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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The 2012 Census of Agriculture will be released May 2 at noon!
- Youth PQA Plus certification is now available via online
- Farm Bill fact sheets can be viewed through the U of M Extension.
- The Minnesota Grown Directory 2014 is available
- Farmland the movie hits theatres May 1, 2014!
- During April, help the MN Soybean media campaign donate to WSF via social media
- Iowa Environmental Excellence Award application deadline is tomorrow, April 25
- Be watching for MDA survey questions in your mailbox!
- Nutrition labels could be revised. Comment period is open for 90 days.
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May 1-2 - Minnesota Water Conference
The Minnesota Water Conference will be held May 1 and 2nd at the Brainerd Cragun's Resort. The conference is designed to offer attendees the latest updates and information on challenges and opportunities facing Minnesota’s waters. It will bring together a host of speakers, including representatives of state agencies and leading experts on varying topics. The event offers a five-track series of workshops and breakout sessions designed to cover a wide range of significant issues. For more information or to register, visit http://www.conservationminnesota.org/state-of-water-conference/. The conference costs $155, with lower rates for one-day attendees. Registration deadline is April 18, 2014.
May 3 - Springtime on the Farm
Baby goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, cows with calves and sheep are in abundance as the wonders of the season are enjoyed at Springtime on the Farm, Sat., May 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Farmamerica. Tractor-drawn trams will carry visitors to the 1930’s farm site where kids will be able to try their hand at milking a goat, play games, plant flowers to take home and much more. Food and refreshments will be available on the grounds. Admission to Springtime on the Farm is $5 per person, and free for children two and younger. Directions and more details are available at farmamerica.org or by calling 507-835-2052.
May 7 - Farmland Viewing
You're invited to a special private screening of Farmland on Wednesday, May 7 at the Minneapolis Landmark Lagoon Cinema at 7:00 p.m. RSVP online at www.farmlandfilm.com/private-rsvp or to Pam Dahlman at email@example.com. For additional details on the film, go to www.farmlandfilm.com
May 8 - Annie's Project
Annie's Project was designed to empower women by providing detailed farm/ranch management information and build networks between women. Over a six-week period women will learn how to develop financial records, learn key communication skills, ask questions about retiremenAnnie's Project was designed to empower women by providing detailed farm/ranch management information and build networks between women. Over a six-week period women will learn how to develop financial records, learn key communication skills, ask questions about retirement and estate planning, expand marketing knowledge - all while having fun in a supportive learning environment.t and estate planning, expand marketing knowledge - all while having fun in a supportive learning environment. Classes meet once a week beginning May 8, 2014 in Hot Springs at Wooly's Western Grill. The classes continue on May 15, 22, 29 and June 5 and 12. Each session will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (MDT). For more info, contact Adele Harty at 605-394-1722
May 10 - Iowa DNR Sale
The Iowa DNR will hold the 2014 spring auction on May 10, at Pioneer Livestock Pavilion on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines. Doors will open at 7 a.m., and the auction will begin at 8 a.m. The public may view the items for sale and pre-register for the auction from 4 to 6 p.m., on May 9. Items range from firearms, bows, to tree stands, traps and related gear.
June 10 - Annual Ag Women's Day
Women involved in agriculture are invited to attend the 5th Annual Ag Women's Day on June 10 at the First Lutheran Church Activity Center in Brookings. Attendees will choose two breaout sessions with topics ranging from exercise and nutrition, how to grow your garden o ag business, and more. he conference also will provide attendees with information about the new Farm Bill and USDA-NRCS Programs. The event will end with Melanie Brown as she inspires women to "Ignite the Power in You". The day's events begin at 8:30 am with registration starting at 8 am. Registration is requested on or before June 1 and costs $10. Interested individuals should contact the Brookings County FSA Office at 605-692-8003.
July 9-10 - Precision Aerial Ag Show
The first-ever outdoor exposition for unmanned aerial vehicle use in agriculture, the Precision Aerial Ag Show, is set for July 9 and 10, 2014, at Progress City USA in Decatur, Ill. Manufacturers and suppliers of UAVs and related equipment for agricultural application will demonstrate their products throughout the two show days. The PAAS will feature exhibitor UAV flight demonstrations which will include control and programming of units, and digital displays of their output capabilities. Sounds like a definitively unique show.
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 www.soygrowers.com.
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