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,


Feb. 4-- The annual High Plains Irrigation Conference will be Feb. 4 in the North Exhibit Hall of the Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan St., Amarillo.

A concurrent trade show will also provide opportunities for attendees to see new products and technologies, and to visit with experts from industry, non-profit organizations and agencies. Registration will be onsite only, beginning at 8 a.m., with the program starting at 8:30 a.m. The fee is $30 and lunch is included. Contact Dr. Dana Porter, 806-746-6101,

Feb. 6-- The Four States Agricultural Exposition will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Arkansas, said Dr. Brian Triplett, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Red River County. The exposition is a joint effort between AgriLife Extension and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, and typically is the largest gathering of farmers and ranchers in the four-state area, according to Triplett. More than 300 have attended each of the last three years. “Registration to the exposition is free and includes lunch, thanks to support from sponsors and vendors,” he said. “The only fee is $10 for Texas Department of Agriculture license holders who wish to receive CEU credits for attending the workshops.” Contact: Dr. Brian Triplett, 903-628-6702,

Feb. 9--The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a Wild Pig Management Workshop for landowners and the general public from 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Luling Foundation, 523 S. Mulberry St. in Luling. The program is free, but attendees have the option of paying for a catered lunch. Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – two general, two integrated pest management and one laws and regulations – are available for private pesticide applicator licensees who attend. To register, visit or contact the AgriLife Extension office in Caldwell County, 1403 Blackjack St., Suite B in Lockhart, 512-398-3122, Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Extension office two days prior to the event so accommodations can be made.

Feb. 10-11-- With 2016 shaping up to be a tough marketing year, producers should attend Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s “Developing This Year’s Marketing Plan for Feed Grains” workshop Feb. 10-11 in Amarillo, according to an AgriLife Extension economist.
The feed grains workshop, co-sponsored by the Plains Land Bank and Capital Farm Credit, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd. The registration fee is $125, which covers the cost associated with instruction, breaks, meals and materials. Contact: Steve Amosson, 806-677-5600,

Feb. 18-- The second annual Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium, Healthier Food for a Healthier World, a DuPont Plant Sciences Symposia Series Event, will be held on the campus of Texas A&M University Feb. 18, 2016, at the Memorial Student Center, Room 2300 CDE. Information about the Plant Breeding Symposium and registration information can be found at Those unable to attend can join via webinar.

Feb. 18-- Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma will be hosting the college’s first ever Central Oklahoma Soil Health Field Day at their Darlington and Royce Ranch agriculture campuses on Thursday February 18 from 9am to 3pm. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by February 15 at or by calling Clay Pope at 405-699-2087. There is no charge for the meeting and lunch will be provided by Oklahoma AG CREDIT.


March 1-2-- The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, along with its counterparts in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas, will host the High Plains Dairy Conference set for March 1-2 at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center in Lubbock. The conference center is located at 2322 Mac Davis Lane. "Registration will start bright and early both days at 6:30 a.m. with the first day’s program ending at 5 p.m. and the March 2 activities culminating at noon,” said Dr. Ellen Jordan, AgriLife Extension dairy specialist at Dallas who is chair of the event. Contac: Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212,

March 8-- The Oklahoma Irrigation Conference will be held March 8, in Woodward, Okla. at the Woodward County Event Center and Fairgrounds. Continuing education units will be offered; Irrigation Association - 4.5 Tier 1 CEUs, and Certified Crop Advisor - 4.5 CEUs in “Soil and Water Management.” For more information contact: Woodward County Extension at 580.254.339. For online registration visit: