Outdoors

West Central Chapter Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, O’Neil’s in Spicer. LeRoy Dahlke will give an update on Prairie Pothole. Everyone interested in winter fishing is welcome.

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

  • Madison: Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m., Lac qui Parle County Annex
  • Benson: Dec. 4, 1:30 p.m., Law Enforcement 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
  • Persisting in Farming, facing today’s ag challenges: Reservation deadline Dec. 6. Workshop 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the 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.” RSVPs by phone at 320-523-1550, extension 116, or by email to Melissa.Edmondson@mn.nacdnet.net. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP.

    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.