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    MINOT, ND - The annual meeting of the Ward County Agricultural Improvement Association will be held on Tuesday, February 4th at the North Central Research Extension Center.  The program will begin at 9:15 a.m. with coffee and registration starting at 8:45. The Ward County Ag Improvement is an association of farmers and agribusiness people who provide educational programs and conduct the Ward County Seed Increase program.  The annual meeting is their largest educational event of the year. All interested agriculturists are invited with annual dues at just $15.00. A catered noon meal is included with your dues!

    Luke Swenson, from Mike Krueger's The Money Farm, will be one of the keynote speakers for the meeting. Luke joined The Money Farm in 2011 as the manager of the Managed Bushels program. He is also a licensed commodities broker and he will be sharing his knowledge on the market outlook and marketing options amid sustained volatility.

    The other featured keynote speaker at the meeting will be Leon Osborne,
Professor of Atmospheric Sciences from the University of North Dakota. Professor Osborne has over 35 years of atmospheric science experience in academia, research, and industry. He will be discussing climate variations and their effect on agriculture in a presentation titled "Managing the Weather Risk".

    In addition to the keynote presenters, we will have additional guest speakers covering a variety of timely topics every ag producer should be aware of. Chris Augustin, NDSU Area Soil Health Specialist, will share new recommendations for nitrogen application in corn, along with discussing nitrogen stabilizers in his Nitrogen Update presentation. Cy Kotaska, Insurance Consultant, will share crop insurance changes for 2014. He will highlight implications for producers with prevented plant acres and those key items to be aware of if you have standing corn remaining from 2013.

    Paige Brummund, NDSU Extension Agent, will provide developments in Ward County Agriculture and an update on Apps for Agriculture. Steve Beck, WCAIA President will present a talk on Farm Safety. Chad Anderson, Seed Production Specialist, will update producers on the new seed varieties available along with providing information to better help the producers select a seed variety that will work well on their operation.

    Other items on the agenda include Corn and Barely Commodity elections for Ward County, as well as the Ward County Ag Improvement Association Annual Business & Board of Directors Meetings. All interested person are invited to attend the event.


     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - University of Minnesota researchers have confirmed a new invasive fruit fly in Minnesota.  A single adult female known as the African fig fly was discovered in a bait trap in September. The trap was located in Hastings and was being used for annual monitoring of another invasive fruit fly, the spotted wing Drosophila.
     The university says the new fly specimen was officially identified this past week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The African fig fly has a pair of white stripes, outlined in black, running from the antennae to the tip of the thorax.  The fly is native to tropical Africa, the Middle East and Eurasia and is a typical pest of fig fruits.  The university says the detection of a single fly indicates any Minnesota populations are likely small.

     (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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