Ag Events

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January 2015

January 28-29 - 2015 Minnesota Ag Expo

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) will once again be teaming up to put on MN Ag EXPO 2015 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. Join them for two days of bringing together Minnesota's best farmers, top ag researchers, and the state's leading agribusiness companies for grassroots policy development, educational sessions, and networking opportunities. Pre-registration closes January 16th! Register today. FREE busing transportation is also available but reservations are due January 9th!

January 28-29 - 2015 Iowa Pork Congress
The 2015 Iowa Pork Congress will be held January 28-29 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Hours for Wednesday at 9 to 5 p.m., and Thursday 9 to 4 p.m. A number of seminars and events will be held, including the typical trade show PEDv updates, certification trainings, economic outlook, judging contests and more. Find the details and registration information at the Iowa Pork Congress websites.

January 28-30 - Sioux Falls Farm Show
The Sioux Falls Farm Show will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 4 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Arena/Convention Center and the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, returning for its 18th year. The Farm Show is set to showcase the latest ag technology and services with over 300 exhibitors and 1,000 product lines. Don't miss out on the daily $2500 seed and fertilizer giveaway, provided by Curry and N-Rich, along with live broadcasts by WNAX Radio, health screenings by Sanford, educational seminars and more. Additional details can be found at the Sioux Falls Farm Show website.

January 30 - Recertification Workshop
If you need to renew your private Pesticide Applicator certification, attend the upcoming recertification workshop sponsored by the U of M Extension. Head to the Pipestone MN West campus, room 127 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for the recertification workshops will be taken at the door and no pre-registration is required. Anyone attending a workshop for recertification must bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. Bringing your Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Card will assist in the registration process as well.

February 2015

February 2 - Rock-Nobles Cattlemen's Annual Banquet
The Rock-Nobles Cattlemen Annual Banquet will be held on Monday, February 2nd at the Luverne Blue Mound Banquet Center. Enjoy a social hour at 6 p.m., with steaks served at 6:30 p.m. Featured speaker is Kevin Murphy, oner and founder of Food-Chain Communications, who will discuss "The Food Mortality Movement." For more information call Rock-Nobles Cattlemen presient Ryah Their at 507-360-8591.

February 2-27 - Recertification Workshops
If you need to renew your private Pesticide Applicator certification, attend an upcoming recertification workshop sponsored by the U of M Extension. Registration for the recertification workshops will be taken at the door and no pre-registration is required. Anyone attending a workshop for recertification must bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. Bringing your Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Card will assist in the registration process as well.

  • Feb 2, Slayton, Murray County 4-H Bldg: 12:30 - 4:00 pm
  • Feb 6, Marshall, Ramada: 12:30 - 4:00 pm
  • Feb 10, Sleepy Eye, Orchid Inn: 12:30 - 4:00 pm
  • Feb 12, Jackson, American Legion: 12:30 - 4:00 pm
  • Feb 13, Montevideo, American Legion: 12:30 - 4:00 pm
  • Feb 18, Albert Lea, Riverland Community College-Lecture Hall 124: 9:00 – 12:30 pm
  • Feb 20, Lamberton, Southwest Research and Outreach Center: 12:30 - 4:00 pm
  • Feb 24, Fairmont, Knights of Columbus: 12:30 - 4:00 pm
  • Feb 27, Worthington, Worthington Regional Extension Office Classroom: 9:00 – 12:30 pm

February 3 - SROC Crop and Soil Program
Mark your calendars for the SROC crops and soils program to head to Luverne's Blue Mound Banquet Center on February 3rd. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with the program running from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $30 and includes handouts, refreshments, and lunch. Please register by Thursday, January 29th. Attending this program will earn you a total of 2.5 CEUs. Find the registration form and more details here.

February 3-5 - Farm Bill Meetings
The University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency will begin a series of 73 free education seminars to help crop producers understand decisions necessitated by the 2014 Farm Bill. Crop producers have until March 31, 2015 to make decisions required by the farm bill, including the choice among three new risk management programs. They will be locked into a decision that lasts five years. The seminars are offered in 72 counties and will be led by Extension educators and FSA; no registration is required. Find the full schedule here

Feb. 3 - Mankato Courtyard Marriott from 9:30 a.m. to noon

Feb. 4 - Rochester International Event Center from 9:30 a.m. to noon

Feb. 4 - Bede Ballroom (U of M Crookston) from 9:30 a.m. to noon

Feb. 5 - Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls from 9:30 a.m. to noon

Feb. 5 - U of M Continuing Education Center in St. Paul from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

February 4-7 - Cattle Industry Convention and National Beef Association Trade Show
The 117th annual convention is coming up in San Antonio, Texas, February 4-7th. Register in advance (due by January 10th) and save off registration costs! Attendees will hear from industry leaders, gather insight on industry trends, and can attend the Cowboy Comedy Club. Register today!

February 7 - Jackson County 4-H New Member Orientation
The Jackson County 4-H invites you to the New Member Orientation meting on Saturday, February 7th from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Lakefield Multi-Purpose Building. Both new 4-H families and families interested in learning about 4-H are invited to come to the new member event. . This informal meeting for both youth and parents include information on project ideas, 4-H, county fairs, and much more! Youth activities will be lead by Ambassadors while an informational meeting is being held for adults. Please RSVP to the Jackson County Extension Office at 507-662-5293 by February 6th.

February 7-8 - Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference
Minority and immigrant farmers are invited to participate in the 10th Annual Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference. The conference will be held Feb. 7-8 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center located at 1890 Buford Avenue in St. Paul. The theme of the 2015 Conference is "Honoring Legacy: Farmers Moving Forward". The keynote presenter on Feb. 7 is Bao Vang, President and CEO of Hmong American Partnership. The keynote presenter on Feb. 8 is Bo Thao-Urabe, Social Entrepreneur and Community Builder. Registration can be completed by calling 612-227-9968.

February 8 - SD 2015 Taste of Elegance
The South Dakota's 2015 Taste of Elegance will be held February 8, 2015 in the Grand Ballroom of the South Falls Convention Center. The Taste of Elegance is a culinary competition designed to inspire innovative and exciting ways to menu pork. South Dakota chefs compete for cash prizes plus the opportunity to attend the National Pork Board Pork Summit in California. Find more details about the Sioux Falls Taste of Elegance here

February 9 - MN Crop Nutrient Management Conference
The 6th Annual Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference is slated for Monday, February 9th, 2015 at the Mankato Verizon Wireless Center. Get the latest in nutrient management research and technologies that promote nutrient efficiency and protect water quality. CCA credits will be available. Speakers hail from the area state universities, the MN Ag Water Resource Center, the Mosaic Center, and the USDA/ARS. There is no fee to register, but registration is requested. To register, go online to to the conference website or call 612-209-9181. 

February 10-11 - Advanced Crop Advisors
The Advanced Crop Advisers Workshop is scheduled for Feb. 10-11, at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. The workshop is designed to provide in-depth discussion of selected topics for agricultural professionals to enhance their crop production recommendations for farmers. Preregistration is requested. The workshop fee is $140 if received by Feb. 6 or $75 if attending one day. Late registration fees are $175 or $100 for one day. The fee includes three meals and refreshment breaks, and references. Certified crop advisers will have the opportunity to receive 11 continuing education units. View the full brochure here. For additional information, call 701-652-2951.

February 17-18 - U of M Extension Drainage Workshops
The annual Extension Drainage Design Workshops will be held at the SDU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls, SD (2001 E. 8th St). The 2-day workshops start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. on day two. The workshops will focus on planning and design of agricultural tile drainage systems to meet both profitability and environmental objectives. The course content is taught in a hands-on manner with lots of discussion time. Each workshop is intended for those interested in a more complete understanding of the planning and design principles and practices for drainage and water table management systems. The early registration price is $225 (price goes up to $300 about 2 weeks before the start of each workshop), and each workshop is limited to about 65 participants. Register today! These workshops have typically filled quickly, so register early to guarantee a spot. Due to seating limitations, on-site registration will NOT be available on the day of the event.

February 25 - Winter Crops Day & Small Grains Tour
Mark February 25th for the Winter Crops Day and Small Grains tour at the Pizza Ranch in Slayton. Corn and bean topics will be in the morning, with small grains topics covered in the afternoon. Additional details to come.

February 26 - 2015 Soy Social Auction
Registration for the ASA 2015 Soy Social and Auction is now open! Come join ASA and supporters as we come together for the 10th annual Soy Social and Auction, presenting the 2015 theme “Touchdown! Going All the Way for Soybeans.” The auction is on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Ariz. The American Soybean Association is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the ASA SoyPAC and the annual Soy Social and Auction. Register online or register onsite. Online registration will close on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Register onsite at Commodity Classic beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 from 8 a.m. to noon at the SoyPAC registration desk.

February 26-28 - Commodity Classic 2015
Commodity Classic is where America's farmers meet with success. Commodity Classic is open to all friends of corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum—from growers to member associations to agribusiness to farm media. It’s a one-of-a-kind convention and trade show—farmer-focused and farmer-led. You’re guaranteed to walk away with ideas and energy that will have a profound and profitable impact on your farm. That’s why growers from across the nation come back year after year after year. This year's convention will take place February 26-28 in Phoenix, Arizona. Get registered early and save!

March 2015

March 6 - Nitrogen Conference

University of Minnesota Extension will host the Nitrogen Conference March 6, 2015 at the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn in St. Cloud, Minnesota The conference will focus on nitrogen management for crop producers and ag professionals. Nitrogen is essential for crop production, but many factors influence the efficient use of this nutrient in agricultural systems. Managing this nutrient effectively in Minnesota is important both for financial and environmental benefits. CCAs will be able to earn seven CEUs for attending the full day from 9 to 3:45 p.m. Get the full details and schedule here

March 10-11 - CERTs 2015 Conference
CERTs 2015 will be an exploration and celebration of successful energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and a coming together of hundreds of amazing people who are working to create a clean energy future in their communities and beyond. CERTs 2015 will begin on Tuesday, March 10 with a full day of informative and timely sessions, generous networking opportunities, and exhibits, ending with an evening reception. The event will continue on Wednesday, March 11 with a half day of in-depth clean energy workshops, more networking, and exhibits. Find the agenda, registration forms and more at the CERTS website.

March 19 - SROC Crops & Soils Program
Mark your calendars for the SROC crops and soils program to head to Fairmont on March 19th. Find more details here