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Published September 27 2013

Ag calendar - 09/27/13

NDSU hosting nutrient management conference

North Dakota State University is hosting this year’s multistate comprehensive nutrient management planning conference Nov. 18-20 at the Doublewood Inn in Fargo.

This conference is for professionals in the nutrient management field, including educators, researchers, farm chemical applicators, agricultural regulators and government agency personnel, who are interested in improving water quality and nutrient management in the Midwest.

“Environmental management is a growing concern in the agricultural industry,” says Emily Kline, an area livestock environmental management specialist at NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center. “We hope this conference gives professionals the chance to network and discuss current concerns.”

The conference begins Nov. 18 with an afternoon tour of NDSU’s livestock research facilities. The tour will leave the Doublewood at 12:30 p.m. Activities Nov. 19 include morning workshops on monoslope and slotted-floor barns, vegetative treatment systems, hoop barns, grazing and the Discovery Farms program; a producer panel in the afternoon; and a social and poster session in the evening.

The conference will conclude Nov. 20 with morning workshops on compost benefits to soil, sale barn compost, comprehensive nutrient management planning and technologies, and producer feedback.

Speakers include NDSU researchers and Extension specialists, producers and experts in nutrient management system design.

Registration is $75. To register online, go to www.tinyurl.com/

CRECstore.

For more information, visit the conference website at www.ag.

ndsu.edu/lem/multi-state-cnmp-conference-1 or contact Kline or Mary Berg, an area livestock environmental management specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center, at (701) 652-2951 or emily.m.kline@ndsu.edu or mary.berg@ndsu.edu.

A block of rooms is being held at the Doublewood Inn, (701) 235-3333, until Nov. 4. Ask for the CNMP rate.

NDSU to sponsor calf backgrounding program

Cattle producers will be able to learn about background calves during a videoconference the North Dakota State University Extension Service is sponsoring from 7 to 9 p.m. (6 to 8 p.m. Mountain time) Oct. 17.

“Backgrounding Cattle 2013”will provide updates on cattle feeding for the fall of 2013.

“With the drop in feed prices, backgrounding may make economic sense,” says Karl Hoppe, area Extension livestock specialist at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center. “However, good calf prices never seem to stay constant, and price protection should be considered. Also, keeping newly weaned calves healthy is a challenge and recognizing sick calves early isn’t easy. This program should sharpen your skill for managing these calves.”

The videoconference will be broadcast at the following locations:

The topics and presenters are:

The event is free of charge. No registration is required.

For more information, contact Dhuyvetter at (701) 857-7682 or john.dhuyvetter@ndsu.edu, Dahlen at (701) 231-5588 or carl.dahlen@ndsu.edu, Hoppe at (701) 652-2951 or karl.hoppe@ndsu.edu, or your local Extension agent.

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 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 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.