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



October 16-19 - Minnesota Beef Expo

The Minnesota Beef Expo returns to the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The event, which attracts participants from across the Midwest, includes educational workshops, a showmanship competition, youth contests, cattle sales and a trade show. Admission is free and open to the public. Throughout the event, the Upper Midwest's best breeders showcase Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Limousin, Maine Anjou, Shorthorn, Simmental and South Devon breeds, as well as commercial heifers and fancy club calves. This year's featured breed is the Maine Anjou, a large dual-purpose breed that originated in northwestern France in the early 1900s. The Minnesota Maine Anjou Association is providing support for the 2014 Minnesota Beef Expo through volunteers and coordination of special activities. The annual Beef Expo is coordinated and funded by the Minnesota State Fair with financial support from leading beef industry organizations as a way to promote youth in animal agriculture. For a complete schedule and more information on Minnesota Beef Expo, call (651) 643-6476, email or visit

October 18 - Women, Food and Ag Network Potluck
The Women, Food and Agriculture Network of Minnesota invite you to join for a gathering of Minnesota women farmers and food advocates at 10th Street Farm and Market (located at 13197 10th St. South, Afton) on October 18th from 1 to 4 p.m. Network with other women farmers and fodod advocates and tour Hallie and LIsa's farming operation! Guest speaker will be Linda Wells of Pesticide Action Network orth America, providing information about her organization's work in Minesota and how pesticide drift affects small organic farmers. For more information, email Annelie at or call 651-583-0705. Learn more about 10th Street Farm and Market in advance through their website or Facebook page!

October 22-24 - Dairy MPP Workshops
Each workshop will begin at 10:00 AM and run through lunch at 12:00 PM. Presenting at each workshop will be Dr. Marin Bozic, dairy economist from the University of Minnesota. The workshops will start with an overview of the MPP and go into an interactive session where producers can bring their annual milk marketings (pounds shipped) for 2011, 2012 and 2013 to see how the program will work with their operation. Registration is $10 per person to help cover lunch and program materials. With limited space, participants are encouraged to pre-register with Minnesota Milk at or 1-877-577-0741 at least 48-hours before the workshop.

  • Oct. 22 - Slayton Pizza Ranch
  • Oct. 23 - Freeport Community Center
  • Oct. 24 - Little Falls (The Falls Ballroom)

October 28 - Food Safety Certification Renewal Course
Certification renewal for food managers will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 1-5 p.m. It will be held at the SW/WC Service Cooperatives in Marshall. 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 the four-hour Serve It Up Safely ™ renewal course that meets these criteria. Registration is due by October 14. 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 or contact Connie Schwartau at or 507-337-2819.

October 28 - Cover Crop Field Day
Join in for a Cover Crop Field Day on Oct. 28 at the Norhup Farm adjacent to the USDA Service Center. The evening will showcase different cover crop plots and experts will be on hand to discuss the benefits and considerations for planting cover crops. There is no charge for this event. Dinner will be at 5 p.m. with discussion and field tour to follow. Please RSVP for the dinner to 319-293-3523, so there is enough food.

October 29 - ServSafe Food Safety Certification Course
The initial certification course, using the ServSafe curriculum, will be offered on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the SW/WC Service Cooperatives in Marshall from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Participants must attend the entire session to be eligible to take the certification exam, which begins at 4:30 p.m. This seven-hour course includes information about safe food preparation, handling, sanitation and prevention of foodborne illnesses. Registration is required by October 15. 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 or contact Connie Schwartau at or 507-337-2819.


November 5 - Annie's Project
If you're a woman involved in the ag industry, this may be the program for you. Annie's Project is a 6-week program designed to empower women by providing detailed farm/ranch management information and build networks between women. In this program, women will learn how to develop financial records, learn communication skills, and more. Classes meet once a week beginning November 5th at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Lemmon from 6-9 and will continue each week until Dec. 10th. Cost is $150 per person with meals served. For more information, call 605-374-4177. Pre-registraion is due October 31st! 

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 Registration forms and online registration information can be found at 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.


December 8-9 - Post-harvest Handling & Transportation for Ag Products: Issues and Alternatives
The Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies at North Dakota State University is sponsoring a Dec. 8 and 9 conference in Fargo, titled “Post-harvest Handling and Transportation for Agricultural Products: Issues and Alternatives.” Keynote speakers have yet to be announced but the event will be held at the Fargo Ramada Plaza Conference Center, with registration starting at 7 a.m. on December 8th (for day-of, onsite registration). Otherwise, registration is $125 before November 15 and $150 after, which includes materials and meals. For more information, check out

February 2015

February 4-7 - Cattle Industry Convention ad National Beef Association Trade Show
The 117th annual convention is coming up in San Antonio, Texas, February 4-7th. Register in advance (due by January 10th) and save off registration costs! Attendees will hear from industry leaders, gather insight on industry trends, and can attend the Cowboy Comedy Club. Register today!