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Coming Events - February 14, 2018

Editor’s Note: Coming Events is a free listing. The material presented is a cross-section of activities about which we know. Placement in Coming Events is on a space available basis and is up to the discretion of the Farm World staff.



Feb. 14-March 14: The University of Illinois Extension has scheduled workshops to provide Illinois livestock producers with manure management training. Each workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. Workshop dates and locations are as follows:

•Feb. 14, 210 W. Spring St., Freeport, Ill.

•Feb. 15, 307 S. Madison St., Morrison, Ill.

•Feb. 20, 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington, Ill.

•Feb. 21, 180 S. Soangetaha Road, Galesburg, Ill.

•Feb. 22, 1301 E. Washington, Pittsfield, Ill.

•Feb. 27, 1209 North Wenthe Dr., Effingham, Ill.

•Feb. 28, 1163 North 4th St., Breese, Ill.

•March 1, 1212 Route 14 West, Benton, Ill.

•March 14, State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.

The cost is $35. For more questions about registration, contact Nancy Simpson at

Feb. 15-March 29: The University of Illinois Extension will host a Small Farms Winter Webinar Series, featuring practical presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies every Thursday at noon. Registration is free and participants will receive a webinar reminder, log in instructions, and instructions to access the archived recording. Remaining dates and topics include:

•Feb. 15 - An Update on the Grand Prairie Grain Guild: Developing Staple Crop Varieties and Associated Regional Food Grade Markets

•Feb. 22 - Creating Community Food Production Systems

•March 1 - Heavy Metals in Soils: Identifying and Acting on Contamination

•March 8 - Native Pollinators on Your Farm

•March 15 – Small Acres Pastured Poultry

•March 22 - Growing Ginger, Turmeric and Other Unique Crops

•March 29 - Tips for Modifying and Building Sprayers for Specialty Crops

Feb. 21: Registration for the 2018 Crop Management Conferences is open. Established by University of Illinois Extension’s commercial agriculture team, the meeting provides a forum for discussion and interaction between participants and university researchers. The conference will be at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill. Advance registration – no later than one week before each conference – is $100 per person. Late and onsite registration is $120. For more details, visit

Feb. 21-25: The Illinois Beef Expo will be at the Illinois State Fairground in Springfield, Ill. For additional details, visit

Feb. 22: The 50th annual Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale will begin at 11 a.m. at the Livestock Center on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. Contact Travis Meteer at 217-430-7030 or email at for more information. The IPT Bull Sale catalog and additional supporting information can be found online at

Feb. 23: The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Agriculture will host the Illinois Winter Wine Festival at the Crowne Plaza Springfield in Springfield, Ill. The festival begins at 7 p.m. For tickets and information on the festival, visit or contact the IGGVA office at 217-726-8518.



Feb. 16: Purdue Extension and Indiana Pork are teaming up to present the eighth annual Southern Indiana Pork Conference from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Schnitzelbank Restaurant in Jasper, Ind. Indiana Pork will provide lunch. Conference attendance and lunch are free, but reservations are required by Feb. 9 by registering online at or by calling Stacy Herr, Indiana Pork, at 317-872-7500.

Feb. 19: Two livestock producers will discuss using forages during a dinner and seminar at the Indiana Forage Council’s annual meeting. The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park in Nashville, Ind. The dinner and seminar will begin at 6 p.m. The cost to attend the dinner and seminar is $20. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Jason Tower at or 812-678-4427.

Feb. 20-March 8: Farm families can learn how to ensure a successful ownership transition from one generation to the next in a workshop sponsored by the Purdue Extension Succession Planning Team. The workshop will be presented by attorneys and estate planning experts. Remaining sessions are:

•Feb. 20, 6-9 p.m.: Purdue Extension-Harrison County office; 247 Atwood St., Corydon, Ind.

•Feb. 27, 6-9 p.m.: Switzerland County Technology and Education Center; 708 W. Seminary St., Vevay, Ind.

•March 8, 9 a.m.-noon: Madison County Fairgrounds; 512 E. Fourth St., Alexandria, Ind.

•March 8, 5-8 p.m.: Henry County Memorial Park, Smith Building; 2221 N. Memorial Drive, New Castle, Ind.

Cost is $40 for the first four family members and $10 for each additional member. Registration forms are available at  and should be mailed to Kelly Heckaman, Kosciusko County Extension, 202 W. Main St., Warsaw, IN 46580. Registration is due two weeks before each session. For more information, contact Jenna Nees at 765-653-8411 or

Feb. 21-22: The Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference will take place in at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Ind. For more details, visit

Feb. 21-Feb. 26: The Indiana Department of Environmental Management and members of the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee will host five public meetings around the state to provide information and gather input on Indiana's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. The public meetings are:

•Feb. 21 - Allen County Public Library Aboite Branch, Fort Wayne, Ind.

•Feb. 26 - Jackson County Public Library Seymour Branch, Seymour, Ind.

For more information about the Indiana Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Program, visit

Feb. 24: The Purdue Lambing School, offered to beginning and veteran sheep or goat producers, will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Purdue Animal Sciences Research and Education Center Sheep Unit in West Lafayette, Ind. Registration is limited to 40 participants on a first-come basis. Cost of registration is $35 per person, which includes coffee and donuts in the morning, lunch and all educational handouts. Checks should be payable to Purdue University. For details, call 765-494-4849. Registration is at and must be submitted by Feb. 15.



Feb. 15: The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board Recipient Review Committees will meet at the GOAP Office in Frankfort, Ky. The Kentucky Horticulture Council will meet from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will meet from 2-4 p.m. The KADB’s Blue Application Review Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas for the business meetings will be posted at at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

Feb. 16: The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board will have its monthly business meeting at 10 a.m. at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office in Frankfort, Ky. Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Agendas will be posted at at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.



Feb. 15-March 21: Michigan State University Extension will host a certification course for complying with the Food and Drug Administration-defined Produce Safety Alliance Grower Food Safety Modernization Act. Remaining venues include:

•Feb. 15 – Terra Square, Market Space in Hudsonville, Mich.

•Feb. 22, 2018 – Lapeer County Center in Lapeer, Mich.

•March 1 – Tatter Center in Benton Harbor, Mich.

•March 15 – Kent County MSU Extension in Grand Rapids, Mich.

•March 21 – Bayliss Public Library in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Future Grower Produce Safety events will be announced at

Feb. 22: The Michigan Pork Producers Assoc.’s annual Michigan Pork Symposium will be at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Mich. Registration is $60, $25 for a second registration and $15 for a third registration. For details and registration, visit or contact MPPA at or 517-853-3782.

Feb. 26-27: The Michigan State Extension will host a Grass Fed Beef School at the Kettunen Center in Tustin, Mich. The registration fee is $80 per person for the two-day school which includes two luncheon meals; refreshments, a pasture grazing stick, and a computer flash drive containing all the speaker’s handouts. For details, contact Kable Thurlow at or 989-426-7741.



Feb. 15: Monsanto will provide a free dicamba training session from 9 a.m. to noon in Celina, Ohio at Romers, 1100 S. Main St. The training session is to help reinforce proper use of low-volatility dicamba formulations to control weeds in the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System. To register, contact Kyel Richard at or call 314-694-4771.

Feb. 15-17: The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Assoc.’s 39th annual conference, “A Taste for Change,” will take place at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton, Ohio. Online registration is open at



Feb. 20: The Montgomery County Extension will host Slow Your Roll: Plan Before Planting from 6-7:30 p.m. at its office in Clarksville, Tenn. Pre-register by contacting the Extension office at 931-648-5725 or email



Feb. 12-14: The National Ethanol Conference will be at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, visit

Feb. 22-23: The USDA will host its Agricultural Outlook Forum at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. For more information or to register, visit

Feb. 27-March 1: The 2018 Commodity Classic will be at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. All registration and housing reservations should be made online at



March 1-3: The Indiana Small Farm Conference will be at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds in Danville, Ind. For details, visit

March 3-11: The Ohio Maple Producers Assoc. invites maple producers to take part in the 2018 Maple Ohio Magazine and Maple Madness driving tour on March 3-4, then again on March 10-11. The tour will feature stops at sugarhouses throughout Ohio. Those with questions should contact or 330-749-0049. Information can be found on the Ohio Maple Producers’ website at

March 4-6: The National Farmers Union will host its 116th convention at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. The most up-to-date convention information, including a tentative agenda and hotel information, can be found on the NFU website at

March 5: An Ag Leasing 101 Workshop will be from 7-9 p.m. at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds’ Annex Building in Huntingburg, Ind. There is no charge, but due to needed materials and limited seating, reservations are needed by March 2 by calling the Dubois County Extension office at 812-482-1782. More details are at

March 6: The 2018 Michiana Irrigated Corn and Soybean Production Workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Blue Gate Restaurant in Shipshewana, Ind. Cost is $15. Registration is required by Feb. 26. Lunch and materials will be provided. For more information, call the Purdue Extension-LaGrange County office at 260-499-6334.

March 13-15: The University of Tennessee Extension will offer workshops across the state to teach farmers how to keep records for value-added enterprises. Pre-registration is required, and the workshop will begin with check-in at 8:30 a.m. The workshop will end at 4 p.m. Workshops will be at these locations:

•March 13, Memphis, Tenn.

•March 14, Franklin, Tenn.

•March 15, Knoxville, Tenn.

The registration fee is $20 per person, and lunch is provided. For more information about the workshops, contact Clay Dunivan at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture at 615-837-5348.

March 21: The Michigan Wheat Program’s sixth annual Winter Grow Meeting will be in the Grand Garden Room at the Eagle Eye Conference Center in Bath Township, Mich. Admission is free to wheat growers and stakeholders, but pre-registration is requested. Farmers may register by phone at 888-943-2801. The complete itinerary may be found at

March 21-24: Thousands of antique John Deere tractor enthusiasts from across the U.S. and Canada travel to the Quad Cities and home of Deere & Co. in March 2018 to attend the “Gathering of the Green” conference. The “Gathering of the Green” is a biannual event for John Deere 2-cylinder and New Generation tractor collectors, restorers and enthusiasts. 2018’s gathering focuses on the 100th anniversary of John Deere entering the farm tractor business and is at The RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St. in downtown Davenport, Iowa. Conference registration is $40; go to for detailed information. If you have questions, call/text 563-845-3298 or email

March 22-Oct. 20: University of Tennessee AgResearch has released the 2018 field day schedule, which includes 13 field days and four special events. The schedule features several new events. More information about each field day will be posted closer to the scheduled time at the UT Institute of Agriculture “News and Announcements” site. Center addresses and phone numbers can be found at

The complete schedule is as follows:

•Beef Heifer Development School Field Day - March 22, Beef Heifer Development Center, Lewisburg, Tenn.

•Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Day - May 19, Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center - Highland Rim Forest, Tullahoma, Tenn.

•Fruits of the Backyard Field Day - June 19, Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Spring Hill, Tenn.

•Tobacco, Beef & More Field Day - June 21, Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center, Springfield, Tenn.

•Summer Celebration Field Day - July 12, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Jackson, Tenn.

•Milan No-Till Field Day - July 26, AgResearch and Education Center at Milan, Tenn.

•Steak and Potatoes Field Day - August 7, Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, Crossville, Tenn.

•Turf and Ornamental Field Day - August 30, East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center - Plant Sciences Unit, Knoxville, Tenn.

•Cotton Tour – Sept. 5, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Jackson, Tenn.

•Horse Management Field Day – Sept. 13, UTIA Campus, Knoxville, Tenn.

•Horse Management Field Day – Sept. 20, Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Spring Hill, Tenn.

•Horse Management – Sept. 27, Ames Plantation, Grand Junction, Tenn.

•Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo Field Day – Oct. 11, AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville, Tenn.

•UT Gardens Green Industry - June 26, UT Gardens, Knoxville, Tenn.

•UT Arboretum Butterfly Festival - August 4, Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center - UT Arboretum, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

•Fall Gardeners Festival - August 28, Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, Crossville, Tenn.

•Fall Folklore Jamboree – Oct. 20, AgResearch and Education Center at Milan, Tenn.

March 23-24: The Ohio State University will host its fifth annual Hops Conference, Bus Tour and Trade Show at the OSU Endeavor Center & Extension Research Facility in Piketon, Ohio. For additional information, go to

March 24-27: The North American Millers’ will have its Spring Conference at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Fla. Visit for details.

April 10-12: The National Institute for Animal Agriculture will host its annual conference at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel in Denver, Colo. Registration is open. Go to for details.

May 3-4: The Animal Agriculture Alliance will host its 2018 Stakeholders Summit, Protect Your Roots, at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va. For details, contact Allyson Jones-Brimmer at or visit

May 9: The CME Group will have its annual Meeting of Shareholders at 10 a.m. in the Auditorium at the CME Group in Chicago, Ill. For more information, call Anita Liskey at 312-466-4613 or William Park at 312-930-3467.

May 20-22: The Alltech Ideas Conference will be at the Alltech headquarters in Lexington, Ky. To register and for more information, visit

June 4-6: The 2018 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference will be at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel in St. Louis, Mo. For additional details, visit or contact Sandra Wright at or call 636-733-5519.