BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//Farm Forum - ECPv4.6.10.1//NONSGML v1.0//EN CALSCALE:GREGORIAN METHOD:PUBLISH X-WR-CALNAME:Farm Forum X-ORIGINAL-URL: X-WR-CALDESC:Events for Farm Forum BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145042 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145042 DTSTAMP:20180624T195042 CREATED:20180622T220107Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T220107Z SUMMARY:Video: Celebrating National Dairy Month DESCRIPTION:Dakota Sharpshooters 4-H Club members handed out coupons and cheese samples to celebrate National Dairy Month. Katrina Gibson\, 11\, explains why here. \n\n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTSTAMP:20180624T195044 CREATED:20180622T165604Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T165604Z SUMMARY:Rural people most affected by negative health care trends DESCRIPTION:By Wendell Potter\nRural Health News Service \nRecent studies about health care in America show troubling trends\, especially in states with large rural and relatively low-income populations. \nWhile the United States continues to spend far more than any other developed country on health care on a per capita basis and as a percentage of gross domestic product\, many states\, especially in the south and Midwest\, are losing ground in key areas that pertain to life expectancy. \nThe Commonwealth Fund’s just-released 2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance confirmed what other recent studies have shown: Life expectancy in the United States is going down while it continues to go up in other developed countries. And rural areas seem to be disproportionately affected. \nSome researchers have used one word to explain the sudden reversal in life expectancy trends in the United States: despair. That’s because of the rapidly rising number of suicides and deaths associated with alcohol and drug use in this country. The Commonwealth Fund reported that deaths from suicide\, alcohol and drug use have increased 50 percent since 2005. \nThe Scorecard\, which assessed every state and the District of Columbia on 43 measures in five broad categories — access to health care\, quality of care\, efficiency in care delivery\, health outcomes and income-based health care disparities — wasn’t all bad news by any means. In fact\, most states made improvements between 2013 and 2016 in some or all of the categories. But several others\, Nebraska in particular\, saw a worsening in all five. \nThe states scoring the highest overall were Hawaii (No. 1)\, Massachusetts\, Minnesota\, Vermont\, and Utah\, while those scoring the lowest were Arkansas\, Florida\, Louisiana\, Oklahoma\, and Mississippi (No. 51). \nBut three of those bottom-ranking states — Arkansas\, Louisiana and Oklahoma — were among the five states making the most improvements. At the other end of the spectrum\, the five making the fewest improvements were New Hampshire\, Utah\, Maine\, Wyoming and Nebraska (No. 51). \nThe Commonwealth Fund’s researchers noted that progress in all categories is certainly possible in coming years but added that unless significant steps are taken\, improvements in many states are not likely anytime soon. \n“If every state achieved the performance of the top-ranked state on each Scorecard indicator\, the gains in health care access\, quality\, efficiency\, and outcomes would be dramatic\,” the researchers wrote. “At the current rates of improvement\, however\, it may take many years or decades for states and the nation to see such progress.” \nThat may portend a continuing decline in life expectancy in the United States. \nSteven H. Woolf\, the author of a British Medical Journal article on this topic\, attributed the decline to “life conditions” that seem to be more challenging to Americans\, rural Americans in particular\, than they are to residents of other developed countries. He cited the rising number of deaths from opioid overdoses in particular as a symptom of those greater life challenges. \nBut\, he added\, “the opioid epidemic is the tip of an iceberg\, part of an even larger public health crisis in the U.S.: Death rates from alcohol abuse and suicides have also been rising … These ‘deaths of despair\,’ as some have called them\, are disproportionately affecting white Americans\, especially adults aged 25-59 years\, those with limited education\, and women. The sharpest increases are occurring in rural counties\, often in regions with longstanding social and economic challenges.” \nMeanwhile\, the United States spends far more on health care than any other country: $10\,348 per capita annually\, which is more than twice as much as the $5\,169 average spent by OECD countries. We spend 31 percent more per capita than the next highest country\, Switzerland. \nAnd as noted above\, we also spend more on health care — 17.3 percent of GDP\, more than twice the 7.9 percent average of comparably developed countries. And the difference is widening every year. \nSo\, although we are spending more on health care every year and far more than any other developed country\, we are getting an increasingly smaller return on that money as measured by most health care outcomes\, most notably life expectancy. And residents of many rural communities are especially disadvantaged. \nThese columns\, which focus on rural health issues\, are funded by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund. Wendell Potter is a former health insurance executive\, author and founder of the journalism nonprofit Email \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTSTAMP:20180624T195044 CREATED:20180622T165602Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T165602Z SUMMARY:Agtegra Cooperative to provide aerial application service in Mitchell DESCRIPTION:Agtegra Cooperative \nAgtegra Cooperative has finalized arrangements to provide aerial application services out of the Mitchell Airport. \nAgtegra recently hired both a pilot and a loader to provide aerial application service to Agtegra customers along the I-90 region. The Mitchell crew will use a leased hanger and office space. They also have two customized tender trailers that will allow them to conveniently service fields in their area. \n“Air application is an important tool for customers in the south region where there is considerable pasture and rangeland\, as well as wheat in production\,” said Director of Agronomy Operations Djamel Khali. “This will give us the ability to provide customers in our south region with more convenient access to aerial applications. It also minimizes travel time to serve those customers\, which means we can service more acres for producers.” \nThe Agtegra Air fleet currently counts eight aircraft operating out of six locations in Clark\, Harrold\, Highmore\, Huron\, Webster and now Mitchell. The Agtegra aerial application equipment provides precision spraying and spreading of nutrients\, fungicides and other late-season products and is available across the Agtegra trade area. \n“This is a great opportunity for us to be able to expand our services to Agtegra customers in the south region\,” says Agtegra Aerial Operations Manager Craig Bair. “Having the ability to operate out of the Mitchell Airport will minimize our pilots’ travel time to fields\, allowing us to be able to serve more acres.” \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTSTAMP:20180624T195044 CREATED:20180622T164602Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T204850Z SUMMARY:Uncertainty for summer climate outlook DESCRIPTION:SDSU Extension \nBROOKINGS — The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) climate outlook for July through September\, released June 21\, 2018\, shows a lot of uncertainty for the remainder of the growing season\, explained Laura Edwards\, SDSU Extension State Climatologist. \n“According to the NOAA Climate Prediction Center\, most of South Dakota is in an area with equal chances of warmer\, cooler or near average temperatures for the rest of the summer season\,” Edwards said. “There is a lot of uncertainty in the longer range forecast this season.” \nThe precipitation outlook for the Northern Plains is equally unclear. \n“There has not been much agreement in the computer models that forecasters use for seasonal climate outlooks. Within a single month or a three-month season\, there can be small regions of both very wet or very dry conditions that are difficult to forecast\,” Edwards said. \nEdwards explained that in our region\, summer is often very challenging for climate outlooks. “This year is no exception. As an example\, so far this spring there has been large variability between wet and dry areas in the state\,” she said. \nEmerging drought in the northeast and east central has been relatively local\, and has not been widespread. This has been a contrast to excessive wet conditions in the southeast\, where flooding is again impacting the area this week. \n“This kind of variability\, within a single state\, is challenging to capture in a forecast on a national scale\,” Edwards said. \nThe western region of the state has gradually improved out of drought conditions and is now drought-free according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. \n“Abnormally dry conditions remain\, with some lingering concerns in local areas for forage and pasture conditions\, but overall there has been sufficient rains to maintain water supplies for livestock and grass production\,” she explained. \nMoisture will be critical\, Edwards explained\, as we enter corn pollination in eastern South Dakota which begins early July. \nShe added that because late June and early July will likely be warmer than average\, rainfall will be more important during the next month. “Moisture stress during pollination can have a negative effect on corn yield\,” she said. \nSome soybean areas are dry in the east central and northeastern part of the state. \n“This crop has been slow to develop\,” Edwards said. “And\, since rainfall is needed to activate many herbicides\, weed management has been a challenge. It is hopeful that some recent moisture in the last two weeks will improve growing and post-emerge weed management conditions.” \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTSTAMP:20180624T195044 CREATED:20180622T163602Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T163602Z SUMMARY:Sen. Thune talks 2018 Farm Bill DESCRIPTION:By Bob Mercer\nState Capitol Bureau \nU.S. Sen. John Thune is one of 21 members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture\, Nutrition\, and Forestry. The Republican has been working on the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act\, generally known as the Farm Bill. \nHe said the Senate plans to take up the legislation in the coming days. It takes effect Oct. 1 and last five years. Thune is the only member of South Dakota’s delegation in Congress to serve on an agriculture committee. \nThe U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the Farm Bill 213-211 on June 21. \nThune was a member of the House from 1997 through 2002. He ran for the U.S. Senate and lost. He ran again in 2004 and defeated Tom Daschle\, the Senate Democratic leader. \nThune engaged in a telephone interview June 21. Here is an edited transcript. \nWere you more deeply involved in the 2018 Farm Bill than previous ones? \n“By volume\, we were\,” Thune said. \nThune said he had been active in the 2008 and 2014 legislation on features such as permanent disaster payments and agricultural risk coverage known as ARC. \nThis year\, he said\, he started earlier and presented more ideas. The first of 11 pieces of legislation from him came 15 months ago. In total they contained 44 specific provisions. \nWhat makes this year different? \n“Stakes were higher\,” Thune said. \nHe said crop prices haven’t been as strong as during previous rounds. \nNet income is half of what it was five years ago\, he said. Tariffs being advocated by President Trump and trade-agreement disruption haven’t helped producers\, Thune said. \nWhere has Thune focused? \n“There hasn’t been any title of the bill we’re not involved in\,” Thune said. \nOne new feature from Thune is the Soil Health and Income Protection Program. He said contracts would run three to five years for producers to idle lowest-yielding areas. \n“Now we’ve got to get the funding for it\,” he said. He said shifting money is difficult. \nWhat is the role of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in formation of the Farm Bill? \nThune said USDA typically doesn’t take sides but provides consultation and advice. “It’s nice if they support what you’re doing\,” he said. \nHow does the committee function? \nThune said it varies as members shift after each election cycle and as leadership changes. He said differences on the Senate panel tended to tilt north and south rather than splitting by political party. \n“I don’t know if there’s a specific person who’s a nemesis\,” Thune said. \nHe said 80 percent of the funding in the bill goes to nutrition programs rather than agriculture producers. That leads to strong representation of nutrition interests. “Urban versus rural dynamic is maybe the biggest challenge in getting a bill passed\,” Thune said. \nWhere has he met resistance? \nOne example Thune gave: Money state governments get for marketing the nutrition-assistance program known as SNAP. \nHe said New York received $35 per person while South Dakota received $5. He tried to change that without reducing benefits. \n“I think I got three votes for it\,” Thune said. “It’s reality\, and we have to deal with it.” \nWhat’s the timetable? \nThune said the committee chairman\, Sen. Pat Roberts\, R-Kansas\, is the bill’s floor manager. \nThe plan is for the Senate to act on it in the coming days. The goal\, Thune said\, is to get the bill into conference with the House and send the final version to President Trump before the current Farm Bill expires Sept. 30 \nThune said the process was smoother this year\, partially because of economic conditions. “It’s always a challenge\,” he said. \n\n The making of a bill \nWant to watch the Senate Agriculture put together the final version of the Farm Bill? Here’s a link to the three hours of action: \nThe committee chairman is Sen. Pat Roberts\, a Republican from Kansas. The ranking minority member is Sen. Debbie Stabenow\, a Democrat from Michigan; she was chairwoman when her party held the Senate majority. \nThey stressed bipartisanship during a recent committee mark-up of the Senate bill but politely declined several amendments Thune had offered. \nOne Thune amendment would increase acres to 26.25 million in the Conservation Reserve Program that provides long-term contracts to producers for taking land out of production. The program now is 24 million acres; Stabenow noted in the video the Senate’s proposed cap would be 25 million. \nAs part of that change\, Thune wants to allow farmers and ranchers to hay or graze one-third of their CRP acres on a three-year rotation. During the bill’s mark-up meeting\, Thune told the committee CRP needs more flexibility. \nRoberts and Stabenow indicated they would work with Thune when the measure reached the Senate floor rather than accept his amendment in the committee. Thune recalled the 2014 Farm Bill: “We got it to the floor and the amendment process got shut down.” \nThune said the House Farm Bill calls for 29 million CRP acres. He said management-practice changes were “long overdue.” Roberts said his “intention” was to work with Thune on a floor amendment to CRP but couldn’t provide a guarantee. \nThune responded he tried for years to get the U.S. Department of Agriculture to change CRP management practices. “I’m certainly willing\,” Roberts replied. Thune\, with a look of reluctance\, withdrew it rather than proceed to a committee vote. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTSTAMP:20180624T195044 CREATED:20180622T162608Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T162608Z SUMMARY:Dickinson Research Extension Center Field Day set for July 11 DESCRIPTION:NDSU Extension \nPest management in alfalfa and peas will be among the topics presented during the annual summer field day July 11 at North Dakota State University’s Dickinson Research Extension Center (DREC). \nThe program begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the center’s headquarters in Dickinson. \nHector Carcamo\, a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research and Development Centre\, is the keynote presenter. He will discuss the background and management of pea leaf weevil. \nHe has been researching insect pest management in Canada since 1999. His research focus includes applied insecticide management\, threshold development\, and biological and cultural control to reduce dependency on insecticides. \nOther field day topics and presenters are: \n• Hemp production in southwestern North Dakota – Burton Johnson\, a professor and scientist in NDSU’s Plant Sciences Department. \n• Alfalfa weevil management – Janet Knodel\, Extension entomologist and associate professor in NDSU’s Plant Pathology Department. \n• Current DREC research\, including studies on teff grass\, aluminum toxicity\, small grains and soybeans – Ryan Buetow\, Extension cropping systems specialist at the center\, and Kris Ringwall\, center director. \n• Managing on the margin – Levi Helmuth\, a North Dakota Farm Business Management Education instructor stationed at the DREC. \nProducers also will be able to view weeds and talk with presenters at a weed identification table. \nCarcamo is speaking at the field day courtesy of the Northern Pulse Growers Association. \nFor more information about the field day\, contact Buetow\, who is coordinating the event\, at 701-456-1106 or \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTSTAMP:20180624T195044 CREATED:20180622T162608Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T162608Z SUMMARY:Central Grasslands Center field day set for July 9 DESCRIPTION:NDSU Extension \nThe results of grazing and forage studies\, and a new study on cow and bee movement patterns are among the topics for the July 9 field day at North Dakota State University’s Central Grasslands Research Extension Center near Streeter\, N.D. \nThe field day will run from 4 to 7 p.m.\, followed by a beef supper. Center scientists will discuss: \n• A patch-burn grazing study. \n• A modified rest-rotation and twice-over rotation grazing study. \n• Performance of beef cattle managed in two overwintering environments. \n• Heifer development using different mineral strategies on pasture. \n• Alfalfa and cover crop studies. \n• A pollinator study using radio telemetry and bumble bees. \nVisitors will have an opportunity to see the center’s research projects and learn about the issues that lead to the initiation of the studies the center conducts. \nTo reach the center from Interstate 94\, turn south onto North Dakota Highway 30 and drive 11 miles\, then 5 miles west and 1/2 mile south. \nFor more information about the field day\, contact Sandi Dewald at 701-424-3606. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTSTAMP:20180624T195044 CREATED:20180622T162607Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T162607Z SUMMARY:MARL board adds several new directors DESCRIPTION:Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership \nMarshall\, Minn. — The Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) Board of Directors has added several new members following that group’s recent board meeting. \nThe new members include Dr. Robert Milligan\, Shelly Schell (Class VI alumna)\, Shawn Schloesser (Class VIII alumnus) and Bruce Tiffany (Class V alumnus). Paul Simonsen was elected to a second term. \nMARL is a dynamic two-year educational experience featuring nine\, three-day in-state seminars\, a six-day national study seminar and a two-week international study seminar. \nNew board members include: \n• Robert Milligan. Robert is a senior consultant with Dairy Strategies\, LLC\, a business\, leadership and human resources consulting business focused on the dairy industry and based in Lauderdale\, Minn. He is a former professor with the Department of Agricultural Economics at Cornell University. He is a faculty member with the Cornell Dairy Executives Program and teaches and coaches leaders and managers of 12-15 farms and agribusinesses. He earned a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of California\, Davis\, and a master’s from Michigan State University in agricultural economics. He lives in St. Paul. \n• Shelly Schell. Shelly is a MARL Class VI alumna and currently senior strategic account manager for Zoetis Pork Business\, a company she’s been with since 2013. Before that she worked with dairy farmers for the then-Upjohn Company. She has a master’s in organizational leadership from St. Mary’s University and an undergraduate degree in natural resources communications from Michigan State University. She lives in Altura\, Minn. \n• Shawn Schloesser. Shawn has been the veteran and military affairs representative for Congressman Tim Walz since 2010. In that position\, he has many duties within the congressman’s office\, with an emphasis on veterans issues. He retired from military service in 2009 after 23 years\, and lives in St. Peter\, Minn.\, with his wife and two young sons. He holds a master’s in public administration from Murray State University\, and an undergraduate degree in public management from Austin Peay State University. He is an alumni policy fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs\, and a MARL Class VIII alumnus. \n• Paul Simonson. Paul operates the family farm near Fairfax\, Minn.\, and was re-elected to a second term on the MARL Board. He is a former vocational agriculture teacher for 11 years before returning to the family farm upon his father’s retirement. He is a past president of both the Minnesota Corn Growers and the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council\, and chaired the start-up of the E-85 effort in Minnesota. He’s involved with many organizations locally\, and is the chairman of the Renville County Township Association. \n• Bruce Tiffany. Bruce farms with his oldest son Matt and his father John near Redwood Falls\, Minn. He is a fourth-generation farmer who raises corn\, seed soybeans\, sweet corn and sheep. He is involved in many local and state organizations\, including Farm Bureau\, Redwood Area Chamber of Commerce\, Minnesota Cup and Life Science Alley\, among others. A Redwood Falls native\, he is passionate about sharing the story of agriculture and where food comes from. \nKatie Schneider (Class IX alumna\, Delano\, Minn.) was elected after being nominated at the bi-annual alumni meeting in March. \nNon-voting representatives are Sara Dornink\, Fridley\, Minn.\, and Adam Ulbricht\, Melrose\, Minn. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTSTAMP:20180624T195044 CREATED:20180622T162605Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T162607Z SUMMARY:North Dakota pastureland values up 7 percent DESCRIPTION:\n \n \n #td_uid_1_5b2ff61447c92 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item1 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_1_5b2ff61447c92 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item2 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n \n\n \n \n \n \n\n \n 1 of 2\n \n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n\n \n \nNDSU Extension \nNorth Dakota pastureland values are up approximately 7 percent\, and rents are up nearly 2 percent based on the 2018 County Rents and Prices Report funded by the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands. \n“The survey\, conducted in February and March of 2018\, contains observations from 2017\,” says Bryon Parman\, North Dakota State University Extension agricultural finance specialist. He used the county averages to develop the NDSU crop budget regional averages. \nParman notes\, “The northern Red River Valley\, southern Red River Valley and northeastern counties of Nelson\, Ramsey\, Towner and Cavalier are not included in this report\, nor are their responses included in the state average due to relatively few survey responses and pasture acres.” \nIn North Dakota\, pastureland values have gained every year from 2013 to 2018\, with the exception of 2017. Percentagewise\, North Dakota pastureland increased double digits year to year from 2013 to 2015\, appreciating 12.5 percent\, 15 percent and 12.5 percent respectively. \n“Despite a decline of nearly 7 percent in 2017\, pastureland increased approximately 6 percent in 2016 and 6.75 percent heading into 2018\,” says Parman. “The only year since 2013 where any regional average sales value declined (to varying degrees) was 2017\, when all accounted-for regions declined in sales value. Overall\, since 2012\, North Dakota pastureland is up 54 percent from an average of $576 per acre in 2012 to $886 per acre in 2018. \n“The pastureland movements regionally were all upwards\, similar to state pastureland value movements; however\, the magnitude of the movements from region to region differs\,” he says. \nThe east-central\, northwestern and southeastern regions saw double-digit appreciation of 16.5 percent to $907 per acre\, 14.5 percent to $609 per acre and 11 percent to $1\,384 per acre\, respectively. The southwestern and north-central regions increased approximately 4 percent\, up to $918 per acre in the southwest and $792 per acre in the north-central\, while the south-central district increased 4.5 percent to $966 per acre. \n“For the most part\, the east-central\, north-central\, south-central and southwestern regions are valued relatively close to the state average in 2018\, with none being much more than $100 per acre above or below the average for the state\,” Parman says. “However\, pastureland values in the southeastern region are nearly $500 per acre above the state average\, while the northwestern region is almost $280 per acre below.” \nCash rents \nPasture rents across North Dakota have been less persistent regionally\, while statewide average rents mostly have mirrored land values. \nThe state average pasture rent for North Dakota has held steady or moved upward every year since 2013\, with the exception of 2017\, when statewide average pasture rents dropped 6 percent. Moving into 2018\, rents inched upward nearly 2 percent to $17.40 per acre. \nThe east-central and southwest were the only two regions to post declining pasture rental rates heading into 2018. The southwest declined 1.5 percent to $17.90 per acre\, or $27.10 per animal unit month (AUM). \nThe east-central region reported a decline in rent of approximately 3 percent to $22.40 per acre or $31.50 per AUM. However\, the last three years for these two regions have been fairly steady\, moving less than $1 per acre in any direction. \nThe southeastern and northwestern regions showed the largest change in rental rates\, with the southeastern region increasing 11 percent and the northwest increasing 8 percent. Pasture cash rent in the southeast moved from $30.40 per acre to $33.90 per acre\, or $47.70 per AUM\, in 2018. The northwestern region increased from $10.70 per acre in 2017 to $11.60 per acre in 2018\, which gives an approximate cost of $17.60 per AUM. \nPasture rental rates in the southcentral region increased 3.6 percent in 2018\, after declines of approximately 12 percent and 4 percent in 2017 and 2016\, respectively\, while the north-central region mostly held steady for the fourth year in a row. \nThe cash rent for the south-central region is reported at $22 per acre\, yielding a cost of $33.40 per AUM. \nCash pasture rents for the north-central region have remained between $18.60 and $18 per acre since 2014\, with the 2018 survey showing an average cash rent in the region of $18.10 per acre\, or $25.40 per AUM. \nAnalysis \nLower beef cattle prices\, following the record-setting year of 2014\, have not diminished pastureland values across North Dakota. \nParman says\, “Statewide\, average pastureland values increased 12.5 percent in 2013\, 15 percent in 2014 and 12.5 percent in 2015\, and continue to climb. However\, other states and regions have seen a slow decent\, or at least a much more modest appreciation in the years since beef prices set nominal records. \n“North Dakota pasture rents\, on the other hand\, have walked back a little from the statewide average high of $18.20 per acre from 2015 to 2016\, down to $17.40 per acre in 2018\,” Parman says. They do\, however\, remain higher than they were before the cattle market price spike in 2014\, when statewide rents averaged $15.80 per acre.” \nParman concludes\, “It is unlikely that lower cattle prices in the summer of 2018\, with market prices around $110 per hundredweight (cwt) for live cattle and around $150 per cwt for feeder cattle\, will impact pastureland values much as we move into 2019. The trend for pastureland values has been upward; it is likely that it will continue statewide next year\, albeit possibly more gradually if current market prices hold. \n“Rents\, on the other hand\, may react more quickly to lower market prices; however\, drought activity across the state may play a bigger role\,” he says. “If regional drought forces ranchers to sell cattle\, fewer grazing animals’ means lower demand for rented acres. \n“However\, modest drought may find ranchers looking for more grass to support cattle that remain\, driving rental contracts higher\,” he adds. “Moderate to severe droughts can take multiple years to recover from\, affecting multiyear contracts and rancher cattle-inventory decisions. Therefore\, it would make sense that NDSU regions less affected by drought will see higher pasture rents moving into 2019\, while moderate to severe drought-affected areas might see average rents begin falling.” \nTo learn more about ways to calculate pasture rental rates including renting by the AUM or renting by the acre\, visit the NDSU Extension publication “Determining Pasture Rental Rates (R1810)” at \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTSTAMP:20180624T195044 CREATED:20180622T162604Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T162604Z SUMMARY:Boadwine Dairy open house displays development of homestead farm DESCRIPTION:South Dakota Farm Families \nBALTIC\, SD — Boadwine Farms invites the public to their dairy near Baltic\, on June 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. South Dakota Farm Families is hosting this free\, family friendly event along with Boadwine Farms. \nGuests to the dairy can take a trolley tour of the facility to see how technology has played a role in the expansion of Boadwine Farms over the years. Attendees will see cows being milked and have the opportunity to meet baby calves. Visitors will also be able to meet the three generations of Boadwine family members currently involved in the farm. For children\, there will be a petting zoo\, bouncy house\, and corn adventure trailer. Free cheeseburgers\, brats\, and ice cream will be served. \nCows have been milked on the Boadwine Farm since it was homesteaded the family in 1874. Lynn and Trish Boadwine are the current owners and operators of the farm\, and have seen the farm through many changes as it transformed into a modern dairy. Today\, Boadwine Farms has 2\,100 milking cows and works to be a valuable partner of the ag community. The farm uses technology to reduce their impact on the environment and keep the cows comfortable and healthy. The Boadwine Family is excited to share about their farm with visitors at the open house. \nBoadwine Dairy is located at 46945 251st Street\, Baltic. The farm is located three miles west of Interstate 29 at the Baltic exit 94\, one mile south on Minnehaha County Highway 137 and ½ mile west on 251st Street. Signs will be posted directing traffic to parking areas. There will be on-site parking for the event. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTSTAMP:20180624T195044 CREATED:20180622T162603Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T162603Z SUMMARY:Weeds: If you can't beat them\, can you eat them? DESCRIPTION:By Julie Garden-Robinson\nNDSU Extension Service Food and Nutrition Specialist \nMy flowers and vegetables are growing nicely with the regular rain. \nThe weeds are doing well\, too\, so I needed to clean up my gardens recently. I pulled weed after weed that had sprouted in my planters\, raised garden beds and ground-level garden patch. \nThese opportunistic green invaders were hiding under flowers and foliage and in the crevices by the raised beds. Why didn’t all my plants grow as well as the weeds? \nI tried to make it fun by playing “name that weed.” No\, that wasn’t a fun game at all. I needed a reference book or a weed scientist for consultation. \nYears ago\, when I was an undergraduate student\, I worked as an assistant to graduate students doing their master’s and doctoral degrees in weed science. Weeds\, after all\, can reduce crop yield and profitability\, so research continues on the best way to manage them. \nThe graduate students quizzed us assistants on weed identification as we counted green foxtail and put tiny straws by kochia under towering sunflowers. We pulled purslane\, quackgrass and redroot pigweed. \nAfter days spent counting and pulling weeds\, I dreamed about weeds. Maybe those were nightmares. \nAs I continued to plunder the weeds in my gardens this week\, two rabbits looked at me through the fence from my neighbor’s yard. I pondered training the rampant rabbit population to eat weeds instead of my petunias\, pansies and impatiens. \nFortunately\, my backyard gardens are guarded from rabbits by three dachshunds. \nDespite my early work doing fieldwork\, I did not change my major to become a weed scientist. Therefore\, I decided to consult a former weed specialist\, Chris Boerboom\, who also happens to be our retiring Extension director. \nIn other words\, if I misquote him\, I’m probably off the hook. He will be busy packing up his office for his next adventure\, where people get to sleep in\, go fishing on a whim or pick tender lettuce in their garden any time during the day. \nWhat is a weed\, anyway? \nAccording to Chris\, “A weed is a plant out of place. Kochia in a wheat field is definitely a weed. Corn is a weed in a field of soybeans. A dandelion is a weed in lawns\, but you may grow it as an herb. Personally\, I like the tang of a bite of red sorrel\, but it is a weed in a field. It all depends on context.” \nDandelions\, by the way\, can be used raw or cooked all the way from their roots to their blossoms. They also can be fermented to make wine. \nI asked Chris some additional questions about edible weeds. \n“Lambsquarters\, purslane\, burdock roots\, chicory roots and dandelions are a few weeds on the edible list\,” he noted. “Remember that some weeds are toxic\, such as nightshades (fruits) and hemlock. Of course\, others\, including poison ivy\, can cause skin reactions.” \nNutrition is my area\, so I know that weeds can provide vitamins A and C and some minerals\, including potassium. \nIf you are an aspiring gardener\, follow Chris’ advice: “Never let weeds go to seed. Don’t forget about weeding after you have picked the last string bean or cucumber. The last weeds in a garden will still make a crop of seeds for the next year. \n“You might also try using a mulch to keep annual weeds from establishing\,” he added. “If small seedlings can’t get light\, they’ll die a quick death.” \nAs a food and nutrition specialist\, I’ll add a few more safety tips: \n• Be sure that you can identify the weeds\, and that might mean investing in a book or finding a credible source online. \n• Know that sometimes the roots or leaves are edible\, and other times\, the seeds are edible. \n• Avoid weeds that have been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals. Don’t pick edible weeds collected along roads because exhaust can leave residues on plants. \n• Finally\, add only one weed at a time to your diet and check for allergic reactions. \nOn the NDSU Extension “Field to Fork” website (\, we have a free weed identification guide. North Carolina Extension also has a section on edible weeds in its gardener handout book. It’s free online ( \nAlthough I probably won’t be gathering a pile of weeds to eat this year\, I will be harvesting the tender lettuce I protected from the invading weeds. This salad dressing is similar to one I grew up eating with leaf lettuce right from our garden. \nLettuce Salad With Creamy Salad Dressing \n1/2 c. sugar \n1/4 c. apple cider vinegar \n1/2 c. half-and-half cream \n8 c. lettuce \nMix ingredients together\, chill and toss with leafy greens right before serving. If desired\, top with chopped onions and tomatoes. \nMakes eight servings. Each serving has 70 calories\, 1.5 grams (g) fat\, less than 1 g protein\, 14 g carbohydrate\, 0 g fiber and 20 milligrams sodium. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145044 DTSTAMP:20180624T195044 CREATED:20180622T155751Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T160226Z SUMMARY:Video: Taking the reins at the Brown County 4-H Horse Show DESCRIPTION:Cassandra Townsend\, 17\, explains why she likes riding horses during the Brown County 4-H Horse Show\, which took place June 20 at Akkerman Arena at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Townsend got Grand Champion in senior reining and senior ranch riding. \n\nSee more photos from the show here. \nPhotos: Horsemanship\, riding on display at Brown County 4-H Horse Show \n \nSee full results from the show here. \n2018 Brown County 4-H Horse Show results \n \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145045 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145045 DTSTAMP:20180624T195045 CREATED:20180622T155631Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T155640Z SUMMARY:Farming Fathers: Father-son team tackle life’s challenges DESCRIPTION:By Connie Sieh Groop\, Special to the Farm Forum \nEditor’s Note: Six regional farmers were selected as 2018 Farming Fathers. More stories\, photos and videos will be posted as announcements are made. See more at \nDrive through farm country in Minnesota and you’re likely to meet a number of Scandinavians. If you turn down Norwegian Drive near Milan\, MN\, you will find a father and son facing farming challenges together. \nFarm Forum asked readers to share why their “Farming Fathers” deserved recognition. Nominations for these two men stood out among the nearly 60 well-written entries. Farm Forum’s crew honored the team as two of Farm Forum’s Farming Father’s this year. Several from the community gathered on a rainy day last week to celebrate with a meal provided by sponsors. Photos and stories are part of the recognition. \nWriting for her siblings\, Donna Hanson typed: “We would like to nominate our dad\, Jerry Lee\, for the Farming Father’s award. As a lifelong farmer\, father of three\, grandfather of seven\, and cancer survivor he’s been an inspiration to us all. Growing up\, he was custom swathing in high school and helped his dad and uncles with hay baling. He also helped milk cows which Mom says made him late for their dates in high school.” \nDonna and her brothers Jason Lee and Jon Lee nominated their dad for the award. \n\n \n \n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item1 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item2 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item3 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item4 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item5 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item6 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item7 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item8 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item9 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item10 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item11 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item12 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item13 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item14 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item15 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item16 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item17 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item18 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item19 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item20 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_2_5b2ff615c0e9d .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item21 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n \n\n \n \n \n \n\n \n 1 of 21\n \n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n\n \n \nThe family farm is near Watson\, MN\, where Jerry\, 66\, farms with his son Jason who lives at Milan. Jerry’s wife Ruth Ann\, said\, “Jerry has a kind heart and a strong work ethic. He always has time for his grandchildren (ranging from 22 years to 4 months) and loves to share ‘dad’ jokes with them. Jerry is the president of both the Watson Lions Club and Watson Lutheran Church Council.” \nJerry trained at Crookston at the vo-tech for two years. He and Ruth Ann farmed with his dad Elton and his brother Kenny beginning in 1974. \nWhen asked if she helps on the farm\, Ruth Ann said early in their marriage\, Jerry got stuck and asked her to help. “We drove the front-wheel assist tractor to pull him out. It worked and Jerry put up his hand with the five fingers extended. I thought that meant fifth gear and I almost jerked him off the tractor. To me\, stop was shown by a closed fist. I didn’t get asked for help after that.” \nLittle fingers plucked M&Ms from Jerry’s cookies. Granddaughters Destiny\, Hope and Madison said they liked to tease. Grandpa likes to tease them\, too. Last week\, they laughed a lot at the circus in Montevideo. \nDonna shared\, “When I was in high school\, I did the Quaker Oats project through FFA. He helped a lot with that. My son James\, 4 months\, is waiting for his first tractor ride.” Donna’s husband Jeremy helps by driving the grain cart in the fall. \nDonna’s daughter Jessie\, 22\, spent many weekends on the farm while growing up. With tears in her eyes\, Jessie said\, “I can’t put into words how special he is. I got to ride in the tractor with him and learned a lot. I remember sitting out in the sun on the bale trailer\, and he helped me understand how things could bolt together. That started my interest in engineering.” \nJessie is getting a degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University. Grandpa proudly noted that she took part in a robotics competition at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. \nJon Lee works for Butler in Fargo and is at the farm often with his wife Erin and their daughters Annika\, 10\, and Alexis\, 8. \nLong-time neighbor Jerry Weber likes to tease Jerry about his red machinery. One day during a snowstorm\, he helped move snow. Jerry Weber said he parked his green tractor at the end of the drive and told people that Jerry Lee had finally come to his senses and improved his choice of equipment. \n\nThe father-son team works together\, planting 1\,700 acres to corn and soybeans. \n“It was great when Jason came back\,” Jerry said. “He’s way better on the tech stuff than I am. Farming together is special.” \nJason’s experience with equipment is essential to the operation. Technology changes improve the efficiency of the farm. Jason said\, “I remember when we got the first light bar which dad loved for spraying. Now we have EZ Steer in the quad for tillage and auto pilot for planting.” \nWhile he works hard\, Jerry said\, “I make it a priority to attend events for my grandkids. I should have attended more for my own kids. It was harder to get away then. Now we have a 16-row\, 30-inch planter and we can get over a field pretty quickly. When I started\, dad had a 6-row\, 30-inch. I thought it was really something when dad went to 8-row\, 30-inch.” With a shake of his head\, he said\, “Can you imagine? Now they make 32-row and even 48-row planters.” \nMakin’ memories \nAutumn Lee\, writing for her three daughters in their nomination of Jason\, typed\, “We’re makin’ memories. That’s exactly what our farmer\, Jason Lee\, says with every adventure and unexpected situation. When life is full of twists and turns and throws curve balls\, we face it with ‘we’re makin’ memories.’ ” \nJason is the fourth generation to plant crops on the Lee/Peterson land. Jason\, who has a daughter Madison\, 8\, is married to Autumn\, who has twin daughters\, Destiny and Hope\, age 10. All enjoy living on what was the Peterson farm\, where his mother Ruth Ann grew up. \nWhen he was a senior in high school\, Jason worked for the Case/IH dealer in Montevideo. He moved within the company several times\, including working in Aberdeen from 1995 to 2000. No matter where he was\, he’d come back to help. He returned to farming in 2009. \nIn the farmyard\, ducks happily splash and quack in their own little pool. The young girls raise show calves for 4-H. Excitement mounts as Sitka\, a female Great Dane\, will soon have her first litter. And there is a unique structure in the yard. \nRuth Ann’s father loved sharing stories of his Norwegian heritage. Bonds of friendship stretched across the ocean to Halvard Pettersen. To show appreciation to Americans for kindnesses shown during WWII\, Halvard built a Norwegian Stabbur building in Norway\, took it apart\, shipped the pieces to America and reassembled it on the Peterson farm. It includes a bell tower\, a sod roof\, ornately carved woodwork and names of towns in Norway. \nThe nomination continued\, “With great honor\, we nominate our farmer\, Jason Lee\, who has farmed since age 8\, for the ‘Farming Fathers’ award. When he wasn’t helping dad or grandpa disassemble or reassemble a piece of equipment\, he was packing silage\, helping with hogs\, or doing whatever needed to be done. And now\, 35+ years later he’s still making memories; but with three little girls of his own.” \n“He’s taught the girls at an early age the value of hard work and a strong work ethic. They’ve learned that nothing comes easy. Hope\, 10\, will tell you a ‘farmer’s work is never done’ right after she fixes her wagon with a piece of fencing wire\, and proudly exclaims she ‘Farmered it.’ ” \nAutumn wrote\, “From changing wheel bearings\, checking tire pressure\, moving feed bags\, and shoveling manure\, he’s right beside them\, as a father\, friend\, protector\, and role model. He’s taught them respect\, responsibility\, gratefulness\, and most importantly faith. With empowerment and emotional investment\, he’s taught the girls confidence and advocacy. Jason gives the most important gift he can to his family: his time. With every sunrise\, sunset\, birth and death\, our family is always ‘Makin’ Memories\,’ thanks to our farmer. We are very grateful and proud that he is part of our lives.” \nAutumn went to school for ag business and works in town for public health. “I would be here every day if I could. I help when I can. I roll the beans and help with the grain cart at harvest time. I handle the livestock: ducks\, chickens\, calves\, and Great Dane dogs. We bought our first bred cow and bred heifer to start a registered Hereford herd\, as Jason’s grandparents ran one here many years ago.” \nHold your loved ones close \nA seven-year survivor of prostate cancer\, Jerry has done well since his treatment. He had surgery in February of 2011. He was by Ruth Ann’s side as she battled ovarian cancer in 2000 and breast cancer in 2013. The experiences left them with a renewed appreciation for their family. \n“Farming is tough in itself. Getting through cancer treatments takes a lot of strength for everyone in the family\,” Ruth Ann said. “The kids are so supportive\, they were at our bedsides when we were in the hospital or they picked up whatever needed to get done.” \nWorking together on planning\, planting and harvesting with his dad is pretty special. Jason said\, “I didn’t realize how much I missed farming with dad until I had moved away. I’m thrilled to be part of the operation.” \nConnie Sieh Groop is a freelance ag writer. She can be reached at \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180622T155602Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T155602Z SUMMARY:Brown County Farm Safety Camp set for July 10 DESCRIPTION:Brown County Farmers Union \nBrown County Farmers Union is partnering with local cooperatives and businesses to host the 2018 Brown County Farmers Union and Farm Safety Camp. The camp is free for the kids\, and you don’t have to pre-register. You can also register your kids online at \n• When: July 10 \n• Who: Ages 6-13 \n• Registration: 8-8:30 a.m. \n• Camp: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. \n• Location: Brown County Fairgrounds (rain or shine)\, Aberdeen\, S.D. \n• Cost: Free for all kids (includes snacks\, lunch and t-shirt). \nActivities include: Cooperative education and games\, agricultural activities\, 4-H craft\, Farmers Union activities\, water games. \nFarm safety sessions include: ATV safety\, first aid training\, fire safety\, machinery safety\, dust explosion safety\, electrical safety\, grain bin safety\, livestock safety. \nSafety Sessions are being provided by: Aberdeen Fire and Rescue\, Agtegra Cooperative\, Avera St. Luke’s Hospital\, Full Circle Ag\, Northern Electric Cooperative\, RDO Equipment. \nFor questions call Mike Traxinger\, Brown County education leader\, at 605-377-4110 or e-mail \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180622T145028Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T145028Z SUMMARY:Photos: Happy #pollinatorweek DESCRIPTION:It’s Pollinator Week. \nJune 18 through 24 marks the 11th year of bringing greater awareness to pollinator conservation\, according to the Pollinator Partnership. \nCheck out these photos of pollinators throughout the region. \n\n \n \n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item1 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item2 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item3 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item4 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item5 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item6 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item7 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item8 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item9 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item10 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item11 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item12 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item13 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item14 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item15 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item16 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item17 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item18 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item19 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item20 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item21 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item22 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item23 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item24 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item25 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item26 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item27 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item28 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item29 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item30 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item31 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item32 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item33 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_3_5b2ff61735ac3 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item34 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n \n\n \n \n \n \n\n \n 1 of 34\n \n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n This was one of the largest Bumble bees I have ever seen in my life. It was collecting pollen in my lilacs.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Our trip last week to TRNP in Medora still found blooming wild flowers\, green grass and an abundance of busy bees.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n The wonderful connections in nature that make the world go round and round.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Pollination\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n A close up of a bumble bee on a flower.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n These bees like milkweeds and goldenrod too.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n resting bees early in the morning\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Bees really enjoy the colors and tastes of the cone-flowers!\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Looking for the Pollen\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Lots of hives around our place and lots of bees.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Love seeing the bees around the place. This one had very pretty colors.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Found beautiful\, huge bees on some sedum.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n The flower bed has been loaded with bees this summer. But most of the flowers are gone...done blooming or eaten by the grasshoppers.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Honeybee collecting pollen from a honeysuckle bush!\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n The bees invaded my five bird baths. Had 40 robins in them at one time. The bees would empty all five in the course of the day.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n A closer look at a bumble bee covered in pollen.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n A bee collects pollen on a sunflower.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n A couple bees on my lambs ear.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Little bee working hard at what bees do.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Going through some pics and found these little guys. Can't wait to see bees again.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n A bee collecting some pollen from one of my flowers.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Three little bees all in a row.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Not sure what kind of a creature this little guy was -- do bees come in green???\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Here is a pollen-covered bee just SE of Hankinson\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n A pile of honey bees shortly after pulling their comb out of a honey box. Quite an experience\, especially for someone terrified of bees and bugs in general!\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n An average hive of bees will produce up to 100 lbs of honey. Each bee produces 1/12 th an ounce\, about enough to fill a thimble. So how many bees does it take to make us the 4th largest honey producing state in the USA?\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Drive down any dirt road and you will see them\, sitting in fields\, abandoned farm yards\, groves of trees or almost anywhere else that has flowering plants nearby. Besides the health benefits of both their honey and beeswax\, their business in pollination keeps the world's food supply going steady.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n A trio of bees are attracted to this wild flower. Look close and you can see the pollen on the back of the bees.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Busy little guy\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n The keeping of bees.\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n A busy bee hard at work pollinating plants in my back yard. Happy to have them\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n I now understand this saying as there were so many wild flowers and so many bees out yesterday!\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Just doing what bees do.\n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n\n \n \nPollinators\, including bees\, butterflies\, birds and other animals\, travel from plant to plant carrying pollen on their bodies. This allows for the transfer of genetic material critical to the reproductive systems of most flowering plants. \nAccording to the Pollinator Partnership\, between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on earth need help with pollination. Pollinators provide services to more than 180\,000 different plant species and more than 1\,200 different crops. \nLearn more about Pollinator Week here. \n  \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180622T144602Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T144602Z SUMMARY:All American Saddle Club June 17 horse show results DESCRIPTION:All American Saddle Club \nThe All American Saddle Club horse show on June 17 in Webster\, S.D.\, was judged by Tammy Gorder of Webster. The results are as follows. \nBeginner Showmanship \n1. Carlee Wik \n2. Parker Zoellner \nJr. Jr. Showmanship \n1. Walker Zoellner \n2. Bailey Schwagel \n3. Gage Wik \n4. Riley Zoellner \n5. Sierra Boyd \nJr. Showmanship \n1. Brooke Schwagel \n2. Jordan Zoellner \n3. Sara Menzia \n4. Cassidy Schwagel \n5. Rachel Boyd \nSr. Showmanship \n1. Hilary Schwagel \n2. Kaley Smith \n3. Jacqueline Garcia \nBeginner Leadline \n1. Carlee Wik \n2. Parker Zoellner \nJr. Jr. Stockseat \n1. Bailey Schwagel \n2. Walker Zoellner \n3. Riley Zoellner \n4. Sierra Boyd \n5. Gage Wik \nJr. Stockseat \n1. Jordan Zoellner \n2. Sara Menzia \n3. Brooke Schwagel \n4. Rachel Boyd \nSr. Stockseat \n1. Hilary Schwagel \n2. Jacqueline Garcia \nOpen Western Pleasure \n1. Brooke Schwagel \n2. Jacqueline Garcia \n3. Jordan Zoellner \n4. Sara Menzia \n5. Walker Zoellner \nOpen Egg and Spoon (13 & Under) \n1. Sara Menzia \n2. Brooke Schwagel \n3. Walker Zoellner \n4. Jordan Zoellner \n5. Sierra Boyd \n6. Chayse Shoemaker \nOpen Egg and Spoon (14 & Up) \n1. Regan Taecker \n2. Hilary Schwagel \n3. Debbie Pieper \n4. Kaley Smith \n5. Sabrina Blair \nBeginner Keyhole \n1. Jack Sandal \n2. Carlee Wik \n3. Parker Zoellner \n4. John Sandal \n5. Ivy Nelson \nJr. Jr. Keyhole \n1. Gage Wik \n2. Kolt Mendenhall \n3. Jayslin Hall \n4. Walker Zoellner \n5. Bryn Sippel \n6. Riley Zoellner \nJr. Keyhole \n1. Sage Sippel \n2. Jack Podoll \n3. Sara Menzia \n4. Rachel Boyd \n5. Ke Taecker \n6. Jonathan Ackerman \nSr. Keyhole \n1. Regan Taecker \n2. Kaley Smith \n3. Michelle Podoll \n4. McKenzie Fjelland \n5. Shawn Wik \n6. Sabrina Blair \nBeginner Ball Race \n1. Jack Sandal \n2. Carlee Wik \n3. John Sandal \n4. Parker Zoellner \n5. Ivy Nelson \nJr. Jr. Ball Race \n1. Gage Wik \n2. Rae Anna Ackerman \n3. Kolt Mendenhall \n4. Sierra Boyd \n5. Jack Shoemaker \n6. Jayslin Hall \nJr. Ball Race \n1. Chayse Shoemaker \n2. Ke Taecker \n3. Rachel Boyd \n4. Jonathan Ackerman \nSr. Ball Race \n1. Shawn Wik \n2. Kaley Smith \n3. Sabrina Blair \nBeginner Mini Barrels \n1. Carlee Wik \n2. Jack Sandal \n3. Parker Zoellner \n4. Ivy Nelson \n5. John Sandal \nJr. Jr. Barrels \n1. Gage Wik \n2. Kolt Mendenhall \n3. Bryn Sippel \n4. Sierra Boyd \n5. Jorja Nelson \n6. Walker Zoellner \nJr. Barrels \n1. Sage Sippel \n2. Rachel Boyd \n3. Sara Menzia \n4. Ke Taecker \n5. Jayla Jones \n6. Jordan Zoellner \nSr. Barrels \n1. Kaley Smith \n2. Regan Taecker \n3. Shawn Wik \n4. Michelle Podoll \n5. McKenzie Fjelland \n6. Sabrina Blair \nOpen 2-Horse Ribbon Race \n1. Sabrina Blair and Kaley Smith \n2. Regan Taecker and Ke Taecker \n3. Jorja Nelson and Jennifer Nelson \n4. Chayse Shoemaker and Jack Shoemaker \n5. Sara Menzia and Jayla Jones \n6. Walker Zoellner and Jordan Zoellner \nOpen Rescue Race \n1. Gage Wik and Shawn Wik \n2. Kolt Mendenhall and Keith Mendenhall \n3. Regan Taecker and Ke Taecker \n4. Jack Podoll and Michelle Podoll \n5. Sierra Boyd and Rachel Boyd \n6. Rae Anna Ackerman and Debbie Pieper \nBeginner Mini Poles \n1. Carlee Wik \n2. Parker Zoellner \n3. Ivy Nelson \n4. John Sandal \nJr. Jr. Poles \n1. Kolt Mendenhall \n2. Bryn Sippel \n3. Sierra Boyd \n4. Gage Wik \n5. Rae Anna Ackerman \n6. Delayne Jones \nJr. Poles \n1. Sage Sippel \n2. Jack Podoll \n3. Ke Taecker \n4. Rachel Boyd \n5. Chayse Shoemaker \n6. Jayla Jones \nSr. Poles \n1. Jennifer Nelson \n2. Kaley Smith \n3. Michelle Podoll \n4. Shawn Wik \n5. Regan Taecker \n6. Sabrina Blair \nOpen Goat Ribbon Pulling \n1. Carlee Wik \n2. Jorja Nelson \n3. Tallie Czmowski \n4. Kash Hall \nOpen Goat Tying \n1. Jack Podoll \n2. Rachel Boyd \n3. Gage Wik \nThe next show will be held July 29 in Webster. For more information call 605-880-5522. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180622T142602Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T160530Z SUMMARY:2018 Brown County 4-H Horse Show results DESCRIPTION:\n \n \n #td_uid_4_5b2ff61755845 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item1 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_4_5b2ff61755845 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item2 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_4_5b2ff61755845 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item3 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_4_5b2ff61755845 .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item4 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n \n\n \n \n \n \n\n \n 1 of 4\n \n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Kylie Johannsen with her horse Winnie participate in the Brown County 4-H Horse Show on June 20 at Akkerman Arena at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Farm Forum photo by Elizabeth Varin \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Rayven Dutenhoffer on horse Big Guy leaves the arena during the Brown County 4-H Horse Show on June 20 at Akkerman Arena at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Farm Forum photo by Elizabeth Varin \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Emily Malsam with her horse Nazeka and Kylie Johannsen with her horse Winnie participate in the Brown County 4-H Horse Show on June 20 at Akkerman Arena at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Farm Forum photo by Elizabeth Varin \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Rayven Dutenhoffer on horse Big Guy participates in the Brown County 4-H Horse Show on June 20 at Akkerman Arena at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Farm Forum photo by Elizabeth Varin \n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n\n \n \nBrown County 4-H \nExhibitor\, Class Ribbon\, Class Awards \nBeginner Western Showmanship \nRayven Dutenhoffer\, Red \nKylie Johannsen\, Red \nEmily Malsam\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nHailey Pauli\, Blue \nRiley Zoellner\, Blue \nWalker Zoellner\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nBeginner Pony/Miniature Horse Western Showmanship \nBlake Pauli\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nJunior Western Showmanship \nFaith Fliehs\, Blue \nJazmine Hart-Crissman\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nMallory Miller\, Blue \nJenna Otterstetter\, Blue \nJack Podoll\, Red \nJordan Zoellner\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nSenior Western Showmanship \nMorgan Browning\, Red \nDylan Krueger\, Blue \nGrace Malsam\, Blue \nHanna Miller\, Red \nColin Sprinkel\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nLily Tobin\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nCassandra Townsend\, Blue \nBeginner English Showmanship \nKylie Johannsen\, White \nEmily Malsam\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nSenior English Showmanship \nGrace Malsam\, Blue \nColin Sprinkel\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nLily Tobin\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nBeginner Stock Seat Equitation \nRayven Dutenhoffer\, Red \nKylie Johannsen\, Purple \nEmily Malsam\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nBlake Pauli\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nHailey Pauli\, Blue \nRiley Zoellner\, Red \nWalker Zoellner\, Blue \nJunior Stock Seat Equitation \nFaith Fliehs\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nJazmine Hart-Crissman\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nJenna Otterstetter\, Red \nJordan Zoellner\, Blue \nSenior Stock Seat Equitation \nDylan Krueger\, Blue \nGrace Malsam\, Blue \nHanna Miller\, Red \nColin Sprinkel\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nLily Tobin\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nCassandra Townsend\, Purple \nBeginner Hunt Seat/Saddle Seat Equitation \nKylie Johannsen\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nEmily Malsam\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nSenior Hunt Seat Equitation \nGrace Malsam\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nJunior Reining \nFaith Fliehs\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nBlake Pauli\, Red \nJordan Zoellner\, Blue \nRiley Zoellner\, Red \nWalker Zoellner\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nSenior Reining \nDylan Krueger\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nCassandra Townsend\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nJunior Ranch Riding \nFaith Fliehs\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nKylie Johannsen\, Red \nEmily Malsam\, Blue \nBlake Pauli\, Blue \nJordan Zoellner\, Blue \nRiley Zoellner\, Red \nWalker Zoellner\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nSenior Ranch Riding \nDylan Krueger\, Blue \nGrace Malsam\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nCassandra Townsend\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nJunior Trail \nFaith Fliehs\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nJordan Zoellner\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nSenior Trail \nGrace Malsam\, Red \nHanna Miller\, Red \nColin Sprinkel\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nLily Tobin\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nBeginner Trail \nRayven Dutenhoffer\, Blue \nKylie Johannsen\, Purple \nEmily Malsam\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nBlake Pauli\, Red \nHailey Pauli\, Blue \nRiley Zoellner\, Red \nWalker Zoellner\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nJunior Barrel Racing \nRayven Dutenhoffer\, Purple \nFaith Fliehs\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nKylie Johannsen\, Blue \nEmily Malsam\, Purple \nMallory Miller\, Red \nJenna Otterstetter\, Red \nBlake Pauli\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nHailey Pauli\, White \nJack Podoll\, Blue \nJordan Zoellner\, Blue \nRiley Zoellner\, White \nWalker Zoellner\, Red \nSenior Barrel Racing \nMorgan Browning\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nGrace Malsam\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nHanna Miller\, White \nColin Sprinkel\, Blue \nLily Tobin\, Red \nJunior Pole Bending \nRayven Dutenhoffer\, Blue \nFaith Fliehs\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nKylie Johannsen\, Blue \nEmily Malsam\, Blue \nMallory Miller\, Red \nJenna Otterstetter\, Red \nBlake Pauli\, Purple \nHailey Pauli\, Red \nJack Podoll\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nJordan Zoellner\, Blue \nRiley Zoellner\, Blue \nWalker Zoellner\, Red \nSenior Pole Bending \nMorgan Browning\, White \nGrace Malsam\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nHanna Miller\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nColin Sprinkel\, Purple \nBeginner Flag Racing \nRayven Dutenhoffer\, Purple\, Grand Champion \nKylie Johannsen\, White \nEmily Malsam\, White \nBlake Pauli\, Purple\, Reserve Champion \nHailey Pauli\, White \nRiley Zoellner\, Red \nWalker Zoellner\, Blue \nSee more photos from the show here. \nPhotos: Horsemanship\, riding on display at Brown County 4-H Horse Show \n \nCassandra Townsend\, one of the riders at the horse show\, explains why she likes working with horses in our video here. \nVideo: Taking the reins at the Brown County 4-H Horse Show \n \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180622T135417Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180622T135417Z SUMMARY:2\,400-head hog operation proposed in Day County DESCRIPTION:Staff reports \nDuerre Swine wants to build a 2\,400-hog confinement operation in Day County. \nIt would be approximately 2 miles west of Lily\, according to a permit application on the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ website. \nThe application was submitted by Thad Duerre of Bristol. \nManure generated from the facility would be applied to fields in Day County. \nThe public notice for the application and an online commenting section are available at The deadline to submit comments is July 18. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180621T232606Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180621T232606Z SUMMARY:BeefTalk: Future of beef revisited - global competitiveness DESCRIPTION:By Kris Ringwall\nNDSU Extension Beef Specialist \nThe expression “the world is your oyster” aptly applies to beef production. \nIf one only sits in a shell and never looks out\, one would miss the fast-paced comingling of the continents. Who would have thought a calf born on a lonely day in the far back pasture could be walking off an airplane cargo deck halfway around the world a year later? \nAdditionally\, a beef carcass processed in an inspected harvesting facility can go worldwide. Any product\, once marketed\, is released to the world. \nI reviewed previous thoughts by Flynn Adcock and associates in “Consumer Issues and Demand” (published by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in the online Choices publication\,\, Volume 21\, No. 3\, 2006). They indicated the three global forces that impact beef production are “animal disease outbreaks and discoveries\, income growth in developing economies and trade liberalizations.” \nThe impact of these forces\, proven true through time\, is real and is evident at morning coffee at the kitchen table. We need to seek the energy or desire to explore the complicated international news because international relationships and markets directly impact our farm and ranch. \nSometimes\, the rationale evades us\, causing us to retreat. But we can’t. For decades\, those involved in American agriculture were comforted with the concept that they were feeding the world. \nAs a rancher or farmer\, we felt good because our ground was growing produce that was helping people in many parts of world\, parts that we ourselves never would see. Those thoughts superseded market value\, the need to make a profit\, our own need for material things. \nToday\, however\, the tables have turned. People in other parts of the world are having the same thoughts. The U.S. is not the world leader in beef production\, and those who lead still are increasing beef production. \nWe perhaps approach the question as a marketing issue because international relationships have several options when the concept of “feed the world” is discussed. The domestic cow herd must maintain global links. If the cattle business decides not to provide or to overprice a product\, the intended market simply may go elsewhere. \nGoing back to the points identified by Adcock – animal disease\, income growth in developing economies and trade liberalization – they certainly imply the need for the beef industry to continue to engage foreign markets that have dollars to spend\, and to support and promote the need for a proper response to animal disease outbreaks. The morning coffee needs to be concerned with the rest of the world. \nEach fall\, Chip Poland and I teach a cow-calf management course at Dickinson State University. Each class period begins with a review of the news. The activity is very challenging. The students engage with news reluctantly and\, when challenged to go there\, they resist and generally do not share a deep understanding of the day’s event. \nThe students are reminded that every livestock producer has a huge investment in agriculture\, and the shifting of global forces can have a very large impact on their future. What a new producer acquires today may seem very small\, but the students are reminded that the value of the home operation is very dependent on world affairs. \nAlthough one never wants to think about negative impacts\, a response plan needs to be developed in all agricultural operations as worldly events unfold. Producers certainly have no excuse not to stay informed\, even if an individual’s options may be very limited. \nThe world is very competitive for markets. Efficient production systems that control costs and sell products profitably will supply the world’s craving for beef. Like it or not\, the days of growing local agricultural produce for a local market are dwindling. \nLocal niche markets that meet selective opportunities will exist\, but in the larger picture\, agricultural produce will follow defined retail outlets that match available product with consumer desire. The bottom line of the profit equation always will have efficiency embedded in the equation. \nModern retail outlets are no different. Retail supply will come from those who deliver consistent products daily. The concept of large-scale marketing operations and large-scale harvesters that connect to large-scale food centers are the bold-print stories. \nBeef producers produce beef. We rely on domestic and international demand to sell that beef. The rest of world has beef producers\, just like us\, with the same expectations\, all pursuing the same customer. \nFor the beef industry\, the world has changed. We fed the world\, we educated the world\, and so the world and the people in it changed. They don’t really need us\, but we need them. In reality\, the world needs us all. \nMay you find all your ear tags. \nFor more information\, contact your local NDSU Extension agent ( or Ringwall at the Dickinson Research Extension Center\, 1041 State Ave.\, Dickinson\, ND 58601; 701-456-1103; or \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180621T232605Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180621T232605Z SUMMARY:BEEF declared official protein of Sanford International PGA Tour of Champions event DESCRIPTION:South Dakota Beef Industry Council \nPIERRE\, S.D. — Summer grilling continues to drive beef demand as consumers enjoy the powerful experiential qualities of beef. It’s taste\, tenderness\, and juiciness continue to make the sale. However\, this fall beef hits the driving range as the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) and the beef checkoff partner with Sanford International PGA Tour of Champions as the official protein found along the spectator journey of the tournament with its largest and most unique venue rightly named “Rethink the Ranch.” \n“A priority of the Sanford International is to have a strong impact on Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas\,” states Greg Conrad\, tournament director / Pro Links Sports. “This unique partnership allows us to showcase and educate our guests about beef\, a major economic driver in South Dakota. We are proud to work alongside the South Dakota Beef Industry Council in the promotion of beef as the official protein of the tournament.” \nAs part of the sponsorship\, beef will be the premiere protein at the tournament with exclusive naming rights to the prime destination oasis located in the 1st\, 2nd\, 17th\, and 18th viewing area. This destination will be a prime spot for attendees to sit back and relax as they learn beef’s story from pasture to plate and the role it plays in a healthful lifestyle. The “Ranch” will have multiple viewing decks and a restaurant centered around the vital protein and delicious must haves of beef; including a Sanford International “Signature Burger.” \nBeef continues to be a healthy choice for consumers. SDBIC Director of Nutrition Holly Swee states\, “The tournament offers the beef industry an opportunity to engage with attendees and discuss beef nutrition related questions where we can provide information and resources that are rooted in sound science from checkoff funded research.” \nSanford International expects the tournament to draw thousands of golf enthusiasts from all over the nation. SDBIC Executive Director Suzy Geppert states\, “This is an exciting opportunity for the beef community to tell its story\, engage with consumers\, and expand on the national “Rethink the Ranch” and “Strength” campaigns. It offers opportunity to build on our consumer base and answer questions about modern beef production.” \nWhat can tournament attendees expect to see this year? Geppert says\, “You will see a common theme coming through in this promotional campaign\, ‘The Ranch.’ Our beef community has a long tradition of bringing a high-quality beef product to the plate and consumers want to know the story behind their food\, including production methods used in the process. We plan to share that story with them. We want to instill in them that although times may change\, our traditions endure. Ranching continues to be a family business involving integrity\, passion\, commitment\, and a calling to feed the world.” Above all else\, Beef It’s What’s For Dinner! \nFor more information on the South Dakota Beef Industry Council and the Sanford International PGA partnership contact Suzy Geppert at or call (605) 224-4722. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180621T232604Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180621T232604Z SUMMARY:House says yes to 2018 Farm Bill\, Senate vote next DESCRIPTION:By Bob Mercer\nFarm Forum Correspondent \nThe U.S. House of Representatives needed a second chance on June 21 to pass its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. \n“This is great news for South Dakota\,” U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem said in a video statement after the measure passed. Only most of the Republicans\, including Noem\, voted for it. \nMeanwhile\, U.S. Sen. John Thune\, R-S.D.\, said on June 21 the Senate chamber would take up its separate version next week. \nThe two chambers of Congress would then work out differences. If it’s done on time\, the new measure would start Oct. 1 and cover the 2019 through 2023 federal fiscal years. \nOne big point of disagreement between the chambers is the Conservation Reserve Program that pays farmers to take crop ground out of production. \nThe 2014 Farm Bill capped CRP acres at 24 million. The House version increases acres to 29 million. The current Senate version would go to 25 million. \nThune\, a member of the Senate agriculture committee\, tried recently to raise the acreage to 26.25 million. He said during an interview on June 21 he might try several amendments on the Senate floor. \nNoem said the House version keeps “strong” crop insurance and livestock disaster assistance while requiring work from most able adults who receive food benefits. \nAnother provision directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to focus on crop insurance data rather than federally gathered statistics. Noem said she wrote the provision. \nThe House vote on June 21 broke somewhat along partisan lines 213 to 211. Only Republicans voted for it\, while 20 Republicans joined Democrats in opposing it. \nOn May 18\, House members refused to pass its version\, voting against it 213 to 198\, as 30 Republicans joined 183 Democrats as nays. The House has 435 seats. \nFollow @pierremercer on Twitter. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180621T232603Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180621T232603Z SUMMARY:South Dakota Fire Departments awarded almost $250\,000 in grant funding DESCRIPTION:South Dakota Department of Agriculture \nRAPID CITY — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division has awarded almost $250\,000 in grant funds to volunteer fire departments across the state for the state’s 2018 fiscal year. \nThe purpose of the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program is to provide federal financial\, technical and other assistance to state foresters and other appropriate officials to organize\, train and equip fire departments in rural areas and rural communities to prevent and suppress fires. A rural community is defined as having a population of 10\,000 or less. \nA scoring process is used to rate each application. Factors considered include annual budget\, protection area size\, training attendance and number of certified personnel. \n“This year\, we received more than 80 applications for assistance totaling over $680\,000 in project costs\,” said assistant chief Jim Burk. “Available funding this year allowed us to award $241\,000 towards 66 department projects with a total value of over $572\,000. Most project awards will be used for personal protective and communications equipment\, with the remainder of awards going towards other equipment. \n“Many of the departments in South Dakota have annual budgets of $10\,000 or less. This can make it difficult for them to maintain or upgrade equipment and provide for necessary training\,” said Burk. “The VFA program helps recipients acquire needed equipment or training to provide fire protection safely and efficiently to their communities.” \nFollow South Dakota Wildland Fire on Twitter @SDWildlandFire and on Facebook by searching SD Wildland Fire. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180621T232603Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180621T232603Z SUMMARY:SD Stockgrowers to host meetings and street dance June 30 DESCRIPTION:South Dakota Stockgrowers Association \nSouth Dakota Stockgrowers Association\, in partnership with Moe’s Bar and Grill\, will host a street dance featuring the band Badger Horse in New Underwood on June 30. The day will consist of association meetings\, supper and street dance that are open to the public. \n“I put a membership challenge out to our directors\, with the region recruiting the most new members being able to select a town for us to throw a party\, in conjunction with our summer board meeting. The membership drive was very successful and we decided New Underwood would be a great place to host this celebration\,” said Gary Deering\, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association president. \nThe day will start with a South Dakota Stockgrowers Association Board of Directors meeting at 1 p.m. at the New Underwood Community Center. That meeting is open to any members of the association. Supper will be served at Moe’s Bar and Grill at 5:30 p.m. and Badger Horse will be kicking off at 7 p.m. The supper and street dance are open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. \n“The New Underwood community has been extremely welcoming in getting this event set up and we are excited to npt only have our meeting here but also to invite everyone for a party\,” said Scott Edoff\, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association vice-president. \nThis will also serve as a way to say goodbye to long-time Stockgrowers executive director Silvia Christen as she will be leaving the Stockgrowers after this meeting. “Silvia has done a lot for our organization\, as well as the entire livestock industry in the nine years she has been with us. She will be greatly missed and we wish her the best as she moves on to new opportunities\,” said Deering. \n“This should be a fun night for the whole family. We hope to see everyone in New Underwood on June 30\,” said Edoff. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180621T232602Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180621T232602Z SUMMARY:GOP senator defends EPA chief\, calls ethics allegations lies DESCRIPTION:By ELLEN KNICKMEYER\nAssociated Press \nWASHINGTON — A Republican senator who had expressed concerns about Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt mounted an outspoken defense of him on June 20 after a face-to-face meeting\, calling ethics allegations against Pruitt “outrageous lies.” \nSen. Jim Inhofe\, from Pruitt’s home state of Oklahoma\, spoke after summoning Pruitt to a one-on-one meeting recently to discuss more than a dozen allegations that Pruitt has misused his office to obtain perks and material benefits for himself and his family\, including costly\, taxpayer-funded premium-class trips and round-the-clock security. \n“This is the type of outrageous lies you hear in Washington that people don’t have a chance to respond to\,” Inhofe said at a Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works confirmation hearing for two EPA nominees that quickly turned into a sparring session about Pruitt. \nDemocratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware listed some of the ethics allegations against Pruitt and said the Senate isn’t doing enough to examine them and hold him accountable. \n“We are abdicating a fundamental responsibility of this body if we continue to do so\,” he said. \nInhofe interrupted him to defend Pruitt. \n“I know what you said is not correct\,” Inhofe said. \nInhofe\, who expressed concern in recent weeks about Pruitt’s ethics problems\, told lawmakers he had spoken to Pruitt directly and now believes the news media is the source of much of Pruitt’s trouble. \nHe rejected criticism of Pruitt’s travel to Morocco and Italy\, saying the trips were part of the EPA administrator’s job. Pruitt flew premium class and was accompanied by a security contingent for the trips. \nInhofe did not speak to allegations that Pruitt used staffers and other office resources to try to line up work for his wife and to obtain hard-to-get tickets to the Rose Bowl and other sporting events. \nBut he did say Pruitt told him that he had had checked with EPA’s ethics officials about the sports tickets. \nPruitt\, a Republican and the former attorney general of Oklahoma\, had an EPA aide reach out to University of Oklahoma regent Renzi Stone\, a public-relations consultant with clients in the oil industry\, to get the Rose Bowl tickets\, according to Stone and to former Pruitt EPA aide Millan Hupp. \nFederal ethics codes prohibit executives from using subordinates for personal errands or from using their office for personal financial gain. \nPresident Donald Trump recently lauded Pruitt’s work at the EPA but said he was not “happy about certain things” surrounding the EPA chief. \nMany of the allegations concerning Pruitt emerged from testimony by former Pruitt aides to staffers of a House oversight committee investigating Pruitt and from EPA emails obtained through the federal Freedom of Information Act. \nRepublican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa\, who has faulted Pruitt over the scandals and over an ethanol policy widely opposed by Midwest corn farmers\, criticized Pruitt at a June 20 hearing for “unacceptable uses of taxpayer dollars.” \nCarper repeatedly urged that Pruitt appear quickly before the panel to answer questions. The committee on June 19 announced it had tentatively set a hearing with Pruitt for August. \nIf Pruitt’s predecessors at the EPA had faced “even a fraction of what this administration is accused of\,” Carper said\, “they would be sitting at this desk explaining week after week what’s happening with the EPA.” He pointed at the witness table. \nTrump nominees appearing before the Senate committee included Peter Wright\, a DowDuPont Inc. executive named to lead the EPA office overseeing the country’s Superfund sites and other higher-risk industrial sites. \nThe Union of Concerned Scientists has challenged Wright’s ability to impartially manage the sites\, which the nonprofit group says include 50 facilities owned by DowDuPont or a subsidiary. \nCarper said Wright has agreed to stay out of an EPA action on any site involving DowDuPont for at least two years. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180621T230603Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180621T230603Z SUMMARY:American Soybean Association seeking applicants for the 2018-19 Young Leader Program DESCRIPTION:American Soybean Association \nST. LOUIS\, Mo. – The American Soybean Association (ASA) and Corteva Agriscience\, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont are seeking applicants for the 2018-19 Young Leader Program. \nThe Young Leader Program\, sponsored by Corteva Agriscience and ASA\, is a two-phase educational program for actively farming individuals and couples who are passionate about the future possibilities of agriculture. The women and men who participate in this program will be the leaders that shape the future of agriculture. \n“My experience in the ASA DuPont Young Leader program was pleasantly unexpected. From the various socialtraining methods utilized and education on soybean policy\, the time spent with my classmates far exceeded all expectations. Based on the common bond of soybeans\, my colleagues discussed local issues affecting our regions and the current state of global trade. With the second phase of training held in conjunction with the Commodity Classic\, seedling acquaintances germinated into lifelong friendships and the importance of U.S. soybean advocacy was reinforced. I am grateful for the cornerstone to build a role in soy involvement\,” said Charlie Roberts (TN)\, Class of ‘18. \nPhase I of the 2018-19 Young Leader program will take place in Johnston\, Iowa\, Nov. 27 – 30. The program continues Feb. 26 – Mar. 2\, 2019\, in Orlando\, Florida\, in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show. \n“The Young Leader Program is among the most impactful training programs in agriculture\, recognizing the value of engaging and encouraging a diverse agricultural leadership. The training allows participants to realize their leadership potential and create meaningful relationships with other growers from the U.S. and Canada\, improving collaboration throughout the industry\,” said ASA President John Heisdorffer\, a farmer from Keota\, Iowa. “We can’t thank Corteva Agriscience™ enough for their longstanding support and commitment to building strong\, passionate agricultural leaders.”Soybean grower couples and individuals are encouraged to apply for the program\, which focuses on leadership and communication\, the latest agricultural information and the development of a strong peer network. Spouses\, even those not employed full-time on farm\, are encouraged to attend and will be active participants in all elements of the program. \nASA\, its 26 state affiliates\, including the Grain Farmers of Ontario and Corteva Agriscience\, will work together to identify the top producers to represent their state as part of this program. \n“America’s farmers provide the strongest voice for\, not only agriculture\, but also for rural America. \nWe are proud to support the young leader program\, which is developing the next generation of grower leaders and advocates for U.S. agriculture\,” said Matt Rekeweg\, U.S. Industry Affairs Leader\, Corteva Agriscience. \nApplications are being accepted online now. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180621T225607Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180621T225607Z SUMMARY:Today's agriculture faces a multitude of financial risks DESCRIPTION:by Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray\nAgricultural Policy Analysis Center \nEvery year\, farming has its risks but following five years of a steady decline in the price of corn with similar declines in the prices of other grains and oilseeds\, this year has its own particular risks. With the steady decline in crop prices\, farmers have seen a commensurate decline in their cash position as well as equity. \nFor many\, what happens this year with yields\, demand\, prices\, and net income is of particular importance. A positive cash flow will reduce the financial pressure while losses will bring increasing pressure from bankers considering operating loans for next year. And many of the most critical factors\, including projected increases in interest rates\, are beyond the control of individual farmers. \nLet’s take a look at some of those factors. \nFor most grains\, oilseeds\, and fiber crops\, year-ending stock levels have been growing for the last five years. One does not have to own a crystal ball to know that an additional year of growing inventories will put pressure on crop prices. At this point in the crop year\, whether or not inventories grow depends upon two things: yield and disappearance. \nWith current crop genetics\, it only takes marginally reasonable weather to achieve trend-line yields. So far\, planting weather has been good and most of the country has had adequate rains and enjoys good sub-soil moisture. Even with a drier than usual summer\, there is little currently on the horizon to indicate production problems. \nThe other half of the equation is crop utilization or disappearance. With sharp increases in the amount of corn needed for ethanol production in the rearview mirror\, domestic demand has little potential to provide the level of demand needed stabilize or reduce year-ending corn stocks. \nThat leaves exports and that picture is equally unsettling. For grains and oilseeds\, the U.S. serves as the world’s residual supplier. Most countries depend on local production and turn to imports to make up for any difference between production and utilization. That means that imports are unpredictable and can vary widely from year to year. The need for imports is usually met by other exporters with the U.S. left to pick up what the others can’t supply. \nAs a result\, U.S. exports as a percentage of world exports has declined for decades. In 2000\, the U.S. accounted for 37.6 percent of world exports of barley\, corn\, cotton\, soybean complex\, rice\, rye\, sorghum\, and wheat. For the 2017 crop year\, the USDA projects that the U.S. will account for 24.4 percent of world exports of these crops. Over that same period\, U.S. exports have increased by 1.4 percent per year while non-US exports have increased by 58 percent or an average of 3.4 percent per year. \nIn addition\, this year’s exports may be complicated by current trade disputes between the U.S. and other countries. What effect the disputes will have on U.S. exports of bulk agricultural commodities is uncertain. \nAll of this suggests that any reduction in U.S. stocks of major crops is uncertain at best. \nCurrent commodity programs are better than nothing\, but they are inadequate to stabilize crop sector economics. Crop revenue insurance payments were generous when prices were well above the full cost of production\, but are of minimal comfort at current price levels\, when farmers need protection the most. \nThe Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program had the potential to make larger payments when prices were higher\, but with 4 years of prices for most crops at or below the reference price\, any payments will depend on changes in yield. In counties with increased yields\, farmers will not qualify for ARC payments. \nThe Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program will provide farmers who chose to participate in it with payments that will be larger than those provided by ARC. The problem is most farmers chose to participate in ARC. \nFurther complicating the financial health of the U.S. crop sector is uncertainty over the design of the 2018 Farm Bill. The House has not been able to get enough support to pass its version of the farm bill\, in part because of a dispute over cuts to nutrition programs. Meanwhile we wait to see what the Senate produces. It is expected that they could pass their version of the farm bill in early July. \nAnd lastly\, there is the proposal by the administration to take the nutrition programs out of the United States Department of Agriculture and merge them into the Department of Health and Human Services. If that realignment were to be approved by Congress\, getting farm-only legislation through Congress will be extremely difficult\, if not impossible. \nIf ever there were a time for farmers to unite around a farm bill that would provide farmers with yield insurance plus a program to provide adequate support during the long periods of low prices\, that time is now. \nHarwood D. Schaffer is an adjunct research assistant professor\, Sociology Department\, University of Tennessee\, and director of the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center. Daryll E. Ray is an emeritus professor\, Institute of Agriculture\, University of Tennessee\, and retired director of the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180621T225606Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180621T225606Z SUMMARY:Fruit project featured at Carrington Center Field Day DESCRIPTION:NDSU Extension \nThe Northern Hardy Fruit Evaluation Project will be the focus for one of four tours offered during the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center’s annual field day set for July 17. \nAll field day events begin at 9 a.m. with a welcome from Blaine Schatz\, center director\, and the introduction of guests and speakers. Tours and meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon. No preregistration is needed. \nThe Northern Hardy Fruit Evaluation Project field tour starts at 9:30 a.m. Kathy Wiederholt\, Carrington Research Extension Center fruit project manager\, will lead the tour of the center’s fruit orchard. \nThe fruit project’s featured speaker is Dave Vander Werf\, an aronia grower from Sioux Center\, Iowa. Vander Werf grows more than 20 acres of aronia. He will discuss establishment and field care in the morning session. He also will talk about aronia sales and marketing in a session that begins at 1 p.m. \nThe Northern Hardy Fruit Evaluation Project was established in 2006 to introduce and demonstrate alternative\, economically viable fruits that will grow in North Dakota. The project features black currant and Juneberry variety trials\, and demonstration plantings of University of Saskatchewan cherries and haskaps\, as well as apples\, aronia\, red and black currants\, elderberries\, grapes\, honeyberries and plums. \nThe Carrington Research Extension Center’s other tours will focus on livestock\, crop and organic production. \nFor more information on this year’s field day tours\, contact the center at 701-652-2951 or visit its website at \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180621T225604Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180621T225606Z SUMMARY:2018 North Dakota 4-H Meat Judging Contest Winners announced DESCRIPTION:\n \n \n #td_uid_5_5b2ff6176b57f .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item1 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_5_5b2ff6176b57f .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item2 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n #td_uid_5_5b2ff6176b57f .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item3 {\n background: url( 0 0 no-repeat;\n }\n \n\n \n \n \n \n\n \n 1 of 3\n \n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n The Ward County team takes first place in the intermediate division of the State 4-H Meat Judging Contest. Team members are (from left): Wyatt Kersten\, Mason Kraft and Mark Schauer. NDSU photo \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n Youth rank meat cuts in the State 4-H Meat Judging Contest. NDSU photo \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n The Stark-Billings County team takes first place in the junior division of the State 4-H Meat Judging Contest. Team members are (from left): Mark Schmidt\, Joel Schulz and Ryan Schumacher. NDSU photo \n \n \n \n \n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n\n \n\n \n \nNDSU Extension \nKidder\, Ward and Stark/Billings County teams took top honors in the State 4-H Meat Judging Contest held recently in the meat laboratory at North Dakota State University’s Shepperd Arena. \nSenior Division \nThe top teams were: \n• First – Kidder County\, with team members Shaye Koester\, Bradyn Lachenmeier\, Austin Schmidt\, Madelyn Schmidt and Austin Weippert (coach Gary Martens). \n• Second – Stark-Billings County\, with team members Kia Ward\, Victoria Trochez\, Taylor Downing and Jersey Filkowski (coach Kurt Froelich). \n• Third – Ward County\, with team members Matthew Schauer\, Ethan Myers\, Tate Novodvorsky\, David Schersky and Kaden Korgel (coaches Jacob Scheresky\, Jayd Novak and Thomas Schauer). \nIndividual winners: \n• First – Rhea Laib\, Sheridan County. \n• Second – Ryeleigh Laib\, Sheridan County. \n• Third – Koester. \n• Fourth – Lachenmeier. \n• Fifth – Ward. \nIntermediate Division \nThe top teams were: \n• First – Ward County\, with team members Mark Schauer\, Mason Kraft and Wyatt Kersten (coaches Jacob Scheresky\, Jayd Novak and Thomas Schauer). \n• Second – Stark-Billings County\, with team members William Schmidt\, Justin Kathrein\, Wyatt Dorner\, Jess Schultz and Katie Schmidt (coach Kurt Froelich). \n• Third – Towner County\, with team member Cordell Walters (coach Rick Vannet). \nIndividual winners: \n• First – William Schmidt. \n• Second – Schauer. \n• Third – Walters. \n• Fourth – Kraft. \n• Fifth – Kathrein. \nJunior Division \nThe top teams were: \n• First – Stark-Billings County\, with team members Joel Schultz\, Mark Schmidt and Ryan Schumacher (coach Kurt Froelich). \n• Second – Ward County\, with team members Layne Korgel\, Elizabeth Kraft and Danny Kersten (coaches Jacob Scheresky\, Jayd Novak and Thomas Schauer). \nIndividual winners: \n• First – Korgel. \n• Second – Schultz. \n• Fourth – Schmidt. \n• Fifth – Schumacher. \nIn meat judging\, 4-H’ers rank retail cuts\, primal cuts and/or whole carcasses. The contestants then identify retail cuts\, including specifying the species\, primal cut\, name of the retail cut and recommended cooking method. At the state 4-H contest\, all participates were asked 10 questions on meat classes chosen by the official judges. \n“Meat judging is one of the most effective tools for the recruitment and development of future meat science technologists in existence today\,” says Leigh Ann Skurupey\, animal science specialist in NDSU Extension’s Center for 4-H Youth Development and this event’s organizer. 4-H is a program of NDSU Extension. \n“Meat judging is much more than the determination of quality and lean meat yield of a carcass or wholesale cut\,” Skurupey adds. “As a 4-H participant gearing up for a meat judging contest\, this opportunity serves as a training tool to develop young leaders in the meat and livestock industries. Meat judging is the prime training ground for U.S. meat companies.” \nShe notes that meat judging helps the youth develop analytical\, decision-making and communication skills\, and confidence\, as well as practical skills they can use every time they visit the grocery store or butcher shop. \n“From listening to these 4-H’ers practicing in the cooler to watching them skillfully navigate each class with focus and determination\, I couldn’t be more impressed by these future leaders and their talent\,” Skurupey says. “I commend the coaches for the hard work they pour into these incredible young people.” \nResults for the State 4-H Meat Judging Contest are posted on under North Dakota 4-H Meat Judging Contest ( \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180621T225603Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180621T225603Z SUMMARY:MN Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program joins Field to Market sustainability efforts DESCRIPTION:Minnesota Department of Agriculture \nSt. Paul\, Minn. — On June 20\, the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) announced that it has joined Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture\, a national organization working to meet the challenge of producing enough food\, fiber\, and fuel for a rapidly growing population while conserving natural resources. \n“We feel the Ag Water Quality Certification Program and Field to Market are a great fit together as Minnesota looks to be a national leader in water quality and sustainability efforts\,” said Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson. “As a member\, we will be connected with the network of organizations and farmers participating in Field to Market\, and will be a collaborator on cutting edge projects to improve the agricultural supply chain.” \nThe Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program is a voluntary program for farmers and landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect and improve the state’s water resources. The program now has over 580 producers across Minnesota helping improve water quality on over 370\,000 acres. Together\, the program keeps over 30 million pounds of sediment out of our rivers\, while saving nearly 67 million pounds of soil and 17\,900 pounds of phosphorous on farms\, each year. \nAs a member in Field to Market\, the MAWQCP will work together with grower organizations\, academia\, conservation groups\, public sector partners\, and leading companies at a national level to continue to improve water quality\, water use efficiency\, and land use efficiency while reducing soil erosion and greenhouse gas emissions. \n“We are pleased to welcome MAWQCP to our membership and look forward to forging greater public-private partnerships in Minnesota to support farmers in improving water quality outcomes\,” said Rod Snyder\, president of Field to Market. “Working with MAWQCP and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture will be a great addition to state-level leadership within Field to Market.” \nThrough innovative tools and resources developed by Field to Market\, farmers and organizations across the supply chain are able to better understand sustainability at the field\, local\, and national levels and continue to advance improvements on the landscape. It is the goal of Field to Market to engage 20 percent of U.S. crop production acres in its supply chain sustainability programs by 2020. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTEND;TZID=America/Chicago:20180624T145047 DTSTAMP:20180624T195047 CREATED:20180621T225602Z LAST-MODIFIED:20180621T225602Z SUMMARY:MDA announces Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant awardees DESCRIPTION:Minnesota Department of Agriculture \nST. PAUL\, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is awarding a new grant program aimed at combatting noxious weeds around the state. Twenty-nine projects will split $300\,000 though the Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant. \nThe money\, which is given to local municipalities\, counties\, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts\, will be used to purchase equipment and supplies\, conduct mapping and outreach activities\, and hire private applicators to manage noxious weeds. \n“Noxious weeds and invasive plants are a serious threat to Minnesota’s agriculture and forest industries\,” said Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson. “However\, purchasing supplies and providing workshops can be barriers to successful local noxious weed management programs. The Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant tries to fill the gaps so local entities can build their noxious weed programs.” \nThe MDA received over $800\,000 in grant requests\, and many of those requests included herbicide application equipment. The 29 grants range from $3\,000 to $25\,300 and focus on species on the Minnesota Noxious Weed Prohibited-Eradicate list. \nAnother $300\,000 is available through the Noxious and Invasive Plant Grant for the next fiscal year (Fiscal Year 2019: July 1\, 2018 – June 30\, 2019). The Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released by September 2018 and will be awarded in 2019. \nThe awardees are Becker Soil and Water Conservation District\, Chippewa County\, Clay Soil and Water Conservation District\, Clearwater County\, Douglas County\, East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District\, Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District\, Freeborn County\, Grant County\, Hubbard County\, Isanti County\, Kittson Soil and Water Conservation District\, Koochiching County\, Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District\, Mille Lacs Soil and Water Conservation District\, Nicollet County\, Polk County\, Pope Soil and Water Conservation District\, Ramsey Soil and Water Conservation District\, Roseau Soil and Water Conservation District\, Stearns County\, Steele County\, Todd County\, Town of Bridgewater – Rice County\, Traverse Soil and Water Conservation District\, Wabasha Soil and Water Conservation District\, Washington Conservation District\, Winona County\, Wright County. \n URL: ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg: END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR