Ag Events

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February 2015

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 2 - FSA/Extension NAP Informational Session
The FSA and U of M Extension are hosting farm bill meetings to cover the Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), which provides coverage to producers of crops that are not traditionally covered by RMA insurance programs. Head to the Redwood Falls Community Center on March 2nd at 9 a.m. Meetings are free and open to the public. Questions, contact your local FSA office.

March 5 - MDA Annual Meeting
The 2015 Midwest Dairy Association Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, March 5th at the Slayton Pizza Ranch. The leadership meeting kicks off at 11 a.m., with a noon start for all dairy farmers in the 9-county area of Southwest Minnesota (lunch provided). Any questions, call Dave Schwartz at 507-920-8181.

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 10-11 - Ag Drainage Design Workshop
The annual Drainage Design Workshop will take place March 10-11 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The two-day workshops starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on day two. The workshop will focus on the planning and design of agricultural tile drainage systems to meet profitability and environmental objectives. The course content is taught in a hands-on manner and with a great deal of discussion time. The early registration fee is $225. The workshop is limited to 65 participants. Due to seating limitations, onsite registration will not be available on the day of the event. Two similar workshops are scheduled in the region:

  • Feb. 17-18 - SDSU Extension Regional Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Feb. 24-25 - Holiday Inn and Suites, St. Cloud, Minn.

To register for any of the workshops, go to For more information, contact Scherer at (701) 231-7239 or Kandel is available at (701) 231-8135 or

March 12 - ARC of PLC - Which Safety Net Fits You?
The National Corn Growers Association is co-sponsoring a webinar titled ARC or PLC – Which Safety Net Fits You? – on March 12th from 10 to 11 a.m. The webinar is free and will help farmers understand their risk management options under the new farm bill. Experts from Ohio State University, the University of Illinois and Mississippi State University will share examples of corn and soybeans from multiple geographies and help farmers analyze options between both programs. Register here!

March 12 - Soil Health Workshop
Curious how to improve the quality of your soil? Take advantage of the opportunity to attend the Soil Health Workshop on March 12th or 13th! The event will begin at 10 AM and will conclude at 2:30 PM for both days. There will be a registration fee of $10. Lunch and informational handouts will be provided. Come for the soil health demonstrations and presentations via Jay Fuhrer of NRCS, as well as the farmer panel. Please pre-register by March 9th by calling Barb Daly at 507-283-9146 x 3.

  • March 12: Minnesota West (Worthington campus) from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • March 13: SMSU (Marshall) from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

March 16 - Farmers Lead The Way

On Monday, March 16th, hear about weather and climate trends and innovative ag practices to adapt to them. Featured speaker is Extension Climatologist Mark Seeley and Jerry Hatfield from USDA National Lab for Agriculture and Environment. There is no cost to attend, which includes lunch, but registration is limited to 100 people so register as soon as possible! It runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the U of M SW Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton. Register here.

March 17-18 - Western Corn Belt Precision Farming Conference & Expo
SDSU's College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences will host the 2015 Western Corn Belt Precision Farming Conference & Expo on March 17-18 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center (1101 N. West Ave). The conference will bring together precision agriculture industry, academic, and producer leaders to view and discuss the precision agronomic latest innovations and management. New and innovative machinery will be on display. A broad spectrum of precision agronomic experts will be presenting ideas in multiple different forums. Early (available until March 16, 2015): 1 day $50, 2 day $$80, student $20/day General admission (available at the door): 1 day $55, 2 day $85, student $25/day Contact Les Slunecka, 605.731.9385 for more information and exhibitor packages.

March 18 - Advancing the Agriculture Economy Through Innovation Summit
Colorado State University will host the Advancing the Agriculture Economy Through Innovation summit March 18th through the 20th. The summit’s goal is to demonstrate the broad scope and significance of the industry around the world while connecting innovators prepared to reimagine its future. An executive leadership roundtable will explore obstacles and opportunities for agriculture in the next decade. Also – attendees will go to master classes on Big Data and climate-smart agriculture. The final days of the summit will feature panel sessions on sustainable water technologies, the global food system, the fast and fresh food revolution and creative approaches to ag financing.

March 19 - SROC Crops & Soils Program
Mark your calendars for the SROC crops and soils program to head to Fairmont on March 19th. Winter Crops and Soils Day is a public event highlighting current University of Minnesota research that is specific to southwestern Minnesota. Leading experts from the University will be on hand to present information and answer questions. registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program will go from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Knight’s of Columbus in Fairmont. Presentations and speakers include: Weed Management in 2015 & Beyond, Liz Stahl; Fertilizer & Manure Management Effects on Soil Test Phosphorus & Corn and Soybean Production in Southwest Minnesota, Dr. Jeff Strock; Understanding Your Risks When Reducing Corn & Soybean Pest Management Inputs, Bruce Potter; P & K Fertilization: Effects on Corn & Soybean Yields & Profitability, Jeff Vetsch; and 2015 Market Outlook & Farmland Rental Rates, Dave Bau. Continuing education units for certified crop advisers will be provided in the areas of Integrated Pest Management (1.0 CEUs), Nutrient Management (1.0 CEUs) and Professional Development (0.5 CEUs). The $30 registration fee covers handouts, refreshments and lunch. Pre-registration is due by Thursday, March 12. Find more details here

March 23-24 - AMPI Annual Meeting
The 2015 AMPI Annual Meeting will be held Monday, March 23rd and Tuesday, March 24th. at the Bloomington DoubleTree by Hilton. Speakers include Michael Swanson, ag economist and consultant for Wells Fargo, and Lance Fox, with the inspirational message to pursue your own "Evest." Register online at 

March 24-26 - 2015 Central Plains Dairy Expo
The 2015 Central Plains Dairy Expo is rapidly approaching, slated for Tuesday-Thursday, March 24-26., with the welcome reception and concert on Tuesday night at the Denny Sanford. The indoor trade show space is nearly doubling. There will be exhibits in both the Convention Center and the Arena. All will be related to dairy. They’ll feature equipment, products and services for milk producers, calf and heifer growers and dairy-beef feeders. As a result of the expansion, more large machinery and equipment will be on display than ever before. Don’t miss the new Machinery Row in the Arena! There will be more breakout sessions, too. Parking and admission is free! Find the official brochure here.