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Forum staff reports, Published June 07 2013

Ag calendar (June 7)

Rural leadership program in ND seeking applicants

People still have time to apply to participate in the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s next Rural Leadership North Dakota class, which begins in November.

The program is for anyone who wants to improve his or her organization, business, farm or ranch operation, or community.

The application deadline is June 15.

The 18-month leadership development 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.

“RLND is designed for men and women who want to strengthen their leadership skills and learn more about North Dakota, the U.S. and the world,” says Marie Hvidsten, RLND program director. “It helps participants create a network of contacts and resources they can continue to tap into for ideas, answers and support long after they graduate from the program.”

The tuition for the RLND program is $3,750. That 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.

Applicants must have been a state resident for at least a year and be able to attend all of the seminars.

For more information, to register or to nominate someone for the class, visit RLND’s website at www.ag.ndsu.edu/rlnd, send an e-mail to ndsu.ruralleadership@

ndsu.edu or call (701) 231-5803.

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 www.ndsu.edu/bbqbootcamp. To register for the June 26 camp,

go to http://tinyurl.com/BBQBootCamp.

This is the fifth year BBQ Boot Camps have been held across the state.

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.


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. 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.