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



August 4 - Garden Educator Workshops
SDSU Extension is hosting a garden educator workshop in Sioux Falls at the Regional Extension Center on August 4th from 9:30 to 3:45 p.m. This is designed for teachers and other youth educators, designed specifically for Pre-K through middle school teachers, after-school program leaders, school admin, wellness committees, and so forth. he class will participate in a hands-on activity involving produce preparation and discuss resources available to promote children's consumption of fruits and vegetables. Participants will identify tools to use for evaluating garden programs at their school or organization. he cost of the training is $25 per person and includes lunch and handouts. Pre-registration and payment is due prior to class. Registration for Rapid City is due June 19, and registration for Sioux Falls is due July 31. A partial Continuing Education Credit (.5 CEU) is also available for $15. Registration forms are available here

August 4 - Fall Field Day
The annual fall field day of the Iowa State University McNay Memorial Research Farm southwest of Chariton will focus on grazing opportunities, including cover crops, alfalfa plots and fescue renovation. The McNay farm is located at 45249 170th Ave., Chariton. For directions to the facility, see the farm webpage or call the farm directly at 641-766-6465. For more information on the field day program, contact Sellers by phone at 641-203-1270 or email or Ahlers by phone at 319-653-4811 or email

August 4 - Pasture Walk
Small Farms U at the University of Minnesota will host a pasture walk on the St. Paul campus. A small flock of sheep are grazing on a field just east of the Dairy Barn. The pasture needs to be renovated, and planning in August can help prepare for that activity in the fall. Tom Gervais, Minnesota NRCS grazing specialist, will lead the discussion on the current state of the pasture forage, and what can be done to improve it in the coming fall. He will also address a number of topics on pasture management. Registration is from 5:30-6 p.m. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Cost of the workshop is $10/adult, $15/couple or business partners, and $5/student. Please contact Wayne Martin at , or (612) 625-6224.

August 4-6 - Minnesota Farmfest
Save the date for the Minnesota Farmfest August 4-6! Show hours are Tuesday from 8 to 5 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 8 to 4 p.m. Check back to the Minnesota Farmfest website for more details and exhibitors as the show gets closer.

August 10-15 - Murray County Fair
The Murray County Fair gets underway this Monday with the 4-H and special photography exhibits. Wednesday, enjoy several historical presentations throughout the day plus the two-day Lumberjack show both Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Get into the action and participate in the local "backseat driver" competition Thursday evening. Friday, it's stockcar races, the Prairie Days Parade Saturday, plus the rib cook-off! For more details go to 

August 11 - Food Dialogues
The Food Dialogues: Minneapolis will be held August 11th at the Mill City Museum. Check-in and a networking reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the panel discussion at 7 p.m. This event will bring together a panel of leaders in the food space for a conversation about what more can be done to bridge the information gap between food production practices, consumer concerns on health and the environment, and the choices that are being made when sourcing food products. For details and to register to attend, visit

August 12-16 - Nobles County Fair
The 2015 Nobles County Fair will be held Wednesday, August 12th through Sunday, August 16th! Enjoy numerous livestock shows, exhibits, plus the 5th Annual MK 5K Run/Walk, ribbon sale, Tuff-N-Ruff Rodeo, Kids Day, Endurance races, and more! Find additional details at

August 13 - 33rd Annual Minnesota State Corn Cob Open
The 33rd Annual Minnesota State Corn Cob Open will be held August 13th at Jackson Golf Course and Loon Lake Golf Course. Enjoy a fun-filled day of golf, networking with corn growers and agribusiness, and great prizes. You can register online as well. If you would like additional information, please visit or contact Molly Fransen at (507) 847-8011, stop in at Bank Midwest in Jackson, or e-mail to

August 15 - Tri-State Open Youth Beef Show
The Tri-State Open Youth Beef Show will be held Saturday August 15 at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington. Here's another opportunity to show your animal with classes for prospect, breeding, market, dairy market and showmanship. The detailed information can be found at "Like" the show on Facebook for more updates and registration information at or call Jan at 507-360-2981 or Kim at 507-329-1910.

August 25 - Iowa Drainage School
Agricultural drainage is an important management tool for crop production in many areas of Iowa. The design, installation and maintenance of drainage systems is the focus of the Iowa Drainage School to be held on Aug. 25-27 at the Borlaug Learning Center on the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua. The annual school features classroom lecture and discussion combined with team problem solving and field exercises. Registration for this three-day school is $350 per person if registered by midnight, Aug 12. Late registration is $400 and must be received by midnight, Aug 19. Class size is limited to 40 participants and pre-registration is required. Registration includes meals indicated on the agenda, refreshments, course notebook and drainage reference materials. Additional program information and online registration are available at


September 15-17 - Husker Harvest Days
Husker Harvest Days return to Grand Island, Nebraska for the world's largest totally irrigated working farm show. Find more at the official Husker Harvest Days website.

September 24 - Regional Milk Marketing Orders
Cooperative Network, the statewide association for cooperative businesses in Minnesota and Wisconsin, is hosting the Federal Milk Marketing Orders Forum, Sept. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. The event is intended to bring together dairy industry leaders to examine the Upper Midwest's current system and to discuss potential changes to the rules under which processors purchase fresh milk from dairy farmers. Agenda and registration information are online at Registration fees are $225 for Cooperative Network members and $325 for nonmembers through Aug. 31. Contact Wendy Fassbind, Cooperative Network director of meetings and events, or (608) 258-4401, to register.