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Coming Events - April 24, 2013
April 25-26: Heating the Midwest (HTM), a regional renewable biomass thermal energy advocacy group will host its second conference at the Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minn. Early bird registration is available at a rate of $220. Information and registration is available at 

May 8: The National Grain and Feed Association’s  (NGFA) seminar on Trading, Trade Rules and Dispute Resolution will provide attendees with a primer on contracting principles and trading practices designed to minimize costly trade disputes and contract non-performance. To be conducted at the Hilton Kansas City Airport in Kansas City, Mo., the seminar will begin at 8 a.m. More information on the seminar is available by contacting the NGFA at 202-289-0873, or by visiting its website at

May 15-16: The 2013 Poultry Processor Workshop will address regulatory updates affecting processing operations and highlight key sustainability efforts in the poultry industry at the Embassy Suites Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Ga. For a full agenda and to register for the Poultry Processor Workshop, click 

May 20: The American Feed Industry Assoc. and Kansas State will offer Feed Safety and Quality Assurance Protocols Distance Education Program. The course starts on May 20 and lasts for five weeks with participants working at their own pace and engaging in online discussion. The cost is $499 for AFIA members and $685 for non-members. Size is limited to 50 participants so early registration is recommended. Visit to register.

April 25: Entrepreneurs interested in starting their own food business can learn how to begin and grow their enterprise at a Purdue Extension workshop in Indianapolis, Ind. This event will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Indiana Farm Bureau offices, 225 S. East St. For more information or to register, visit
shops/feep_brochure.pdf or contact Marsha Pritchard at 765-494-0889 or 

May 4: Stock Show University will offer a free beef fitting clinic for any stock show youth and adults from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Henry County Memorial Park in the Show Arena in New Castle, Ind. Free. RSVP by Friday, April 26 to the Henry County Extension Office at 765-529-5002;

May 5: The Lawrence County Open Dairy Goat Show will be in Bedford, Ind. For more information, contact Fran Peters at or call 812-279-5538.

April 30: A listening session is scheduled to hear comments and concerns about the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed new food safety rules for fresh produce. The session will be 1 to 4 p.m. in the Shisler Conference Center on the Wooster, Ohio campus of Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave. The event is free, but registration is requested. The registration form is online at

April 30-May 2: Beef cattle producers who want to boost their profit potential by increasing their success with artificial insemination can attend a school on the subject taught by Ohio State University Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center experts. The artificial insemination school at 9 a.m. each day will be held at the Eastern Agricultural Research Station in Belle Valley, Ohio. For more information or to register, contact Clif Little at 740-489-5300 or by email at

May 10: Switzerland of Ohio Polled Hereford Assoc., will host its annual sale at 7 p.m. at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds in Old Washington, Ohio. Contact Rick Van Fleet 740-732-4783 

May 19-22: Alltech’s 29th annual International Symposium will take place in Lexington, Ky. Visit for more details.