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Dad squashes son’s giant pumpkin record with 2,261-pounder

WARREN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has squashed a record set by his son by taking first prize in a pumpkin contest with a 2,261.5-pound gourd.

WJAR-TV reports Richard Wallace’s 2,261.5-pound pumpkin beat the North American giant pumpkin record set by his son, Ron, at the same event last year. Ron Wallace’s pumpkin topped the scales at 2,230 pounds at the Frerichs Farm Pumpkin Weigh Off in Warren in 2015.

Ron Wallace was the first person in the world to break the 1-ton barrier when he grew a 2,009-pound pumpkin in 2012.

The younger Wallace said last year that his secret is “a lot of hard work” and what he calls the Wallace organic wonder fertilizer.

Frerichs Farm has hosted the event since 2000.

Ag land assessment advisory task force to meet

PIERRE – The Agricultural Land Assessment Implementation and Oversight Advisory Task Force will meet on Monday, October 17, 2016, in Pierre. The meeting will be held in Room 413 of the State Capitol, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

The task force will hear a presentation from Dr. Matthew Elliott, Economics Department, South Dakota State University, regarding the soil ratings study and factors for determining the agricultural income value. The task force will also review draft legislation. The full agenda for the meeting is available on the Legislative Research Council’s website: http://www.sdlegislature.gov/. The public is invited to attend and time is scheduled in the morning for public testimony.

The task force members include Senator Jim Peterson, Chair (D-Revillo); Larry Rhoden (Union Center), Vice Chair; Senators Gary Cammack (R-Union Center), Jason Frerichs (D-Wilmot), and Larry Tidemann (R-Brookings); Representatives Julie Bartling (D-Gregory), Mary Duvall (R-Pierre), Dennis Feickert (D-Aberdeen), and Lee Qualm (R-Platte); and Public Members Kirk Chaffee (Sturgis), Trevor Cramer (Faulkton), Lyle Perman (Lowry), Kim Vanneman (Ideal), and Mike Wiese (Aberdeen).