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Coming Events - September 13, 2017
Editor’s Note: Coming Events is a free listing. The material presented is a cross-section of activities about which we know. Placement in Coming Events is on a space available basis and is up to the discretion of the Farm World staff.
Sept. 16-17: The Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Assoc. will host the 14th annual Vintage Illinois Wine Festival at the Matthiessen State Park in Utica, Ill. The Festival’s hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance or receive early admission to the event by going to

The cost is $25 (plus a $2.09 fee) in advance, and it includes tasting tickets and a 2017 complementary wine glass. Tickets at the door cost $30, and include a complimentary Vintage Illinois wine glass and five tasting tickets. Those who buy tickets for Saturday may return Sunday with the wristband and glass and purchase more tasting tickets. Attendees may bring a Designated Driver for $5 (plus $1.27 fee), which includes three tickets for non-alcoholic beverages; or $7 at the door, receiving two non-alcoholic beverage tickets.

Sept. 17: The DeKalb County Farm Stroll will be open from noon to 5 p.m. around Sycamore, Ill. This is a free, self-guided tour of the county’s diversified family farms. For more details, call the DeKalb Extension office at 815-758-8194.

Sept. 23: The Walcamp Outdoor Ministries will host its Fall Festival from noon to 5 p.m. on its property at 32653 Five Points Road in Kingston, Ill. The cost is $10 per vehicle. For more information, visit www. or call 815-784-5141.

Sept. 29: Scientists and students will come together to highlight innovative technologies in agriculture at the DuPont-Pioneer Plant Sciences Symposium at the 
ACES Library at the University of Illinois in Urbana,  Ill. The symposium is free, and a light breakfast andlunch will be provided. Participants are encouraged to register in advance. For more details, visit


Sept. 16: The Small Flock Poultry Conference will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Beck Center, 4550 U.S. 52 West, in West Lafayette, Ind. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments are included. Online registration is $25; the cost is $40 at the door. To register, visit www.conf.

Sept. 16: The Wheels of the Past Car, Truck, Bike and Tractor Show will be from noon to 4 p.m. around the Carroll County Courthouse in Delphi, Ind. Registration is from noon to 2 p.m. with awards at 4 p.m. Cost is $10 plus a bag of canned goods or a $5 donation to the Carroll County Food Pantry. For more details, send an email to

Sept. 23: The Hoosier Sheep Symposium will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the O.V. Winks Building at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Noblesville, Ind. The symposium will offer educational seminars and the Indiana Sheep Assoc.’s annual meeting and awards. The cost is $15. For more details, contact Michael Neary at 765-494-4849 or

Sept. 25-30: The 71st annual Mitchell Persimmon Festival will begin with a candlelight tour on Sept. 23 at Spring Mill State Park’s Pioneer Village. The week-long festival in Mitchell, Ind. also includes midway rides, live entertainment, food booths and a queen contest.

The festival will conclude with a showcase parade at 2 p.m. For more information, visit Sept. 29-30: The Birds of a Feather Fall Harvest Market will be at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Bloomfield, Ind. The hours are 2-8 p.m., Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. For more information, send an email to, call 812-384-3203 or visit

Sept. 30: The Noble County Master Gardener Symposium will be at the Destiny Family of Faith Church at 445 N. Riley St. in Kendallville, Ind. The event is from 8 a.m. to 3:40 p.m., and admission will be charged. For more information, call 260-564-3809, email or Sept. 30: The 45th annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival will be at Stony Creek Farm in Noblesville, Ind. The event runs through Oct. 31. For more details, email or visit

 Sept. 15: The Kentucky Agricultural Financial Corp. and Kentucky Agricultural Development Board will host monthly business meetings consecutively at 9 a.m. at the Clark County Cooperative Extension Office, 1400 Fortune Drive, Room A in Winchester, Ky. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas for the business meetings will be posted at http://agpolicy. at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

Sept. 22-24: Marion County Country Ham Days will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily in downtown Lebanon, Ky. The festival, which began in 1969, serves more than 4,000 pounds of ham to more than 40,000 visitors each year. For more information, contact Greg Bribbins at or call 270-692-9594.


Sept. 19: The Michigan Floriculture Industry Energy Efficiency Tour will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arborview Greenhouse at 515 24th Ave. in Hudsonville, Mich. For more information, contact Heidi Lindberg at or 616-994-4701.

Sept. 21-22: Grazing School 2017 will be at the MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station at 3700 E. Gull Lake Dr. in Hickory Corners, Mich. There is a registration fee, and the registration deadline is Sept. 18. The Grazing School provides a hands-on experience for those interested in improving grazing management. For more details, contact Misty Klotz at or 269-671-2402.

Sept. 28: The Clare Michigan State Extension will host Enjoy Your Michigan Fall Produce by Blanching and Freezing from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Extension office at 225 W. Main St. in Harrison, Mich. For more details, call Lisa Treiber at 989-832-6643 or email


Sept. 16: The Findlay Touch A Truck: A Kids Dream Day will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hancock County Fairgrounds in Findlay, Ohio. Explore the inner workings of various vehilces at the event. For more information, go online to Sept. 16-17: The Kids Zone at the Preble County Pork Festival will be at the Bruner Arena at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton, Ohio. For more information,visit

Sept. 20: The Ohio Cattlemen’s Assoc. will host a Beef Industry Update meeting at the Madison County Fairgrounds Coughlin Automotive Community Center, 205 Elm St. in London, Ohio. Beef producers from Madison and surrounding counties are encouraged toattend, as well as those in town for the Farm Science Review. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with adinner at 6:30 p.m. Contact the OCA office at 614-873-6736 or email for more information about the meeting. More details can also be found at

Sept. 21-Dec. 21: Ohio State University Extension will offer monthly Direct Agricultural Marketing webinars in 2017. Each webinar begins at noon and also is available to view later at Remaining dates, topics and links to registration are:
•Sept. 21: Marketing Your Farmers’ Market, Market9-2017
•Oct. 19: Marketing Milk and Cheese from Your Small Dairy Farm, Market9-2017
•Nov. 16: Getting Market Ready for Wholesale, Wholesale11-2017
•Dec. 21: What Marketing Issues Did You Encounter this Past Season?, Season12-2017 For questions about this year’s webinars, contact Christie Welch, OSU Direct Marketing Specialist, at


Sept. 13-Oct. 26: University of Tennessee AgResearch plans field days at most of the 10 AgResearch and Education Centers in the state, offering farmers, ranchers, gardeners and the general public a chance to see research findings, learn from university and industry experts and network with peers. The 2017 schedule is as follows:

Field Days

Sept. 14, Forest Research Overview Gathering – Forest
Resources AgResearch Center – Cumberland Forest
(Oliver Springs)
Oct. 6, Ag in the Foothills – East Tennessee AgResearch Center – Blount Unit (Louisville) Oct. 12, Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo – AgResearch Center at Greeneville Oct. 26, Organic Crops Field Tour – East Tennessee AgResearch Center – Organic Crops Unit (Knoxville) Special Events Oct. 14, Heritage Festival – AgResearch Center at Ames Plantation (Grand Junction) Oct. 21, Fall Folklore Jamboree – AgResearch Center at Milan

More will be posted close to each event under “News and Announcements” at or at each AgResearch Center’s homepage or main office. Center addresses and phone numbers can be found at


Sept. 13-15: The 2017 National Red Angus Convention will be in Colorado Springs, Colo. A link to reserve a room at the DoubleTree Hotel, the convention headquarters, is available by calling 719-576-8900.

Registration is accessible online at Sept. 26-28: The Women in Agribusiness Summit will be at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minn. Land O’Lakes COO Beth Ford will deliver the keynote address on navigating ag’s business environment. The full agenda is available at or register at and follow WIA @Womeninagri like WIA on Facebook or join their LinkedIn Group.

Oct. 3: A pasture walk has been scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on a farm south of the intersection of State Road 26 and County Road 950 East in Upland, Ind. The event will include discussions about rotational grazing, grasses and legumes, and winter grazing. To reserve a spot, contact Becky Daugherty at the Delaware County SWCD at 765-747-5531 or by Sept. 29.

Oct. 3: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will host a public meeting titled Development of a List of Dietary Ingredients that Pre-Date the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. The meeting will go from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the CFSAN Wiley Auditorium, 5001 Campus Dr. in College Park, Md. The FDA is accepting public comments on this meeting. To submit comments electronically, visit and type FDA-2017-N-4625 in the search box.

Oct. 3-5: Learn how to increase pasture productivity by attending the grazing basics workshop at the Ohio State University ATI campus in Wooster, Ohio. The workshop features morning classroom sessions combined with afternoon hands-on learning, demonstrations and practice sessions in the field. The cost of the workshop is $150 per person, which includes a grazing notebook, a pasture measurement stick, additional handouts, lunches and refreshments. A second person from a farm operation sharing a notebook is an additional $100. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 25. For details, go to and click on the Grazing Basics Workshop heading or contact the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722.

Oct. 13-14: The 30th annual Navy Bean Fall Festival will be in Rising Sun, Ind. Information and a schedule of events can be found at or by calling 812-438-2750. A parade is set for Oct, 14 at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Rising Sun. Lodging, event and tourist attraction information can be obtained by calling the Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism Visitors Center at 888-776-4786 or visiting