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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 12/09/13

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    BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has presented the 2013 Commissioner's Dairy Producers Award for Excellence to Norbert and Ronna Althoff of Mooreton.  The Althoffs received their award in Mandan during the recent 2013 North Dakota Dairy Convention, sponsored by the North Dakota Milk Producers Association.

    "The Althoffs' farm has an outstanding inspection record," said Wayne Carlson, North Dakota Department of Agriculture livestock development division director, who represented Goehring. "They have an exceptional record of compliance with state and federal dairy laws and regulations for somatic cell counts, bacteria counts and overall quality standards."

    The Althoffs are currently milking 80 head of cattle, selling their milk to Dairy Farmers of America (DFA). They also raise corn, wheat and feed stock.  

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    FARGO, ND (NDSU) - Lisa Webster, whose family has been part of the Maine sheep industry since the late 1800s, will be the keynote speaker for the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association's annual convention.  The convention will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14, at the Seven Seas Hotel in Mandan.

    An invitational lamb cookoff will kick off the convention Friday at 5:30 p.m.  Other activities that evening include a breeders forum to highlight five unique sheep operations and an auction.

    Participants will be able to attend several breakout sessions on Saturday. Topics are the youth sheep program, sheep health issues, marketing sheep operations, cooking with lamb and the National Sheep Improvement Program. Presenters include Reid Redden, North Dakota State University Extension Service sheep specialist; Chris Schauer, director of NDSU's Hettinger Research Extension Center; and Skip Anderson, NDSU Sheep Unit manager.

    Webster will give her keynote address about direct marketing lamb at noon. Other activities on Saturday include a report on NDSU sheep research, an awards
ceremony and the NDLWPA business meeting.

    The cost to attend the convention is $60 per person and $125 per family for both days. The cost is $25 per person for those who just want to attend Webster's address.

    Send registrations to Rick Schmidt, 3650 Highway 25, Center, ND 58530. For more information, contact Schmidt at (701) 794-8748 or rick.schmidtndsu.edu.

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    BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - The longtime director of the Livestock Development Division of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is leaving his position.  Wayne Carlson announced that he will retire, effective April 11, 2014.

    "Wayne's absence will definitely be felt both in the department and throughout the livestock sector in North Dakota," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "His commitment to and his comprehensive knowledge of the livestock industry and his institutional memory are valuable assets that will be difficult to replace."

    Goehring said a search is now underway for Carlson's successor.

    A Washburn native, Carlson is a graduate of North Dakota State University and earned a master's degree in business from the University of North Dakota. From 1974 to 1993, he farmed and ranched near Washburn. In 1993 he was named Livestock Director for NDDA.

    Livestock Development includes duties and functions related to dairy production, feed registration, livestock sales, meat inspection, animal waste management and animal damage control.

    Carlson and his wife, Denise, live in Mandan. They have two grown children.

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    BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - Oilseeds, a major sector of North Dakota's agricultural economy, is the focus of the new issue of the North Dakota Ag Mag.

    "North Dakota leads the nation in the production of three important oilseeds: canola, flax and sunflowers, and we are a major producer of soybeans" said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "Our young people can learn about the importance of these crops in their own lives and in the world through this new issue of North Dakota Ag Mag."

    The magazine contains articles on the production, processing, distribution and consumption of oilseeds, as well as games, puzzles and other activities. Sheri Coleman, executive director of Ameriflax and associate director of the Northern Canola Growers Association, is featured in the "Career Corner."

    The 8-page magazine is published by the North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom Council and is distributed free of charge to third, fourth and fifth-grade classes participating in the Ag in the Classroom program. Each issue comes with a special teacher's guide providing background information and more ideas for additional activities to conduct in the classroom.

    Goehring said that teachers and school administrators interested in joining the North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom program should contact Sonia Mullally at (701) 328-4759 or smullallynd.gov.

    North Dakota Ag Mag is edited by Becky Koch and designed by Dave Haasser, both with North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication. Steph Deitz is the teacher/reviewer.

    Sponsors of the new issue of North Dakota Ag Mag include Agassiz Seed & Supply, Ameriflax, Farm and Ranch Guide, Farm Credit Services, the North Dakota Farm Bureau, the North Dakota Farmers Union, the North Dakota Oilseed Council, the North Dakota State University Extension Service, the North Dakota Wheat Commission, the Northern Canola Growers Association and the Northern Pulse Growers Association.

    The North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom program helps teachers integrate agricultural information into the science, math, social studies, language arts and other classes they teach. The program offers a variety of curricula and class lesson development materials, training seminars, a magazine and other tools for teachers to make agriculture part of the school day.



     (Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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