Agweek Wire Reports
BISMARCK, N.D. – Due to spring storms in the Midwest this year, farmers who typically would have been in the field earlier had to wait for the snow to melt. Now farmers from multiple states are trying to get into the field at the same time, causing a fertilizer shortage.
North and South Dakota livestock producers will have an opportunity through the Cattle Mineral Nutrition for Producers program to gain a clear understanding of their herd's mineral needs and how to make significant changes, if necessary, to improve herd performance. North Dakota State University Extension and South Dakota State University Extension are co-hosting the program at two sites in May:
The Dakota Goat Association will hold an educational workshop on Saturday, May 19 at the Terri and Melissa Fraedrich farm near Enderlin, N.D.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — New money is available to Minnesota livestock producers to help prevent wolf attacks. The Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention Grants provide $120,000 for the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Applications are due June 29, 2018 to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. The grants provide reimbursement for costs of approved practices to prevent wolf-livestock conflicts. Eligible expenses for the grant program will include any or all of the following items:
ST. PAUL, Minn. — New money is available to Minnesota livestock producers to help prevent wolf attacks. The Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention Grants provide $120,000 for the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Applications are due June 29, 2018 to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Cass and Ramsey County teams took top honors in the recent 2018 4-H State Air Rifle and Air Pistol Match in Devils Lake, N.D. The Cass County team of Caeden Francis, Rebecca Van Vleet, Matthew Traux and Garrett Gehrke took first place in the senior air rifle division and qualified for the 2019 4-H National Invitational in Grand Island, Neb. Individual winners were: * First - Francis, with a score of 487 * Second - Van Vleet, with a score of 443 * Third - Hannah Vaagen, Ramsey County, with a score of 438
FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota State University Extension and Research Extension Center support staff recently were honored for their years of service. Those recognized were: NDSU Extension 5 years * Cora Crane, Plant Sciences * Amanda Hayen, Logan County * Nancy Hillen, Agriculture Communication * Lyndsie Kennedy, Towner County * Amanda Lorenz, Bottineau County * Niki Lynnes, School of Natural Resource Sciences * Janelle Quam, Vice President for Agricultural Affairs Office * Dianna Rosinski, Towner County
MINNEAPOLIS — The final session of the 89th Minnesota FFA Convention concluded with the election of the six-member state officer team. The newly elected team will serve more than 10,000 members in Minnesota for one year. They will also spend the next year representing Minnesota, agriculture and agricultural education at state and national levels. The following is the 2018-2019 Minnesota FFA State Officer Team:
Average net farm income fell 28 percent in 2017 to $102,043 for 235 Red River Valley farms in Minnesota and North Dakota Farm Business Management Education Programs. "However, the midpoint, or median net income, of these farms was significantly less at $53,694, or one-half that of 2016," says Andrew Swenson, North Dakota State University Extension farm resource management specialist.