Outdoors

West Central Chapter Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association: 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, O’Neil’s in Spicer. Roger Imdieke will be the guest speaker. Everyone interested in winter fishing is welcome.

Farming

Small farm and local foods marketing: Nov. 7, Tuscan Center, St. Cloud. The University of Minnesota Extension seminar is $15 and includes lunch. Make your reservation at z.umn.edu/localfood.

Minnesota Farmers Union: Nov. 22-24, Minneapolis; 78th annual convention with Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, as the keynote speaker. More information available at www.mfu.org.

Fair farm rental agreement: The University of Minnesota Extension has scheduled a series of land rent workshops. Meetings to be held in the area are:

  • Willmar: Nov. 25, 9:30 a.m., Mid Central Research and Outreach Center
  • Olivia: Nov. 25, 1:30 p.m., County Government Center
  • Litchfield: Dec. 13, 9:30 a.m., Meeker County Courthouse
  • Willmar: Jan. 29, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Mid Central Research and Outreach Center

Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention: Dec. 13-14, Willmar Conference Center. The convention, hosted by the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association, brings together Minnesota farmers and ranchers, as well as many other beef industry stakeholders for educational opportunities, policy discussion and development, and a cattle-focused trade show. Special guests include Minnesota Millennial farmer Zach Johnson, association legislative adviser Bruce Kleven and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Senior Director of International Trade and Market Access Kent Bacus, along with many other agriculture industry leaders and elected officials from across the state. Registration is now open at www.mnsca.org.

2019 Conservation Tillage Conference: Dec. 17-18, Holiday Inn Conference Center, St. Cloud.

2020 Crop Management Input: Dec. 19, Hutchinson Event Center

Gardening

Landscaping for and attracting birds: Nov. 20, noon to 1 p.m., AgCountry Auditorium, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 in Morris. Presented by Dr. Margaret Kuchenreuther, associate professor of biology, University of Minnesota, Morris. This “Come Grow with Us” class is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 320-589-1711.