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Forum staff reports, Published June 28 2013

Ag calendar (June 28)

Carrington research center to sponsor livestock tour

Feedlot research, cow-calf studies and manure nutrient management are among the topics for the beef production tour at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center on July 16.

The tour is one of the center’s annual field tours to be held that day.

The beef production program will begin at 9 a.m. with registration, coffee and a welcome ceremony. The livestock tour will depart at 9:30 and run until noon. Agronomy, horticulture and sustainability tours also will be in the morning and afternoon.

Topics and speakers for this year’s beef production program are:

• Research on the value of fat in distillers grains – Vern Anderson, animal scientist, Carrington Research Extension Center.

• Adding enzymes in feedlot rations – Chanda Engel, research specialist, Carrington Research Extension Center.

• Forage levels in finishing yearling steer rations – Kate Sorenson, graduate student, NDSU Animal Sciences Department.

• Capturing nutrients in manure with more bedding and more protein – Shafiqur Rahman, waste management engineer, NDSU Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering Department.

• Comparing dry lot with pasture for summer feeding cow-calf pairs – Anderson.

• Corn stover and distillers grains for lactating cows – Engel.

• Feed costs for cows: Are they at a plateau? – Jory Hanson, farm business management program instructor, Carrington.

• Composting mortality demonstration – Mary Berg, livestock environmental management specialist, Carrington Research Extension Center.

• Value and management of manure – Emily Kline, livestock environmental management specialist, Carrington Research Extension Center.

• Livestock and cropping effect on surface water quality – Katie Gussiaas, 319 watershed coordinator, Foster County.

• Sugar beets for saline soils and feed – Anderson

The Carrington Research Extension Center is 3.5 miles north of Carrington on U.S. Highway 281. For more information about the beef production program, contact Anderson or Karl Hoppe, area Extension livestock systems specialist, at (701) 652-2951 or by email at vern.anderson@ndsu.edu or karl.hoppe@ndsu.edu.


Alternative sheep grazing systems workshop slated

Sheep producers will be able to learn about alternative grazing systems at a North Dakota State University Extension Service-sponsored workshop Aug. 2.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon at AL Ranch near Woodworth. Ranch co-owner Brent Kuss will discuss methods he is trying, including:

• Enclosing a 1,200-acre waterfowl production area with temporary electric fencing and using electric fencing in that area to create smaller pastures for sheep to graze.

• Installing underground water lines to deliver water to sheep in pastures.

• Planting radishes and legumes between rows of corn to provide feed for sheep to graze once the corn is harvested.

“Sheep, like most classes of livestock, have feed as their largest annual expense,” says Rick Schmidt, an Extension agent from Oliver County who helped organize the workshop. “Finding ways to minimize inputs with unused local resources helps keep sheep profitable. Sheep can utilize forages in areas that may not be accessible to cattle. The AL Ranch has some unique practices that should be able to assist producers in identifying and utilizing those resources.”

The cost of the workshop is $25 per person. Transportation will be provided for participants who do not want to drive to the ranch. They will be picked up at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds.

The North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association is co-sponsoring the workshop.

This workshop is one of several events scheduled during the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Expo set for Aug. 2-3 at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds. Other activities include:

• Workshops on the morning of Aug. 2 on working with wool, training a stock dog and cooking with lamb.

• Presentations in the afternoon and evening of Aug. 2 on lamb fabrication, lamb quality characteristics, the U.S. lamb market, flock health management and the future of the sheep industry.

• Lamb dinner on Aug. 2 and a lamb lunch Aug. 3.

• Ram consignor sheep show and Jamestown ram and ewe sale on Aug. 3.

• Vendor fair both days.

• Sheep shearing and wool handling demonstration the evening of Aug. 2.

The cost of the Cooking With Lamb, Working With Wool and Training a Stock Dog workshops is $25 per person. The cost for the afternoon and evening sessions on Aug. 2 also is $25 per person.

Full registration (both days) if registering by July 26 is $45 per adult plus $25 for each addition adult family member and $10 for each child age 5 to 17. The expo is free for children under age 5.

For more information about the workshops or expo, contact Reid Redden, NDSU Extension sheep specialist, at (701) 231-5597 or reid.redden@ndsu.edu. To register, visit the NDSU Animal Sciences Department website at www.ag.ndsu.edu/ansc/.


Carrington Center Field Day features hardy fruit project

The Northern Hardy Fruit Evaluation Project will be one of the three tours offered during the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center’s annual field day set for July 16.

Field day events begin at 9 a.m. with a welcome from center director Blaine Schatz and the introduction of guests and speakers. Tours will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon. No preregistration is needed.

The Northern Hardy Fruit Evaluation Project field tour starts at 9:30 a.m. Kathy Wiederholt, Carrington Research Extension Center fruit project manager, will lead the tour of the center’s fruit orchard.

The featured speaker for that tour is Tom Kalb, NDSU Extension horticulture specialist. Kalb’s topic is “Growing Apples in North Dakota.” He’ll discuss how to select varieties as well as how to prune, mulch and fertilize trees. He also will discuss how to protect fruit from diseases and insect pests.

Kalb was raised on a family farm in Minnesota that has grown and sold apples for 40 years.

A 1 p.m. presentation by Jared LeBoldus, NDSU assistant professor and Extension plant pathologist, will cover diseases of apple trees and methods home gardeners can use to help their trees overcome these problems.

The Northern Hardy Fruit Evaluation Project was established in 2006 to introduce and demonstrate alternative, economically viable fruits that will grow in North Dakota. The project features grape, black currant and Juneberry variety trials as well as demonstration plantings of University of Saskatchewan cherries and haskaps; apples; aronia; red, black and white currants; elderberries; gooseberries; honeyberries and plums.

The Carrington Research Extension Center’s livestock and crop tours also begin at 9:30 a.m. A second crop tour will be held after lunch.

For more information on the fruit, livestock or crop tours that are part of this year’s field day, contact the Carrington Research Extension Center at (701) 652-2951 or visit its website at www.ag.ndsu. edu/CarringtonREC.


Hazard analysis training set July 16-17 in W. Fargo

FARGO – Dakota Global Food Solutions of Fargo will sponsor a Hazard Analysis-Critical Control Point training seminar July 16-17 at the North Dakota Trade Office International Room in Schollander Pavilion at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo.

The seminar is designed to provide HACCP training and certification for meat and food processors and producers as required under USDA and FDA regulatory rules, including the Food Safety Modernization Act. It also satisfies HACCP training requirements for certification programs such as Safe Quality Foods, Global Food Safety Initiative, and ISO-22000.

Robert Maddock, certified by the International HACCP Alliance as “train-the-trainer,” will lead the training that includes sessions on regulatory food safety programs, prerequisite programs to HACCP, developing and implementing a HACCP plan, and information on the new Food Safety Manufacturing Act including regulatory requirements of FSMA.

Upon completion, all participants will be registered with the International HACCP Alliance as HACCP certified.

Cost for the seminar if registered by July 5 is $350 and $400 if registered after. Registration includes lunches, HACCP manual, and HACCP certification.

For more information or to register contact Travis Maddock at Dakota Global at (701) 541-3834; email travis@dakotaglobal.com.


NDSU sponsors event on how to cook with lamb

The typical American eats less than 1 pound of lamb per year, while people in many other countries eat 5 to 25 times that amount.

If you don’t have a lot of experience cooking with American lamb, knowing how to prepare it can be one of your biggest challenges. Or maybe you cook with lamb and you’d like some new recipes or cooking methods, or you want to know about various meat cuts.

You’ll be able to find the answers to these and many other questions at a “Cooking With Lamb” workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 2 at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds in Jamestown.

Nick Forrest, chairman of the American Lamb Board, will lead this workshop.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service and North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association are sponsoring the event.

The “Cooking With Lamb” workshop is one of several events scheduled during the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Expo set for Aug. 2-3 at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds.

Other activities include:

• Workshops on the morning of Aug. 2 on working with wool and training a stock dog.

• Presentations in the afternoon and evening of Aug. 2 on lamb fabrication, lamb quality characteristics, the U.S. lamb market, flock health management and the future of the sheep industry.

• Lamb dinner on Aug. 2 and a lamb lunch Aug. 3.

• Ram consignor sheep show and Jamestown ram and ewe sale on Aug. 3.

• Vendor fair both days.

• Sheep shearing and wool handling demonstration the evening of Aug. 2.

Also, a workshop on alternative sheep grazing systems will be held at the AL Ranch near Woodworth the morning of Aug. 2.

The cost of the Cooking With Lamb, Working With Wool, Training a Stock Dog or Alternative Sheep Grazing Systems workshops is $25 per person. The cost for the afternoon and evening sessions on Aug. 2 also is $25 per person. Full registration (both days) if registering by July 26 is $45 per adult plus $25 for each addition adult family member and $10 for each child age 5 to 17. The expo is free for children under age 5.

For more information, contact Reid Redden, NDSU Extension sheep specialist, at (701) 231-5597 or reid.redden@ndsu.edu. To register, visit the NDSU Animal Sciences Department website at www.ag.ndsu.edu/ansc.


2013 reporting of prevented planting extended to July 15

ST. PAUL – Farmers must report prevented planting acreage to their local USDA-Farm Service Agency office by July 15.

FSA State Executive Director Debra Crusoe stated, “Due to an unseasonably cool and wet spring, planting has been significantly delayed or prevented in many areas of Minnesota this crop year,” FSA state Executive Director Debra Crusoe said in a news release

USDA policy requires farmers who request prevented planting credit to report the applicable acreage to FSA on form FSA-578 (Report of Acreage) and file form CCC-576 (Notice of Loss) within 15 calendar days after the final planting date for the crop.

Final planting dates vary by crop but are all typically well before the final acreage reporting date of July 15. For 2013, FSA has simplified the process due to the widespread disaster situation by extending the various prevented planting acreage reporting deadlines for Minnesota to coincide with the final crop acreage reporting date of July 15.

Direct and Counter Cyclical Program participants who claim prevented planting and don’t plant a subsequent crop on that acreage are required to have an acceptable cover crop on all crop base acreage to protect the land from erosion. The cover crop cannot be hayed, grazed or otherwise harvested before Nov. 1. Information on approved cover crops for Minnesota is available at local FSA offices.

Farmers with highly erodible land are reminded they are required to follow a conservation plan to retain conservation compliance eligibility. If the weather conditions change a farmer’s planting plans, they need to ensure they still follow an acceptable conservation plan.

For more information about the programs administered by FSA, visit any FSA county office or www.fsa.usda.gov.


NDSU launches workshops focusing on local foods

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is launching a series of workshops to help communities get involved in the local foods movement.

The first workshop, “Building Capacity for Local/Regional Food and Understanding the Industry,” is Aug. 13 at FARRMS in Medina.

Interest in eating locally produced food continues to grow among consumers, restaurants, schools and grocers. The reasons vary, but health, safety, freshness and knowing where one’s food comes from are four key drivers.

From 2007 through 2010, local food sales increased from $1.2 billion to $5 billion nationally. This trend appears to be continuing because more farmers markets open each year and the number of small farms (those less than 100 acres) is expanding.

North Dakota has gained more than nine farmers markets in the last two years.

In a 2011 NDSU symposium that examined scaling up local foods, participants said training to help expand this effort, especially in local areas, was needed.

To register for the workshop, visit http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/smallbusiness. The registration deadline is July 15.

The workshop is free of charge. Participants will receive travel stipends and a small grant to initiate a local foods program in their communities.

For more information, contact Muske at glenn.muske@ndsu.edu or call (701) 328-9718.