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Forum staff reports, Published June 14 2012

Ag calendar: Roundup of upcoming events

NDSU Extension offers master gardener classes

FARGO – The Master Gardener Program for 2012 will be kicking off on Aug. 17, according to Ron Smith, North Dakota State University Extension Service horticulturist.

The classes will originate from NDSU and be broadcast across the state to 15 sites through the Interactive Video Network (IVN) system.

The locations are Ashley, Bismarck, Bowman, Cando, Cooperstown, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, Napoleon, Wahpeton, Watford City and Williston Research Extension Center. The classes will start on Friday, Aug. 17, and finish on Friday, Oct. 5. Classes will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT) for eight weeks.

“Participants will be well-schooled in the basics of plant and soil science, perennial and annual flowers, plant pathology, entomology and weed control,” Smith said.

Also, participants will receive information on woody and herbaceous plants, aspects of fruit and vegetable production, square foot gardening and landscape design, plus tree selection and care.

The cost is $100 for volunteers and $200 for nonvolunteers. Once the classwork is completed, the volunteers need to complete 48 hours of approved work through their county NDSU Extension Service agent. Once the requirements are fulfilled, a volunteer is eligible to become a certified master gardener.

For more information about the location of the IVN meeting place in your area or to register, contact your local NDSU Extension Service office or visit www.ag.ndsu.edu/mg. The registration deadline is Aug 1.

NDSU BBQ Boot Camp slated in a city near you

North Dakota State University’s BBQ Boot Camp is back for the 2012 grilling season.

The camp:

• Introduces participants to basic grilling styles, including gas, charcoal and smokers.

• Offers information about different rubs, marinades and seasonings to use on meat.

• Explains why cooking temperatures are important and how the temperature affects the quality of the meat.

• Teaches food safety tips and nutritional facts on meat.

• Informs participants about current topics in the meat and food industry and the importance of understanding the world food supply.

• Gives participants a chance to sample different types of barbecued meat and provides ideas for their next neighborhood barbecue.

The NDSU Animal Sciences Department hosts the camp in conjunction with NDSU Extension Service faculty.

Four camps are scheduled throughout the state this summer. The camp dates, locations and people to contact for more information or to register are:

• Wednesday – Fargo, Megan Kortie, (701) 231-7641.

• June 28 – Williston, Mary Froelich, (701) 577-4595.

• July 16 – Bismarck, Cathy Palczewski, (701) 221-6865.

• July 18 – Minot, Paige Brummond, (701) 857-6444.

Registration also is available online at www.ndsu.edu/bbq

bootcamp.

This is the fourth year of the BBQ Boot Camp program.

NDSU Crop Management Field School set June 21

CARRINGTON, N.D. – The North Dakota State University Extension Service’s annual crop management field school will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Carrington Research Extension Center.

The school will provide updates on crop and pest management using hands-on training in field research and demonstration plots. The school is targeted for crop advisers, but the program also will be beneficial for farmers.

Specific field sessions include:

• Weed identification – identify more than 60 living weed exhibits and review biology and control.

• Herbicide mode of action – identify herbicide classes by examining crop and weed injury symptoms.

• Corn and wheat – learn about growth stages and late-season management strategies.

• Insect management – review current insect concerns.

• Row crop plant nutrition – learn about the current situation and strategies to maintain yield through harvest.

Instructors for the field school are Patrick Beauzay, NDSU entomology research specialist; Greg Endres, NDSU Extension area agronomist; Dave Franzen, NDSU Extension soils specialist; Richard Zollinger, NDSU Extension weeds specialist; Rod Lym, NDSU weed scientist; Jan Knodel, NDSU Extension entomologist; and Joel Ransom, NDSU Extension agronomist.

A total of 50 participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants will receive reference materials, refreshments and a noon meal.

Certified crop advisers participating in the event can receive 6 continuing education units.

For more details and preregistration information, go to www.

ag.ndsu.edu/CarringtonREC/events or contact the Carrington center at (701) 652-2951. A completed preregistration form and $75 fee is required by Monday ($100 after Monday).

Food, Land and People to offer learning workshops

The North Dakota Food, Land and People program is offering educators a variety of workshop opportunities in 2012.

Gail Bakko, North Dakota Farm Bureau Director of Special Programs, said the FLP Institute, held last summer, was such a success, there will be institutes in 2012. In addition, there will be an online version of the workshop, and two other workshops throughout the summer.

The FLP Institute will be July 17-20 in Bismarck.

An FLP session on food, nutrition and consumer science is scheduled Aug. 7-8 in Wahpeton and an FLP introductory course will be Aug. 9-10 in Fargo.

“We were extremely happy with the success of last year’s institute,” Bakko said. “While Food, Land and People lessons are still the focus of the institute, educators are introduced to many more hands-on activities, tours and free materials that they appreciate.”

For credit and fee details or to register for the workshops, go to www.ndfb.org/edusafe/flp.

Project Food, Land and People is a 55-lesson curriculum developed for grades K-12 educators to integrate easily into their classroom. The instructional units address core content and North Dakota state standards and benchmarks with inquiry-based learning activities that are meaningful and that have objectives that are well-defined. Lessons were created and written by educators for educators and were rigorously tested and evaluated across the nation.

Funding for the workshops comes from North Dakota Ag in the Classroom, a program of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.