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29: Center of the National NSIP Sale, Spencer, IA, morrical@iastate.edu or 515-294-2904.

August

2: Preserving Nature's Bounty, 7 p.m., learn to preserve foods safely through canning, freezing and drying, get your questions answered, $5/person, payable at the door, to cover printing costs, register early, class size is limited, Allen County Extension office, Fort Wayne, IN, 260-481-6826 or hadleyv@purdue.edu.

7: Get Checking Workshop, 5-9 p.m., for families who have never had a checking or savings account at a bank or credit union, mismanaged accounts at banks or credit unions so those accounts are now closed without committing fraud, or have accounts but still continue to use predatory lenders, topics include an intro to the program as well as choosing the right program for you, managing your account, keys to successful money management and credit, all workshops free and open to the public, pre-registration by phone or mail is preferred, upon completion, participants will receive a certificate that will allow them to open an account at a participating bank or credit union, Allen County Extension office, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne, IN, hadleyv@purdue.edu, 260-481-6826 or www.extension.purdue.edu/allen.

9: Center for Excellence Field Day, AM program - 7:30 a.m. - registration opens, 8:15 a.m. - introductions, 8:30-11:30 a.m. - attendee session choices - trailer ride 1 (variety of new conservation technology), trailer ride 2 (woodland tour - TSI & firewood), tent stops (300 bushel no-till corn, soybean management to another level, soil testing levels based on tillage systems, nitrogen management), PM program - 11:45 a.m. - lunch, 12:45-1:15 - speaker, Dr. Laura Campbell, MI Farm Bureau, Environmental Expert, 1:30-3:45 p.m. - concurrent equipment demonstrations (variable rate pesticide use based on pH weed pressure, etc., extending manure application in standing crops, spray table demonstration, fungicide under cover, nitrogen application at V-10, managing spray drift), 3:45-4 p.m. - certify CCA/RUP credits, AM program location - Bakerlads Farm, 10960 Cadmus Rd., Clayton, MI, PM program location - Raymond & Stutzman Farms, 8055 Seneca Hwy., Morenci, MI, 517-263-7400 x 3.

10: Windmill Walk & Talk, 6:30-9 p.m., arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Manor House, after dinner you're welcome to walk to the windmill with presenter Alisa Crawford who will share her knowledge on Michigan's two original Dutch windmills, $55/members, $60/non-members, visit the windmill on W.K. Kellogg Manor House and enjoy local farm fresh food, W.K. Kellogg Manor House, 3700 E. Gull Lake Dr., Hickory Corners, MI, 269-671-2400 or conference@kbs.msu.edu.

11-12: 28th Annual Fiddlers' Convention & Traditional Music Festival, gates open at 8 a.m., events start at 10 a.m. and run all day, groups will provide music onstage throughout the afternoons, workshops, shade-tree jamming, square & round dancing both evenings, camping available $20/night, no alcohol, all acoustic instruments welcome (no drums or horns please), $10/weekend with children 16 & under free with adult, everyone welcome, rain or shine, Hillsdale County Fairgrounds, 115 S. Broad St., Hillsdale, MI, 517-795-3239 or visit www.michiganfiddlers.com.

12: Pig Roast by Zehnder's of Frankenmuth, 11 a.m., annual fundraising lunch featuring pork roast and fresh Market fixings, Frankenmuth Farmers Market, Frankenmuth, MI, www.frankenmuthfarmersmarket.org or 989-607-9214.

13: MSU On-Farm Short Course 1 of 4, 1-6 p.m., topic: Insects on the Farm, understand insects in the context of your whole farm ecosystem to help you make informed decisions, learn best practices from MSU educators on IPM, native pollinators and bees, (part of a series of 4 short courses on topics designed for market gardeners, small farmers, and skill-seekers interested in gardening and farming, in-depth exploration of farming fundamentals and best practices taught by multiple instructors, hands-on activities), $30/course or $100 for all four, farm rate: $45/course or $150 for all four, refreshments and snacks provided, MSU North Farm, Rock River Rd., Chatham, MI, palmerab@msu.edu or 906-439-5058.

17-20: Michigan Fiber Festival, Allegan County Fairgrounds, www.michiganfiberfestival.info/pages/2017-mi-fiber-festival.

18: Texas Sheep & Goat Field Day, San Angelo, TX, sanangelo.tamu.edu/events.

18-19: Texas Sheep & Goat Expo, San Angelo, TX, sanangelo.tamu.edu/events.

18-19: California Wool Growers Assn. Annual Meeting, Cambria, CA, www.woolgrowers.org.

22: Commodity Marketing Update for Grains & Dairy, 10 a.m.-noon, all farm producers are welcome to attend the live session or join online as part of the webinar, MSU Extension office, 171 Dawson St., Sandusky, MI, 989-672-3870 or steind@msu.edu.

24: 2nd Annual Agriculture Innovation Day: Focus on Forages and the Future, registration  begins at 12:30 p.m. and wraps up around 9 p.m., event is free and includes dinner, topics include making the most of reduced-lignin alfalfa in your operation, precision is the division in silage, expand your use with double-cropping, precision dairy cattle monitoring, finding the right mix for soil health, baleage made tight/made right, creating profitable beef operations by managing land, livestock and people, grass-fed beef: research and experience, and is your land regenerating? The land-to-market program provides the answer, Lake City Research & Extension Center, 5401 W. Jennings Rd., Lake City, MI, www.msue.msu.edu/msuaginnovationday or batesr@msu.edu.

24: Master Gardener Program, 14-week program meeting every Thursday from 5:30-9:30 p.m., $300/person, deadline to register is Aug. 4, Jackson County MSU Extension office, 1715 Lansing Ave., Jackson, MI, 517-788-4292 or register online at events.anr.msu.edu/mgvpjackson2017.

September

7: Car Hop Night, 5 p.m., second annual event featuring music and more outside the Market, Frankenmuth Farmers Market, Frankenmuth, MI, www.frankenmuthfarmersmarket.org or 989-607-9214.

7-10: Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Jefferson County Fair Park, WI, www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com.

12: Get Checking Workshop, 1-5 p.m., for families who have never had a checking or savings account at a bank or credit union, mismanaged accounts at banks or credit unions so those accounts are now closed without committing fraud, or have accounts but still continue to use predatory lenders, topics include an intro to the program as well as choosing the right program for you, managing your account, keys to successful money management and credit, all workshops free and open to the public, pre-registration by phone or mail is preferred, upon completion, participants will receive a certificate that will allow them to open an account at a participating bank or credit union, Allen County Extension office, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne, IN, hadleyv@purdue.edu, 260-481-6826 or www.extension.purdue.edu/allen.

13: 4th Annual Montana Ewe Sale, Miles City, MT, www.mtsheep.org.

14: 92nd Annual Montana Ram Sale, Miles City, MT, www.mtsheep.org.

15-17: California Wool & Fiber Festival, Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Booneville, CA, tallcharlie@hotmail.com.

15-17: Farmers Antique Tractor & Engine Assn. Annual Fall Show, featuring Garden Tractor Club of America National Expo, free admission for exhibitors, $5 gate admission, children under 12 free, primitive camping on fairgrounds, 7600 Forrister Rd., Adrian, MI, 517-673-6522 or 517-673-5104.

16-17: 23rd Annual Finger Lakes Fiber Festival, Hemlock Fairgrounds, NY, 607-522-4374 or www.gvhg.org/fiber-fest.

20: Preserving Nature's Bounty, 7 p.m., learn to preserve foods safely through canning, freezing and drying, get your questions answered, $5/person, payable at the door, to cover printing costs, register early, class size is limited, Allen County Extension office, Fort Wayne, IN, 260-481-6826 or hadleyv@purdue.edu.

22: Beer Pairing Event, 6:30-9 p.m., chef and local brewmasters assist in finding which beer/food combos are best while tasting a wide variety of beers and delicious small plates, $33/members, $36/non-members, price includes all food and beverages, 21 and over only please, Kellogg Biological Station - McCrary Hall, 3700 E. Gull Lake Dr., Hickory Corners, MI, 269-671-2400 or conference@kbs.msu.edu.

23-24: Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival, Canby, OR, www.flockandfiberfestival.com.

26: Feast of the Harvest Moon, 5:30 p.m., the Market's signature annual fundraising event features limited tickets for seating and en enthralling local foods meal, Frankenmuth Farmers Market, Frankenmuth, MI, www.frankenmuthfarmersmarket.org or 989-607-9214.

30-Oct. 1: Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge, VT, www.vtsheepandwoolfest.com or 802-592-3153.

October

12: Get Checking Workshop, 5-9 p.m., for families who have never had a checking or savings account at a bank or credit union, mismanaged accounts at banks or credit unions so those accounts are now closed without committing fraud, or have accounts but still continue to use predatory lenders, topics include an intro to the program as well as choosing the right program for you, managing your account, keys to successful money management and credit, all workshops free and open to the public, pre-registration by phone or mail is preferred, upon completion, participants will receive a certificate that will allow them to open an account at a participating bank or credit union, Allen County Extension office, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne, IN, hadleyv@purdue.edu, 260-481-6826 or www.extension.purdue.edu/allen.

31: Commodity Marketing Update for Grains & Dairy, 10 a.m.-noon, all farm producers are welcome to attend the live session or join online as part of the webinar, MSU Extension office, 171 Dawson St., Sandusky, MI, 989-672-3870 or steind@msu.edu.

November

7: Get Checking Workshop, 1-5 p.m., for families who have never had a checking or savings account at a bank or credit union, mismanaged accounts at banks or credit unions so those accounts are now closed without committing fraud, or have accounts but still continue to use predatory lenders, topics include an intro to the program as well as choosing the right program for you, managing your account, keys to successful money management and credit, all workshops free and open to the public, pre-registration by phone or mail is preferred, upon completion, participants will receive a certificate that will allow them to open an account at a participating bank or credit union, Allen County Extension office, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne, IN, hadleyv@purdue.edu, 260-481-6826 or www.extension.purdue.edu/allen.

24: Christkindlmarkt, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., traditional European-style Christmas market featuring many new vendors, Frankenmuth Farmers Market, Frankenmuth, MI, www.frankenmuthfarmersmarket.org or 989-607-9214.

25: Christkindlmarkt, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., traditional European-style Christmas market featuring many new vendors, Frankenmuth Farmers Market, Frankenmuth, MI, www.frankenmuthfarmersmarket.org or 989-607-9214.

26: Christkindlmarkt, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., traditional European-style Christmas market featuring many new vendors, Frankenmuth Farmers Market, Frankenmuth, MI, www.frankenmuthfarmersmarket.org or 989-607-9214.

December

1-2: Christkindlmarkt, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day, traditional European-style Christmas market featuring many new vendors, Frankenmuth Farmers Market, Frankenmuth, MI, www.frankenmuth-farmersmarket.org or 989-607-9214.

3: Christkindlmarkt, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., traditional European-style Christmas market featuring many new vendors, Frankenmuth Farmers Market, Frankenmuth, MI, www.frankenmuthfarmersmarket.org or 989-607-9214.

11: Get Checking Workshop, 5-9 p.m., for families who have never had a checking or savings account at a bank or credit union, mismanaged accounts at banks or credit unions so those accounts are now closed without committing fraud, or have accounts but still continue to use predatory lenders, topics include an intro to the program as well as choosing the right program for you, managing your account, keys to successful money management and credit, all workshops free and open to the public, pre-registration by phone or mail is preferred, upon completion, participants will receive a certificate that will allow them to open an account at a participating bank or credit union, Allen County Extension office, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne, IN, hadleyv@purdue.edu, 260-481-6826 or www.extension.purdue.edu/allen.

15: Night at the North Pole, 5-8 p.m., kids can sing along with Santa, decorate cookies, create Christmas ornaments and more, Frankenmuth Farmers Market, Frankenmuth, MI, www.frankenmuthfarmersmarket.org or 989-607-9214.

19: Commodity Marketing Update for Grains & Dairy, 10 a.m.-noon, all farm producers are welcome to attend the live session or join online as part of the webinar, MSU Extension office, 171 Dawson St., Sandusky, MI, 989-672-3870 or steind@msu.edu.

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