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 USDA has granted Zoetis, Inc. a conditional license for PEDv vaccine
  • E15 is expanding to the southern parts of the U.S.
  • NPB CEO Chris Novak is changing to leadership role with NCGA Oct. 3
  • MN's waterfowl season will open 30 minutes before sunrise on Sept. 27th
  • RFS 2014 final ruling has been brought to the Office of Management


September 16-18 - 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit
This conference offers a focus on using the tools of biotechnology to improve agricultural animals to address the challenges faced in health, food, and industrial applications worldwide. Topics to be discussed include the communication, research and development, regulatory system, and welfare improvements that can be achieved by the animal biotechnology community.

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.

September 18 - Farm FIeld Day & Expo
The Farm Lab of Iowa Lakes Community College will host its annual Farm Field Day and Expo on Thursday, Sept. 18. Special guest Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will be the featured speaker. All area residents, as well as past Ag program alumni of Iowa Lakes, are invited to tour various agricultural exhibits and the Farm Laboratory starting at 4 p.m. Van tours will be given from 4-6 p.m. of the college crops and animal enterprises. A free dinner will be served from 5-6 p.m. Deputy Ag Secretary Naig will speak at 6 p.m. The Farm Expo will be held rain or shine. The College Farm Laboratory is located on U.S. Highway 18 about five miles west of Emmetsburg. For more information, contact Iowa Lakes at 712-852-5259 or visit

September 20 - Fall in the Park
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton is hosting Fall in the Park at Lewis and Clark Sept. 20 from 1-5 p.m. CDT. The new fall event will include a number of activities including an obstacle course, outdoor cooking, crafts, games, laser shot, BB gun shooting and archery. Visitors can also enjoy music by Steel Groove, a steel drum group, from 3 to 5 p.m. There is no charge to attend the event; however, a park entrance license is required to enter the park. Daily entrance is $6 per vehicle. Lewis and Clark Recreation Area is located 6 miles west of Yankton of SD Highway 52. For more information, call 605-668-2985

September 27 - Apple Expo
The first-ever Apple Expo will be held on September 27th at the Grand Marais Community Center beginning at 8:45 a.m. The class will provide an overview of issues related to growing apple trees, an intro to organic and IPM, apple tasting, and more. From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., tour three newly planted high-density apple orchards. Cost is $5 or $10 per family. Call 218-387-3015 to pre-register so organizers can plan for handouts.


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 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.

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 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.