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


  • 73 Farm Bill seminars will be offered by the UMN and FSA throughout the area. Find when and where.
  • USDA is accepting comments on the new CSP rule through Jan. 5, 2015.
  • The tax extenders' bill is at Obama's desk 
  • China has approved MIR 162
  • USDA is accepting comments on EQIP through Feb. 10, 2015.
  • USDA will send out surveys to cattle operators the first two weeks of January 2015.
  • A recount reaffirms Oregon's GMO labeling ballot initiative was voted down in November elections.
  • Nobles County 4-H Update for December is now available!


January 2015

January 5-8 - Raising Your Best Calf Ever Workshop
Dairy producers are encouraged to attend one of the, one-day workshops, focused on Raising Your Best Calf Ever, hosted by the I-29 Dairy Outreach Consortium. Workshops begin at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. Topics to discuss includes calf health, directive update, ventilation, and more. The early registration rates are $50 for adults and $20 for students. After December 30, the rates will adjust to $65 for adults and $25 for students. The Western Iowa Dairy Alliance (WIDA) will cover up to $50 of the registration fee for members. For more information, contact Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist, at 605-882-5140. Register at the location that works for you:

  • Jan 5 - Orange City, Iowa (ISU Extension and Outreach)
  • Jan 6 - Brookings, SD (Days Inn)
  • Jan 7 - Fergus Falls, MN (Ottertail County Government Services Center)
  • Jan  - Mandan, ND (Baymont Inn Seven Seas)

January 8 - MDA Winter Workshops
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is providing farmers a day of Winter Workshops on January 8th at the St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center. The MDA is offering six workshops throughout the day, starting at 9 a.m. 

January 9-10 - Minnesota Organic Conference
The 2015 MOC is now accepting sponsorships and applications for trade show exhibitors, as the farmer-oriented educational event is being held January 9-10 in St. Cloud, Minn. You can also now register for the conference as well, with registration and application materials for trade show exhibiting, sponsorships, and advertising are all available online at the MDA website, or please call Cassie Dahl at 651-201-6012. Workshop details and online registration are available at or by calling 651-201-6012 and requesting a “Winter Workshops” brochure.

January 10-14 - AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show
Online registration is now open for the American Farm Bureau Federation's 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, which will be held Jan. 10-14, 2015, in San Diego. The full Farm Bureau member registration fee is $100 and includes the IDEAg Trade Show and Young Farmer & Rancher competitive events (Saturday, Jan. 10 through Monday, Jan. 12), general sessions, workshops and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Silent Auction. Register here!

January 14-15 - Farm Bill Meetings
The University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency will begin a series of 73 free education seminars to help crop producers understand decisions necessitated by the 2014 Farm Bill. Crop producers have until March 31, 2015 to make decisions required by the farm bill, including the choice among three new risk management programs. They will be locked into a decision that lasts five years. The seminars are offered in 72 counties and will be led by Extension educators and FSA; no registration is required. Find the full schedule here

  • Jan 14 - Minnesota West in Pipestone from 8:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Jan 14 - Minnesota West in Worthington from 1:30 - 4 p.m.
  • Jan 15 - Fairmont Knights of Columbus from 1:30 - 4 p.m.

January 15-16 - SROC 2015 Winter Crops Day
The 2015 Southwest Research and Outreach Center 2015 Winter Crops Day will be held on January 15th at the Lake Crystal American Legion and at the Waseca SROC on January 16th. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m, with the program running from 9 to 3 p.m. Find more details here. 
January 17-21 - NFU Women's Conference
Registration is now open for the 2015 NFU Women's Conference, a conference for farm and rural women set for January 17-21st in Clearwater, Fla. Attendees will learn about decision-making resources and practice management principles through hands-on activities. Topics to be covered include financial ratios, communication styles, estate planning, marketing information, break-even price points, farmland leasing and USDA programs. A strong emphasis will be on learning new skills for women leaders in agriculture and peer-to-peer networking. Cost is $175, which covers most meals and conference materials. Full payment must accompany registration and be received by January 2nd. For additional details, visit the NFU website or register here.

January 19-22 - National Biodiesel Conference
The National Biodiesel Board is excited once again to host the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, this year January 19-22 in Fort Worth, Texas. 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 Advanced Biofuel. Get additional information here.

January 23-24 - MFBF Leadership Conference
The 2015 MFBF Leadership Conference "Ignite Passion, Spark Change," will be held at the Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Red Wing. Keynote speakers are Greg Peterson, of the Peterson Farm Brothers, and Will Coggin of the Center for Consumer Freedome and HumaneWatch. Session topics will range from farm business planning to public policy. Registration is due January 9th. Find additional information here.

January 28-29 - 2015 Minnesota Ag Expo
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) will once again be teaming up to put on MN Ag EXPO 2015 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. Join them for two days of bringing together Minnesota's best farmers, top ag researchers, and the state's leading agribusiness companies for grassroots policy development, educational sessions, and networking opportunities. Pre-registration closes January 16th! Register today. FREE busing transportation is also available but reservations are due January 9th!

January 28-29 - 2015 Iowa Pork Congress
The 2015 Iowa Pork Congress will be held January 28-29 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Hours for Wednesday at 9 to 5 p.m., and Thursday 9 to 4 p.m. A number of seminars and events will be held, including the typical trade show PEDv updates, certification trainings, economic outlook, judging contests and more. Find the details and registration information at the Iowa Pork Congress websites.

January 28-30 - Sioux Falls Farm Show
The Sioux Falls Farm Show will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 4 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Arena/Convention Center and the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds, returning for its 18th year. The Farm Show is set to showcase the latest ag technology and services with over 300 exhibitors and 1,000 product lines. Don't miss out on the daily $2500 seed and fertilizer giveaway, provided by Curry and N-Rich, along with live broadcasts by WNAX Radio, health screenings by Sanford, educational seminars and more. Additional details can be found at the Sioux Falls Farm Show website.

February 2015

February 3 - SROC Crop and Soil Program
Mark your calendars for the SROC crops and soils program to head to Luverne on February 3rd. Additional details to come.

February 4-7 - Cattle Industry Convention and 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!

February 9 - MN Crop Nutrient Management Conference
The 6th Annual Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference is slated for Monday, February 9th, 2015 at the Mankato Verizon Wireless Center. Get the latest in nutrient management research and technologies that promote nutrient efficiency and protect water quality. CCA credits will be available. Speakers hail from the area state universities, the MN Ag Water Resource Center, the Mosaic Center, and the USDA/ARS. There is no fee to register, but registration is requested. To register, go online to to the conference website or call 612-209-9181. 

February 25 - Winter Crops Day & Small Grains Tour
Mark February 25th for the Winter Crops Day and Small Grains tour at the Pizza Ranch in Slayton. Additional details to come.

February 26-28 - Commodity Classic 2015
Commodity Classic is where America's farmers meet with success. 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. This year's convention will take place February 26-28 in Phoenix, Arizona. Get registered early and save!