August 27 – 30 (Wed-Sat) — Meals From The Heartland’s Annual Hunger Fight with the goal of packaging 5 million meals at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines. Over 15,000 people age 5 to 95 are needed to work in 2 to 3 hour shifts to package, supply and clean up. Meals can be consumed in Iowa or around the world where there is need. To donate your money or time or to learn more about the organization, see www.mealsfromtheheartland.org.
August 29 (Fri) — DEADLINE to register for the Financial Fall Cleaning Class to be held September 2nd from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Sac County ISU Extension Office in Sac City or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd at the Calhoun County ISU Extension Office Space is limited. For more details see www.extension.iastate.edu/sac.
Sept 2 – 5 (Tues-Fri) — Precision Ag Field Days for area high school students organized by ISU Extension in O’Brien and Sioux Counties. Students from area high schools, grades 9 -12, are invited to attend for morning or afternoon sessions. There is room for up to 130 students per day, but space is filling up quickly. The global purpose of this program is to make students aware of agriculture careers available right out their back door and the businesses who represent the area. All high schools were invited from Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth, O’Brien, Osceola, Dickinson, Clay and Cherokee counties. All sessions take place at the Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm located near Calumet. Every day will be different. Students will be assigned to four of eight stations. This gives students the opportunity to share and report what they learned. The business partners vary depending upon the day. Every student will attend two stations presented by Ellsworth Community College and two stations presented by area businesses. Topics covered include Auto-steer, Auto-swathing, GPS, Remote crop sensing, planter technology, soil sampling, rainfall apps, and seed genetics. Morning sessions run from 9 to 12:30 with a lunch provided and 11:30 to 2:30 with a lunch provided. For more details or to schedule students for a day and time, contact Beth Bunkers at the O’Brien County ISU Extension Office at 712-957-5045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 2 (Tues) — Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Northwest Regional Meeting at the Community Building in Hartley. A networking time will run from 5:30 to 6:15, with a meal at 6:15 and then a legislative update and then candidates running for the U.S. House and Senate will be present for members to ask questions and discover what are their priorities. Please RSVP for a meal count by calling the ICA by August 29th at 515-296-2266.
September 4 (Thurs) — Clay County Fair Junior Feeder Weigh-In at Spencer Livestock Sales. Times will be assigned by the Extension Office. For more details, call 262-2264.
September 4 (Thurs) — Northern Iowa ISU Research Farm Field Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the farm site one mile south of Kanawha, in Hancock County. Palmer Waterhemp, soybean cyst management and an update of a new weather station are the key topics to be covered. Presenters include the farm manager Micah Smidt, Elwynn Taylor, Bob Hartzler, Greg Tylka, Paul Kassel and Angie Rieck-Hinz. A lunch will be served at noon.
September 6 – 14 (Sat-Sun) — Clay County Fair in Spencer. For more details see www.claycountyfair.com.
September 15 (Mon) — Iowa Soybean Association District 1 Annual Policy Meeting and Candidate Forum at 4 p.m. with a casual dinner at 5:30 at Legends Event and Social Center in Spencer. RSVP by 9/5 to Maureen by calling 515-334-1077 or e-mail her at email@example.com.