Forum staff reports , Published November 14 2013
Ag calendar - 11/15/13ND Crop Improvement and Seed Association district meetings set
If you are interested in learning more about the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association, new varieties or producing seed, or have questions about seed laws, plan to attend one of the NDCISA district meetings Dec. 4-9.
“Attending a district meeting is a great opportunity to visit with other farmers, seed growers and people from North Dakota State University involved in agriculture,” said John Schatz, NDCISA president. “If you want to have a say in policies that involve seed production in North Dakota, come out to one of the meetings.”
The district, date, location and time of the meetings are:
- Southwest, 1 p.m. Dec. 4, Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge, Dickinson;
- Northwest, 9 a.m. Dec. 5, North Central Research Extension Center, Minot;
- Northeast, 9 a.m. Dec. 6, Community Center, Lakota;
- Southeast, 9 a.m. Dec. 9, Days Inn, Casselton.
Topics covered during the business meetings include financial report, county membership and checkoff update, Dakota select seed update, district resolutions, district elections.
In addition to a business meeting, program topics to be covered during the meetings include:
- Research fee update and impact – Dale Zetocha, NDSU Research Foundation executive director;
- State Seed Department update – Steve Sebesta, State Seed Department deputy seed commissioner;
- Small-grain variety update – Roger Ashley, Shana Pederson, Leslie Lubenow and Joel Ransom, NDSU Extension specialists/agronomists;
- Foundation Seedstocks update – Joyana Baumann, NDSU Foundation Seedstocks research specialist.
The meetings are free and open to the public. Door prizes, including free field inspections for 40 acres, will be given away at each of the district meetings. For more information, contact Toni Muffenbier, NDCISA office manager, at (701) 231-8067 or email email@example.com.
Ag producers income tax management program Monday
A tax management program will be offered to producers and tax preparers from 9 a.m. to noon CST on Monday, at 11 interactive video sites in North Dakota.
The program, sponsored by the North Dakota State University Extension Service and Internal Revenue Service, will feature presentations by Ann Makres, IRS; Steve Eckroth, Eide Bailly, Bismarck; Rhonda Mahlum, Mahlum Goodhart PC, Mandan; Rick Mapel, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Grand Forks; and Steve Troyer, Eide Bailly, Fargo.
Experts will provide federal income tax updates and tax management alternatives while producers still have time to implement year-end tax management decisions.
- Federal income tax update;
- IRS issues;
- Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act;
- Net investment income surtax;
- Corporation succession planning;
- Family limited partnerships for succession and asset transfer;
- Affordable Care Act: selected tax issues;
- Payroll and related issues;
- Farm income averaging.
A session on year-end tax planning will provide an overview of when to accelerate or defer income in conjunction with expense timing to manage tax liabilities now and for the future.
Four question-and-answer periods are scheduled during the three-hour program. Preregistration is required because seating is limited. The cost for the program and materials is $12.
Interactive video sites for the program are at Bismarck State College; North Dakota School for the Deaf, Devils Lake; Bottineau County Courthouse, Bottineau; Dickinson State University Klinefelter Hall; NDSU, Fargo; County Office Building, Grand Forks; Law Enforcement Center, Jamestown; North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton; and NDSU Research Extension Centers in Minot, Langdon and Williston.
For additional information or registration, call the NDSU Extension Service in Fargo at (701) 231-8642.
Sheep shearing, 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:
- Professional shearing patterns;
- Tagging and eyeing;
- Equipment maintenance and repair;
- Wool handling and preparation;
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.
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:
- Wool fiber growth, development and production;
- Objective wool measuring;
- Genetic selection programs;
- Hands-on wool grading;
- Wool contamination and handling practices;
- Wool classing, packaging, labeling and marking;
- Test for level 1 certification.
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.
For more information on both schools, contact Chris Schauer at (701) 567-4323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The permanent home for the state’s Agriculture Hall of Fame, which was established by the state Legislature during their 1997 session, is at the North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City. The display is available for viewing at both the NDWS Event Center and the Rosebud Visitor’s Center in Valley City.
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@northdakotawinter
show.com. Nomination forms can also be printed from the website, www.northdakotawintershow.com.
The new inductees will be chosen in December and then honored during a ceremony which will take place at the North Dakota Winter Show, on March 8, 2014.