Don't Miss These Ag Events

Don't Miss These Ag Events

November conferences offer the latest on agricultural issues, beef production and crop management in Missouri.

Learn, Connect and Lead at ALOT Meeting

The 2011 Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow (ALOT) Meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center, Columbia.

Here is the power-packed lineup of speakers:

2 p.m. -- Tom Waters, chairman, Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association, "Flood Control Priorities"

3 p.m. -- Neil Caskey (ALOT Class X) presents  "Disaster at Birds Point"

3:30 p.m. --  Sally Schuff, Washington editor, Feedstuffs magazine

4:45 p.m. --  Jerry Litton historical video: "Food Prices Too High?  Compared to What?"  Comparison of prices in 1970s to today by Gene Danekas, Missouri Director, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

5:20 p.m. -- Social time

6:00 p.m. -- Dinner, ALOT awards, auction

RSVP: ALOT Executive Director Kristin Perry (573)324-6538 or email: [email protected]  Cost = $40 per person

Seminar Covers Beef Topics from Brazil to New Zealand

Missouri beef producers can learn all about Brazilian beef cattle improvement, the latest on New Zealand-style grazing management, as well as the latest on U.S. government issues affecting the beef industry at the 2011 Beef Producers Seminar.

The seminar is set for Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Nodaway County Administration Center in Maryville. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the program at 6 p.m. A $20 registration fee includes supper.

The speaker lineup includes:

Brazil's Beef Industry and Its Reproductive Management Strategies – Ky Pohler, University of Missouri

U.S. Agriculture and Government Update – Blake Hurst, president, Missouri Farm Bureau

Southern Missouri/New Zealand-style Intensive Forage Management – Bob Salmon, Appleton City producer; and Al Decker, MU Extension livestock specialist and producer

For more information and to register, call 816-324-3147 or e-mail Jim Humphrey, MU Extension livestock specialist, Savannah, at [email protected]

Conference to Cover Critical Crop Topics

Floods, drought, extreme heat, weeds and pests -- you name it, and Missouri farmers dealt with it this past growing season. Agriculture specialists from Missouri, Iowa, Ohio and Georgia will be reporting on what they witnessed and how they are helping farmers deal with these challenges at the 2011 University of Missouri Crop Management Conference in Columbia.  

The conference will be Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbia. Program chair Kevin Bradley, MU Extension weed specialist, says the conference will cover a wide range of topics of interest to Missouri crop producers – from emerging pests and weed management, to nitrogen losses, field drainage, and repairing flood damaged soils, to land economics.  

Managing crops for livestock

Producers harvesting their grain and forage crops with livestock also get attention at the 2011 Crop Management Conference. Alan Franzleubbers, USDA-ARS, University of Georgia, will examine the niche of managed grazing in farming systems. He studies changes in soils under forage fields and soil-carbon exchanges. He will also talk about use of manure in soil restoration.

Other presentations include research on what happens to ergot alkaloids in tall fescue hay and silage, what happens to endophyte toxins in stored fescue, and the impact of grazing animals on fertilizer needs of Missouri pastures.

The meeting agenda and registration form can be found at the MU plant science website, http://plantsci.missouri.edu/cmc/. Fees are $160 for two days or $105 for one day. Those rates expire Nov. 23. After that, add $25. The meeting fees include some meals-and lots of take-home information. A block of rooms is held for a $99 conference rate at the Hilton Garden Inn, 573-814-5464.

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