AGRICULTURE

18th Annual Diversity, Direction and Dollars set for Jan. 14 in Dickinson, N.D.

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Farm Forum

Diversity, Directions and Dollars 2014, an agricultural forum, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Ramada Inn Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson, N.D..

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. The forum will feature internationally known speakers on topics affecting agriculture in the western Dakotas and eastern Montana. It will provide producers with ideas for improving productivity and decreasing costs, while providing high-quality food produced in a sustainable manner.

The keynote speaker is Jolene Brown. She is a spokesperson and champion for people involved in agriculture. She’s a farmer and author from West Branch, Iowa. Her topic: “If we huff and puff, will we blow your house down?” will be interactive with the audience.

Dennis Todey, South Dakota and South Dakota State University Extension climatologist, will talk about the record wet fall and what it means for the 2014 growing season. Todey has conducted research on long-term climate trends and climate-yield relationships throughout the Midwest.

Apps for producers will be discussed by John Nowatzki, North Dakota State University Extension Service machine systems specialist. With technology changing daily and more producers using smart phones, Nowatzki will show how apps are a wise choice.

Emmett Lampert, Winfield regional agronomist, will discuss how soybeans might fit into a crop rotation in southwestern North Dakota. Soybean breeding programs have changed substantially the last few years to make them more adaptable to a wider region.

Because of late-season disease pressure in small grains and row crops in 2013, best management practices will be needed for the production of the 2014 crop. Andrew Friskrop, NDSU Extension plant pathologist, will provide ideas on how producers can deal with disease pressures.

Dwight Aakre, NDSU Extension farm management specialist, will discuss flexible farm leases. Land owners and farm operators are constantly exploring different ways to draw up lease agreements. Flexible farm leases take into account farm yield and price in determining the lease.

The registration is $15 to cover all breaks, a noon lunch and materials. The fee is payable at the door.