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Delta Farm Press Calendar of Events

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

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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. 6-7: 20th Annual Missouri Livestock Symposium, Matthew Middle School, 1515 Cottage Grove, Kirksville,Mo. Temple Grandin will give the keynote on the opening day and headline the beef speakers lineup the next day. A large agricultural trade show opens during the two days of the symposium. Hours are 4 p.m. to10 p.m., Dec. 6, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 7. Multiple tracks go at the same time. In addition to beef, tracks include horses, sheep and market goats. Other tracks cover forages, stock dogs and farm succession planning. No advance registration is needed for the free program. Find details at, or call MU Extension in Adair County at (660) 665-9866 or Garry Mathes at (660) 341-6625.

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. 11-12: 2019 American Peanut Council Winter Conference, Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C. The meeting schedule is available at For additional information, contact Christina Taylor ( or call (703) 838-9500.

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. 3: 2020 Tri-State Soybean Forum, Dumas Community Center,Dumas, Ark. Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana soybean growers who faced weather-ravaged crops in the 2019 season will hear guidance for production and marketing decisions. This year’s preliminary agenda includes: United Soybean Board update; State of the States – a growing season overview from specialists in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi; Seeding rates, Stand Counts and What to Keep or Replant – Jeremy Ross, Extension soybean agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture; Bollworms – Past, Present and Future – Gus Lorenz and Ben Thrash, both Extension entomologists, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture; Root Knot Nematodes and Interaction with Cover Crops — Travis Faske, Extension plant pathologist, and Trent Roberts, soil fertility specialist, both of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture; Marketing Update, Strategies and Issues — Steve Scott, president of Agri Crop Marketers; Scholarship presentations. The meeting will be held at the Dumas Community Center, 18 Belmont Street. There is no cost to attend. For information, contact the Ashley County, Ark., Extension office at (870) 853-2080.

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. 15: Fayette and Hardeman County, Tenn., Extension Offices Winter Production Meeting, Hardeman County Extension Office, 210 Vildo Road, Bolivar, Tenn. Starts at 9:00 a.m. Specialists speaking: Dr. Tyson Raper, UT cotton specialist, and Dr. Larry Steckel, UT weed specialist. Following the speakers a lunch will be provided and then private applicator recertification. For more information, contact Jeff Via at (901) 465-5233 or or Josh German at (731) 658-2421 or

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.

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

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:

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 or Josh German at (731) 658-2421 or

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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