Upcoming Events

Organic Field Day at Southwest Research and Outreach Center

Wednesday, July 6, 9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Southwest Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) - Lamberton, MN

The SWROC's annual Organic Field Day  will start with a field tour of organic research projects at the SWROC including switch grass, cover crops, and oats varieties and fertility. After lunch, four speakers will talk about several topics ranging from marketing of organic crops to oats production to organic community farms. Please pre-register by Wednesday, July 1 to accommodate for the noon lunch. More info here

Silent Auction at Golf Scramble for Scholarships 

Deadline for Proxy bids: Thursday, July 7, 3:00 p.m.

Even if you aren't available to golf at the CFANS Alumni Society's 13th annual Golf Scramble for Scholarships, you can still participate in the Silent Auction. Submit a proxy-bid and a volunteer will bid on your behalf at the event!  Learn more about proxy bidding and check out the list of auction items.

Golf Scramble for Scholarships 

Friday, July 8, 8:00 a.m. shotgun start
University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course

The 13th annual Golf Scramble for Scholarships will take place July 8 at the Les Bolstad Golf Course. Sign up your golf team  and help raise funds for CFANS student scholarships! Learn about all the ways you can get involved here

Tour of the Horticulture Display Garden at West Central Research and Outreach Center

Friday, July 9, 1:45pm
West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) - Morris, MN

The free guided tour of the Horticultural Display Garden will be held as part of Morris's annual Prairie Pioneer Days. Learn more

Sunrise Yoga in the Garden at West Central Research and Outreach Center

Friday, July 10, 6:00am
West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) - Morris, MN

The free yoga class at the Horticultural Display Garden will be held as part of Morris's annual Prairie Pioneer Days. Class will be led by a certified yoga instructors: bring your own yoga mat. Learn more

Ag Production Field Day at Southwest Research and Outreach Center

Monday, July 11, 12:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Southwest Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) - Lamberton, MN

To help producers make management decisions based on their own in-field assessments and to better identify potential problems, a hands-on, in-field Ag Production Field Day will be held on Monday, July 11th at the Southwest Research & Outreach Center near Lamberton. The field day will include 5 stations covering weeds & herbicides, pest scouting, soil infiltration as a soil quality indicator, corn & soybean growth stages, and conducting on-farm trials. To register, call the SWROC at 507-752-7372 or email eneperma@umn.edu. Walk-ins are welcome, but please pre-register by Wednesday, July 6th to allow for planning.  More info here.

Organic Field School at Southwest Research and Outreach Center

Monday, July 13, 8:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.
Southwest Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) - Lamberton, MN

The SWROC will host its third annual Organic Field School on Wednesday, July 13. The event focuses on teaching organic and transitioning-to-organic farmers, as well as any other interested farmers, how to set up and evaluate on-farm research. The main idea is to help the farmer conduct their own field research on topics that the University is not able to address. For example, how effective is manure application for wheat? Or, how effective is that soil conditioner that the sales person tried to sell me? Registration starts at 8:30 am and teaching will start at 9:00 am and end at 11:45 am. Cost is $10.00 and includes refreshments. To keep costs low, no lunch will be served. This will be hands on teaching event and will be held indoors. Learn more.

CFANS Sneak Preview Day 

Friday, July 15, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

Do you know a high school student interested in attending the University of Minnesota or learning more about CFANS? Don't let them miss out on an opportunity to learn more about CFANS at our annual Sneak Preview Event! This isn't an ordinary college visit! On this day, you will get to tour campus, hear from admission staff, Associate Dean Mike White, and faculty and staff who work in specific majors. CFANS will be providing lunch to everyone, and there will also be a resource fair so that you can find out many of the offices that students can leverage to make the most out of their undergraduate experience.

Crops and Soils Day at Northwest Research and Outreach Center

Wednesday, July 20, 7:45am, 12:30pm
Northwest Research and Outreach Center - Crookston

The Northwest ROC's Crops and Soils Day includes a free small grains tour in the morning (7:45am) and a free sugarbeet tour in the afternoon (12:30pm). Learn more.

Horticulture Night at West Central Research and Outreach Center

Thursday, July 28, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) - Morris, MN

Horticulture Night offers a wide variety of demonstrations, presentations and tours; most are offered twice throughout the event. During the event, attendees will have a chance to vote for their top three favorite flowers in the Display Garden! Flowers receiving the most votes will earn the distinction as "Consumer Favorites" in the WCROC annual flower report, which goes out to plant breeding companies around the world. Other activities include farm tours, cow milking demonstration, a presentation of the Meat-We-Eat (where our cuts of meat come from), vendor and food booths, and live music. Horticulture Night is free and open to the public. Schedule of events will be available soon. Learn more.

Pollinator Camp for Kids at the Arboretum

Arboretum Eco-Adventures Day Camp: Pollinator Super Power! (ages 7-12)
Monday - Friday, August 1 - 5, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (999-08-1-16)

Special Guest: Pollinate Minnesota, providing professional, safe, experiential education with real honeybees

Examine the huge superpowers of earth's tiny pollinators, and explore their vital influences on biodiversity and the food web. In this amazing five-day adventure, campers will explore the Arboretum's brand new Pollinator Center, build a pollinator house to take home, wear a beekeeping suit, observe bee behavior, and learn about the variety of products that come from bees. Make seed bombs to help with the creation of pollinator pathways and honey balm to celebrate the health benefits of of honey! Learn about pollinator habitats, which local plants are best for pollinators, and how to make a difference for Minnesota pollinators. All Eco-Adventure camps divide into groups with age-specific activities that include experiments, scavenger hunts, art, games, cooking, building, planting, and time to get your hands in the dirt!

$255 members/$280 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies. More information and registration can be found here. 

IDEAg Minnesota Farmfest

Tuesday, August 2-Thursday, August 4
Gilfillan Estate, Morgan, MN

IDEAg Minnesota Farmfest, taking place August 2-4, continues to be the essential farm show in the heart of the best agricultural land in America. Farmfest connects 35,000+ attendees with close to 600 local and leading companies for three days of education and political forums, field demonstrations featuring the latest technological advances in the farming industry, and networking. Join us at the University of Minnesota booth to learn about CFANS programs, 4-H and Extension, and a variety of relevant research topics. Learn more.

Organic Dairy Day at West Central Research and Outreach Center

Tuesday, August 9, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) - Morris, MN

2016 Organic Dairy Day includes:

Pre-register by contacting Brad Heins, West Central Research and Outreach Center at 320-589-1711 ext. 2118 or hein0106@umn.edu. Learn more.

CFANS at the Minnesota State Fair

Thursday, August 25-Monday, September 5
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Stop by the Agriculture/Horticulture building to visit the CFANS booth throughout the Minnesota State Fair! Stay tuned for more details on fun activities and ways to engage with CFANS faculty and Extension.

Grass Identification & Ecology 2-Day Professional Level Workshop at the Arboretum

Thursday, August 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. AND Friday, August 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This NEW Class at the Arboretum is designed for Advanced students, professionals, and Master Gardeners/Master Naturalists. Instructor: Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Professor, Extension Horticulturist, former Interim Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and past President of the American Society of Horticultural Science

A crucial component of our planet's biodiversity, grasses make up the fourth largest plant family on earth, with nearly 11,000 different species. Gain professional-level knowledge in this 2-day intensive workshop that will focus on teaching students to identify a multitude of grasses that add beauty and interest to the summer and fall landscape. Being able to identify grasses will enable participants to read the landscape and landscape conditions, including soils, habitat, disturbance and past land uses. This workshop will provide an intensive, hands-on approach incorporating both classroom work and field study, utilizing the 1,200 acres of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as a living laboratory and classroom. Identify warm season grasses in the field and lab, learn specialized terminology and distinguishing features, discuss the ecology of grasses, and practice identifying species from keys. $169 members/$193 non-members, includes Arboretum admission both days. To learn more, follow the link!

Annual Visitors Day at the North Central Research and Outreach Center

Thursday, August 25, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
North Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) - Grand Rapids

The 2016 NCROC Visitors Day will include all research departments at NCROC, including Agronomy, Animal Science, Entomology, Forest Genetics, Forestry, Horticulture, Tourism and Wild Rice. Also included will be the Itasca County Master Gardeners, Community Garden and U of M Extension. Visitors will have the opportunity to take bus and wagon tours to outdoor research areas – forest plantation, organic garden, hops, flower and vegetable gardens, and cattle pasture; visit a bug zoo, honey bee demonstration and the Agriculture School/Research Center history area. Informational booths will include plant diagnostics, Ask a Master Gardener, agronomy and more. There will be activities for children and food available to purchase. This family-fun event is open to the public and admission is free. NCROC is located at 1861 E US Hwy 169 in Grand Rapids.
For more information contact Leanne at 218-327-4490, ext. 2001 or lstanley@umn.edu. Learn more.

Save the Date: Celebrate Ag and Food Day 2016

Saturday, September 10, TBD
TCF Bank Stadium

Be part of Celebrate Ag & Food Day on Saturday, September 10, as Gopher Football hosts Indiana State. Attend the game and show your support for Minnesota agricultural and food industries! Keep an eye on this page and the Celebrate Ag & Food Day Facebook page for more updates, including opportunities to win tickets, purchase discounted tickets, and be a part of fun activities before the game begins.