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,


Aug. 3--The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the American Association of Extension Veterinarians are co-hosting the Extension session of the 2014 U.S.  Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus Symposium Aug. 3 at Texas A&M University. The event can be attended in person or viewed via webinar for the morning session only. The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners has approved nine hours of continuing education for those attending in person and five hours for those attending via webinar. Cost is $25 for American Association of Extension Veterinarians and $50 for non-members. Contact: Dr. Tom Hairgrove, 979-458-3216,

August 4-15-Registration is now open for the 34th session of the Texas International Cotton School, scheduled for August 4-15, 2014, in Lubbock. For more information check

Aug. 4-6- A look at the past and future aspects of beef cattle production in Texas will be one of the highlights at the 60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 4-6 at Texas A&M University in College Station. Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931,

August 5-8--No-till on the Plains Bus Tour will originate in Salina, Kansas, and travel to Jacobs Farms, then head south into Oklahoma with  at the Randy Lanie farms near Manchester, Marty Williams farms near Red Rock, Matt Alig’s farms near Kingfisher, Jimmy Kinder’s farm near Walters, and Alan Mindemann’s farm near Apache. Stops are also planned at Oklahoma State University’s cover crop plots near Stillwater and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore. Registration is available online at under the Events or by calling 888-330-5142. The Points South Tour cost $675 per person for double.

Aug. 7-- Every year, New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari gathers the NMSU and Tucumcari community for its annual field day, where everyone can enjoy food, visit, learn about the center and its plans for the future. The field day this year is set for Aug. 7, and will feature NMSU President Garrey Carruthers as keynote speaker. CONTACT: Leonard Lauriault, 575-461-1620,


Aug. 7-- “Huisache and Juniper – How to Treat,” the next Texas Range Webinar conducted monthly by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit, is set for Aug. 7. This webinar will start with a look at huisache, a native, invasive brush species found in the Gulf Coast Prairies and South Texas Plains, said presenter Dr. Megan Clayton, AgriLife Extension range specialist in Corpus Christi. Contacts: Dr. Megan Clayton, 361-265-9201,
Dr. Alyson McDonald, 432-336-8585,
Pete Flores, 361-362-9201,


Aug. 12--The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Pecan Production Seminar, beginning with registration from 9-9:30 a.m. and lasting until noon on Aug. 12 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock. The center is located at 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294. Contact: Robert Scott, 806-775-1680,

Aug. 14-- A Rolling Plains field tour, “Practices to Improve Soil Health and Soil/Water Conservation,” will be held Aug. 14 by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service and local Soil and Water Conservation districts. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Punkin Center Volunteer Fire Department of Haynesville, located 0.3 miles south of the intersection of State Highway 240 and State Highway or 3 miles north of Electra. The tour will run from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with field stops in Archer, Baylor, Wichita and Wilbarger counties. Admission is free, and lunch and transportation will be provided. Contact: Dr. Paul DeLaune, 940-552-9941, RSVPs are required by Aug. 6 to Sloane Montano at or 940-552-9941, extension 206.


Aug. 14-- Farm bill decision making will headline this year’s Big Country Wheat Conference, Aug. 14 in the Big Country Hall located on the Taylor County Exposition Center grounds, 1982 Lytle Way in Abilene. The conference is conducted biennially by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. On-site registration will start at 8:30 a.m. The conference will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4:15 p.m. Contact: Robert Pritz, 325-6726048,

Aug. 19-- An Oklahoma Irrigation Conference at the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb August 19 will cover topics that will assist producers to become more efficient managers.  For more information, contact the Caddo County OSU Extension Office at 405-247-3376 or at their website;

Aug. 26-27-- The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer QuickBooks Pro computer short courses for the 13th year on Aug. 26-27 in Amarillo and Sept. 16-17 in Lubbock. The trainings will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in both cities. Both events will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in their respective cities: 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd. in Amarillo and 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294 north of Lubbock. Contact:  DeDe Jones, 806-677-5667,
Jay Yates, 806-746-6101,