On this page you will find ag-related events that are open to the public (unless otherwise specified). Know of any area events that aren't listed? Send the details to Sonja at email@example.com.
- The 2013 University of Minnesota corn grain performance trials are now available
- Minnesota Farm Bureau has a new website! Check it out
- 2014 Local Foods College (8 sessions) start Jan. 21st and go every Tuesday evening through mid-March. Registration is FREE unless you would prefer to purchase printed materials ($30, + $25 for the Beginner Growers Manual). Registration info
- The EPA has officially published its proposed 2014 RFS. Comments are open for 60 days (end date of Jan. 28, 2014)
- 2014 spring turkey season applications are accepted now through Jan. 10th.
December 12-14 - 2013 Minnesota Cattle Convention
The 2013 Minnesota Cattle Convention will be held at the Alexandria Arrowwood Resort for three days of session. The convention will feature industry-leading speakers including; Lee Leachman, Leachman Cattle of CO; Warren Weibert, Decatur County Feed Yard; Colleen Zenk, MN Beef Council; John Lundeen, National Cattlemen's Beef Association; Dr. Blaine Corners, Zoetis; Dr. Ryan Cox, University of MN; Dr. Eric Mousel, University of MN; Sara Colombe, MN CattleWomens and special entertainment by Gary McMahan, Bellvue, CO. Special guest appearances will also be made by Scott George, National Cattlemen's Beef Association president and Patti Buck, American National Cattle Women, president elect. Registration is now open and you can sign up by visiting www.mnsca.org. Make your room reservations by calling the Arrowwood Resort directly at 866-386-5263
December 13 - McCrory Gardens Fundraiser
Put on your dancing shoes and join McCrory Gardens in Brookings, SD for Music & Mistletoe, the first holiday fundraiser dance Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. Live music, dancing, a photo-booth, and a raffle are highlights of the evening. Funds will go towards community-related events. Raffle tickets for the featured "Backyard Helpers" print by John Green will be available. Dance reservations can be purchased for $20 per person or $35 per couple by calling 605-688-6707 or visit the McCrory Gardens
December 18 - Cattle Feeder Day
The University of Minnesota Beef Team is again hosting Cattle Feeder Days in December with a program planned in Luverne on the evening of Wed, December 18th at Blue Mound Banquet Center. The meal starts at 6:00, so registrations will run from 5:15 pm to 6:00 p.m. Topics include feeding facilities, manure value as a fertilizer, preconditioning programs, and more. Register now!
December 19 - Cattle Feeder Day
The University of Minnesota Beef Team is again hosting Cattle Feeder Days in December with a program planned at Tracy on December 19th at 9:30 a.m. at the Caboose. Topics include feeding facilities, manure value as a fertilizer, preconditioning programs, and more. Register today!
January 8-9 - South Dakota Pork Congress
The 2014 South Dakota Pork Congress will be held at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Exhibit Hall January 8-9th. Events include the Checkoff Annual Meeting, TQA, PQA Plus, and Youth PQA Plus Certification courses, panel discussions, recognition banquet and more. For more details on the 45th Annual Pork Congress, visit the SDPPC website.
January 9 - Research Update for Ag Professionals
Research updates will be scheduled for January 9th in Lamberton, with a focus on issues currently confronting the crop production industry. Four CEUs will be offered and Certified Crop Advisors are encouraged to bring their CCA ID cards. Questions, contact Dave at 612-625-2778.
January 10-11 - 2014 Minnesota Organic Conference
This farmer-focused conference offers 36 educational sessions on field crop and vegetable production, soils, livestock health and nutrition, business, and marketing. Breakout sessions are led by farmers, researchers, consultants and educators from coast to coast. Keynote speakers are National Organic Program deputy administrator Miles McEvoy and 2013 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Farmer of the Year, Charlie Johnson. The registration brochure, which contains program details and registration materials, is available now at www.mda.state.mn.us/organic or by calling 651-201-6012. A few trade show booth spaces are still available and interested vendors should call Jessica Miles at the same number.
January 14-15 - Minnesota Pork Congress
The Minnesota Pork Congress is the Midwest's BEST swine specific tradeshow and pork producer educational event featuring a wide variety of exhibitors, timely seminars and social activities that are all designed exclusively for pork producers and pork industry stakeholders. The 2014 Minnesota Pork Congress will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on January 14th from 9 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration is $10 if registered by January 3, 2014, otherwise cost is $15 at the door. For more information, go online at https://payments.mnpork.com/porkcongress/index.php
January 15-16 - South Dakota Ag Expo
The SD Ag Expo will take place over two days at the Sioux Falls Arena. he visitors who are going to gather here are going to see the latest that are going in the field of technology and at the same time hear about the new products announcements. There are going to be various vendors who will gather here from different parts of the world and the visitors are going to visit them all at one place. Register by January 3, 2014 and receive a discounted price of $40! Register today!
January 16 - SROC Winter Crops Day
A SROC Winter Crops Day will be held on January 16th in Lake Crystal. More details to come at the SROC website.
January 20-23 - 2014 National Biodiesel Conference
The 2014 National Biodiesel Conference, slated for San Diego, California, is now open for registration for both attendees and booth vendors! This year's theme is "STRONG." More details to follow. Sign up today!
January 22-24 - Sioux Falls Farm Show
Mark it in your calendars to attend the Sioux Falls Farm Show, going on for three days at the Sioux Falls Convention Center and W.H. Lyon Faigrounds! For more details go to www.siouxfallsfarmshow.com
January 24-25 - MFBF's Leadership Conference
Save the date for the MFBF's Leadership Conference January 24-25, 2014. This year’s conference, “Embrace Engage Empower,” will be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Fargo, North Dakota. The conference includes two options for tours and two options for conference sessions. Registration is due January 8, 2014 to MFB. For more information call 651-768-2107 or visit www.fbmn.org
January 28-30 - Soybean Success Seminars
South Dakota Soybean has scheuled a series of Soybean Success Seminars for farmers in Janary, which will feature a session on herbicide resistence, recommendations and discussions with agronomists. Results and trends of this year's yield contest will also be shared. Find a time that works for you!
- Jan 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Aberdeen Dakota Events Center
- Jan 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. - Watertown Events Center
- Jan 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Mitchell Highland Conference Center
- Jan 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Sioux Falls Best Western Ramkota
- Jan 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. - Yankton Best Western Kelly Inn
February 4-6 - SWROC Crops Programs
Mark it in your calendars for the SWROC Crops Programs offered throughout the area. All three locations will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., with the program from 9 to 2 p.m. Speakers hail from within the University of Minnesota, SWROC, and SDSU. More details to come, at the SWROC website.
- February 4 - Luverne Blue Mound Banquet Center
- February 5 - Lamberton Southwest Research and Outreach Center
- February 6 - Granite Falls American Legion
February 18-19 - U of M Conservation Tillage Conference
Roll up your sleeves for some practical, hands-on information that will save you soil, time, fuel — and money. Conservation tillage is the focus of the ninth annual University of Minnesota Extension Conservation Tillage Conference and trade show Feb. 17 and 18, at the Holiday Inn and Suites, St. Cloud, MN. This conference emphasizes proven farmer experience and applied science. Early bird registration fee is $125 per person (after Feb. 4th $155), which includes all food, handouts and eight continuing education units (CEUs). More information, including schedules, maps, contacts and exhibitor registration is available at www.TillageConference.com
February 25 - Winter Crops Day/Small Grains Program
Details are still in the works, but mark it in your calendar to attend the Winter Crops Day and Small Grains Program at Pizza Ranch in Slayton on February 25th.
February 27-March 1 - Commodity Classic
Commodity Classic is the once-a-year, can't-miss event for America's soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum farmers. The event offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for growers in the areas of production, policy, marketing, management and stewardship – as well as showcasing the latest in equipment, technology and innovation. Registration will open November 19th at 9 a.m. Find out more at www.commodityclassic.com
March 8-11 - National Farmers Union Convention
The 2014 112th Anniversary National Farmers Union Convention will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico March 8-11, 2014 with the theme "Spicing Up Family Agriculture." More details to come. If you have any questions, please contact Leigh Slayden, NFU vice president of membership, at 202-554-1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 3-4 - 10th Annual Regional Bioscience Conference
Worthington’s 10th Annual Regional Bio-Science Conference (WRBC) is set for April 3-4, 2014. The conference theme is “Bio-Business Ecosystems” – Building Regional Business Support Structure! It is intended to highlight existing core regional competencies and help address gaps in the industry Eco-system. The 2014 conference will be held at the new Worthington Convention center, which features state of the art audio video and meeting facilities. The event center is part of the newly opened Comfort Suites Hotel designed to provide business and professional travelers with high standard accommodations. Get more information or register here.