Important meetings, trade shows, field days and conferences for those involved in Southwest agriculture. To list your organization’s special event in the Southwest Farm Press Calendar of Events, e-mail details, including contact person, phone number, etc., to: Ron Smith,


Sept. 8--A Crops/Weed Management Tour, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Carson and Gray counties, will be held Sept. 8, starting at the Carson County Gin west of White Deer. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. and include a sponsored lunch by the Carson County Gin, said Brandon McGinty, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Gray County. The cost is $10 per person, payable on arrival, but preregistration is needed by 5 p.m. Sept. 5 to the AgriLife Extension offices in Gray County, 806-669-8033, or Carson County, 806-537-3882. For more information, contact McGinty at 806-669-8033 or , or Jody Bradford, AgriLife Extension agent for Carson County, at 806-537-3882 or

Sept. 9--The annual meeting of the West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Scottish Rite Temple - Learning Center, located at 1101 70th Street in Lubbock (South Loop 289 and Interstate 27). A detailed list of presentations and speakers can be found at TDA and CCA continuing education units will be available.  

Pre-registration is available online at On-line registration fees are $75 for conference attendees and $300 for a booth and must be completed or postmarked by August 31. On-site registration will begin at 7 a.m. the day of the conference and will cost $95 for attendees and $325 for booth sponsors. Lunch will be provided as part of the registration fee.


Sept. 10 and 11-- The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct two estate planning seminars with similar curriculums on Sept. 10 in Lubbock and Sept. 11 in Littlefield.

The Lubbock County program is set from 6-8 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension office at 916 Main St., Lubbock, and the Lamb County program will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Lamb County Ag and Community Center, E. 17th Street and Hall Avenue, Littlefield.

Those planning to attend either workshop should RSVP no later than one day before the respective event so enough resources are available. For Lubbock, call 806-775-1680, and for Littlefield, 806-385-4222, ext. 235.


Sept. 11--The program, “Reducing Risk in Beef Production,” will be held Sept. 11 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Carthage, 110 S. Sycamore St. The multi-county program is hosted by AgriLife Extension in Harrison, Shelby and Panola counties. The program will start at 9 a.m. and end at about 2 p.m. Registration is $20, payable at the door, and will include lunch and refreshments. For meal planning, attendees are urged to RSVP by calling one of the participating AgriLife Extension offices by Sept. 8. The phone numbers are: Harrison County, 903-935-8413; Panola County, 903-693-0380; and Shelby County, 936-598-7744.


Sept. 11--Tools & Strategies For Lesser Prairie Chicken Recovery 10:00-3:00 The National Ranching Heritage Center, Lubbock, Texas. Lunch will be provided for those who register by September 8. RSVP by emailing  or calling  (210) 569-6972 CLE Credits Available Click Here for Agenda

Sept. 18-19 -- Opportunities for efficient cattle herd expansion will be discussed in-depth at the 2014 Dr. Kenneth and Caroline McDonald Eng Foundation Symposium scheduled Sept. 18-19 at the Embassy Suites Riverwalk, 125 E. Houston St. in San Antonio. The symposium will feature current research that explores how cattle producers can best meet these challenges and forward-looking ideas and opportunities, said Ken Eng, cattleman and nutrition consultant. Contact: Courtney Coufal, 979-845-1542,

Sept. 23--The Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bandera County will host a Winter Forage Workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 23. The program will be held at the Mansfield Park Recreation Center, 2886 State Highway 16 N in Bandera. For more information on this program, contact Sam Womble at 830-796-7755 or

Sept. 23Peanut and Cotton Field Tour, Caddo Research Station, Fort Cobb, OK.  Peanut hull blasting and maturity assessment will start at 4 p.m.; tour of research and demonstration plots will start around 5:30 p.m.  Attendees will view Oklahoma State University and USDA-ARS research trials on peanut breeding, weed and disease control, as well as cotton agronomy and variety trials.  Dinner will be provided.  For more information, please contact John Damicone at