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Coming Events - July 10, 2013
July 13: Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network (CISFN) will offer “Growing Your Sustainable Farm Business: A Producer’s Perspective.” Time: 3-7 p.m. Location: Living Waters Farm, 29695 E. 100 North Road, Strawn and South Pork Ranch, 32796 E 750 North Rd, Chatsworth, Ill. Register at

July 16-18: The InfoAg Conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Ill. InfoAg is a conference on precision ag technology and its practical applications. Visit for program information and to register.

July 23: The Illinois Milk Producers Assoc. is sponsoring its second Dairy Technology Showcase hosted by Dave Fischer in Tremont, Ill. River Valley Dairy and Aberle Farms are the two stops on the tour, which begins at 10:30 a.m.; participants should provide their own transportation and lunch. To learn more, call Jim Fraley at 309-557-3109 or Fischer at 618-830-4957.

July 28: The University of Illinois extension will host the Urban Roots to Roof Tour from 1-4 p.m. in Springfield, Ill. Tour stops include a school garden, rooftop garden and other neighborhood gardens in the area. A map is at online. To learn more, call Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant at 217-782-4617 or email

July 11: The 10th annual “Taste of Hendricks County” will take place from 5-8 p.m. at Primo West by Five Star Catering, 2353 Perry Rd., Plainfield, Ind. Come sample some of the best food in the county at one location; proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Hendricks County Community Foundation and Leadership Hendricks County. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door; order online at

July 29: Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation, Indiana Farm Bureau, Posey Co. Farm Bureau and CountryMark are sponsoring a “Mineral Rights: Knowing Your Rights Underground” seminar at the Vanderburgh Co. Fairgrounds 4-H Center Banquet Hall in Evansville, Ind., from 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. The cost is $20; call Maria Spellman at 317-692-7840 or to register visit

July 12: The Shepherd’s Flock will host a Grazing Field Day for sheep producers featuring tours and pasture walks of three sheep operations in the Holmes County, Ohio area. The cost of the field day is $35 and includes lunch and transportation. It is limited to the first 100 registrations. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the field day will conclude at 3 p.m. Registra-tions may be made by contacting Dave and Velda Limbach, 14950 Stanwood Street SW, Dalton, Ohio 44618.

July 13: The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, OSU extension and Ohio Sheep Improvement Assoc. will host their annual Ohio Sheep Day from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at OARCD’s Sheep Research Unit 4.5 miles southeast of Wooster, Ohio, on Fredericksburg Rd. There is a $10 registration fee for the lamb luncheon for OSIA members and $20 for non-members. To learn more, call Roger High at 614-246-8299, email rhigh@ofbf. org or visit

July 13: Breakfast on the Farm, sponsored by the Michigan State University Extension program will take place at Walt Dairy Farm, Coopersville, Mich. (Ottawa County). For details, visit www. or call Nancy Thelen at 734-222-3825 or thelenn@ or Ashley Kuschel at 586-337-4985 or

July 18-19: The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corp. will have a joint meeting at 10 a.m. at Carter Caves State Resort Park, 344 Caveland Dr. in Olive Hill, Ky., July 18 and business meetings thereafter. For agenda and directions, go to

July 19-20: Field to Fork Festival will take place at Halcomb’s Knob Farm, 430 Wallacetown Road, Paint Lick, Ky.: Event is two full days of more than 35 hands-on work sessions that cover topics from basic fruit tree care to livestock first aid to farming on five acres or less, and much more. Overnight camping will be available. $5 general admission, some workshops require additional fees. Call 859-925-9936 for information or visit to register.

July 29: The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Division of Water will hold a public meeting from 10 a.m.-noon in Frankfort, Ky., to present information about methodology for nutrient water quality target development for the ongoing Total Maximum Daily Load development process. To submit questions or learn more, email

July 16-17: The USPOULTRY Informa-tion Systems Seminar will provide valuable information and tools that IT managers can apply. Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Assoc., the seminar will be at the Doubletree Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. To register, go to www.uspoultry. org/educationprograms/index.cfm

July 23-24: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is sponsoring workshops on developing a Conservation Reserve Program plan and its environmental evaluation process, at the Bradley Co. extension office, 95 Church St. SE, Cleveland, Tenn. Registration deadline is July 12; lunch will be provided both days. Visit and click on “Conservation Planning.”

July 20: The third annual Field of Champions Family Cookout benefiting the Iowa Food Bank Assoc. will highlight the Summer Iowa Games Opening Ceremony in Ames, Iowa. The event is free, but donations will benefit the association and Iowans in need of food assistance. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in parking lots around Jack Trice Stadium on the Iowa State University campus, featuring beef and pork burgers, soy snacks, eggs on a stick, yogurt, fruit and milk; learn more at