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Delta Farm Press Calendar of Events

Meetings, trade shows, field days and conferences for those involved in Mid-South agriculture.

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. 21-23: Arkansas Crop Management Conference, North Little Rock-Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, Little Rock, Ark.

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

Jan. 22: Precision Planting Winter Conference 2020 Live Simulcast from Tremont, Ill., Mill Conference Center, 100 Mercantile Lane, Starkville, Miss. Topics include "Planter Pitfalls that Cause Technology to Fail", a practical session focused on the row unit and toolbar maintenance needed in order to get the most out of planter technology, and "Nutrients and Zones" to show multi-year studies on benefits of feeding the plants in the spring instead of feeding the soil in the fall. Plus many other presentations to help farmer identify and eliminate challenges in 2020. To register for this event, go to https://www.precisionplanting.com/special-event/winterconference.

Jan. 23: Digital Data in Agriculture Conference, State Evacuation Shelter on U.S. Highway 71 south of Alexandria, La. The free event will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lunch will be provided. The theme of this year’s conference is “Practical Applications of Precision Agriculture.” Presentations from AgCenter experts as well as keynote speaker Wesley Porter, a precision agriculture specialist with the University of Georgia, will focus on how farmers can best use data collected during the production season. Additionally, a panel of Louisiana farmers will speak about how they use digital data in their operations. Register for the conference at https://bit.ly/2NvqSIj.

Jan. 27: Clay County Arkansas Rice & Soybean Production Meeting, M.B. Ainley Community Center, Corning, Ark. University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service will conduct the meeting. Begins at 11:30 a.m. CEU credits are available. Extension specialists will make presentations on important production topics including rice and soybean production updates, farm financial management and marketing, irrigation and the farm bill. For additional details contact Stewart Runsick at 870-631-1066 or srunsick@uaex.edu or go to www.uaex.edu/clay.

Jan. 28: Mid-Delta Cotton & Feed Grain Production Meeting, Marianna-L.M. Cotton Research Station, Marianna, Ark. 8:30 a.m.

Jan. 28-29: 15th Annual Mississippi Peanut Growers Association Meeting and Trade Show, Lake Terrace Convention Center, Hattiesburg, Miss. Registration and exhibits open at 1 p.m. on Jan. 28; meeting program at 4 p.m. Meeting resumes at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 29 and concludes at 2:30 pm. MPGA will hold a nominations election to select two nominees each for member and alternate to the National Peanut Board.

Jan. 29: 22nd Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference & Expo, First National Bank Arena, 217 Olympic Drive, on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Ark. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Up to 6.5 hours of Certified Crop Advisers soil and water continuing education units (CEUs) will be offered. Event website: http://bit.ly/2OeWjpw.

Feb. 4: Rice Producer Meeting, Rayville, Civic Center, Rayville, La. Rice farmers will have the opportunity to get the latest recommendations and advice from LSU AgCenter experts in a series of meetings to be held throughout the state in 2020. Don Groth, resident coordinator of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, said farmers will be able to get advice on choosing varieties, land preparation, controlling pests and the new farm bill. In addition, farmers will get updated information on new products and technologies.

Feb. 4-5: 47th Annual Conference of the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association, Bost Extension Center, 190 Bost Extension Drive, Mississippi State University, Starkville. MACA committee meetings and exhibitor set-up will be on Monday afternoon, Feb. 3. The Conference will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, ending on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 5. Pre-registration ($65) deadline is Jan. 24 or you may register at the door ($80). Lunch is included with registration fee. CCA CEU's and license renewal available at the conference. Registration form, agenda and other information is available on the MACA website, www.msagconsultants.com. If you have any questions, contact Carol Bullard at msagconsultants@gmail.com or call (662) 561-2348.

Feb. 6: Beef Forage Meeting, Mid-South Farmers Coop, 17520 Hwy. 64 E, Somerville, Tenn. Hosted by the Fayette County Extension Office and the Fayette County Livestock Association. Starts at 6 p.m. Dr. Gary Bates, UT Forage Specialist will be speaking. A meal will be provided. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu.

Feb. 10: Louisiana Rice Council/Louisiana Rice Growers Association Joint Annual Membership Meeting, Grand Marais Event Center, 919 N Lake Arthur Ave., Jennings, La. Trade Show/LaRPAC Reception opens at 4 p.m. Meeting begins at 5:45 p.m. Contact kwebb@usarice.com for more information or sponsor/exhibitor opportunities.

Feb. 11: Fayette and Hardeman County (Tenn.) Extension Offices Fertilizer Philosophies Meeting, Rhea’s farm shop, 15480 Hwy 64 S. Somerville, Tenn. Starts at 5 p.m. Specialists speaking at this meeting: Dr. Lori Duncan, UT row crop sustainability specialist, and Nutifafa Adotey, UT soil and nutrient management specialist. Following the speakers a meal will be provided and then Private Applicator recertification for those interested. 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.

Feb. 11: CenLA Rice Growers Association Annual Meeting, Rocky’s Tails and Shells Restaurant, 124 Lyle Avenue, Bunkie, La. Starts at 11 a.m. Contact: kwebb@usarice.com for more information.

Feb. 11-12: Midwest Cover Crops Council Annual Conference, KCI Expo Center, Kansas City, Mo. The conference will have sessions on both row crop and cattle operations due to the large number of producers in the Kansas City area producing both grain and livestock. Speakers include faculty from University of Missouri, University of Nebraska and Kansas State University, as well as cattle producers and representatives from cattle companies and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Sessions include: Selecting and managing cover crops. Weed and herbicide interactions using cover crops. Incorporating cover crops in cattle operations. Cover crop environmental and economic benefits. Cash crop interactions with cover crops. Farmer panel discussion. Sessions will look at using cover crops in row crop production, livestock and grazing, as well as environmental and economic issues. Details are available at mccc.msu.edu/about/meetings. The meeting is open to the public. Register online at cvent.me/E5WdBD or mccc.msu.edu/about/meetings. Event sponsors include MU Extension, K-State Research and Extension, University of Nebraska Extension and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Feb. 12: Arkansas State University’s annual Agribusiness Conference, Arkansas State’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro, Ark. Will focus on the Arkansas and rural economy, agricultural legal issues, trade and farm policy, and the agricultural credit and commodity markets. On-site registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Lunch will be served. Afternoon sessions end at 3:30 p.m. Michael Pakko, chief economist and state economic forecaster at the UALR Economic Development Institute, will discuss the U.S. and Arkansas economy and implications for rural Arkansas. Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center, will give an update on agricultural legal issues. Darci Vetter, vice-chair for agriculture, food and trade with Edelman North America and a former chief agricultural negotiator in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, will discuss the agricultural trade situation and the outlook for trade policy. The luncheon speaker is Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward. Afternoon special interest sessions include an update on agricultural credit and farmland markets; the outlook for rice, soybean, and cotton markets; and poultry and beef market trends. The conference qualifies for continuing education. Admission to the conference and luncheon is free, but pre-registration is encouraged. Detailed conference information and online registration are available at AState.edu/agribusconf. To register by phone, contact the College of Agriculture, (870) 972-3221, or email AState_Agribus_Conf@AState.edu.

Feb. 12: Soybean and Rice Production Meeting (Phillips and Lee counties), Marianna-L.M. Cotton Research Station, Marianna, Ark. 8:30 a.m.

Feb. 12-14: Louisiana Agricultural Technology & Management Conference sponsored by the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association, Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville, La. Presentations will range from understanding the risk in regards to glyphosate to failed applications due to water quality to economics of precision ag, and more. There will be specific crop breakout sessions on cotton, rice, and sugarcane. Over 30 sustaining members will be exhibiting, and the majority will be participating in emerging technology presentations during the conference. Four $2,000 scholarships, funded by sustaining members, will be awarded to qualifying students. Technical presentations during meals (breakfasts and luncheons) will be given by sponsoring sustaining members. A mixer will be held after sessions on Wednesday 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 available on the LACA website at www.laca1.org. For more information, contact Denise Wright, Executive Director, at denise@laca1.org or phone (337) 945-3694 (m).

Feb: 13-14: Master Beef Program, Hardeman County, Tenn., Extension Office, 210 Vildo Rd. Bolivar, Tenn. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Hosted by the Fayette, Hardeman, and Tipton County Extension Offices. Agents and specialists will be speaking at the meeting include: Dr. Andrew Griffith on Marketing and Management; Brian White on Genetics/Reproduction; Dr. Lew Strickland on Herd Health; Julie Giles on Farm Security; Dr. Pat Keyser on Forages; Barry Gray on Handling Facilities; and Kathy Moore on TAEP. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu, Becky Muller at (901) 476-0231 or beckymuller@utk.edu, or Lee Sammons at (731) 658-2421 or lsammons@utk.edu.

Feb. 14-15: 2020 NCC Annual Meeting, Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans. Online pre-registration and hotel reservations can be done at www.cotton.org/news/meetings/am/.

Feb. 19: Area Peanut Production Meeting, L.M. Cotton Research Station, Marianna, Ark. 8:30 a.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.

Feb. 27: Row Crop Marketing Meeting, Braden Station Restaurant, 189 Hwy 59 Mason, Tenn. The Fayette County Extension Office along with he Tipton and Hardeman County sffices will be hosting. Starts at 11 a.m. Dr. Aaron Smith with the University of Tennessee and Jordan River Advisors will present the marketing program and other marketing information after lunch. For more information, contact eff Via at (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu, Becky Muller at (901) 476-0231 or beckymuller@utk.edu, or Josh German at (731) 658-2421 or josmgerm@utk.edu.

Feb. 27-29: 2020 Commodity Classic, San Antonio, Texas. Keynote speaker will be Lt. Colonel Waldo Waldman, a decorated fighter pilot, highly-rated Hall of Fame Speaker and New York Times best-selling author. His message is designed to inspire farmers to collaborate and innovate with their fellow farmers and ag partners to maximize their potential in farming and in life. The session will also include the nation’s commodity association leaders who will discuss the hottest issues facing the nation’s corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum producers. Additionally, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers will provide an update on the ag equipment industry. Registration and housing for the 2020 Commodity Classic are now open. To register, reserve hotel rooms and sign up for email updates, visit CommodityClassic.com. Commodity Classic is presented annually by the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. For information, visit CommodityClassic.com.

March 7: Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers Field Day, LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station, Jeanerette, La. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided) Registration starts at 8 a.m. Approved for Master Farmer Phase 2 credit. Indoor program: Annual Ryegrass: Grazing Management, Cultivars, and Supplementation, Biology and Control of Horn Flies and Stable Flies, and Cattle Market Update. Outdoor program: Managing Calves from Birth to Weaning, Feral Hog Control, Traps, and Poisons, Managing Volunteer Ryegrass in Hay Meadows with Rezilon Herbicide, Fertilizing Summer Hay Fields, and Reducing Hay Losses during Storage and Feeding. Master Farmer Program Update-Master Cattleman Class Graduation. Contacts: LCA District VIII Vice President - Mark Fontenot (337) 831-0917; Iberia - Blair Hebert (337) 369-4441; Iberia Research Station - Guillermo Scaglia (337) 276-5527; Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin - Stan Dutile (337) 291-7090; and Acadia, St. Mary, Vermilion - Andrew Granger (337) 898-4335; Louisiana Forage and Grassland Council - Ed Twidwell (225) 578-4564.

May 19-21: Rice Market and Technology Convention, Panama City, Panama. Multiple opportunities for engaging clients and colleagues in one-on-one meetings; large trade show. Designed for networking: 30-minute coffee breaks, sponsored lunches, networking receptions, exhibit space and a diverse program featuring world industry experts. For more information and to register, go to www.RiceMTConvention.com/ or contact the US Rice Producers Association at (713) 974-7423 or mailto:info@usriceproducers.com.

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