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.
- 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 has been extended to April 25
- Be watching for MDA survey questions in your mailbox!
- Nutrition labels could be revised. Comment period is open for 90 days.
April 22 - U of M "Serve It Up Safely"
Serve It Up Safely™ is a four-hour renewal course for certified managers. Certified Food Managers need four hours of continuing education credits within three years of becoming certified. University of Minnesota Extension educators and University specialists developed this renewal course that meets these criteria. The Serve It Up Safely™ course will be held at the Biotechnology Advancement Center in Worthington on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 1-5 p.m. Registration is due by April 8. The Food Manager Certification Course and Serve It Up Safely™ renewal course are also available on-line. To get more information about all of these classes go to www.extension.umn.edu/food-safety or contact Connie Schwartau at email@example.com or 507-337-2819.
April 22 - Greg Peterson (Peterson Farm Brothers)
Greg Peterson, known for his music videos that involve agriculture, will speak at 7 p.m. April 22 in Sheppard Arena on the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo. Peterson is the spokesman for Peterson Farm Brothers, who make parody music videos. He’ll speak in Fargo about “activist websites, celebrity opinions and Internet misinformation.” The event, open to the public, will be hosted by North Dakota Farm Bureau’s NDSU Collegiate group. - See more at: http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/23124/#sthash.Sol1dYvt.dpuf
April 23 - U of M "ServSafe" Course
The initial certification course, using the ServSafe curriculum, will be offered on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Biotechnology Advancement Center in Worthington. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the test following at 4:30 p.m. Participants must attend all day to be eligible to take the certification exam. This course includes information about safe food preparation, handling, sanitation and prevention of foodborne illnesses. Registration is required by April 9. To get more information about all of these classes go to www.extension.umn.edu/food-safety or contact Connie Schwartau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-337-2819.
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 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
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