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



December 1 - Farmland Rental Rates Workshop
The University of Minnesota Extension is offering a number of farmland rental rate workshops around the area in November and December, with a workshop at the Slayton Murray County Fairgrounds 4-H Building at 1 p.m. No registration is required. During the workshops, Extension ag business management professionals will lead discussions about current farmland rental rates, land values, leasing agreements and related financial issues for land owners, farmers, landlords, tenants and agri-business professionals. Presenters will provide examples and worksheets for both tenants and landlords covering the FairRent program, flexible leases, and fair rental agreements.

December 3-5 - 2015 Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention
The Minnesota Cattle Industry convention is an event that brings together producers and beef industry partners for educational opportunities, policy discussion and development, and a cattle focused trade show. The Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association, along with the Minnesota Cattle women, will host their annual convention and trade show December 3rd – 5th, 2015 at Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN. This year’s convention will focus on timely and relevant topics at a new and improved cattlemen’s college as well as a joint venture wolf workshop. To register or to check out the 2015 schedule, visit the MNSCA website.

December 4-6 - Saint Paul Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show
The 2016 St. Paul Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show presented by CLAM Outdoors - the largest ice fishing and winter sports show in the country - will once again draw thousands of outdoor enthusiasts to Saint Paul RiverCentre Dec. 4-6. This three-day winter extravaganza will showcase hundreds of the nation's leading ice fishing and outdoor vendors. This year's event will entertain all ages with activities such as the Ultimate Ice Fishing Giveaway (valued at more than $5,000), an ice fishing simulated trout pond and much more. Tickets for adults are $9, children $5. Find more details at the official website.

December 8-10 - Annual SDCA Convention & Trade Show
Join the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association on Dec. 8-10 at the Ramkota in Pierre. This year's lineup of educational and entertaining speakers will share insights on everything from creating value-added feeder calves to advocating for agriculture and market and climate outlooks. Sign up today and secure your hotel and registration slot.

December 8-10 - Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course
The three-day Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course program and MCPR Trade Show starts Tuesday, December 8th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Find the schedule and registration online via the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers' website.

December 9-10 - Crop Pest Management Short Course Educational Sessions
The Crop Pest Management Short Course Educational Sessions will begin on Wednesday, December 9th from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and continue on Thursday, December 10th from 8:00 AM - 2:20 PM. Find the agenda and description at the Institute for Professionals website.

December 15-16 - Conservation Tillage Conference
The 2015 Conservation Tillage Conference will take place December 15-16 at the Best Western Plus in Willmar, Minn. Enjoy keynote speakers John Heard discussing crop nutrition and food and rural development, as well as Ray Archuleta discussing conservational agronomy. 

December 18 - AnswerPlot by WinField
The 2015 Answers from the AnswerPlot Meeting will be held Friday, December 18th at the Worthington Events Center. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting to begin at 9:00 a.m. Highlights include corn and soybean product performance updates, agronomy updates, and ag tech updates. Please RSVP to your local co-op agronomist!

January 2016

January 25-28 - National Biodiesel Conference
The National Biodiesel Board is once again exited to host the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo January 25-28 in Tampa, Florida. This annual conference is THE event for the biodiesel industry and THE place for you to establish sources, gather leads, and get the facts on this clean burning renewable fuel. The conference features educational sessions on vital topics, and at scheduled press events, you will have access to the industry’s top leaders and latest news. Get registered today at the National Biodiesel website.

March 2016

March 3-5 - Commodity Classic
The largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show is taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana March 3-5th! 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. Get registered today!