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.

Ag News Quickies

• The Worthington Answer Plot is June 8th from 9:30 to noon
• CREP sign-up began May 15th
• The Nobles County 4-H Clover Update for May is now available.

June

June 3 - Dad's Belgian Waffle Fundraiser
Enjoy all-you-can-eat Dad’s Belgian Waffles on Saturday, June 3rd at the American Legion in Luverne! Serving goes from 7:30 to 10 a.m., including waffles, sausages, flavored syrups and a beverage for just $8 for adults and $1 for children five and younger. Carry-outs are available. Proceeds support all youth in Rock County.

June 3 - Dairy Fest
You're invited to the 2017 Dairy Fest at the Brookings Swiftel Center. The entire event is free and open to the public. Enjoy hands-on, family-friendly activities such as a cow and calf petting area, combine & skid steer bouncy houses, milk dunk tank, prize wheel, straw bale maze and farm relay race just to name a few. Free ice cream will also be served during the carnival (while supplies last) from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information about Dairy Fest, contact Larissa Neugebauer at 605-770-8233 or by email and follow on Facebook.

June 3 - MFU Women's Leadership Conference
The Minnesota Farmers Union is hosting their biannual Women’s Leadership Conference Saturday, June 3rd in Little Falls. This year’s focus is helping women drive forward in their dreams and successes, offering key information that plays into the development and growth of a farm or small business. For more information, call 651-639-1223 or visit mfu.org and click on 2017 women’s conference

June 6 - Women in Agriculture Network
The Minnesota Farm Service Agency is an ongoing partner with the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Part of that partnership now also includes an excellent Women in Agriculture Network. Events with the Women in Agriculture Network combine peer group discussion with formal class sessions. All are welcome! There is an event coming up on June 6, 2017 with the topic of Farm Business Transition, at the Halstad Legion Recreation Center on June 6th from 9 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $20, can be made day of event via cash, credit or check. Register here by May 31st. This program is interactive, and designed to help families understand how to start the transition planning conversation with topics including transferring assets, retirement, financial viability for the operation, and goal-setting. The Women in Agriculture Network was created in partnership between the U of M Extension and USDA to provide educational opportunities for women involved in agriculture, to enhance their leadership, management and production abilities. The goal of the network is to connect women to relevant, research-based education and to each other. For questions, please email Betty Berning at bberning@umn.edu or Lindsay Mutegi at lindsay.mutegi@mn.usda.gov.

June 7-9 - World Pork Expo
The 2017 World Pork Expo is set for June 7-9 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Get the latest information in swine education, innovation, and networking, plus PORK Academy and business seminars, the trade show, and delicious pork recipes! Registration is available now.

June 8 - MFBF Sporting Clays Fundraiser
The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation will hold its second annual sporting clays fundraiser at Caribou Gun Club in Le Sueur on Thursday, June 8. All proceeds from the event help fund MFB Foundation programs focused on agricultural education, safety education and leadership development. The format will be a five-person team shoot with 12 interactive shooting stations starting at 2:00 p.m. The entry fee covers 50 targets, banquet meal and prizes. Other contests will take place throughout the afternoon. The cost for the event is $75 for individuals and $300 for teams. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, download a brochure and registration form or contact Michelle DeGeest at 651-768-2151 or michelle.degeest@fbmn.org.

June 8 - Worthington Answer Plot Session 1 (by WinField United)
You're invited to take advantage of a one-of-a-kind event that will address current crop production issues and insights. WinField United agronomists and product leaders will be your host, as they kick off the 19th year of ANSWER PLOT by WinField United. A special tool set prize will be presented to a winning producer. This event takes place Thursday, June 8th from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Worthington Answer Plot (two miles north of Worthington on Highway 59).

June 13 - Biodiesel Open & Bean Blast Tournament
The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) Biodiesel Open and Bean Blast Tournaments will be Tuesday June 13, 2017. The golf tournament will be held at North Links Golf Course in North Mankato, Minn., with the sporting clays competition at the River Ridge Gun Club in Courtland, Minn. Cost is $100 per person for the 18-hole scramble tournament, including golf, a cart, lunch, social hour, dinner and prizes. Cost is also $100 for the clays competition, which entitles you to 100 targets, with up to 15 interactive shooting stations, lunch, social hour, dinner and prizes! Click here for more information or to register.

June 14-15 - Four-State Dairy Nutrition & Management Conerence
The latest research information on issues concerning the dairy industry will be presented at the 2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference on June 14-15 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Topics during the forum include feeding strategies, economic returns in robotic milking systems, new findings in bedding application, Mycotoxins in dairy cattle, determining the best forage uses and more. Cost to attend is $150 if signed-up before May 31 and $175 after that day and at the door. Registration includes conference proceedings, listed meals and breaks. Register online or for a downloadable brochure here.

June 17 - South Dakota Prime Time Gala
The 2017 South Dakota Prime Time Gala is coming up Saturday, June 17th. Registration and social hour goes from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m, followed by a dinner and presentation plus live auction and closing. Don't miss out on the concert at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, featuring Martina McBride and Scotty McCreery! All proceeds from the concert, gala auction and truck raffle will support Feeding South Dakota with a pledge to raise $150,000 for this year. It's prime time to join the drive: two big parties and one lofty goal! Get more details at the SD Prime Time Gala website.

June 19 - Annual Minnesota 4-H Foundation Golf Classic
The Minnesota 4-H Foundation Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 19th at the Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville, Minn. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 1 p.m. Enjoy 18 holes of golf, the opportunity to meet and talk with 4-H youth about projects, lunch, on-course beverages, award ceremony, and an auction. Get more details here

June 19-20 - CommonGround Workshop
If you are a woman in agriculture and would like to become involved consumer outreach activities, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the CommonGround program and hear from some great speakers. The workshop is free to attend. RSVP’s are required. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Meghan Doyle at mdoyle@mncorn.org or 952-460-3611.

June 22 - Breakfast on the Farm (Lyon County)
Enjoy Breakfast on the Farm at the Lanou Farm in Marshall from 6 to 9 a.m. Cost is just $1 for delicious Dad's Belgian waffles, sausage, eggs, and juice. Enjoy pork, corn and bean trailers and farm tours as well. 

June 28 - Soil Health & Cover Crops Field Day
Mark your calendars for a Soil Health & Cover Crops Field Day on June 28th in Morris, Minn. Topics covered include rye termination before corn, cover crops and weed management, RMA guidelines, cover crop types, soil health (soil pit), relay cropping with Camelina and Soybean, Nutrient runoff and water quality. Plus they will have equipment demonstration for inter-seeders.

July

July 6 - Crop Management Tour
The Crop Management Tour will provide research-based information for crop producers, crop consultants, and others involved in agricultural crop production. Focus will be on new technologies and strategies in weed management. There is no cost to attend. The plots are located on the northeast corner of Hwy 14 and E Circle Rd (CR 22).

July 13 - Minnesota Pork Chop Open
The 40th Annual Pork Chop Open will be held on Thursday, July 13th. More details to come.

July 18 - Breakfast on the Farm (Cottonwood County)
Mark your calendars for the Cottonwood County Ag Appreciation Night in the Windom Arena at the Cottonwood County Fairgrounds. There is no cost; simply come and enjoy burger, beans, chips, drinks, cookies and activities for both children and adults from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

August

August 1-3 - 2017 Minnesota Farmfest
Mark your calendars for the 2017 Minnesota Farmfest, held August 1-3 in Morgan, Minnesota. Show hours are Tuesday 8 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details to come.

August 10 - Annual Corn Cob Open
The 35th Annual Minnesota State Corn Cob Open will be held on August 10, 2017. After 34 years, the organization has decided that the 35th will be the grand finale. As per usual, it will be held at the Jackson Golf Club and Loon Lake Golf Course in Jackson, MN. The 4-person scramble tournament will feature 9 holes of golf, a pork burger lunch, and ribeye dinner. Tee times will begin at 7:00 AM. Registration opens Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Tournament fee is $240/team or $60/person, due upon registration. All golfers and duffers are welcome to participate in the tournament. If you would like additional information, please visit the official website.

August 16-17 - Water Quality Town Hall Meetings
The State of Minnesota is offering town hall meetings across the state, free and open to the public. Come discuss water quality challenges facing your community and learn from experts and engage with policy makers. Additional details here, with times and specific locations to follow.
• August 16 - Marshall
• August 17 - Mankato

September

September 20-21 - Minnesota Nutrition Conference
The Minnesota Nutrition Conference is the Upper Midwest’s premier forum for communicating leading edge, research-based information to advance nutrition and nutritional management of beef, dairy, equine, poultry and swine. The theme of this year’s General Session is “The Future of Animal Production.” A dietitian, Leah McGrath of Ingles Supermarkets in Asheville, N.C., will deliver a keynote on "Food Fiction vs Food Fact: Understanding the Consumer and the Conversation." This topic will lay the groundwork for the other speakers to address "Technologies to Reduce Reliance on Antibiotics" (Dr. Clayton Johnson, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd, Carthage, Ill.), "Incorporating Animal Comfort and Welfare Measures in Livestock Production" (Dr. Courtney Daigle, Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University), and "Economic and Societal Drivers Shaping the Future of the U.S. Beef Industry" (Thomas Peters, Corn Belt Livestock Services, Oregon, Ill).The program agenda plus details on regstiration are available on the conference website.