Ag Events

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


  • Hillshire plant status unknown after Tyson buyout
  • Night fishing at Mille Lacs Lake opens July 21
  • Ryan-Hunter Reay wins Iowa Corn Indy 300
  • Youth PQA Plus certification is now available via online
  • RFS 2014 final ruling postponed until September


July 28-31 - USDA Wetland Compliance Listening Sessions

The sessions will provide an opportunity for farmers and the public to provide comments on technical changes being proposed to the agency's use of offsite wetland determination procedures. NRCS is also soliciting input on implementation strategies for the wetland mitigation banking provision provided in the Agricultural Act of 2014. For more information on these opportunities, visit a local NRCS field office or the NRCS website. Listening sessions have been scheduled for: 

  • Ankeny, Iowa on July 28
  • Albert Lea, Minn., on July 29
  • Aberdeen, S.D., on July 30
  • Fargo, N.D., on July 31

July 30 - ASA "Five Keys to Effective Succession Planning" Workshop
This workshop in Sioux Falls, SD will focus on the challenge of how to preserve farms from a successful transition of their operation to the next generation. The Succession Planning Workshops will be one-day workshops starting at 9:00 am and ending at 3:00 pm. Cost is $50 for ASA members (+$30 for an additional family member) or $90 for non-members (+70 for an additional family member). Exact location is TBD. Registration and more information online at

July 30-31 - Field School for Ag Professionals
The Field School for Ag Professionals offers hands-on in-field agronomy training: current insects, diseases, and crop management for two days completely taught in the field. Attendees may attend one or both days. The 2014 Field School will be offered on July 30-31 at the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. Questions, contact the IAP Program Coordinator at 612-625-2778


August 1 - Grilling Contest
Beef chefs from across the state will have the opportunity to compete in the first ever Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association (MSCA) beef grilling contest. The event will be held Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 at the Morrison County Fair, Little Falls, MN. the competition is open to teams of 1-3 individuals. Beef must be prepared on the fairgrounds that day and will consist of strip loins and burgers. The meat will be provided. Send your application and entry fee of $40 to the MSCA, 33424 183rd Street, Pierz, MN 56364. Teams may arrive at the fairgrounds on Sunday morning and the contest will conclude at 3:00 p.m. Awards will be presented at 4:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the event a steak fry will be held, sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Cattlemen's Association, local businesses and the MSCA. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association will hold a sweet corn feed in conjunction with the event. 

August 2 - OLGCS Fund Tractor Cruise
The 2014 Our Lady of Good Council School Fund Tractor Cruise is coming up Saturday, August 2nd. To participate, apply with the required $200 fundraising fee, and have a tractor within the requirements of the ride (available upon request). A preview display period runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. with the route starting at Pioneer Village. Enjoy a pork loin meal after the ride. Not a driver but want the experience? Wagon riders can apply to ride in a hay wagon along the cruise route for $30 per person, or $60 per family (includes coffee break and pork loin meal). For more information, call 507-360-4793.

August 4 - Product Performance Tour
PureGrade Liquid Fertilizer is hosting a product performance tourr in Luverne, Minn on Monday, August 4th. A number of presentations will cover current topics of interest in the agronomic industry, on implementing fertilization techniques, PureGrade products available to growers, and information on nutrient stewardship. The PureGrade Performance Tour check-in will be from 9 to 9:15 am. The event will then begin at 9:15 with side-by-side field results followed by presentations from Monsanto Bio Ag and Pioneer. All are welcome for these informational sessions and meal to follow. For more information on the PureGrade Performance Tour visit or call 800-831-4815.

August 5-7 - Minnesota Farmfest
Registration is now open for the 2014 Minnesota Farmfest, held at the Gilfillian Estate in Redwood County. Show hours go Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 to 5 p.m., with Thursday from 8 to 4 p.m. Cost is $12 at the gate OR you can register in advance for half-price admissionEnjoy educational sessions, political debates, demos, vendors, and more. Additional information at

August 6-10 - Nobles County Fair
The Nobles County Fair returns to the Noble County Fairgrounds. Bring the family to enjoy a full carnival from Thursday through Sunday, (pre-purchase carnival tickets available at W-2s, Hy-Vee, Dairy Queen, Radio Works, and Bob & Steve's) with grandstand events Friday through Sunday. Check out the 4-H and open class entries throughout the days. Be sure to mark it down for the Annual MK 5K Run/Walk on Thursday evening. More details and the schedule breakdown at

August 9 - Tri-State Beef Show
The 2014 Tri-State Beef Show will be held August 9th at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington, Minn. Classes offered include Feeder Heifers, Feeder Steers, Breeding Heifers, Market Heifers, Market Steers, and Showmanship courses. Mail your entry forms to Tri State Beef Show at 14463 140th St. Luverne, MN. Cost is $20 per head if postponed by August 1st. If postmarked after August 1st, cost is $25 per head. For more information contact Jan Weidert at 507-360-2981. You can also access more updates and registration info at

August 14 - 32nd Annual MN State Corn Cob Open
The 32nd Annual Minnesota State Corn Cob Open will be held Thursday, August 14th at the Jackson Golf Club in Jackson, Minn., and Loon Lake Golf Course in Jackson, MN. The 4-man scramble tournament will feature 9 holes of golf, a pork burger lunch, and rib-eye dinner. Tee times will begin at 7:00 AM. . Tournament fee is $240/team or $60/person, due upon registration. Register online now! Lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. featuring pork burgers, donated by Big Gain, and sweet corn. Lunch will be served at both the Jackson Golf Club and Loon Lake Golf Course. The Corn Cob Open invites all members of the community to the pork burger lunch at a cost of $5 each.


September 13-16 - Allen D. Leman Swine Conference
The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference is an annual educational event for the global swine industry. This year's conference will be held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre with pre-conference workshops September 13 & 14 and main conference sessions September 15 & 16. The pre-conference workshop topics include Managing a Healthy & Robust Breeding herd; Techniques for Detection of Swine Disease Clusters in Time and Space; PED Feed Biosecurity; and Advanced Hedging Strategies. Get more details and registration info here.

September 17-18 - Minnesota Nutrition Conference
The 75th Annual Minnesota Nutrition Conference will be held September 17 & 18, 2014 at Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel in Prior Lake, MN. Vi-COR is the sponsor of this year's symposium, "Gut Health - Across All Livestock Species". The symposium will cover immunology and microbiology of the gut, role of production stressors on gut health, and evaluating compounds with influence in the gut. Registration here.


October 6-8 - Women in Agribusiness Summit
The third annual Women in Agribusiness Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, La. New this year to the event is a half-day course on Oct. 6, "Succeeding in International Business: Challenges and Solutions for Senior Executives," designed to provide executive and senior level women with the tools they need to succeed in international business. Registration for the Executive Short Course, which is open only to those in senior or executive level positions, is now open at The cost is $250 (use code: PR4WIA-14 for a 10% discount) and Summit registration is not required to attend this short course. More than 500 attendees are expected at this year's Women in Agribusiness Summit, whose goal is twofold: to make the agriculture and food sectors career destinations for today's talented women, and to provide tools for women to become more informed leaders in the sector. Visit the official website for detailed event information.


November 20-22 - MFB Annual Meeting
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting will be November 20-22 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington. The conference will have a variety of sessions on agricultural issues, leadership development and the Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) contests and award banquets. For registration information, contact your county Farm Bureau or Lori Wiegand at 651-768-2102 or Registration forms and online registration information can be found at Pre-registration is required by October 31. Register at the conference after October 31. After October 31, an additional $5 will be charged per meal.