where presentations will include factors influencing fertility in soil to the latest in precision ag, there will be specific crop breakout sessions on cotton, rice, and sugarcane. Technical presentations during meals (breakfasts and luncheons) will be given by sponsoring sustaining members. A mixer will be held after sessions on Feb. 11 to allow a time of networking among peers. The conference provides recertification of consultant and commercial applicator licenses. CCA CEUs are also available. The preliminary program will be emailed to LACA members and past attendees on or about Dec. 20 and will also be posted on the LACA website at www.laca1.org no later than Dec. 31. Contact Denise Wright, Executive Director by email, denise@laca1.org, or phone, 337-945-3694 (m) for more information.

Feb. 12: Mississippi Rice Winter Meeting, Bolivar County Extension Office, Cleveland, Miss. Tina Manning: tmanning@deltacouncil.org.

Feb. 12: Surge/Soil Moisture Sensor School, McCrory Civic Center, McCrory, Ark. Conducted by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture irrigation team. Will cover use, layout and programming of surge valves for different soil types and conditions. Provides the basics of soil moisture sensors and how to use them to schedule irrigation. Participants will make a set of Watermark sensors in the school and are provided a slide hammer, installation tools and a manual reader, all of which are used in the school. The cost of the school is $500, which includes four sensors, a slide hammer installation tool and a manual reader for those that do not have the tools needed to use sensors. The industry has provided a deep discount on the supplies needed to get started with sensors, so that participants can get the tools they need to use sensors effectively for irrigation. The number of participants is limited to 15-20 people. Supported by the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Feb. 13: Arkansas State University Agribusiness Conference, A-State Fowler Center and First National Bank Arena, Jonesboro, Ark. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Fowler Center. The morning general session features presentations on farm management, the impact of the 2018 elections, international trade policy, and the new farm bill. Lunch will be served in the First National Bank Arena at noon. Afternoon sessions include presentations on industry trends and issues for the rice, cotton, poultry, and beef markets. A complete conference program and online registration EW available at AState.edu/agribusconf. Admission to the conference and luncheon is free, but pre-registration is encouraged. For more information contact Astate_Agribus_Conf@astate.edu or (870) 972-3221.

Feb. 14: Northeast Louisiana Rice Winter Meeting, Iona Golf Club, Rayville, La. 8:30 a.m. Registration. 9 a.m. Meeting callrf to order. Keith Collins: kcollins@agctr.lsu.edu.

Feb. 14: Central Louisiana Rice Winter Meeting, Rocky’s Tails and Shells Restaurant, Bunkie, La. 6 p.m. Meeting called to order. Phillip Lamartiniere ricefarm@bellsouth.net.

Feb. 21: Fayette County, Tenn., Row Crop Marketing Meeting, Braden Station Restaurant, 189 Hwy 59 Mason, Tenn. Starting at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Aaron Smith with The University of Tennessee and Bunge will present the market outlook and other marketing information after a provided lunch. May include a dicamba training following speakers. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu.

Feb. 21-22: 95th Annual USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. The forum, which is being held under the theme “Growing Locally, Selling Globally,” highlights current issues and trends affecting agricultural production and global markets. It offers a platform for exchanging ideas, information and best practices among producers, processors, policymakers, government officials, and non-governmental organizations, both domestic and foreign. Concurrent sessions will explore topics such as global trade trends, innovations in agriculture, developments in animal and crop biotechnology, frontiers in conservation, and outlooks for food and commodity markets. An exhibit hall will showcase resources from USDA agencies and private organizations. Speakers at the 2019 forum will include U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and other senior USDA officials; guest speakers from the agricultural sector; and plenary sessions with agricultural industry leaders. USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson will present the 2019 Economic Outlook for Agriculture. Visit the Agricultural Outlook Forum website (http://bit.ly/2019AgOutlookForum) to register, reserve discounted room rates, join the pre-forum field trip, or apply for the USDA Future Leaders in Agriculture Program.

Feb. 26 Crops and Cattle Forum, State Evacuation Shelter in Alexandria, La. Farmers can get the latest research updates and recertify private pesticide applicator licenses. AgCenter experts will address a wide range of topics, including corn hybrid and cotton variety selection, redbanded stink bug control, Bt cotton and seed treatments in corn, use of body condition scoring in beef cattle and identification and control of problem weeds in pastures and hay meadows. Presentations also will cover disease management and soybean updates, weed management strategies and spring burndown practices, the 2018 farm bill and a 2019 market outlook. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. A sponsored lunch will be served at noon. Producers will get information on pesticide drift management and hear updates on worker protection standards, record keeping and pollinator protection strategies.

Feb. 26-27: Bayer AgVocacy Forum, Hilton, Orlando, Fla. Influential thought leaders and stakeholders in agriculture and food talk about important topics and pressing issues facing these industries and society today. At the 14th annual forum, participants will discuss how new approaches to innovation and emerging technologies are impacting the agriculture and food industries, as well as the actions needed to engage the next generation, expand diversity in the industry, and increase consumer acceptance of modern ag technologies to benefit growers, people and the planet. Email Susan Luke at susan.luke.ext@bayer.com if you have any questions.

Feb. 27: Surge/Soil Moisture Sensor School, Tri-County Farmers North Plant, Brinkley, Ark. Conducted by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture irrigation team. Will cover use, layout and programming of surge valves for different soil types and conditions. Provides the basics of soil moisture sensors and how to use them to schedule irrigation. Participants will make a set of Watermark sensors in the school and are provided a slide hammer, installation tools and a manual reader, all of which are used in the school. The cost of the school is $500, which includes four sensors, a slide hammer installation tool and a manual reader for those that do not have the tools needed to use sensors. The industry has provided a deep discount on the supplies needed to get started with sensors, so that participants can get the tools they need to use sensors effectively for irrigation. The number of participants is limited to 15-20 people. Supported by the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

Feb. 28-March 2: Commodity Classic, Orlando, Fla. Educational sessions will cover a wide range of important topics including soil health, grain marketing, farm policy, cover crops, farm succession planning, nutrient stewardship, weed and herbicide management, rural economic development, soybean cyst nematode (SCN), wheat yields, Blockchain technology, corn residue, weather trends and more. The 2019 Commodity Classic will offer nearly 50 educational sessions including Learning Centers, Early Risers, What’s New, Mini What’s New and additional presentations on the Main Stage on the trade show floor.  Applicable educational sessions are offered at no extra charge for the days for which an attendee is registered. Registration and housing for the 2019 Commodity Classic is now open. To register, reserve hotel rooms and sign up for email updates, visit CommodityClassic.com. Early bird discounts on registration end Jan. 10.

March 1-2: Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tenn. Sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation and Delta Farm Press, the South’s largest indoor farm show will include some 400 exhibitors. In addition to seeing the latest innovations in machinery, equipment, and crop genetics, farmers will have face-to-face access to industry experts who can provide valuable information they can use to enhance their profitability. Informational Ag Update education seminars will be held Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, beginning at 8:30 a.m. These sessions will feature outlooks for grain and cotton, and comments from cotton industry officials. The seminars will provide information to address key industry issues. Admission is free, but registration is required to visit the show areas. Online registration is open at http://www.farmandginshow.com/. Click on “attendee registration” and follow the prompts. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 1, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 2. To download the show app, search for Mid-South Farm and Gin Show at your app store. The app will have loads of information about the show, including maps for exhibitors, seminar schedules, speaker bios, and more. For additional information, contact Tim Price at (901) 947.3104 or visit the official show website at http://www.farmandginshow.com/.

March 5: Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council Forage Conference, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Jackson, Tenn. The conference will focus on practices that livestock producers can use to be more efficient in their forage programs. The meeting will begin with a dinner at 5:30 p.m. CST, with the program starting at 6 p.m. Registration for this meeting is $25, which includes dinner and a one-year membership in the TFGC. For more information contact Gary Bates by email at gbates@utk.edu or by phone at 865-974-7208.

March 9: Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers Field Day, Iberia Research Station, Jeanerette, La. 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Approved for Master Farmer Phase 2 credit. Indoor Program: Toxic Plants for Beef Cattle; Mouthing Cows for Age Estimation; Market Update. Outdoor Program: Mouthing Cows for Age Estimation — Live Demonstration; Nitrogen Fertilizer Sources — Field Demonstration; Forages, Supplements, and Digestion: What Happens in the Rumen? Also: Louisiana Master Farmer Program Update. Door prizes and lunch provided.

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, hwrigh13@utk.edu, or the UT-TSU Extension office associated with the meeting date.

July 11: Summer Celebration, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Jackson, Tenn.

Sept. 4: Cotton Tour, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Jackson, Tenn.

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