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Published November 22 2013

Ag calendar (Nov. 22)

NDSU Feedlot School scheduled for Jan. 21-22

North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center will hold its annual NDSU Feedlot School on Jan. 21-22.

This intensive course is for cattle producers, feeders, backgrounders, feed industry personnel, animal health-care suppliers and anyone else who is interested in learning more about feedlot production, nutrition, waste management and marketing.

“The resources are here to establish and operate cattle feeding operations that are very competitive with any other region of the country,” says Vern Anderson, animal scientist at the center. “This school will give participants information on the unique advantages in our region and address the challenges. The feedlot school is a thorough overview of the management and operation of a feedlot enterprise in two intense days.”

The school also will include a commercial feedlot tour and a tour of theResearch Extension Center’s livestock facilities.

Instructors include faculty from NDSU’s Animal Sciences Department, and the Carrington and North Central Research Extension Centers, as well as others who have extensive experience working with northern Plains feedlots.

The registration fee is $130 per person or $175 for two people from the same operation. All meals and a 3-inch, three-ring feedlot school binder are included with the registration. The deadline to register is Jan. 14. The fee does not include lodging.

Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Lodging is available at the Chieftain Conference Center, (701) 652-3131; Carrington Inn and Suites, (701) 652-3982; or Cobblestone Inn, (701) 652-3000.

For more information about the course or to register, contact Joel Lemer, an Extension agent in Foster County, at (701) 652-2581 or joel.lemer@ndsu.edu.

The Carrington Research Extension Center is 3.5 miles north of Carrington on U.S. Highway 281.

Beef producer short courses set for Dec. 9-10

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is sponsoring four short courses Dec. 9-10 for beef producers in the south-central part of the state.

The “Makin’ Some Green in 2014” workshop will address common challenges facing producers.

Preregistration is required because meals are planned at each location. The registration deadline is Dec. 2.

The cost is $20 per person or $30 for two people from the same operation for all of the workshops if registering by the deadline. After the deadline, the cost goes up to $30 per person or $40 for two from the same operation at all four sites.

ND crop improvement, seed group to meet Dec. 4-9

If you are interested in learning more about the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association (NDCISA), 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 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 toni.muffenbier@ndsu.edu.

Sheep shearing and wool classing schools Nov. 23-25

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.

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 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.

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, N.D. 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.

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.

Agricultural groups and organizations, which are represented on the selection committee include: ND Lamb & Wool Producers, ND Grain Growers, ND Stockmen’s Assoc., ND Oilseed Council, ND Department of Agriculture, ND Pork Producers Council, NDSU Extension Service, National Agricultural Marketing Association, ND Farm Bureau, ND Farmers Union, ND Vocational Agriculture, North Dakota Winter Show and a representative from ND’s farm broadcasters and ag journalists.

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.

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.