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 sonja@myradioworks.net.

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May 

May 21 - Canton Pasture Walk
The Spring Fling Pasture Walk will be held May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Springside Farm, Bonnie & Vance Haugen, Canton. Topics will be forage budgeting in addition to grass, legume, and weed identification. On-farm examples are the winter rye and grazing corn with other strategies to extend the grazing season. Anyone interested is welcome. Warning, most GPS get the location wrong. Directions: from intersection of Hwy 44 and 52, go north on Dove .5 miles. East on Deer Rd. 1.5 miles. On east side on hilltop is Fire# 12620. RSVPs would be helpful and can be made to bonnie@dairygrazingapprenticeship.org or 507-421-7170.

June

June 3-5 - World Pork Expo
Each year, 20,000 pork producers and other professionals make World Pork Expo the world's largest pork-specific trade show. Mark it down for June 3-5, the 2015 World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, IA. Don't miss out on the business seminars, new product tours, PORK Academy, PSQ Plus training, the World Pork Open Golf Tournament, plus the World Pork Expo Junior National shows and children's activities throughout the expo. Find more details at the World Pork Expo website.

June 10 - Advanced Reproductive Swine Seminar
Pork producers are invited to attend a workshop focusing on advanced swine reproductive management topics at the Le Mars Convention Center. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. with the first session starting at 10 a.m., with the seminar concluding with a Q&A at 3 p.m. Keynote speaker is Larry Coleman. Cost is $30 per person, which includes lunch and materials. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged! To RSVP, contact Dave Stender at 712-225-6196 or via email at dstender@iastate.edu.

June 10-11 - 2015 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference
The 2015 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference will be held on June 10 and 11 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The conference will highlight the latest research on issues concerning the dairy industry including feeding management, as well as behavior and net technologies in dairy. Breakout sessions include feeding and harvesting considerations with low-lignin alfalfa, managing foot health, understanding rumen fiber dynamics and more. Register here or contact Jim Salfer at 320-203-6093. Cost is $150 until May 31st, and $175 after May 31st.

June 16 - MFB Foundation Golf Fundraiser
The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation will hold its annual golf fundraiser at River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove, Minnesota on Tuesday, June 16. The format will be a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at noon. The entry fee covers 18 holes of golf, two carts per foursome, a box lunch, banquet meal and prizes. Other contests will take place throughout the course. The cost for the event is $150 for individuals or $125 if registered before May 15. Farm Bureau members can register for $125, or $100 if registered by May 15. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Registrations are due May 29. For more information, download a brochure and registration form here or contact Ruth Meirick at 651-768-2115 or ruth.meirick@fbmn.org.

June 17-19 - Midwest Farm Energy Conference
The Midwest Farm Energy Conference is coming up on June 17-19 and the early bird registration deadline - and discount - ends on April 1. You can register now. Organizers are excited to offer a variety of presentations and tours as part of the Conference agenda. Sessions will include energy optimized systems for dairy production, energy conservation and generation in swine facilities, incentives, grants and loans for renewable and energy efficient systems. Tours of the WCROC solar thermal systems, dairy facilities, swine facilities, Renewable Hydrogen and Ammonia Pilot Plant and wind turbine will be provided.

July

July 20-21 - 2015 MSCA Summer Tour Trade Show
Registration is open for the 2015 Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association Summer (MSCA) Beef Tour and Trade Show! Each year, a community is chosen to showcase experienced beef farmers and ranchers with a family history of raising high quality beef, which is raised with integrity, as well as other agricultural highlights of their community. Hutchinson, MN has been chosen as the location for the 2015 MSCA Summer Beef Tour & Trade Show. The tour registration fee is $25 before June 15th and $35 after June 15th. The student price is $20. An additional lunch ticket is $10 and an additional dinner ticket is $15. Payments may be sent to Ashley Kohls, 23722 230th St., Hutchinson, MN 55350. Registration forms can be found online here. For the tour agenda or more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ashley Kohls: 612-618-6619 or mscasummertour2015@hotmail.com.

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