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, rsmith@farmpress.com.

May

May 8--  The Value of Land,” a conference on issues affecting landowners, will be held May 8 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Angelina County, 2201 S. Medford Drive in Lufkin.  Registration includes lunch and is $40 per person or $50 for a couple if done by May 1. Registration at the door will be $50 per person or $60 per couple, and also includes lunch, Sims said. Registration on the day of the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until 3 p.m. Participants may preregister by contacting the Pineywoods Resource Conservation and Development office at 936-568-0414 or through the Agrilife Extension office for Angelina County at 936-634-6414, extension 102.

May 12--The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Parmer and Castro counties will conduct a Wheat and Barley Crops Tour from 10 a.m. until noon May 12 at sites near Dimmitt. To get to the wheat site, which is first on the tour, drive 9.6 miles west of Dimmitt on State Highway 86; then go south on Farm-to-Market Road 1524. The barley site is 15.3 miles from Dimmitt on State Highway 86.For further information contact Andersen at 806-647-4115 or nancy.andersen@ag.tamu.edu , or Graves at 806-481-3619, james.graves@ag.tamu.edu .

May 15-- New forage planting and harvesting equipment, plus demonstration plots, will be featured at the 29th annual O.D. Butler Forage Field Day scheduled May 15 at Circle X Land & Cattle Company Camp Cooley Ranch Division. The ranch is located at 4297 Camp Cooley Ranch Road in Franklin. Registration is $25, which includes handouts and a roast beef lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m.  and concluding at 3:30 p.m. Three hours of general continuing education units will be offered for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator’s license holders. For more information, call the AgriLife Extension office in Robertson County at 979-828-4270.

May 21--The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the West Texas Livestock and Range Conference from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 21 at the Broughton Agriculture Complex on the Howard College campus in Big Spring. The annual event this year involves the AgriLife Extension offices in Glasscock, Martin, Upton, Howard and Reagan counties.“Each year we strive to present the most pertinent information possible for producers in our region,” said Rebel Royall, AgriLife Extension agent in Glasscock County. “These topics are picked by the AgriLife Extension agents from topics brought to us from our local planning committees as topics that need addressing.” For more information, contact Royall at 432-354-2381, r-royall@tamu.edu, or the AgriLife Extension office in any of the participating counties.

May 28-29-- With consumer interest heightening about where food comes from, grass-fed beef producers will have the opportunity to learn more about marketing opportunities and production trends during a May 28-29 conference in College Station. Dr. Rick Machen, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Uvalde, said producers can learn about all aspects of grass-fed beef production techniques at the conference, which will be held at the Rosenthal Meat Science Building on the Texas A&M University campus. Contact Dr. Rick Machen, 830-278-9151, rmachen@ag.tamu.edu