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,


January 2015

Key cotton and producer meetings scheduled for January include:

January 22 – Southern Mesa Ag Conference, Lamesa. Contact Gary Roschetzky, CEA-AG, (806) 872-3444.

Farm bill meetings include:

Jan. 22, Seminole, Texas, from 9 A.M. to noon at the Party House, US Hwy 385N between Seminole & Seagraves. A Jan. 23 meeting will be held in Levelland, Texas, also from 9 A.M. until noon at the Armory Building, Ball Park Drive & McKinley St., Levelland.

Jan. 21--64th Annual Western Rice Belt Production Conference and the Texas Rice Council Annual Meeting at the El Campo Civic Center on Wednesday, Jan. 21. Registration for the conference begins at 7:30 a.m. at the El Campo Civic Center. For more information, producers should contact the U.S. Rice Producers Federation at 713-974-RICE.

January 27 & 28--2015 Red River Crops Conference January 27 & 28 2015 Childress Texas. The agenda has been set for the conference. For further details please contact: Jerry Goodson,OSU S.W. Research & Extension Center,16721 US Hwy. 283 Altus, Oklahoma  (580) 482-8880 office; (580) 482-0208 fax; (580) 471-8969 mobile.

Jan. 27-28-- No-till on the Plains Winter Conference, is scheduled Jan, 27-28, in Salina, Kansas. Registration will remain open through Jan. 21t on the website, by mail or phone. Log on to for the online registration. The 19th Annual Winter Conference will be held at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kansas.

February 2015

Feb. 3-4 –The Blackland Income Growth Conference Feb. 3-4 will highlight sugarcane aphid management and cattle marketing, among other issues. The annual conference is held at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. For additional information, contact the AgriLife Extension agent in your county or call 254-968-4144.

Feb. 10, 11, 12, 13-- A series of four K-State Sorghum Production Schools will be offered in mid-February 2015 to provide in-depth training for sorghum producers. The schools are sponsored by the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission.The dates and locations are:

  • Feb. 10: Garden City, Clarion Inn, 1911 E Kansas Ave
    Local Research and Extension office contacts:
    Andrea Burns, Ford County, 620-227-4542
    Barbara Addison, Finney County, 620-272-3670
  • Feb. 11: Oakley, Buffalo Bill Center, 3083 U.S. 83
    Local Research and Extension office contact:
    Julie Niehage, Golden Prairie District, Oakley, 785-671-3245
  • Feb. 12: Hutchinson, Hutchinson Community College, 1300 N Plum St
    Local Research and Extension office contact: 
    Darren Busick, Reno County, 620-662-2371
  • Feb. 13: Ottawa, Neosho County Community College, 900 E Logan St
    Local Research and Extension office contact:
    Darren Hibdon, Frontier District, 785-229-3520

For more information, contact: Ignacio Ciampitti, K-State Crop Production and Cropping Systems Specialist, 785-532-6940.

March, 2015


March 3 -4 --  No-Till Oklahoma is scheduled March 3 and 4 at the National Center for Employee Development 2801 State Highway East, in Norman. Contact for program updates, or call Janelle Malone at 405-744-3669 if you need any further information


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