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 sonja@myradioworks.net.

Notes:

  • MN's waterfowl season will open 30 minutes before sunrise on Sept. 27th
  • Nobles County 4-H Clover Update for August is available online
  • Youth PQA Plus certification is now available via online
  • RFS 2014 final ruling postponed until September
  • Ashley Kohls is the new executive director for MSCA
  • August is Iowa Soybean Month

August

August 19 - Strip-Till, Cover Crop Field Day

Iowa Learning Farms will host a strip-tillage and cover crop field day on Aug. 19 at the Dean Stromer farm near Klemme from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Topics include the use of strip-tillage and cover crops as conservation farming techniques. You can learn how strip-tillage and cover crops benefit soil health and water quality. The event is free of charge, open to the public, and lunch will be provided courtesy of the Hancock County Farm Bureau. Please RSVP to Iowa Learning Farms, 515-294-8912 or by email: ilf@iastate.edu by Aug. 15. The field day site is located at 1842 Highway 69. From Garner, go south on Highway 69 for 3.5 miles. The farm is on the east side of the road.

August 19-21 - Dakotafest
As the essential ag event in the Northern Plains, Dakotafest continues to connect industry leading manufacturers to decision making producers at the Schlaffman Farm in Mitchell, SD. The premier agricultural event in South Dakota, Dakotafest provides both exhibitors and attendees with all their farming and ranching needs. Drawing from 16 different states, Dakotafest continues to grow with Farmers and Ranchers from the Entire Northern Plains region. Show hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 9-5 p.m., and Thursday 9 to 4 p.m. Cost is $10 at the gate (under 18 FREE) or you can save 50% off by pre-registering. Get more details on the show, event schedule, exhibitors and more at the official Dakotafest website.

August 21 - Protect Minnesota Pollinators Launch
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will launch a new campaign to "Protect Minnesota Pollinators" in yards and gardens, along roadsides and on farms. The public is invited to attend the launch on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair and be among the first to sign the Minnesota Pollinator Promise to help protect insect pollinators. The event will take place Aug. 21 at 11:30 a.m. in MDA's Exhibit in the North Hall of the Agriculture/Horticulture Building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (intersection of Underwood Street and Judson Avenue).

August 22 - On-Farm GAPS Workshop
The University of Minnesota On-Farm GAPs Education Program is providing a day-long on-farm GAPS workshop at the Lakefield Brandt Gardens and Greenhouse on Friday, August 22nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop is intended for commercial fruit and vegetable farmers. Cost is $15 for lunch and snacks. Bring a folding chair and dress appropriately. Register by Tuesday, August 19th.

August 22 - 2014 Answer Plot Training
Session III of the 2014 Croplan by Winfield Answer Plot Training sessions will be offered on Friday, August 22nd in Worthington. These sessions are for both sellers and growers. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with training from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and a lunch to follow. 

August 26 - Farm Bill Webinar
Minnesota Soybean will host a three-part webinar series on the Farm Bill later this summer and early fall. The webinars will be held on August 14 and 26, and September 11 beginning at 7:30pm. The webinars will include presentations from Farm Management Analyst, Kent Thiesse, Kluis Publishing owner, Al Kluis and the Farm Service Agency (FSA). This webinar will cover understanding the ARC and PLC farm program decision. Register here.

August 27 - 2014 Answer Plot Training
Session III of the 2014 Croplan by Winfield Answer Plot Training sessions will be offered on Wednesday, August 27th in Garretson. These sessions are for both sellers and growers. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. with training from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and a lunch to follow.

August 28 - Specialty Crop Production Seminar
The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) and the Value Added Agricultural Development Center (VAADC) partner to present a specialty crop production seminar at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, August 28, 2014 beginning with registration at 9 a.m. Topics will cover soil management, specialty crop weed control, marketing, and other important topics. For more information, including schedule of events, on this upcoming event, please visit www.sdspecialtyproducers.org or www.sdvalueadded.coop.

September

September 3 - POET-DSM Project LIBERTY Grand Opening
POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY will open its doors to the public at its Grand Opening celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Emmetsburg, Iowa, showcasing first-of-its-kind technology that is poised to dramatically expand our world’s resources for transportation fuel. The Grand Opening will feature plant tours, a formal ceremony, a flyover by the ethanol-powered Vanguard Squadron, booths, music and more. The public is invited to attend, and lunch will be provided. Public tours go from 9-11 a.m. and from 1:45 to 4 p.m., with the grand opening ceremony from 11-12:20 p.m. Lunch will br provided from 12:20 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. with booths and equipment viewing available from 9 to 5 p.m. NOTE: There is no public parking at the site. Free parking and regular shuttles will run from the Wild Rose Casino parking lot.

September 3 - Crop Production Field Day
The Lawler Family Farm (930 70th Ave, NE, Eyota, MN) will play host to a crop production field day on Wednesday, September 3rd. Registration and refreshments start at 9 a.m., with the welcome and overview at 9:30 a.m. Presentations from the U of M go from 10 til 11:30 a.m. No cost to attend! For more information, go to http://sroc.cfans.umn.edu.

September 4 - Total Tillage Solutions Field Day
Clear your calendars for the Total Tillage Solutions Field Day on September 4th just 8 miles south of Madison, Minn. Participants will rotate to five 30-minute stations including shallow tillage, medium depth, deep tillage, natural soil tillage, and drone technology. Pre-registration is desired -- contact Jodi at 320-235-0726.

September 11 - Farm Bill Webinar
Minnesota Soybean will host a three-part webinar series on the Farm Bill later this summer and early fall. The webinars will be held on August 14 and 26, and September 11 beginning at 7:30pm. The webinars will include presentations from Farm Management Analyst, Kent Thiesse, Kluis Publishing owner, Al Kluis and the Farm Service Agency (FSA). This final webinar will cover farm program decision basics for land owners. Register here.

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

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 goo.gl/E3UeH7. 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.

October 16 - Ag Tax Seminar
2014 tax law changes and pending legislation continue to be some of the most significant in recent history. U of Wisconsin professory and tax attorney Phil Harris will conduct Minnesota's only full-day ag tax seminar on Thursday, October 16th at South Central College in North Mankato. This course includes an update of legislation, cases, and rulings that affect farmers and unique tax issues that arise when preparing farm income tax returns. Check-in goes from 8 to 8:30 a.m. with the seminar to begin at 8:30 a.m., going until 4:30 p.m. A lunch break (on your own) will go from noon to 1 p.m. Cost is $175 and includes a copy of the 2014 Agricultural Tax Workbook and refreshment breaks. Questions? Contact Mark at 507-838-6054. Register online. Registrations are due October 3rd, but onsite registrations day-of will be accepted if space and materials are available.

November

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 lwiegand@fbmn.org. Registration forms and online registration information can be found at fbmn.org. 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.

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