Sept. 20: 29th Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon, Wyatt Gymnasium on Delta State University campus, Cleveland, M. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Hosted by Delta Rice Promotions, Inc. There will be over 300 different rice dishes prepared by Delta area residents and restaurants. There will also be goody bags, door prizes, and exhibits. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from Bolivar County Extension office by calling (662) 843-8371. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Oct. 4-5: Cattle Producer Conference, Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La. Beef cattle producers can hear from industry experts on how to add value to their operations. Supported by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the conference is sponsored regionally through a partnership with the LSU AgCenter, Southern University Ag Center and University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The conference is part of the Stockmanship and Stewardship 2019 regional tour featuring cattle experts Curt Pate, Ron Gill and others. Conference topics include low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, facility design sessions and Beef Quality Assurance educational programs with BQA certification available. The Friday program will feature a producer panel to discuss implementing change in cattle handling with. The panel will include David King with Kingsland Ranch in West Monroe, La.; Christina Spencer with Lakeview Angus in Powhatten, Ark; Katie and Cooper Hurst with Hunt Hill Cattle Company in Woodville, Miss.; and Tyson Johnson with Sooner Cattle Company in Pawhuska, Okla. Registration is $75 per person with a discounted rate of $50 for students. Participants may register online at http://bit.ly/2GGfoh9 or at the conference website at http://bit.ly/2LShezD. More details are available from the event organizers: Christine Navarre at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-578-2414, Jason Holmes at email@example.com or 318-368-9935, and Lee Faulk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-927-2578.
Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26: LSU AgCenter Corn Maze, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, La. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the maze, the day will feature a farm animal petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, hay mountain climb, riding a kids zip line and a hayride. With plenty of concessions to enjoy, visitors may purchase hamburgers, popcorn, corn dogs and other snacks and drinks from local vendors. The corn maze festivities will culminate with a Night Maze and Bonfire on Oct. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. A family fun Halloween-themed evening, children and adults are encouraged to costume and enjoy games, live music and roasting s’mores at the bonfire. Admission for each event is $10 per person, with children 3 and under admitted free. “What better way for families to end the summer than with a trip to the farm during harvest season,” said Jeff Kuehny, director of the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden. Sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Friends of LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, proceeds from the Corn Maze events supports the educational programs at the Botanic Gardens. For more information, contact the Botanic Gardens at (225) 763-3990 or email@example.com.
Oct. 11-12: 2019 Fall Flower & Garden Fest, Truck Crops Experiment Station, 2024 Experiment Station Road, Crystal Springs, Miss. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: http://extension.msstate.edu/fallfest.
Oct. 22-23: Louisiana Farm to School Conference, LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, La. Hosted by the LSU AgCenter, the event will emphasize three main components of the farm to school concept: education, school gardens and local food procurement. The conference will feature success stories, discussion panels, best practices and networking opportunities. Dozens of exhibitors will offer attendees resources, curricula and products. Anyone interested in local food systems, Louisiana agriculture, education, school gardens or healthy school meals is encouraged to attend. A “Meet the Buyer, Greet the Grower” event will kick off the conference on the evening of Oct. 22. Nationally recognized author, radio host and culinary activist Poppy Tooker will give the keynote address at the conference. Tooker is a New Orleans native who has gained recognition for her cookbooks and radio program, Louisiana Eats!, about preserving the food culture of Louisiana. Online registration for the conference can be found at https://laf2sc2019.eventbrite.com. The cost is $33 per person, and space is limited. The conference agenda and an application for financial assistance can be found on the registration page. For more information, contact the Louisiana Farm to School team at 225-578-1037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 6-8: Artificial Insemination Class, Dean Lee Research Station, Alexandria, La. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Topics will include items such as anatomy, estrus detection, estrus synchronization, body condition scoring and plenty of hands on instruction inside cows. The registration fee for the LSU AgCenter Artificial Insemination School is $350 per person. School attendance is limited to the first 20 registrations. Registration is open until Oct. 15. Registration fees are non-refundable if cancelled after Oct. 20. Online registration website: https://store.lsuagcenter.com/p-371-artificial-insemination-class-dean-lee-research-station-november-2019.aspx. Only credit card payments accepted. Registration is not complete and space confirmed until payment has been received. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. No other prerequisites to take the class. If you have special needs or accommodations to take this course, or for more information, contact Dr. G. Scaglia at email@example.com or Dr. G. Gentry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 8: Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council Annual Meeting, UT-TSU Rutherford County Extension Office in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Neil Rhodes, professor in the UT Department of Plant Sciences, will discuss new pasture herbicide technology on the horizon. Lee Gilmore, hay producer from Giles County, Tenn., will present his techniques for quality hay production. Gilmore was awarded the top prize in last year’s Southeastern Hay Contest. Renata Nave Oaks, assistant professor and forage researcher also with the UT Department of Plant Sciences, will discuss her research on spring seeding cool-season annuals as an emergency hay crop. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. CST, and the meeting begins at 9 a.m. A $30 registration fee covers the cost of annual membership in the Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council as well as lunch. The meeting will conclude by 3 p.m. For more information about the Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council, contact your county’s UT Extension office or Bates at 865-974-7208 or by email at email@example.com.
Dec. 8-10: USA Rice Outlook, Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Ark. Check www.usarice.com/outlook for updates.
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: https://bit.ly/2Y8JwHK. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.