December 6 (Fri) — Expanding Your Livestock Operation Workshop from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cherokee County Extension Office in Cherokee. The program will discuss what a producer should know before they start building or expanding a livestock farm. It is important to select the most neighbor/environmentally friendly location for the facility, to be aware of and accurately complete all components of the permitting process and to understand the potentially wide variation in manure value. This workshop is free of charge. For more details, call the Cherokee County Extension Office at 712-225-6196
December 9-11 (Mon-Wed) — Iowa Cattleman’s Association Annual Convention and Trade Show at The Prairie Meadows Events Center in Altoona, Iowa. For more details see www.iacattlemen.org.
December 11 (Wed) — Northwest Iowa Preconditioned Green/Gold Tag Cattle Sale at Spencer Livestock Sales in Spencer at 12:30 p.m.
December 12 (Thurs) – The 2013-2014 private pesticide applicator continuing instructional courses are now being offered by Emmet County Extension & Outreach. If you wish to recertify by training and not by exam, you must attend a CIC session each year. Remember, you always have the option of taking the exam. Pre-registration is not required, but is encouraged. Emmet County Extension is offering two different sessions and you only need to attend one. The sessions will be held today from 9:30-11:30 a.m. or from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The Continuing Instructional Course will be located at the VFW in Estherville. There is a $20 fee per person. Call the Emmet County Extension Office to pre-register or with questions 712-362-3434.
December 13 (Fri) — Northwest Iowa Preconditioned Green/Gold Tag Cattle Sale at 10 a.m. at Algona Livestock in Algona.
December 14 (Sat) – All Emmet County 4-H and FFA members with pens of three cattle, individual market steers, and individual market heifers will have those calves weighed in today from 8:00-11:00 a.m. at the Gary Madden Farm near Ringsted. Ear tags must be in before weigh-in and are for sale at the Emmet County Extension Office. Participants need to bring their triplicate carbon copy “Beef Weigh-In Form” with them. Those planning to ID their cattle for Ak-Sar-Ben or the Iowa State Fair need to let the Extension Office know by Monday, December 9th at 362-3434.
December 14 (Sat) — Northwest Iowa Preconditioned Green/Gold Tag Cattle Sale at noon a.m. at Sheldon Livestock in Sheldon.
December 15 (Sun) — Citizenship Washington Focus Trip deposit DEADLINE. This trip is for 4-H members in 10th through 12th grades. For more details contact your local ISU Extension Office.
December 18 (Wed) — Come and Go Open House to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Clay County Farm Bureau at the office at 508 Grand Avenue in Spencer from 1 to 4 p.m. The Clay County Office was the 5th established in the state and the only one created in 1913.
January 1 (Wed) – DEADLINE to enroll in a Clay County 4-H Club for the early discount of $25. It will be $35 to join after today. For more details call 262-2264.
January 3 (Fri) — Northwest Iowa Preconditioned Green/Gold Tag Cattle Sale at 10 a.m. at Algona Livestock in Algona.
January 4 (Sat) — Clay County Halter and Market Beef Weigh-In at Spencer Livestock Sales on Highway 71 North. Contact the Clay County ISU Extension Office for more details at 712-262-2264.
January 8 (Wed) — Northwest Iowa Preconditioned Green/Gold Tag Sale at Spencer Livestock Sales at 12:30 p.m.
January 11 (Sat) — Northwest Iowa Preconditioned Green/Gold Tag Cattle Sale at noon a.m. at Sheldon Livestock in Sheldon.
January 11 (Sat) — Clay County 4-H Find Out Day at the Southpark Mall in Spencer.
January 12-15 (Sun-Wed) — American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas. For more details and a schedule of events, see www.fb.org.
January 16 (Thurs) — Farming For The Future Conference presented by The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers at the Scheman Building on the ISU campus in Ames. It runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This conference is for those farms looking to expand livestock production, mitigating risk, attaining loans, siting of buildings and more. To register or to get more details, see www.supportfarmers.com/conference.
January 30 (Thurs) — Evaluating Your Estate Plan Workshop at the Golf and Country Club in West Bend. Registration is at 9 a.m. with the workshop running from 9:30 to 4. Cost is $50 per person which includes lunch and materials. Presenters are ISU Extension Farm & Agribusiness Specialists Melissa O’Rourke and Kelvin Leibold. Space is limited, so please register early by calling the Palo Alto County ISU Extension Office at 712-852-2865.
February 4-7, 2014 — Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee. For more details see www.beefusa.org.
February 10 — Clay County 4-H Awards Night and Clover Bowl at the Hap Ketelsen Center in Everly.
February 12 — DEADLINE to apply for the Iowa Farm Bureau Teacher Supplement Grants, which awards $200 to a teacher to promote agricultural literacy through language arts and sciences. To apply, go to www.iowafarmbureau.com and look for a rotating window banner that highlights the program. Grants will be awarded in March. For more details, contact Barb Lykins at 515-225-5460.
April 27-29 — Iowa FFA Leadership Conference on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames. For more details, see www.iowaffa.com.