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.

Oct. 28-- A fall sugarcane aphid field day scheduled Oct. 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 at the Hoblitzelle Auditorium on the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center in Weslaco.For questions or more information, contact Danielle Sekula Ortiz- IPM Agent or Raul Villanueva- Extension Entomologist at 956-968-5581. Or contact local county agents for more info: Brad Cowan, Hidalgo County; Enrique Perez, Cameron County; and Omar Gonzales, Willacy County.

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

December

Dec. 7-9: USA Rice Outlook Conference and Trade Show, Marriott Little Rock and Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, AR. The largest annual gathering of rice farmers from all rice-producing states features a trade show for rice-related equipment, technology, products, and services.  The educational program will cover outlooks on farm bill implementation, the economy, trade, production, research, and more.  For more information, contact Jeanette Davis at jdavis@usarice.com or (703) 236-1447.

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.