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Published December 09 2013

Ag calendar (Dec. 6)

Donations wanted for ND - Ghana Food Initiative

The North Dakota Trade Office, Praxis Strategy Group and AdFarm are seeking donations from North Dakota food producers and processors to fill a 20-foot North Dakota Product Container.

The groups will ship the container to Ghana, Africa where the products will be distributed in several rural villages in Ghana’s Central Region to help feed Ghanaian families.

Product will be collected through today. To participate, contact the North Dakota Trade Office at 701-231-1155 or Brittany@ndto.com.

Product must be in a tote, bag or shrink-wrapped. The groups are also looking for monetary donations to help cover shipping costs.

The North Dakota – Ghana Food Initiative is an effort for state food producers to help countries meet their people’s most pressing food security and nutritional challenges while developing an export market for North Dakota food ingredients, a news release stated.

A trade mission and two conferences will be held in January to introduce North Dakota products to potential Ghanaian food producers.

North Dakota educators and food specialists will talk about the nutritional benefits of N.D. products and demonstrate how they might be incorporated into the Ghanaian diet, the news release stated.

Beef producer short courses set

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is holding 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.

The dates, locations and contact people for the workshops are:

Dec. 9, Morton County Fairgrounds, New Salem, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact: Jackie Buckley, Extension agent, Morton County, (701) 667-3340

Dec. 9, Beulah Civic Center, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact: Craig Askim, Extension agent, Mercer County, (701) 873-5195

Dec. 10, Napoleon Livestock Market, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact: Sheldon Gerhardt, Extension agent, Logan County, (701) 754-2504

Dec. 10, Blue Hall, Tuttle, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Contact: Penny Nester, Extension agent, Kidder County, (701) 475-2632, ext. 9229

Topics and presenters are:

E 30 years of experience and the latest research at NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center - Vern Anderson, animal scientist at the center

E Strategies for producers to be successful in a changing beef industry - John Paterson, executive director of producer education for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

E Update on pink eye research and treatment options E Neil Dyer, director of the NDSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

E Herd health challenges and management - panel of veterinarians

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.

Annual Zero-tillage Workshop to be held in Minot

The Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers Association is holding its 36th annual workshop and trade show Jan. 6-8 at the Holiday Inn - Riverside in


The workshop’s theme is “Unlock Your Soil’s Full Potential.”

Presenters and farmer panelists will discuss research and farm-based

information on soil biology, soil compaction, managing

wet and cold soils, zero-tilling corn and soybeans in adverse conditions,

zeroing in on resistant weed management techniques, research updates and the

economics of better soil health through zero-tillage.

There will also be an international show-and-tell and beer-and-bull sessions.

Barry Todd is one of the featured speakers. He is a plant and weed

scientist and now retired deputy minister of agriculture of Food and Rural

Initiatives in Manitoba.

Mark Jennings, a farmer and former agricultural lender in Washburn, will discuss the economics of better soil health and zero-tillage.

Jennings will point out

that the dynamic nature of farming should foster a business structure that

allows for change while improving soil health, productivity and profitability, a news release stated.

Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension Service soil health assistant professor, will discuss the components and complexities of soil health.

Jon Stika, Natural Resources Conservation Service soil scientist, will discuss evaluating soil health.

Kris Nichols, a U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service scientist, will discuss the how and why of specific practices, as well as

interpreting soil tests for biological activity.

To register, visit www.mandakzerotill.org or contact Bonnie Staiger,

association executive secretary, at (701) 223-3184 or email mandak@westriv.com.

The Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers Association was created by

farmers to facilitate the exchange of ideas, encourage zero-till research and disseminate zero-till information.

NDSU Feedlot School set for Jan. 21-22

North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center will hold its annual NDSU Feedlot School on Jan. 21-22, 2014.

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 the Research 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.