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.

August

Aug. 22-- A Chile Field Day will be held at the Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center (1036 Miller Rd., Los Lunas, NM) Friday, August 22. Refreshments and registration begin at 8:30 am, with the program scheduled from 9:00 am through noon. The event is free of charge. For More Information call Los Lunas ASC at: 505-865-7340.

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, dljones@ag.tamu.edu
Jay Yates, 806-746-6101, jayates@ag.tamu.edu

Aug. 28--As in previous years, the focus of the upcoming East Texas Regional Forage Conference is about how producers can save money. The conference will be held Aug. 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rusk County Youth Expo Center, 3303 Farm-to-Market Road 13 West, Henderson.  Registration is $15, with a deadline of Aug. 21. A printable registration form can be downloaded at http://harrison.agrilife.org/files/2014/05/etrfc1.pdf.

September

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). This year represents the 62nd meeting of WTACI. Pre-registration is available online. 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 7a.m. the day of the conference and will cost $95 for attendees and $325 for booth sponsors. Contact Marcus Sullivan at (806)790-5404 or marcus.sullivan@chsinc.com for questions about the program and CEUs.  Also David Pointer, 806-746-4021 or dlpointer@ag.tamu.edu.

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, cacoufal@tamu.edu

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 s-womble@tamu.edu.

October

Oct. 7-9– the 2014 Texas Section Society for Range Management Annual Meeting in Marfa and Alpine Oct. 7-9 will open with a binational U.S./Mexico symposium at Marfa’s Crowley Theater. Contact: Dr. John Walker, 325-653-4576, jwalker@tamu.edu

Oct. 8-9--The 2014 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Conference hosted by Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Oct. 8-9. Contact: mrolf@okstate.edu or daniel.stein@okstate.edu.

Oct. 31-- The annual Rural Economic Outlook Conference will be held Friday, Oct. 31, on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

March, 2015

March 26-28-- The Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) will host the inaugural VIVA Fresh Conference and Expo March 26-28, 2015, at the Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas. The expo will highlight the “Gateway to the Americas,” and will showcase produce grown in the Southwestern United States and Mexico.

The new VIVA Fresh Expo was created to take advantage of the trend to offer more intimate and affordable regional tradeshows that allow vendors and customers to create networking opportunities that highlight products and build relationships. The new show replaces TIPA’s former Texas Produce Convention. For more information, contact Bret Erickson at bret.erickson@texipa.org.