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


  • The TPP has passed. It goes to Obama and then to Congress.
  • T-TIP talks continue in Miami Oct. 29-23 for the 11th round of negotiations
  • Dairy Margin Protection Program deadline has been extended until Nov. 20
  • The Senate has passed the Ag Reauthorizations Act of 2015 (HR 2015) - it goes to the House.
  • The USDA is seeking public comment on the Monsanta petition to approve Third-Generation Herbicide Tolerant corn. Comments due October 13th.
  • Enter the 2015 Farm Bureau Photo Contest! (Deadline March 2016)
  • Nobles County 4-H Update for October 2015 is now available!


October 17 - Western Christian FFA Meal
The Western Christian FFA students will be hosting a meal for ag producers on Saturday, October 17th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at a variety of local elevators. Those elevators include: Deluxe Feeds in Sheldon, Farmers Elevator Cooperative in Rock Valley, Valley Feed and Seed in Rock Valley, Doon Elevator, Hull Cooperative Association Elevator in Hull, and the Hartog Elevator in Sanborn. Burgers, chips, bars, and drink for just $5 donation. Donations will also be accepted for Western’s new FFA chapter.

October 20 - ISU Ag and Life Sciences Job Fair
ISU is ready for a day of recruitment during the Ag and Life Sciences Fall Career Day on Tuesday, October 20th from 9 to 3 p.m. for students, alumni and the public at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center on the Iowa State Campus. Find the full list of employers scheduled to participate at this year's career fair here.

October 21 - ILF Webinar on Restoring Rivers
The next regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar will be on Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. This month's presenters are Rosalyn Lehman with Iowa Rivers Revival and Nate Hoogeveen with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Lehman and Noogeveen will discuss how river restoration, used in other Midwestern states, improves water quality, reduces streambank erosion, reduces flooding, improves habitat and enhances economic development. They will also provide information about stream restoration design and project examples that demonstrate processes and outcomes. The ILF webinars are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer and Internet access. Click here to access the webinar just before 1 p.m. on the afternoon of the webinar and log in through the guest option. Webinar participants will be able to converse with Lehman and Hoogeveen by typing their questions in the chatbox. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for viewing at any time. All past webinars are archived on the ILF website.

October 21-22 - International Swine Feed Efficiency Conference
Kansas State University and Iowa State University are teaming up to host the International Conference on Feed Efficiency in Swine at the Hilton Hotel in Omaha, Neb., Oct. 21-22. The program will cover the results of a five-year feed efficiency in swine research project conducted by K-State and ISU, plus three international universities, plus breakout sessions following four different tracks. The cost to attend for the first 400 to register is $200 per person. After that, the fee is $300 a person. Students can register for $60 per person. More information, including online registration, is available at

October 28-31 - National FFA Convention
The 88th National FFA Convention and Expo will be held October 28-31st in Lousiville, Kentucky! Enjoy the classic entertainment with the FFA band, chorus, and talent show, plus the traditional FFA dance, rodeos, career expo, and local attractions! Registration is now being accepted for both attendees and exhibitors.


November 14 - Upper Midwest Organic Agriculture TourThe Upper Midwest Organic Agriculture Tour planned at the Synergy in Science ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Minneapolis will highlight the Twin Cities' organic food system. The tour will include three stops highlighting food production, distribution and education. Please RSVP by October 19th for the tour. For more information, visit the official website.