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Edmunds County 4-H Beef BBQ

Tickets are now on sale for the annual 4-H Achievement Days BBQ which will be held on Friday, August 8, at the 4-H grounds in Ipswich. Beef sandwiches will be served along with corn, carrots, chips, pickles, ice cream, lemonade, and coffee. Serving will be from 5:30 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. The BBQ will be followed by the Livestock Premium Sale.

Advance tickets are available from any 4-H Member or the Edmunds County Extension Office until Friday, July 25. The cost is $6.00 for one sandwich and $8.00 for two sandwiches. Tickets will also be available at the door for a cost of $7.00 for one sandwich. Purchase of a ticket not only buys you a delicious meal but also supports the Edmunds County 4-H Program.

Come out and enjoy a great meal and check out the static and livestock exhibits entered by the Edmunds County 4-Hers.

Ducks Unlimited offers winter wheat plot tours

Ducks Unlimited will host free winter wheat production research plot tours (see attached) around North Dakota and South Dakota throughout the month of July. Each tour will feature speakers on topics, including winter wheat varieties, saline soils, hybrids, cross slot drill, and insects and disease control. As part of the Winter Cereals Sustainability in Action program, Ducks Unlimited and Bayer Crop Science have worked with local producers to offer these tours.

For more information, go to http://bit.ly/1w6QCYy.

ASA applauds confirmation of Vetter as Chief Agricultural Negotiator

ST. LOUIS — Following the Senate confirmation of Darci Vetter last week as Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the American Soybean Association offered its congratulations and best wishes. ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser issued the following statement:

“As growers of the nation’s largest farm export, soybean farmers have a critical stake in the progress and development of agricultural trade with our foreign partners. Ms. Vetter is a versatile and capable advocate for American agriculture and we send our most sincere congratulations on her confirmation by the Senate. As we move forward with new trade agreements with Europe and our partners in the Pacific Rim, and as we restore and strengthen relationships with existing trading partners, Ms. Vetter will provide a strong voice for American soybean farmers at the highest level.”

— American Soybean Association

Woonsocket man joins Beef Bucks program

Todd Olinger, a cattlefeeder and farmer of Woonsocket, S.D., has become the newest member of the volunteer group of individuals governing the Beef Bucks program based in De Smet, S.D. Beef Bucks is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of promoting the beef industry and consumer education.

Beef Industry Military Appreciation Day set for July 22 at N.D. State Fair

The North Dakota Beef Commission, the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, North Dakota CattleWomen, and the North Dakota Corn Growers Association will team up to salute active military personnel and their families during the 10th Annual Beef Industry Military Appreciation Day at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot, N.D. NDSA President and Towner, N.D., rancher Jason Zahn said, “This is a way for North Dakota ranchers to show thanks for the sacrifices these brave people make for us.”

The free beef meal will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT (or until the food runs out) on Tuesday, July 22, near the Commercial II Exhibit Building on the State Fairgrounds. Additionally, the event will include children’s activities, face painting, roping lessons and doorprize drawings. Attendees may receive $4.00 off adult gate admission (with a coupon and a Coke product), free carnival rides from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (with a military ID), and more discounts for military members. For discount details and coupons, visit www.ndstatefair.com.

More than 1,600 servicemen and women and their family members were honored during the Beef Industry event last year. “We’re blessed to have so many willing to defend us and this great nation we live in,” said Clark Price, North Dakota Beef Commission chairman, a rancher from Hensler, N.D.

Historic cattle trail marked in 2 S.D. cities

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — Posts marking the Great Western Cattle Trail have been put in the ground in the western South Dakota cities of Belle Fourche and Spearfish.

The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the markers were dedicated in a ceremony during the Great Western Cattle Trail Association’s recent annual meeting in Spearfish.

The 1,800-mile trail was started shortly after the Civil War when ranchers returned to their Texas homes to find their cattle herds neglected and in need of feed. From 1866-1897 the cowboys pushed their herds north to Dodge City, Kansas, and then to several destinations in the High Plains.

The association in 2003 launched a project to mark the trail with a cement post every 6 miles. The first marker was dedicated at Altus, Oklahoma, that year.

North Dakota State Fair gets underway Friday

MINOT, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota State Fair begins its nine-day run in Minot on Friday.

The annual fair includes everything from agricultural exhibits to carnival rides. This year’s entertainment lineup includes big-name acts Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, John Mellencamp, the Charlie Daniels Band and rockers Three Days Grace.

Retired North Dakota High School Activities Association Executive Secretary Sherm Sylling will serve as grand marshal of the State Fair Parade on Saturday.

The fair runs through July 26. Last year’s fair drew a record 320,485 people.

S.D. cabinet heads to meet with US transport board

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Two South Dakota cabinet secretaries are going to Washington this week to discuss rail shipment problems with members of the Surface Transportation Board.

The heads of the state departments of Agriculture and Transportation, Lucas Lentsch and Darin Bergquist, will meet with the STB Friday.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office says they’ll convey his concerns about a shortage of rail shippers to take state commodities to the market.

Lentsch addressed the STB in April about the backlog of shipments, and the STB issued a decision directing railways to report their plans to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments.

The governor’s office says it has also shared its concerns with the Burlington, Northern & Santa Fe; Canadian Pacific; and Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern railroads.