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Forum staff reports, Published May 31 2013

Ag calendar (May 31)

BBQ Boot Camps dish up knowledge

Grilling season finally is here. If you are looking for new ways to grill your favorite meat, want to learn about different meat cuts or need some tips on handling food safely, the BBQ Boot Camp can help.

North Dakota State University’s Animal Sciences Department and the NDSU Extension Service have teamed up to hold three BBQ Boot Camps this year.

The dates and locations are:

• June 26 at Bonanzaville in West Fargo, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

• July 2 at the city park in Fullerton, 5 to 8 p.m.

• Aug. 15 at the Harold Schafer Heritage Center in Medora, 5 to 8 p.m.

BBQ Boot Camp instructors introduce participants to grilling methods, including smoking and cooking with gas and charcoal; describe the merits of various meat cuts; and explain how cooking temperatures, humidity and the composition of the meat from different animal species can affect the barbecuing process.

Participants also learn about:

• Nutrition.

• Food safety issues such as the proper cooking temperatures for meat and how to handle raw meat safely.

• Techniques such as using rubs, marinades and seasonings.

• Current topics in the pork, beef and lamb industries.

• Related research, teaching and Extension activities at NDSU.

“The program highlights many different aspects of agriculture from meat cookery to the importance that producers place on meeting high product quality standards,” says David Newman, NDSU Extension swine specialist and one of the BBQ Boot Camp organizers.

The camps wrap up with a full meal, including traditional barbecue side dishes.

Participants will be able to fill their plates with a large variety of barbecued meat.

“You definitely won’t leave hungry,” says Eric Berg, a professor in the Animal Sciences Department and a BBQ Boot Camp instructor.

Animal Sciences Department and Extension faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students are the instructors for the camps.

The cost is $40 per person. For more information about the BBQ Boot Camp or to register for the July 2 and Aug. 15 camps, go to http://www.ndsu.edu/bbqbootcamp. To register for the June 26 camp, go to http://tinyurl.com/BBQBootCamp.

Stockmen’s Association plans Spring Roundups

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association is sponsoring its annual Spring Roundup meeting series, “Going the Distance,” June 3-8 across the state.

Meetings begin with a social at 5:30 p.m. local time, followed by a supper and a short program featuring NDSA President Jason Zahn and NDSA Executive Vice President Julie Ellingson, who will talk about the association’s latest work and the bills it monitored throughout the legislative session.

In Districts 4 and 5, the duo will be joined by Dr. Mike Nichols and Dr. Robin Faulkner of Zoetis, who will talk about the “fourth dimension” in successful cattle operations.

The week’s schedule is as follows:

• NDSA District 3 Chairman Jon DeKrey of Tappen, N.D., will host the first Spring Roundup on June 3, at the Veterans Club in Steele.

• NDSA District 2 Chairman Jeffrey D. Bunn of Lisbon will host the District 2 Spring Roundup June 4, at Stiklestad Lodge near Fort Ransom. Bunn is also planning a trap-shoot beginning at 3 p.m. To pre-register for the trap shoot, call him at (701) 882-3415.

• NDSA District 1 Chairman Kevin Elliott of Clifford will host the June 5 Spring Roundup at the Sibley Sodbuster’s Club in Sibley.

• NDSA District 6 Chairman Randy Schmitt of Rugby will host that district’s Spring Roundup on June 6, at Gallows Hall in Towner.

• NDSA District 5 Chairman Jason Leiseth of Arnegard will host that district’s Spring Roundup on June 7 at the Outlaw Bar and Grill in Watford City.

• NDSA District 4 Chairman Robert Tweeten of Hensler will host that district’s Spring Roundup on at River Ag in Washburn.

The Spring Roundups are free and open to members and non-members alike.

For more information, call (701) 223-2522 or visit www.ndstockmen.org.

Sign up to enter exhibits in North Dakota State Fair

More than 45,000 entries were submitted last year by North Dakotans at the state level in the hopes of winning a blue ribbon at the North Dakota State Fair.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 State Fair. Sign up for the competition of your choice at www.ndstatefair.com.

Regulations and registration forms are available online or hard copies of the Exhibitor Handbook are available at the North Dakota State Fair office.

Livestock categories shown at the fair this summer are: beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, poultry, goats, sheep and rabbits. Horse shows are AQHA, Draft, Morgan, AMHR, Team Roping, Barrel Bash and Open Western, Paint, Appaloosa and English Shows.

Static exhibits accepted for this year’s Fair are ag products, fine arts and crafts, plants and flowers, foods, needlework, photography, education and writing. Camping is also available for State Fair Exhibitors. Registration is accepted online at www.ndstatefair.com or by calling the camping office at (701) 838-1193. This year’s Fair dates are July 19-27. For more information, visit www.ndstatefair.com.

Therapeutic horsemanship workshop slated June 22-23

North Dakota State University and Riding on Angels’ Wings are co-hosting a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International workshop June 20-22 at NDSU and a certification program June 22-23 at ROAW.

The workshop is the first of its kind in this region and is open to anyone interested in learning more about equine-assisted activities and therapies.

ROAW, of rural Felton, Minn., is a therapeutic horseback riding program and member of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. PATH promotes excellence in the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies through instructor education, center accreditation, educational opportunities and advocacy work.

NDSU partners with ROAW and PATH International to offer minor and certificate programs in therapeutic horsemanship.

The early registration deadline for the workshop is May 17. Participants are not required to pursue certification. For additional information about this workshop, contact Erika Berg, an assistant professor of Equine Science in NDSU’s Animal Sciences Department, at erika.berg@ndsu.

edu or (701) 231-9611.

Father of sustainable ag to be in Medina, Fargo

MEDINA, N.D. – Treat your father to a “Day on the Prairie” and walk the earth with Distinguished Fellow and “Father of Sustainability” Fred Kirschenmann and “Symphony of the Soil” film director/creator Deborah Koons Garcia beginning at 1 p.m. June 16 in Medina.

The North Dakota premiere of the movie will be June 18 at the Fargo Theater.

There will be several events and education opportunities in conjunction with the premiere, beginning with “A Day on the Prairie” June 16, with participants gathering at the FARRMS office in Medina to view the Karle Limvere Memorial classroom and artistic donor wall designed and installed by Renee Knight.

The first soil tour will be at Kirschenmann Family Farms south of Medina and a second farm/garden tour is slated in Windsor. Participants will share time and conversation with Kirschenmann and Garcia discussing soil health and sustainability.

There will be a social about 5 p.m., followed by a meal featuring grass-fed organic beef from Kirschenmann Family Farms and vegetables grown at the Windsor gardens, and a discussion about the future of FARRMS’ mission.

Tickets to the Father’s Day event are $100 for the first person and $50 per person for additional members of the family or company. FARRMS is offering a special Father’s Day ticket price. Bring your father and up to three family members for $150.

Proceeds benefit FARRMS education programs and sustainability as an organization. Call (701) 486-3569, email info@farrms.org or visit go online to www.farrms.org to purchase tickets.

Camp offers youths taste of technology June 17-20

North Dakota youths will have an opportunity in June to learn about building robots, using global positioning system technology and making maps.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is holding a GEAR-Tech-21 (Geospatial and Robotics Technologies for the 21st Century) Camp June 17-20 on the NDSU campus in Fargo.

The camp is open to youths who will be entering grades five to eight this fall.

Youths do not need to be a 4-H member to attend the camp.

Participants will be able to:

• Build and program robots.

• Operate a hand-held GPS receiver.

E Apply robotics, GPS and geographic information system technologies to geo-tracking, navigation and map making.

• Learn about information technology’s role in natural resources and precision agriculture.

• Explore the outdoors.

• Learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

• Complete fun challenges and take part in a virtual competition with youth across the U.S.

The cost of the camp is $200 per participant. That includes all meals, overnight housing, and a camp workbook, supplies and T-shirt. Youth who will be riding the designated 4-H bus to camp will need to pay an additional $50.

The registration deadline is June 1. The camp is limited to 12 youth. Register online at https://nd.4honline.com.

Leadership program seeks participants for 6th class

If you want to improve your organization, business, farm or ranch operation, or community, the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Rural Leadership North Dakota program can help.

Rural Leadership North Dakota is looking for participants for its next class, which begins in November.

The deadline to apply to join the class of 2013-15 is June 15. Applicants must have been a state resident for at least a year and be able to attend all of the seminars.

RLND is an 18-month leadership development program that develops leaders for North Dakota’s future. The program includes in-state seminars with experts; tours of agricultural and community businesses; out-of-state trips (Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis in 2014) to meet with agricultural, business and government leaders; and a trip to another country (destination to be determined) to learn about international agricultural and community issues.

Participants learn leadership skills, such as thinking critically and creatively, communicating effectively and managing conflict. They also learn about agricultural and rural policy, the agricultural economy and future trends that could affect North Dakota, finding innovative ways to fund local and regional development projects, marketing, civic engagement, the value of coalitions and partnerships, industry and community advocacy, and how to work with the state Legislature.

Tuition for the RLND program is $3,750. It covers all meals, hotels and travel expenses such as buses during in-state seminars and airfare to out-of-state seminars. Participants are responsible for their travel costs to in-state seminars and points of departure for out-of-state seminars.

For more information, or to register or nominate someone for the class, visit RLND’s website at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/rlnd, send an email to ndsu.ruralleadership@ndsu.edu or call (701) 231-5803.