Outdoors

Clean energy film: Dec. 7, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Willmar Public Library. Citizens can learn about clean energy. The new documentary "The Power of Minnesota" will be shown. There will be an opportunity to discuss clean energy programs in the Willmar area and hear from community members who installed solar and geothermal power systems.

Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management Area: Dec. 11, 1-3 p.m., Glenwood State Bank, 5 East Minnesota Avenue, Glenwood. Staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will describe the approach to groundwater analysis in the Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management Area Plan and how the plan will be implemented. The meeting is open to the public but is especially geared for residents and stakeholders of Stearns, Pope and Kandiyohi counties. There will be opportunities to ask questions and provide input about implementation of the plan, which is designed to ensure that groundwater supplies in the area remain adequate to meet individual and community needs while protecting lakes, streams and wetlands. Questions about this project can be addressed to Mark Hauck, DNR project manager, at 320-223-7846 or mark.hauck@state.mn.us

Little Crow Archers: 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, open house at the Little Crow Archers indoor range, 435 Benson Ave. S.W. in downtown Willmar. Little Crow Archers offers a 20-yard indoor shooting range, open shooting, animal and target leagues, kids-only league, tournaments, individual and family memberships, 24/7 keyed access.

Kids Archery League: Open to youth in grades 2-12; 300-round, handicapped scoring; minimum 6 scores required. Fee of $40 for nine Sunday afternoons from Jan. 12 to March 15 (no league Jan. 26) at the Little Crow Archers indoor range in downtown Willmar.

Farming

Fair farm rental informational meetings: According to the most recent University of Minnesota figures, statewide rental rates for farmland declined 1.6% between 2017 and 2018, putting pressure on landlords’ bottom lines. At the same time, commodity prices for corn and soybean have plummeted, making farmland rental costs an important factor for farmers and their profit margins.

The University of Minnesota Extension has scheduled a series of land rent workshops to help farmers and landowners make decisions about farmland rental rates for the 2020 growing season.

Meetings to be held in the area are:

  • 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
  • Persisting in Farming, facing today’s ag challenges: Dec. 12, 9:30 a.m., Renville Community Center, 221 North Main Street. The Hawk Creek Watershed Project and Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District are hosting. Harlan Madsen will begin the meeting with his presentation “Farmers Facing a Tidal Wave in a Kayak — My Story.” Al Kluis will speak on “Positioning for Profit in 2020.” The day will end with Gary Wertish and Bob Roelofs speaking on “Ag Issues and Challenges Facing Family Farms.” Lunch will be provided to those who reserved by Dec. 6.

    Women in Ag Network: Dec. 12, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Redwood Falls Area Community Center, 901 E. Cook St., Redwood Falls. The workshop “How to get $4 corn,” designed by Ed Usset, is a simulation game where attendees will explore three steps toward getting $4 or more for their corn. It will be also be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in Albany and in the evening on Jan. 9 in Mankato. Cost is $10, including lunch. Register and pay online at the Women in Ag Network page at extension.umn.edu/business/women-ag-network. Registration deadline is one week prior to the workshop.

    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.