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Published January 17 2014

Ag calendar (Jan. 17)

Farm and Ranch conference planned

The North Dakota Farm Bureau Farm and Ranch Conference will be held Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Holiday Inn in Minot, N.D.

Guest speaker Mike Boehlje, a distinguished professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University, will teach participants how to grow their farm or ranch for the future.

Holly Hoffman, a Eureka, South Dakota rancher, mother of three and finalist on CBS reality show “Survivor Nicaragua” will also speak.

Breakout sessions include basic computer training in Microsoft Excel, financial management for the farm and ranch, communications and more. Activities for youth and daycare is available for kids.

Register at: www.ndfb.org/frconference or call Joey Tigges at 701-318-2252.

Research and Marketing meetings set

Four Best of the Best in Research and Marketing meetings have been set for February in Williston, Grand Forks, Moorhead, Minn., and Hettinger.

The first of the series will be held in conjunction with the National Hard Spring Wheat Show in Williston. The Best of the Best program will be part of the first day’s activities of the show on Feb. 4 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Grand Williston Hotel and Conference Center.

The Best of the Best educational program will augment the traditional topics and activities of the spring wheat show. It will include presentations on disease control and topics specific to durum production, according to Joel Ransom, North Dakota State University Extension Service agronomist and one of the meeting’s organizers.

Meetings will be held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks Feb. 5 and the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Moorhead on Feb. 6. At these eastern meetings, a wide range of topics addressing production practices for wheat and soybeans will be addressed. Some of the topics are soybean cyst nematodes and managing soil fertility for optimum yield and protein in wheat. Both meetings begin at 8:30 a.m.

The last of the series is planned for Feb. 18 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Armory in Hettinger. Topics at the Hettinger meeting will focus on wheat production and include herbicide- resistant weeds, remote sensing, soil salinity and crop rotations.

Hands-on demonstrations are planned at all of the locations and a noon lunch will be provided at each venue. There is no participation fee but advanced registration is requested.

To register for the meeting in Williston, contact the North Dakota Wheat

Commission at (701) 328-5111 or email ndwheat@ndwheat.com.

To register for the meetings in Grand Forks and Moorhead, go to www.smallgrains.org or call (701) 328-5111 in North Dakota. Minnesota residents can call (800) 242-6118, ext. 113.

To register for the Hettinger meeting, contact Julie Kramlich, NDSU Extension agent in Adams County, at (701) 567-2735 or email julie.kramlich@ndsu.edu.

The Williston and Hettinger meetings are sponsored by the North Dakota Wheat Commission, and the meetings in Grand Forks and Moorhead are sponsored by the Minnesota and North Dakota wheat and soybean growers and checkoff organizations, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota and NDSU Extension Services.

N.D. Crop Improvement and Seed Association Conference Set

The 62nd annual North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association (NDCISA) meeting will be held at the Grand Hotel in Minot Feb. 5-6.

The conference begins with the NDCISA board of directors meeting Feb. 5 at 10:15 a.m. On Feb. 6, there will be a business meeting, committee meetings, guest speakers and a luncheon.

Speakers include Alan Slater, Anheuser-Busch InBev Midwest Barley Operations director; Richard Horsley, NDSU Department of Plant Sciences head, professor and barley breeder; Paul Schwarz, NDSU malting barley quality professor; and Al Gustin, author and former agricultural broadcaster.

The Feb. 6 topics and speakers include Busch Agricultural Resources Inc. barley seed program, NDSU barley breeding program and Plant Sciences Department update, barley in beer, and reflections on North Dakota agriculture.

The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is required by contacting Toni Muffenbier, NDCISA office manager, at (701) 231-8067 or email toni.muffenbier@ndsu.edu.