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Beef Producer Meeting Scheduled
There will be a meeting of the Cannon, DeKalb, and Warren beef producers on Thursday, December 5th at Faye's Place Restaurant in Centertown (located in the old Centertown Elementary School Cafeteria) beginning at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by Performance Feeds. Dr. Mandy Willis will be on hand to give us an update on the importance of the Breeding Soundness Exams. Please call the Extension Office at 615-563-2554 or Davy Sneed with Performance Feeds at 615-655-7637 to get your name on the list for supper.

Middle Tennessee Weeds Update
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, December 12th at 6:30 p.m. for the Middle Tennessee Weeds Update, Which will be held at the Woodbury Lions Club Building located at 612 Lehman Street, Woodbury, TN. This is a joint meeting conducted by Warren, Cannon, DeKalb, and Rutherford County Extension. Dr. Larry Steckel will be the guest speaker who has done extensive research with glysophate-resistant Palmer Amaranth (or pigweed). Unfortunately, we experienced infestations in Cannon and Warrant County this year. Expectations are that it will be a continuous problem in the future. There is no charge for the meeting, however, please call 563-2554 and sign-up at the Extension Office for an accurate head count for the meal.

Upcoming Events
Middle TN Grain Conference
January 30, 2014
The ninth annual Middle Tennessee Grain Conference set for Thursday, January 30, at Coffee County's Fairground in Manchester offers farmers insight to a number of emerging corn, soybean, and wheat production concerns. The conference is scheduled to get underway with registration beginning at 7:30 am. Registration is twenty dollars at the door or farmers can pre-register for five dollars by Noon, Monday, January 27 through their local UT/TSU Extension office. Registration fees include the program and materials, refreshments, lunch, a copy of the conference proceedings, and a grain conference cap.
A trade show of various seed, chemical and equipment dealers will begin at 8:00 am followed by a slate of speakers addressing current production topics for corn, wheat and soybeans beginning at 9:00 am. Production topics for the upcoming conference include soil health, palmer pigweed management, Dicamba tolerant soybean issues, crop fungicide timing, grain market outlook, present and future precision agriculture technology. Lunch will be served on site.
Following lunch, Dr. Chad Lee, will provide the keynote presentation "Maximum Soybean Yields through Inputs". Dr. Lee, a professor of Agronomy in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Kentucky, is involved with the United Soybean Board's Kitchen Sink Project. The purpose of the project, which was conducted across multiple states, was to determine input recommendations for higher-yielding, higher quality soybeans. Dr. Lee's presentation titled, "Maximum Yield through Inputs" will expand on the project's results.
Following Dr. Lee's presentation, participants can re-certify their private pesticide applicator certification needed to purchase and apply restricted-use pesticides. The training cost $15.00 to be paid at the time of the training by cash or checks payable to UT Extension. The training will take approximately one-hour.
Complete details on conference topics and pre-registration can be obtained at the Cannon County University of Tennessee Extension Office.
Farm School/Cow College
We are proud to announce the 1st annual "Cow College" which is a combined effort of Warren, Cannon, and DeKalb County Extension and Warren and Cannon County Cattlemen's associations. We have an excellent slate of speakers and topics.
Session 1 - Thursday, Jan. 9th Forage Testing… Does it matter? Results of 12 forage tests taken from Warren, Cannon and Dekalb Counties will be discussed. Specialists from TN Farmer's Cooperative and UT Soil and Plant lab will be on hand to discuss forage testing and interpreting results. Location Woodbury Lions Club Bldg. (612 Lehman Street, Woodbury TN 37190)
Session 2 - Monday Feb. 3rd: Minerals and mineral requirements for the beef herd. Mr. Dale Bryson, Tennessee Farmer's Cooperative. Location Warren County Administrative Bldg. (201 Locust St. McMinnville, TN)
Session 3 - Thursday Feb. 27th: Artificial Insemination 101. Dr. Justin Rhinehart will be on hand to discuss estrus synchronization, reproductive anatomy and new and innovative techniques in A.I. All participants will learn how to "pass the rod". Location: Woodbury Lions Club, 612 Lehman (Street, Woodbury, TN)
Session 4 - Monday March 3rd: Pasture weed identification and management. Extension Agent David Glover (famous for his knowledge of pasture weeds and management) will be on hand to discuss new and innovative strategies for weed control in our pastures. Location Warren County Administrative Bldg. (201 Locust St. McMinnville, TN)
All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. at their respective locations. Please call Cannon County Extension to register for planning purposes.
Tennessee Cattlemen's Assn. Annual Meeting. Jan. 23rd - 25th Music Road Hotel, Pigeon Forge.
TN Horticulture Expo- Music City Sheraton, Nashville Jan. 30th-31st.

Tennessee 4-H Market Hog Show- January 21st and 22nd. Tennessee Livestock Center, Murfreesboro.

National Cattleman's Association Meeting- Feb. 4th through 7th Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

2014 Value-Added Beef Conference - March 18-19, 2014 in Manchester, Tennessee at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center - The 2014 Tennessee Value-Added Beef Conference will provide educational information and networking opportunities for those interested in producing and marketing locally-raised beef products. All attendees and participants must register for the conference. Early-bird Registration Fee by March 3 - $40 person or $70 for two; late registration by March 12 - $50 per person, on-site registration is $100 per person.

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