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Forum staff reports , Published October 31 2013

Ag calendar - 11/01/13

NDSU to award scholarships during Harvest Bowl

FARGO – Fifteen scholarships will be awarded to outstanding North Dakota State University female and male athletes during this year’s Harvest Bowl festivities Nov. 8-9. The NDSU Harvest Bowl program also recognizes the work of agriculturists in 53 counties in North Dakota and several in Minnesota.

A special agribusiness award goes to an individual who has a distinguished career in agriculture and business. This year’s award recipient is Richard Frohberg, former NDSU wheat breeder and geneticist.

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.

Harvest Bowl scholarship awardees, sport, hometown and major are:

The 40th annual Harvest Bowl festivities begin Friday, Nov. 8, at the Fargo Ramada Plaza and Suites with a dinner and awards ceremony. On Saturday, honorees will participate in educational sessions on the NDSU campus and attend the Harvest Bowl football game.

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

Shearing and wool classing schools set for Nov. 23-25

HETTINGER, N.D. – If you are interested in learning more about sheep shearing or becoming certified for wool classing, plan to attend the North Dakota Sheep Shearing School on Nov. 23-25 at the Hettinger Fairgrounds or the Certified Wool Classing School Nov. 23-25 at the Hettinger Armory.

The topics to be covered during the sheep shearing school include:

Instructors for the school are Wade Kopren, a South Dakota professional sheep shearer; Mike Hagens, North Dakota professional sheep shearer; Reid Redden, North Dakota State University Extension Service sheep specialist; and Mike Schuldt, a Montana State University Extension agent.

The school is open to those who are experienced or non-experienced in sheep shearing. To allow for one-on-one instruction, registration is being limited. The registration deadline is Nov. 8.

The registration fee is $125. The fee includes tuition, handbook, DVD and singlet. The North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association is providing $250 in scholarships to state residents 16 and older. The scholarships will be distributed evenly among qualified applicants.

Topics to be covered during the wool classing school include:

The instructors are Ron Cole, American Sheep Industry Association wool education consultant, and Lisa Surber, Montana State University Wool Lab manager.

The fee for the program is $175, which includes tuition and materials. The classing school is limited to 12 students and the registration deadline is Nov. 8.

For more information on both schools, contact Chris Schauer at (701) 567-4323 or email christopher.schauer@ndsu.edu. Entry fees for both schools can be sent to the Hettinger REC, P.O. Box 1377, Hettinger, ND 58639.

The sheep shearing school is sponsored by the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association, NDSU Hettinger REC and NDSU Extension Service. The same organizations, along with the American Sheep Industry Association, are sponsoring the certified wool classing school.

Schauer, director of the Hettinger REC, is coordinating both events.

Nominations sought for ND Ag Hall of Fame

The selection committee of the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame is asking the public for candidate suggestions for the 2014 inductees. Either organizations or individuals may nominate candidates, and the deadline for nominations is Dec. 1.

The North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame is a statewide organization that recognizes those people who have made a meaningful contribution to the state’s agricultural industry.

Individuals are eligible to be nominated if they satisfy at least two of three requirements:

1. At least 45 years old;

2. Retired from an agriculture-related career;

3. Accumulated at least 20 years of service to the ag industry in North Dakota.

Those who want a nomination form or more information on the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame should contact the North Dakota Winter Show office by calling (800) 437-0218, by mail at P.O. Box 846, Valley City, ND 58072 or at ndws@northdakotawintershow.com. Nomination forms can also be printed from the website, www.northdakotawintershow.com.