March 6 – 8 (Thurs-Sat) — National Pork Forum in Kansas City. See www.pork.org for more information.
March 7 (Fri) — DEADLINE TO REGISTER for the Emmet County 4-H Lock-In. The Emmet County Youth Council invites youth in grades 4-12 to the 4-H Lock-In, which will be held from 10 p.m. on March 14th until 5:30 a.m. on March 15th at the Regional Wellness Center in Estherville. The event will be filled with tons of activities, such as; swimming, basketball, soccer, volleyball, dodge ball, movies, pizza, games, crafts, wii games, snacks, and lots more! The registration deadline is March 7th. The fee to attend is $17 for 4-H members, and $25 for non 4-H’ers. Contact the Emmet County Extension Office for more information at 362-3434.
March 13 (Thurs) – Pork producers in northwest Iowa are invited to attend a one-day swine production seminar in Spirit Lake. The program is sponsored by Hubbard Feeds, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension, and Elanco. The program is geared toward pork operation decision-makers including owners and managers, and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arrowwood Resort Conference Center, 1405 Hwy 71, Spirit Lake. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided. There’s no cost to attend and no pre-registration is required. Topics range from updates on PEDv, ventilation system settings, production benchmarking and industry leadership and business positioning for the future. Speakers include veterinarian Larry Coleman of Broken Bow, Neb., Jamie Pietig of Hubbard Feeds, Ron Ketchem of Swine Management Services, Joe Kerns of Kerns and Asociates, plus ISU Extension Swine Specialists Darin Madson and Dave Stender. For more details call the Dickinson County Extension Office at 712-336-3488 or Dave Stender at 712-225-6196.
March 13 (Thurs) – Iowa Lakes Community College Agriculture Science and Technology Series from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Emmetsburg Campus. These will meet every other Thursday through March 27th. This course will cover the Farm Bill and how it impacts you and your farm. This event is free of charge and does include a lunch, but pre-registration is required by calling 800-252-5664 or 712-362-7231.
March 14 (Fri) – Spencer Chamber Ag Committee meeting at 7 a.m. in the East Room of the Family Table Restaurant. Please note the date and time of this meeting, as it is sooner than normal to squeeze it in before the 30th Annual Ag Breakfast on the 18th.
March 15 (Sat) — Clay County Junior Feeder Weigh-In at Spencer Livestock on the north edge of Spencer. For more details, call 262-2264.
March 17- April 21– Annie’s Project will begin on Monday, March 17th and meet for 6 consecutive Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m. Palo Alto and Emmet County ISU Extension offices are hosting the classes that will be held at RiverValley/Starnet telephone office in Graettinger. Registration is required by March 10th and there is a $75 fee which includes all materials. Class is limited to 25 people. Annie’s Project is hands on learning, not just lectures and is for women farm business partners and leaders, taught and facilitated by woman agriculture and business professionals. Topics include, Risk assessments, human factors in farming, grain marketing, crop insurance, family and farm business insurance, FSA and NRCS programs, farmland leasing, building and understanding financial statements, farm accounting and tax issues, legal issues such as estate planning, liability, and farm employees, money investments and retirement and much more. There will be a light supper served prior to the meeting at 5:30. For more details or to register call the Palo Alto Extension Office at 712-852-2865 or the Emmet County Extension at 712-362-3434.
March 25 (Tues) — Crop Fair and Program hosted by the Iowa Corn Growers Association and ISU Extension at the VFW Hall on Highway 9 west of Estherville. It runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Melissa O’Rourke will talk about the Top 10 estate planning and farm transition mistakes, the Farm Bill and give a 2014 market outlook. Craig Struve will discuss the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. This program is free and does include a lunch. To RSVP, please call the Emmet County Extension Office at 712-362-3434.
March 27 (Thurs) – Iowa Lakes Community College Agriculture Science and Technology Series from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Emmetsburg Campus. This is the last in the series. This course will cover Ag Issues and Weather with State Climatologist Harry Hillaker. Also presenting is Todd Gonnerman talking about fuel costs and booking fuel. This event is free of charge and does include a lunch, but pre-registration is required by calling 800-252-5664 or 712-362-7231.
April 5 (Sat) — Get Your Goat On Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Livestock Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer. Those with experience raising and showing goats will offer showmanship, nutrition, care, clipping and project advice. All from the area are welcome to attend and learn more about this fast growing project. For more details, call 262-2264.
April 12 (Sat) — Farm Frenzy at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Experts will teach kids how to stay safe on a farm with many hands-on activities. Contact the Clay County ISU Extension Office at 262-2264 for more details.
April 12 (Sat) — Bunny Bonanza at the Clay County Extension Office in Spencer. Call 712-262-2264 for more details.
April 27-29 — Iowa FFA Leadership Conference on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames. For more details, see www.iowaffa.com.
July 22 — Clay County 4-H Communications and Achievement Fairs for the first time in many years at the Clay County 4-H Auditorium on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer. For more details contact the Clay County ISU Extension Office at 712-262-2264.