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August

13-14: AgroExpo, show opens at 8:30 a.m. each day, 120+ exhibitors on site, showcasing and demonstrating the latest products and services available in agriculture as well as numerous educational speakers, in-field experiences, and countless opportunities to see how new technologies can be incorporated into a management strategy, hosted by AgroLiquid, 5605 N. Findlay Rd., St. Johns, MI, 989-227-3829 or info@theagroexpo.com.

15-16: MSU Grazing School 2019, begins at 8 a.m. Thursday and concludes at 4 p.m. Friday, for dairy, livestock and small ruminant producers, held at two locations in Michigan simultaneously via high-speed video conferencing, a team of experts will be at each location, participants just need to attend at the location closest to their area to gain the full expertise of speakers around the state, topics include introduction to managed grazing, pasture management and decision making, livestock nutrition and requirements on pasture, forage yield determination and pasture allocation, grass and legume species identification, pasture soil fertility and management, grazing systems, layout and design, water systems and requirements, building and using fence for grazing and pasture establishment and improvement, $125/participant, $220 for two from same farm and $315 for three from same farm, after Aug. 9: $150/participant, $270/two from same farm, $390/three from same farm, registration closes at midnight on Aug. 12, fee includes grazing sticks, cover crops field guide, forage field guide, USB with all program materials and worksheets, and all meals including a networking dinner on Thursday, Aug. 15 and lunch and snacks Thursday and Friday, attend at one of these locations: MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Farm & Dairy Meeting Room, 14061 N. 40th St., Hickory Corners, MI, or MSU Lake City Research Center, 5401 W. Jennings Rd., Lake City, MI, klotzmis@msu.edu, 269-671-2402, thurlowk@msu.edu or 989-426-7741 x 203.

15-17: Annual KHSI Expo & Sale and International Katahdin Congress, Cookeville, TN, www.katahdins.org.

16: Southwest Michigan Crop Production & Irrigation Research Field Day, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., free program but registration required for space and meal planning by Aug. 14, topics include tools for soil moisture monitoring and irrigation scheduling, corn leaf wetness monitoring and tar spot, irrigation uniformity check - Taco Bell or eye in the sky?, soybean nodulation and crop development research in 2019, soybean production in a late-planted season, meeting will conclude by 1 p.m. with a free lunch, several presenters will be available for one-on-one consultation, 2 MDARD RUP credits and 3.5 CCA CEU's have been applied for, 1/2 mile south of Featherstone Rd., North Centreville Rd., Sturgis, MI, 269-467-5511 or eander32@msu.edu.

17: Explore Detroit: Urban Agriculture + Green Space Bus Tour, noon-3 p.m., explore some of Detroit's 1,700 urban farms and hear from incredibly dedicated Detroiters who work hard to use their space productively and sustainably, learn about a variety of elements such as soil to irrigation, volunteering to funding and distribution to community building, tour stops include (but subject to change): Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, Artesian Farms, Eastern Market, and Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, $35/person, please allow yourself plenty of time to find parking and arrive at the starting location, tour starts promptly at noon, TechTown Detroit, 440 Burroughs St., Detroit, MI, 313-962-4590.

20-21 & Sept. 17-18: Bridging the Experience Gap, registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 20, participants are expected to attend all sessions, session 1: the future of agriculture, cropping systems and ag equipment, session 2: communication strategies and precision technology, session 3: fruit, value-added agriculture, food safety and food processing, session 4: Michigan sugar factory, organic production, and farm financial management, $350/all training supplies and lunches are included, you are not considered registered until payment is received, space is limited, Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Rd., Frankenmuth, MI, 810-667-0341, kaatz@msu.edu, 989-672-3870 or battlero@msu.edu.

22-24: California Wool Growers Association Annual Meeting & Convention, Minden, NV, www.californiawoolgrowers.org.

24: 44th Annual Virginia Performance Tested Ram Lamb & Ewe Lamb Sale & Sheep Field Day, Raphine, VA, www.vasheepproducers.com.

24-25: 31st Annual Summer Faire, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine, $2/person, culinary delights, organic teas, fantastic crafts from a variety of artists, and much more, lunch served by Savory Thymes Cafe, Master Gardeners on hand to answer your questions, browse the shoppe and stop by the greenhouses, Heavenly Scent Herb Farm, 13730 White Lake Rd., Fenton, MI, 810-629-9208 or www.heavenlyscentherbfarm.com.

27-28: American Lamb Summit, Fort Collins, CO, www.americanlamb.com/product/lamb-summit.

31: Virginia Tech 20th Annual NSIP Production Sale, Blacksburg, VA, www.apsc.vt.edu/facilities0/copenhaversheepcenter.html.

31-Sept. 1: Llamafest 2019, MSU Livestock Pavilion, East Lansing, MI, 517-655-5988.

29-Sept. 2: Michigan State Fair, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi, MI, www.michiganstatefairllc.com or 248-348-6942.

September

4: Midwest Swine Nutrition Conference, $100/person through Aug. 21, $150/person afterwards, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Indianapolis, IN, jradclif@purdue.edu, hillgre@msu.edu or jacobi.1@osu.edu.

5: Cass MAEAP Field Day, 4-7 p.m., managing for forestry health and profit, 2 RUP credits offered, dinner provided to registrants, Crane Pond DNR office, 60887 M-40, Jones, MI, 269-445-8641 x 5.

6-8: Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Jefferson, WI, www.wisconsinsheep-andwoolfestival.com.

7: Rafter 7 Merino Ram & Ewe Sale, Eureka, NV, rafter7m@att.net or rafter7tom@yahoo.com.

10: 91st Annual Wyoming State Ram Sale, Douglas, WY, wyowool.com/State_Ram_Sale.htm.

11-12: 94th Annual Montana Ram Sale & 6th Annual Montana Ewe Sale, Miles City, MT, www.mtsheep.org.

13-15: California Wool & Fiber Festival, Mendocino County Fair, Boonville, CA, www.mendocountyfair.gcom.

14: Meat Sheep Alliance of Florida Field Day, Windlestone Ranch Dorpers, Brooksville, FL, www.meatsheepallianceofflorida.com.

17: Classic Car Festival, 4:30-7:30 p.m., hosted by Jackson County Dept. on Aging & Jackson County Fair, family fun - music, ice cream and root beer stations, pulled pork dinner ($3-5 suggested donation for seniors, $6/under 60), all cars welcome, registration $5, free entry and parking, Jackson County Fairgrounds, 200 W. Ganson St., Jackson, MI, 517-788-4405, scurtis@co.jackson.mi.us or dowens@co.jackson.mi.us.

17-19: Farm Science Review, London, OH, fsr.osu.edu.

19-20: Newell Ram & Ewe Show & Sale, Newell, SD, www.newellramsale.com.

20: Virginia Tech Southwest AREC Forage Based Ram Test Sale & Field Day, Glade Spring, VA, www.apsc.vt.edu/extensionandoutreach/Sheep-Extension/sheep-programs/swarec-ram-test.html.

20-21: Hoosier Sheep Symposium, Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center, Dubois, IN, email executive@indianasheep.com.

21-22: Michigan Apple Blossom Classic, MSU Livestock Pavilion, East Lansing, MI, 517-655-4712 or 517-432-5566.

23: Katahdin Regional Junior & Open Show, Eastern States Expo at the Big E, Springfield, MA, www.thebige.com.

28-29: Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival, Canby, OR, www.flockandfiberfestival.com.

28-29: North Star Farm Tour, www.northstarfarmtour.com.

29: 2019 Northwest Ohio Farm to Table, 5 p.m., showcasing area farmers and promoting the economic benefits of buying local and health benefits of eating fresh, $100/person or $175/2 people, The Stables, 11781 Obee Rd., Whitehouse, OH, kerri.rochelle@heart.org or jessica.hover@heart.org.

October

2, 9, 16, 23 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Dec. 4: 4-H Shooting Sports .22 Rifle Program, 6:30 p.m., classes held on consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m., limited to 30 participants with a minimum of 15 participants, open to youth in grades 4-12, $55/person, equipment provided, payment and registration due by Sept. 20, Concordia Lutheran High School, 1601 St. Joe River Dr., Fort Wayne, IN, 260-481-6826 or www.extension.purdue.edu/allen.

4-5: Noth Dakota Lamb & Wool Producers Association Annual Convention, Bottineau, ND, www.ndsheep.org.

5-6: Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge, VT, www.vtsheepandwoolfest.com.

5-6: Lambtown Festival, Dixon, CA, www.lambtown.org.

9-13: Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Hailey/Ketchum/Sun Valley, ID, www.trailingofthesheep.org.

11: Meat Sheep Alliance of Florida Annual Meeting, Marion County Extension, Ocala, FL, www.meatsheepallianceofflorida.com.

19-20: New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck, NY, www.sheepandwool.com.

30-Nov. 2: 92nd National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, IN, convention.ffa.org.

November

1-2: Ozark Fiber Fling, Steelville, MO, www.ozarkfiberfling.com.

9-10: Small Ruminant Management & Fiber Conference, Ithaca, NY, www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-small-ruminant-management-and-fiber-conference-tickets-61240114832.

20-21: 2019 Sustainable Agriculture Summit, Indianapolis, IN, sustainableag-summit.usdairy.com.

22-24: Hand Shearing School, with Doug Rathke & Kevin Ford, Hutchinson, MN, 320-587-6094 or info@lambshoppe.com.

December

3-5: Michigan Farm Bureau 100th Annual Meeting, nearly 1,000 farmers, family members and special guests will gather from across the state to recap what we've learned and uncovered and set our sights on MFB's second century, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI, www.michfb.com/mi/annual.

10-12: Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market Expo, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, MI, glexpo.com.

17-19: Indiana Farm Equipment & Technology Expo, daily live demonstrations of new products and technology as well as an expanded series of educational seminars, admission is free, Indiana State Fairgrounds - West Pavilion, Indianapolis, IN,  800-876-5133 x 280 or thodson@farmworldonline.com.

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