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Published September 13 2013

Ag calendar (Sept. 13)

NDSU master gardener classes begin Sept. 27

North Dakota master gardener training is more convenient and flexible than ever, said Esther McGinnis, the North Dakota State University Extension Service master gardener coordinator.

The core master gardener course will be offered online and in a traditional classroom setting. If weekday morning classes conflict with an individual’s schedule, the classes can be viewed online. Also, all assignments will be online.

The traditional classroom training will be conducted at several locations in the state, including Ashley, Bismarck, Cooperstown, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, Napoleon, Wahpeton, Watford City and Williston.

The online and classroom sessions will run for eight weeks from Sept. 27 to Nov. 15. The training sessions will be held every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT.

“Topics will include annual and perennial flowers, selecting and planting trees and shrubs, soil health, plant diseases and pests, landscape design, vegetable and fruit production and so much more,” McGinnis says.

The cost is $150 for those wishing to become a certified master gardener and $300 for those just interested in taking the class. Computer knowledge and Internet access is required. All handouts will be available online for participants to access and print.

Certified master gardeners are required to complete 48 hours of approved volunteer work through their NDSU county Extension agent. The volunteer work should be completed within 24 months following the completion of classes.

“Master gardeners become ambassadors to assist the NDSU Extension Service in providing accurate and environmentally sustainable horticultural advice,” McGinnis says.

For more information, contact your local NDSU Extension Service office or McGinnis at (701) 231-7406.

To register, go to www.ag.ndsu.edu/mastergardener. All registration is done online, and payment is by credit card or electronic check only. The deadline for registration is today.

‘Moos, Ewes and More’ scheduled for Sept. 14

For the fourth year in a row, North Dakota State University’s Animal Sciences Department will host “Moos, Ewes and More” at the NDSU Equine Center on 19th Avenue North in Fargo.

This free, family-friendly event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

You will have the chance to experience interactive and hands-on agriculture and animal demonstrations, and enjoy BBQ Boot Camp samples and dairy product treats. New activities this year include the ask the animal scientist booth, stick-horse races for the kids, animal detectives and horsemanship demonstrations.

Visitors can also meet the animals that call NDSU home, the farm managers who care for them, and the faculty and staff who teach and do research in the animal sciences department.

“The average American is three to four generations removed from the farm, and as urban areas grow and rural areas shrink, there is a tendency for people to forget where their food and fiber come from,” says Erika Berg, assistant professor in the animal sciences department and co-chair of the event.

“ Moos, Ewes and More’ is an effort to reconnect people with livestock and agriculture.”

For more information, contact Berg at erika.berg@ndsu.edu or check out the animal sciences website at www.ag.ndsu.edu/ansc.

NDSU celebrates 40 years of excellence in ag, Bison athletics

The 40th annual Harvest Bowl program at North Dakota State University will be held Nov. 8 and 9.

Highlights of the event include a Harvest Bowl dinner and awards program Nov. 8 at the Fargo Ramada Plaza and Suites and the Harvest Bowl football game between NDSU and Illinois State on Nov. 9. Also on Nov. 9, as part of Harvest Bowl, honorees will participate in educational sessions on the NDSU campus.

As the state’s land-grant university, NDSU plays a major role in contributing knowledge through research, academic programs and the Extension Service. More than 2,500 agriculturists have been recognized and more than $125,000 in scholarships have been awarded to NDSU student athletes who are studying agriculture, business or pre-med and come from an agricultural background.

The NDSU Harvest Bowl program recognizes the success, dedication and hard work of outstanding agriculturists in 53 counties in North Dakota and several counties in Minnesota.

An agribusiness award recipient is chosen annually. This award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of agriculture and business in North Dakota and beyond. Richard Frohberg, a former NDSU hard red spring wheat breeder who is known internationally for his work, will receive the 2013 award.

Frohberg was the principal investigator of NDSU’s hard red spring wheat breeding program from 1966 until his retirement in 2002. During his tenure, 25 varieties of wheat were released, and he also contributed to the development of nine varieties after his retirement.

For tickets and information on Harvest Bowl activities, visit the NDSU Alumni Association website, www.ndsualumni.com, call the NDSU alumni office at (800) 279-8971 or locally at (701) 231-6800, or email marilyn@ndsualumni.com.

NDSU Extension to hold New Shepherds Clinic

Anyone interested in starting a sheep-production operation will be able to learn more about it at a workshop the North Dakota State University Extension Service is hosting Sept. 21 at NDSU’s Hettinger Research Extension Center.

The New Shepherds Clinic begins at 10 a.m. Mountain time.

“Sheep are a good livestock enterprise for youth, families with off-the-farm jobs or existing livestock enterprises seeking diversification,” says Reid Redden, NDSU Extension sheep specialist and one of the clinic’s organizers.

“New sheep operations are attractive because individuals can start small and build as they go,” he said. “Plus, sheep operations don’t require large startup capital or amounts of land, or expensive facilities and equipment. Within a few years, new shepherds can expand their flock rapidly and build a sustainable production system.”

The clinic will provide new shepherds with educational material to help them manage their sheep flocks. Topics to be covered are:

• Sheep production

• Sheep nutrition

• Lambing barn management

• Shepherding equipment

• Animal-handling techniques

Also, participants will be able to tour the Hettinger Research Extension Center’s sheep facilities. The workshop is free. The registration deadline is Sept. 17. For more information or to register, contact Redden at (701) 231-5597 or reid.redden@ndsu.edu.

Participants will be able to purchase lunch. The Hettinger center and the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association also are hosting the clinic.