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National Wheat Foundation recruiting advocates for consumer education effort

As part of a broad consumer education effort, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is seeking candidates for a pilot program that provides tools and resources to wheat industry allies interested in advocating on behalf of the wheat industry. The Wheat Advocates Project will identify and develop a network of Wheat Advocates and Allies that consist of wheat farmers, spouses of wheat farmers, friends of wheat farmers and third parties knowledgeable of the wheat industry, to serve as voices of knowledge, reason and support in conversations with consumers about wheat issues, including wheat innovation.

All Wheat Advocates will receive social media training from industry experts, messaging guides to reference when promoting wheat innovation, and media opportunities to share personal stories and experiences through local, state, and national publications, as well as on the new NWF blog page. NWF staff will select 10 applicants to participate in the 6-month program, which will run from January to June 2015. To apply or learn more about the Wheat Advocates program, visit the program page on the NWF website at Applications are due by December 17, 2014.

ICON Ag & Turf to host grand opening and ribbon cutting

ICON Ag & Turf will host its ribbon cutting ceremony December 4, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at its new store location in Paullina, Iowa. This ceremony is part of the company’s grand opening celebration that is taking place from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. the day of the 4th. In addition to the ribbon cutting, ICON Ag & Turf is conducting tours of the new facility immediately following the ribbon cutting and at noon and 4:00 p.m. Rolls and coffee will be served at the ribbon cutting.

Customers can expect to see various in-store discounts, incentives and offers including 50 percent off all gator accessories with the purchase of a new John Deere utility vehicle. ICON will have something for all ages; including pictures with Santa from 4:30-6:00 p.m. The company will be providing lunch on Thursday in appreciation of our customers’ continued support. The public is welcome to attend any of the events.

N.D. ranchers offer $24,000 reward for missing cows

NAPOLEON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota cattlemen are offering a $24,000 reward to whoever helps locate their 20 missing calves.

The Bismarck Tribune reports Chad Weigel believes his calves were stolen from the family ranch pasture near Napoleon. The calves are worth roughly $1,500 each. They aren’t branded, which makes them easier to sell and harder to identify.

The Logan County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.

Weigel says he is puzzled by the apparent theft because someone would have needed to use a horse trailer-sized load without anyone noticing. He and his sons noticed the missing cows about five weeks ago while sorting their herd.

The Weigels are providing $10,000 and the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association is providing $14,000 for the reward package.

Ice leads to early closure of upper Mississippi River shipping season

Ice covered locks and dams near Minnesota caused an early end to the shipping season on the upper Mississippi River on Nov. 20 rather than early December. According to Reuters, this is the earliest closure on record.

The Reuters article states that there is an abundance of ice moving through the system and the Army Corps of Engineers is removing barges so they aren’t stuck through the winter.