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 email@example.com.
- Be looking for beef referendum ballots in your mailbox!
- Reminder March 15 is the last date for signing up to the RMA's Adjusted Gross Revenue - Lite Program
- Congress is proposing tax changes that would be costly to farmers.
- PEDV has been found in North Dakota
- Russia to lift US pork ban March 10th, 2014
- Nutrition labels could be revised. Comment period is open for 90 days.
- The Nobles County 4-H Clover Update (Feb 2014) is now available
March 6-8 - National Pork Industry Forum
The theme for the 2014 National Pork Industry Forum is "The Power of One: Many producers united in a common goal." An event website, www.porkindustryforum.com , will provide several pieces of information in one place this year. On the site, you can find the latest agenda, hotel and ground transportation information, as well as information specifically for the delegates. Registration is due January 24, 2014.
March 7 - Farmer Spring Break Conference
The Minnesota West Farmer Spring Break Conference is back for another year on March 7th at the MNWest (Worthington) campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keynote speakers include Dr. Elwynn Taylor of ISU to discuss the upcoming weather outlook, as well as Kent Thiesse, Farm Management Analyst highlighting risk management strategies. For more details or to register, call 507-372-3468. Cost is $89 and includes lunch and afternoon coffee. Registration is due March 1, 2014
March 8 - Horticulture Day
The 20th Annual Horticulture Day is March 8th at the Waseca Southern Research and Outreach Center. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with the program slated to start at 9 a.m. Registration is due February 26, 2014. Cost is $25 and includes morning refreshments, lunch and handouts. Topics include invasive species, growing edible mushrooms, tomato grafting, top-performing annuals, an more. For details, contact the U of M Southern Research & Outreach Center at 507-835-3620 or view the brochure at http://sroc.cfans.umn.edu/
March 8 - Unwanted Horse Summit (U of M)
The rising number of unwanted horses in America is becoming more and more of a concern, particularly in the last 5 years. In light of this, the U of M is hosting an Unwanted Horse Summit March 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Leatherdale Equine Center in St. Paul. A number of veterinarians, lawyers, and other stakeholders in the horse industry will address the unwanted horse problem. Program registration is required by March 5. The registration fee is $25/person, and includes a program proceedings, lunch and refreshments. Registration is available online here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 11 - Agriculture & Rural Executive Conference
The MARL Program of Marshall, Minn. is pleased to offer a premier conference for agriculture executives at its first Agriculture and Rural Executive Conference on March 11 at the SMSU Conference Center. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with the program slated to start at 9:45 a.m. Learn about farm development, sustainability, renewable biochemistry and more. Register online at www.marlprogram.org by March 6, 2014. Cost is $100 per participant (includes refreshments, buffet lunch and dinner) with a second participant per family or business $60.
March 11 - Cover Crops Workshop
A cover crop workshop and information exchange will be held Tuesday, March 11th at the Worthington Minnesota West campus. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. with the workshop slated to go from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come and learn about the best cover crops for your rotation, see the benefits of a healthy soil, and learn about the different methods to plant cover crops. Cost is $10 per person but the first 50 to pre-register has a waived registration fee and free lunch! Any questions, call 507-376-9150 x 3.
March 12 - Farm Outlook Seminar
SMSU Foundation invites you to its 30th Annual Farm Outlook Seminar at the SMSU Conference Center in Marshall. The seminar will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features Jerry Gulke, Dr. Vince Malagna, and Roger Wallace. Please pre-register by March 7, 2014. Cost is $100 per person or $150 for husband+wife (includes lunch). Proceeds will help provide scholarships for SMSU students in ag programs. Register online: www.SMSUFoundation.org/farmseminar2014 or for more information, call 800-260-0970.
March 12 - Farmdoc Webinar: SCO and Crop Insurance (Farm Bill)
Nick Paulson, Associate Professor with the Department of ACE at the University of Illinois will describe the Supplemental Coverage Option crop insurance program created in the 2014 Farm Bill in a webinar from 8 to 9 a.m. It will focus on the design and details of the SCO program as they are currently outlined. Registration is free, however pre-registration is required. The registration is limited to 1000 participants. To register, please visit the GoToWebinar event registration page at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8542581181727301377
March 12 - Territory Producer Meeting
The Southwest Minnesota territory producer meeting for 2014 has been set, with the theme “Optimizing Yields with $4.00 Corn.”This is slated for Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Worthington Event Center. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting to start at 10 a.m, and a noon meal to follow. RSVP by March 7th to your WinField representative Shane Freese is in charge of getting post cards printed and mailed. If you want additional cards for counters and hand distribution please contact him ASAP with your needs. This is an event that you and your producers will not want to miss!
March 12 - Soil Health Workshop
If you're interested in learning more about farming systems and techniques that promote soil health, attend the Farm Profit and Productivity in the 21st Century: A Farmers Workshop on Soil Health coming up at the Elks Lodge in Fairbualt on March 12th. The workshop kicks off at 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a number of presentations. Cost is $10 at the door with a lunch meal provided. RSVP at 507-786-3916 March 14 - MAWQCP Workshop
March 13 - Serve It Up Safely Renewal Course
The University of Minnesota Extension educators and University specialists developed the Serve It Up Safely™ renewal course for Certified Food Managers in The Serve It Up Safely™ course will also be held at Greater Mankato Business Development Center on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is due by February 27. Pre-registration is required. These classes are also offered online. For a registration brochure or for more information call 507-337-2819 or contact Connie Schwartau at email@example.com.
March 13 - ServSafe Certification Course
The University of Minnesota is offering an initial certification course, called ServSafe, on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Greater Mankato Business Development Center. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the exam following at 4:30 p.m. Participants must attend all day to be eligible to take the certification exam. This course includes information about safe food preparation, handling, sanitation and prevention of foodborne illnesses. Registration is required by February 27. Pre-registration is required. These classes are also offered online. For a registration brochure or for more information call 507-337-2819 or contact Connie
March 13 - Swine Production Seminar
Pork producers in northwest Iowa are invited to attend a one-day swine production seminar on March 13 in Okoboji. This program will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Okoboji Arrowwood Resort Conference Center. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. with lunch provided. The program is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension, Hubbard Feeds and Elanco. RSVPs are not required but would be appreciated, at 507-835-2052 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Snow date is March 20. Farmamerica is 20 minutes east of Mankato, just off Highway 14 on County Road 2.
March 13 - Soy100 Event
South Dakota soybean farmers are invited to attend the soy100 event on March 13th at SDSU in Brookings. Farmers are encouraged to preregister for soy100 at www.sdsoybean.org/soy100. Registration is also available at the door. Check-in and registration begin at 7:45 a.m. on March 13, with the event kicking off at 8:30 a.m. The soy100 seminar focuses on the simple question, "What can farmers do to grow 100-bushel soybeans in South Dakota?" Attendees will hear from experts on soybean markets, weed resistance, soil health, water management and more.
March 14 - MAWQCP Open House
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District invite farmers in the Whiskey Creek area to an open house on March 14 to learn how they can get involved in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). The open house will be held on March 14 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District Office, 1303 4th Ave. NE, Barnesville. No registration is required for the open house. Farmers with questions about the event can contact Bruce Albright, BRRWD Administrator, at 218-354-7710.
March 18 - DIY Solar Heat
A DIY solar heat workshop will be held Tuesday, March 18th at Farmamerica starting at 6 p.m., which will showcase how propane and natural gas users can reduce heating costs using readily available materials. . A $20 donation at the door is requested to offset workshop costs, which will be reduced or eliminated if cost is an obstacle.
March 18-19 - Western Corn Belt Precision Ag Conference
This year's Western Corn Belt Precision Agriculture Conference, hosted by SDSU Extension, will be held on Tuesday, March 18 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Wednesday, March 19 from 9:00 am to noon at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The two-day event will feature sessions at which agriculture producers, industry members and the general public can learn about the latest developments and technologies that lead to the best possible yields. Cost is $35 per person, or $50 if registered after March 14th. For more details or to register, visit the official Western Corn Belt Precision Ag Conference website.
March 19 - Farmdoc Webinar: Crop Economic Outlook
Gary Schnitkey, a professor within the University of Illinois Department of ACE, will return for another farmdoc webinar, this time highlighting the crop economic outlook for 2014 on March 19th from 8 to 9 a.m. Registration is free, however pre-registration is required. The registration is limited to 1000 participants. To register, please visit the GoToWebinar event registration page at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7416847301140486913
March 24-25 - 2014 Associated Milk Producers Annual Meeting
The 2014 Annual AMPI meeting will be held March 24-25th at the Double Tree by Hilton in Bloomington. A General Session will kick off at 2 p.m. on Monday, followed by a mixer and dinner and entertainment. Tuesday will feature a breakfast buffet as well as the business meeting and delegate session. To register, go to www.ampi.com. Registration closes February 19. Questions, contact Lori at 507-354-8295.
March 25 - Cattle Issues Forum
The Iowa State University and Outreach is joining the Iowa Cattlemen's Association and O'Brien County Cattlemen's Association to host a Cattle Issues Forum on Tuesday, March 25th at the Primghar Community Center starting at 7 p.m. Featured speakers includes Braid Kooima, discussing market analysis, as well as the DNR to explain the Tyson's Farm Check Program. Please pre-register by March 21 with a call to 712-957-5045
March 26 - Farmdoc Webinar: Dairy Producer Margin Protection Program
From 8 to 9 a.m., John Newston, Assistant Professor within the Department of ACE at the University of Illinois will first introduce provisions of the new dairy margin protection program, and then demonstrate that by adjusting margin program choices each year dairy producers may maximize the benefits. Registration is free, however pre-registration is required. The registration is limited to 1000 participants. To register, please visit the GoToWebinar event registration page at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4274606896111336449
March 28-30 - Spring Outdoors Women Workshop
The Iowa "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" program is coming up at the Honey Creek Resort. Participants can select from a menu of classes that include introduction to firearms, biking, fishing, kayaking, Dutch oven cooking, geocaching, archery, basic shooting, birdwatching, motorboating and landscaping for wildlife. Cost of the spring workshop is $250 for a single occupancy room and $200 for double occupancy. The fee includes instruction, program materials, equipment use, meals and lodging. Registration is limited to 50 participants and some classes are beginning to fill. A late-fee penalty kicks in March 14 so get your registrations in early. More details can be found at www.iowadnr.gov/bow.
March 29 - Meat Goat Production Workshop
Anyone interested in raising goats for meat production is invited to attend the workshop at the Clear Lake Town Hall on Saturday, March 29th from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $10 per person or $20 per farm, with lunch included and payment accepted at the door. Please register by March 20 for the workshop by emailing email@example.com or calling 320-808-4424. For questions, go to www.mngoats.com
March 31 - Annual Nobles County Corn/Soybean Growers Meeting
The Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Annual Meeting will be held Monday, March 31st at the Worthington American Reformed Church. Guest speaker will feature Lance Baumgard of Round Lake, discussing "The Misconceptions of Animal Food Products." Doors open at 5 p.m. with a ribeye dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available at First State Bank Southwest.
March 31 - Farmdoc Webinar: Prospective Plantings Report
For the final farmdoc webinar, Darrel Good and Scott Irwin, Professors within the Department of ACE at the University of Illinois, will review the USDA estimates released earlier in the day and the implications for both old crop and new crop balance sheets for corn and soybeans [USDA's estimate of March 1]. Registration is free, however pre-registration is required. The registration is limited to 1000 participants. To register, please visit the GoToWebinar event registration page at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6040702945862582017
April 2 - Making & Marketing Jams & Jellies
A workshop for those interested in selling safe home-produced quality jams and jellies at farmers' markets or community events will be held in Little Falls at the Morrison County Government Center. Registration starts at 12:45 p.m. with the program from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Register by calling 763-434-0400. The workshop is particularly important for farmers' market vendors of home-processed goods and includes food safety and labeling guidelines.
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.
April 4 - Pheasants Forever Banquet
Come help us celebrate our 31st land acquisition in 31 years at our annual Pheasants Forever banquet on Friday, April 4th in Worthington! A toaster boaster hour goes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with the banquet dinner to follow. Come out for the food, raffles, auction and more! Tickets are now available at Rall Financial Services and Culligan in Worthington or see any local board member for tickets!
July 9-10 - Precision Aerial Ag Show
The first-ever outdoor exposition for unmanned aerial vehicle use in agriculture, the Precision Aerial Ag Show, is set for July 9 and 10, 2014, at Progress City USA in Decatur, Ill. Manufacturers and suppliers of UAVs and related equipment for agricultural application will demonstrate their products throughout the two show days. The PAAS will feature exhibitor UAV flight demonstrations which will include control and programming of units, and digital displays of their output capabilities. Sounds like a definitively unique show.