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,


July 15--The Good Agricultural Practices Food Safety Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 16 at The Science Park, 2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South, Suite 700. For more information, contact Anciso at 956-968-5581 or email .


July 16 and 23-- The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County is offering Forward Farming program sessions in July for small-scale agricultural producers wanting practical information and instruction on for-profit farming, said program coordinators. Both sessions will be held at the AgriLife Extension office, 1600-B Smith Road in southeast Austin.

The sessions will be: July 16: Business Planning and Management. July 23: Sales and Marketing.

The cost is $50 per session for regular registration and $65 for late and on-site registration.

To register, call 979-845-2604 or go to and enter “urban” or “farming” in the search field.

July 19-- Ranchers will have an opportunity to learn about the research being conducted at New Mexico State University’s Corona Range and Livestock Research Center during a field day on Saturday, July 19. Contact: Shad Cox, 575-849-1015,

 July 24--The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Grape Field Day July 24 at the vineyard on the grounds of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock. The field day will start with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program from 9-11 a.m. The vineyard is a quarter mile east of the center on Farm-to-Market 1294. Individual registration is $15, due upon arrival. The fee includes light snacks. Contact: Robert Scott, 806-775-1680,

July 24-26- 16th Annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City Beach, Fla., July 24-26, 2014. Contact: (229) 386-3470

July 29 and 30-- Producers interested in learning how to maximize their canola crop should plan to attend one of two Oklahoma-Kansas Winter Canola Conferences July 29 in Enid and July 30 in Altus. For more information contact:, 405-744-9600, or, 405-780-0113.

July 31-- The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the All About Water Workshop July 31 at the Murchison/Whitehead Memorial Youth Complex, located at U.S. Highway 190 and U.S. Highway 83 at Menard. Registration will be from 8:30-9:15 a.m. followed by the program from 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered. Contact: Lisa Brown, 325-396-4787,