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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The 2013 University of Minnesota corn grain performance trials are now available
- Minnesota Farm Bureau has a new website! Check it out
- 2014 Local Foods College (8 sessions) start Jan. 21st and go every Tuesday evening through mid-March. Registration is FREE unless you would prefer to purchase printed materials ($30, + $25 for the Beginner Growers Manual). Registration info
- The EPA has officially published its proposed 2014 RFS. Comments are open for 60 days (end date of Jan. 28, 2014)
- 2014 spring turkey season applications are accepted now through Jan. 10th.
December 3-5 - Annual Range Beef Cow Symposium
The 23rd Annual Symposium will be held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City on Dec. 3-5. The speaker lineup for this program will provide cutting edge information for beef cattle producers. Due to recent weather disasters, such as the recent blizzard in South Dakota and flooding in Colorado, health impacts of these disasters on livestock, will also be a topic for discussion. For more information or to register, contact Ken Olson at 605-394-2236. Registration is accepted through the symposium.
December 8-11 - DTN/The Progressive Farmer Ag Summit
Ag Summit 2013 is offering advanced learning courses at pre-event workshops. Get more information or get registered today and capitalize on early bird prices! It's all happening December 8-11 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown.
December 9 - New Vision Coop's Annual Membership Meeting
New Vision Coop's 15th Annual membership meeting will be held Monday, December 9th at 1:30 p.m. at the Worthington Auditorium. Items include board election, reports by the New Vision Auditor, Board Chairman, and General Manager as well as new business.
December 9-10 - Soil Health Meetings
Sioux Falls and Watertown will be the sites of two Soil Health educational forums. SD's Soil Health Challenge: Don't Get Left in The Dust forums will take place on Dec. 9 at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls and Dec. 10 at the SDSU Extension Regional Center /Codington County 4-H Complex in Watertown. These forums will begin with registration at 8:45 a.m. and will run until 3:30 p.m. Both events include a free lunch. The forums are free to attend, however registration is requested. To register for the Sioux Falls event call 605-782-3290; to register for the Watertown event call 605-783-3642 ext 4. CCA credits are available at both events.
December 9-11 - Iowa Cattle Industry Convention
The Iowa Cattle Industry Convention will be held Dec. 9-11, 2013 at the Prairie Meadows Events Center in Altoona. The popular Jason Brown Band will perform the evening of Dec. 9. Early registration ends at 5 p.m. on Dec. 2. Those who register before that time can enjoy all convention events and meals during the three days for just $75. Full registrations after that time will be $125. For those who want to attend the meeting at a lower cost, a registration level of $25 is available, and it allows attendance to educational events only, but not to meals and entertainment. The Prairie Meadows Hotel has special room pricing of $89/night for the Iowa Cattle Industry Convention with reservations made by Dec. 2. The hotel and convention center are all located under one roof, providing ease and comfort for participation. Book hotel reservations online at www.prairiemeadows.com using group code 12082013ICA or call 515-957-3000 and mention 'Iowa Cattlemen.'
December 10-12 - Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Trade Show
Registration is open for the Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course and Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Trade Show which is set for December 10th through the 12th, 2013 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Register by November 19th in order to receive the early registration discount. This year's program theme is "Back to Reality" as it relates to crop management. General Short Course registration, technical service provider training registration, and pesticide applicator re-certification plus hotel reservations can be found here. Continuing education credits will also be available over the course of this program.
December 11 - Ag Input Provider Updates
Agriculture input providers will have an opportunity to meet with extension specialists from Iowa State and hear presentations on Pythium seedling disease, Palmer amaranth management, cover crops, soybean aphids and changes to nutrient management recommendations. This meeting also will feature presentations on weed, insect and crop disease management as well as soil, water and nutrient management and is taking place at the Quality Inn/Starlite, 2601 E. 13th Street, Ames. Hosts: Mark Johnson, mark...@iastate.edu, (515) 979-9578, and Mark Licht, lich...@iastate.edu, (515) 382-6551. Registration is $70 if received by midnight, Dec. 5 Online registration and printable registration forms are available at www.aep.iastate.edu/acu. It has been approved for Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) credits and recertification for Iowa Commercial Pesticide Applicators in categories 1A, 1B, 1C and 10. Recertification is included in meeting registration; attendance at the entire meeting is required for recertification.
December 11 - Land Value Survey News Conference
A news conference to announce the results of the 2013 Iowa Land Value Survey conducted by Iowa State University is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 11. The news conference will be held at the Extension 4-H Youth Building, at the corner of 13th Street and Stange Road on the north edge of the Iowa State campus. Materials will be provided on the web (www.extension.iastate.edu/topic/landvalue).
December 11 - Food Safety Modernization Act Informational Webinar
The American Feed Industry Association, National Grain and Feed Association and Feedstuffs are hosting a free online webinar on December 11th, which will address information as published in the Federal Register, listing the latest set of proposed rules from the FDA to implement FSMA. The webinar begins at 1 p.m. CST and is scheduled to end at 4 p.m. For more information or to register visit the AFIA website.
December 12-14 - 2013 Minnesota Cattle Convention
The 2013 Minnesota Cattle Convention will be held at the Alexandria Arrowwood Resort for three days of session. The convention will feature industry-leading speakers including; Lee Leachman, Leachman Cattle of CO; Warren Weibert, Decatur County Feed Yard; Colleen Zenk, MN Beef Council; John Lundeen, National Cattlemen's Beef Association; Dr. Blaine Corners, Zoetis; Dr. Ryan Cox, University of MN; Dr. Eric Mousel, University of MN; Sara Colombe, MN CattleWomens and special entertainment by Gary McMahan, Bellvue, CO. Special guest appearances will also be made by Scott George, National Cattlemen's Beef Association president and Patti Buck, American National Cattle Women, president elect. Registration is now open and you can sign up by visiting www.mnsca.org. Make your room reservations by calling the Arrowwood Resort directly at 866-386-5263
December 13 - McCrory Gardens Fundraiser
Put on your dancing shoes and join McCrory Gardens in Brookings, SD for Music & Mistletoe, the first holiday fundraiser dance Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. Live music, dancing, a photo-booth, and a raffle are highlights of the evening. Funds will go towards community-related events. Raffle tickets for the featured "Backyard Helpers" print by John Green will be available. Dance reservations can be purchased for $20 per person or $35 per couple by calling 605-688-6707 or visit the McCrory Gardens
December 18 - Cattle Feeder Day
The University of Minnesota Beef Team is again hosting Cattle Feeder Days in December with a program planned in Luverne on the evening of Wed, December 18th at Blue Mound Banquet Center. The meal starts at 6:00, so registrations will run from 5:15 pm to 6:00 p.m. Topics include feeding facilities, manure value as a fertilizer, preconditioning programs, and more. Register now!
December 19 - Cattle Feeder Day
The University of Minnesota Beef Team is again hosting Cattle Feeder Days in December with a program planned at Tracy on December 19th at 9:30 a.m. at the Caboose. Topics include feeding facilities, manure value as a fertilizer, preconditioning programs, and more. Register today!
January 8-9 - South Dakota Pork Congress
The 2014 South Dakota Pork Congress will be held at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Exhibit Hall January 8-9th. Events include the Checkoff Annual Meeting, TQA, PQA Plus, and Youth PQA Plus Certification courses, panel discussions, recognition banquet and more. For more details on the 45th Annual Pork Congress, visit the SDPPC website.
January 9 - Research Update for Ag Professionals
Research updates will be scheduled for January 9th in Lamberton, with a focus on issues currently confronting the crop production industry. Four CEUs will be offered and Certified Crop Advisors are encouraged to bring their CCA ID cards. Questions, contact Dave at 612-625-2778.
January 10-11 - 2014 Minnesota Organic Conference
This farmer-focused conference offers 36 educational sessions on field crop and vegetable production, soils, livestock health and nutrition, business, and marketing. Breakout sessions are led by farmers, researchers, consultants and educators from coast to coast. Keynote speakers are National Organic Program deputy administrator Miles McEvoy and 2013 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Farmer of the Year, Charlie Johnson. The registration brochure, which contains program details and registration materials, is available now at www.mda.state.mn.us/organic or by calling 651-201-6012. A few trade show booth spaces are still available and interested vendors should call Jessica Miles at the same number.
January 14-15 - Minnesota Pork Congress
The Minnesota Pork Congress is the Midwest's BEST swine specific tradeshow and pork producer educational event featuring a wide variety of exhibitors, timely seminars and social activities that are all designed exclusively for pork producers and pork industry stakeholders. The 2014 Minnesota Pork Congress will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on January 14th from 9 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration is $10 if registered by January 3, 2014, otherwise cost is $15 at the door. For more information, go online at https://payments.mnpork.com/porkcongress/index.php
January 15-16 - South Dakota Ag Expo
The SD Ag Expo will take place over two days at the Sioux Falls Arena. he visitors who are going to gather here are going to see the latest that are going in the field of technology and at the same time hear about the new products announcements. There are going to be various vendors who will gather here from different parts of the world and the visitors are going to visit them all at one place. Register by January 3, 2014 and receive a discounted price of $40! Register today!
January 16 - SROC Winter Crops Day
A SROC Winter Crops Day will be held on January 16th in Lake Crystal. More details to come at the SROC website.
January 20-23 - 2014 National Biodiesel Conference
The 2014 National Biodiesel Conference, slated for San Diego, California, is now open for registration for both attendees and booth vendors! This year's theme is "STRONG." More details to follow. Sign up today!
January 22-24 - Sioux Falls Farm Show
Mark it in your calendars to attend the Sioux Falls Farm Show, going on for three days at the Sioux Falls Convention Center and W.H. Lyon Faigrounds! For more details go to www.siouxfallsfarmshow.com
January 24-25 - MFBF's Leadership Conference
Save the date for the MFBF's Leadership Conference January 24-25, 2014. This year’s conference, “Embrace Engage Empower,” will be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Fargo, North Dakota. The conference includes two options for tours and two options for conference sessions. Registration is due January 8, 2014 to MFB. For more information call 651-768-2107 or visit www.fbmn.org
February 4-6 - SWROC Crops Programs
Mark it in your calendars for the SWROC Crops Programs offered throughout the area. More details to come, at the SWROC website.
- February 4 - Luverne
- February 5 - Lamberton
- February 6 - Granite Falls
February 25 - Winter Crops Day/Small Grains Program
Details are still in the works, but mark it in your calendar to attend the Winter Crops Day and Small Grains Program at Pizza Ranch in Slayton on February 25th.
February 27-March 1 - Commodity Classic
Commodity Classic is the once-a-year, can't-miss event for America's soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum farmers. The event offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for growers in the areas of production, policy, marketing, management and stewardship – as well as showcasing the latest in equipment, technology and innovation. Registration will open November 19th at 9 a.m. Find out more at www.commodityclassic.com
March 8-11 - National Farmers Union Convention
The 2014 112th Anniversary National Farmers Union Convention will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico March 8-11, 2014 with the theme "Spicing Up Family Agriculture." More details to come. If you have any questions, please contact Leigh Slayden, NFU vice president of membership, at 202-554-1600 or email@example.com.
April 3-4 - 10th Annual Regional Bioscience Conference
Worthington’s 10th Annual Regional Bio-Science Conference (WRBC) is set for April 3-4, 2014. The conference theme is “Bio-Business Ecosystems” – Building Regional Business Support Structure! It is intended to highlight existing core regional competencies and help address gaps in the industry Eco-system. The 2014 conference will be held at the new Worthington Convention center, which features state of the art audio video and meeting facilities. The event center is part of the newly opened Comfort Suites Hotel designed to provide business and professional travelers with high standard accommodations. Get more information or register here.