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Forum staff reports , Published September 20 2013

Ag calendar (Sept. 20)

NDSU celebrates 40th Harvest Bowl Nov. 8, 9

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 on 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 premed 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 to recognize 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 at 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 Service to sponsor 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 orreid.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.