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     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - One of North Dakota's top crops is the focus of a daylong expo in the state's biggest city.  The North Dakota Soybean Council is holding its annual Northern Soybean Expo today at the Fargo Holiday Inn. Among those scheduled to speak are U.S. Farm Report host John Phipps and World Weather Inc. President Drew Lerner.  Agriculture Department data show that North Dakota farmers produced 139 million bushels of soybeans last year, worth $1.72 billion.


    JAMESTOWN, ND - Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting and harvesting assistance free of charge to farm families who have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster, is now adding haying assistance for farmers and ranchers throughout Farm Rescue's coverage area of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana.  Applications are now being accepted for haying assistance and applicants are encouraged to apply early to receive priority consideration.
    "Farm Rescue is pleased to now offer haying assistance to farm families who have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster," said founder and president of Farm Rescue, Bill Gross. "We have had many requests for haying assistance and now through the generosity of RDO Equipment Company and all our sponsors, we are expanding our available assistance options to help more farmers and ranchers."
    RDO Equipment Co. Executive Vice President, Keith Kreps, stated that "in an effort to assist more farmers in times of need, RDO is committed to Farm Rescue's Haying Assistance initiative by supplying a state-of-the-art John Deere Round Baler and John Deere Tractor."
    RDO Equipment Co. sponsors the John Deere equipment utilized by Farm Rescue for planting, harvesting and haying.  They are the largest sponsor of the nonprofit organization and have been instrumental in providing assistance during times of unexpected crises to more than 250 farm families.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - More than 90 tons of fresh produce went to food pantries, soup kitchens and other charities last year through the Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Project.
     The state Agriculture Department and the Great Plains Food Bank started the volunteer program in 2010. It encourages home gardeners and commercial growers to plant extra produce each year to donate to charity.
     State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the program is a vital partnership between people who have produce to share and those who can use it.
     The Salvation Army in Bismarck, the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center of Dickinson and Churches United of Fargo were the leading recipients of produce donations last year.


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

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