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New fertilizer warehouse to be built in Hamberg

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A global agribusiness and a central North Dakota farmer-owned cooperative say they plan to build a fertilizer warehouse in Hamberg.

CHS Inc. and Fessenden Cooperative Association announced Wednesday they have formed a 50-50 joint venture company to build and operate the warehouse. They say the facility will be able to store 28,000 tons of nitrogen, potassium, sulfate, phosphorus and micronutrients. It will also have product blending capabilities.

The new warehouse in Hamberg will primarily serve the retail business of the cooperative’s farmers. CHS will also serve its nearby wholesale customers from this location.

This is the second major partnership between the two organizations. They built a greenfield grain shuttle loading facility on the BNSF Railway line in Hamberg last year.

USDA finances water improvements in rural N.D.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s providing $8 million in financing for five projects to improve water and wastewater services in rural North Dakota.

USDA state director Jasper Schneider says the funding will help improve water quality and protect the environment and natural resources.

Schneider says the USDA will provide $4.3 million in grants and $3.6 million in loans to the rural cities of Rolla, Napoleon, Oakes and Michigan. Included in that $3.6 million is about $800,000 to expand rural water to the Berthold and Carpio area.

Application deadline extended for land grant program

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota landowners have been given more time to apply for grants to enhance their property and restore habitat damaged by overland flooding, erosion, and weed infestations.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has extended the deadline to May 9 for the second round of grants through the Land Enhancement and Habitat Renewal Program.

Goehring says the program will provide up to 50 percent reimbursement of most costs associated with reclamation, landscaping, soil conditioning, re-vegetation and weed control. Proposed projects must involve land that has at least 10 percent woody vegetation or is adjacent to wooded vegetation.

Goehring says $50,000 is available for this year’s program. Last year, the state Agriculture Department distributed 11 grants totaling $40,000.

N.D. OKs power line in historic battlefield area

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have approved a siting permit for an electrical transmission line planned for the Killdeer Mountain Battlefield area in the western part of the state.

The three-member Public Service Commission unanimously approved the proposal by Basin Electric Power Cooperative on April 23.

The Bismarck-based company plans to build the line near Beulah to near Tioga to deliver more electricity to the Bakken oil fields, where there is a growing demand for power. The cost of the 197-mile line is pegged at $375 million.

Five American Indian tribes in North Dakota have passed a resolution formally opposing the project.

The proposed project also needs federal approval because the route goes through federal grasslands and because the company plans to seek financing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Garden Hotline is up and running

The Garden Hotline begins again. The Prairie Partners Master Gardeners, in cooperation with the Aberdeen Regional Extension Center, are available to answer any horticulture question this growing season. The phone number is 626-2876. A master gardener will personally answer your questions on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30-4:30. Any other time, you can leave a message and a master gardener will get back to you. New this year is the e-mail address: cindy.schnabel@sdstate.edu. When e-mailing a question, give some detail, and pictures are always helpful.

New fertilizer warehouse to be built in Hamberg, N.D.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A global agribusiness and a central North Dakota farmer-owned cooperative say they plan to build a fertilizer warehouse in Hamberg.

CHS Inc. and Fessenden Cooperative Association announced on April 23 they have formed a 50-50 joint venture company to build and operate the warehouse. They say the facility will be able to store 28,000 tons of nitrogen, potassium, sulfate, phosphorus and micronutrients. It will also have product blending capabilities.

The new warehouse in Hamberg will primarily serve the retail business of the cooperative’s farmers. CHS will also serve its nearby wholesale customers from this location.

This is the second major partnership between the two organizations. They built a greenfield grain shuttle loading facility on the BNSF Railway line in Hamberg last year.

S.D. State Fair seeks state talent for Linton’s Centennial Stage Show

HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair and South Dakota entertainer, Sherwin Linton, are looking for South Dakota entertainers of all genres and styles to be included in the 2014 State Fair Centennial Stage Shows.

South Dakota entertainer Sherwin Linton has been a perennial favorite at the South Dakota State Fair since the early 1970’s. Linton has been an advocate for South Dakota entertainers and in collaboration with the State Fair management and staff, he works to give South Dakota talent opportunities to perform.

The Centennial Stage is where fair goers will find the Linton Show and each year many South Dakota entertainers are scheduled to perform as opening acts for “Sherwin & Pam Linton and The Cotton Kings” at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. CDT daily.

Please send biography, photo, CD and/or DVD to: Attn: Sherwin Linton, Centennial Stage, South Dakota State Fair, 890 – 3rd Street South West, Huron, SD 57350.

All submissions must be received no later than June 15, 2014.

Brown County plant sale set for May 10

The Prairie Partners Master Gardeners annual plant sale will be May 10 at the Home and Arts Building located on the Brown County Fairgrounds. The doors will open at 9 a.m. sharp. Be prompt if you want a good selection because we do sell out fast. There will be a wide variety of plants. We have garden plants like tomatoes and herbs. There will be fruit plants such as strawberries, raspberries, and rhubarb. Perennial landscaping plants, ornamental grasses, and novelty transplants are just a few of the many kinds of plants available. Gently used items will be included. Plus, there will be master gardeners there to answer any and all of your horticulture questions.