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     DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - An annual two-day agricultural conference is scheduled in Devils Lake this week.  The 2014 Lake Region Extension Roundup is Tuesday and Wednesday at the Devils Lake Memorial Building and Ramsey County Courthouse. The event is free and typically draws hundreds of area farmers.
     Officials with the North Dakota State University Extension Service and others will give educational presentations, and businesses will display products and services in commercial booths.  Each day begins with a sponsored breakfast, and lunch also is free for participants.


     FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota Grain Dealers Association will hold its 102nd Annual Convention & Industry Show at the Fargo Holiday Inn January 19th - 21st.  Approximately 1000 people are expected for the event, consisting of grain elevator managers, farmers, grain industry personnel, suppliers and spouses.  The meeting includes educational sessions, business meetings, and a trade show of 82 companies providing products and services to the grain industry.

Program topics and speakers include:

·    Elements of OSHA - Preparation for inspection. Confined space entry, sweep augers, record keeping - Stu Letcher, NDGDA Safety & Health Director; Hal Grieve, NDGDA Senior Safety Specialist;

·    The People Element - Human Resources Leadership - Karen Grabow, Senior Vice President Business Development Services, Land O' Lakes ;

·    Will Dysfunctional Washington Ever Function? - Jim Wiesemeyer, Senior VP Farm & Trade Policy, Consultant to Pro Farmer, Informa Economics, Washington, DC;

·    Grain Contracting Legalities and PSC Warehouse Examinations - Lowell Bottrell, Fargo attorney; Sue Richter, Licensing Division Director, ND PSC;  Mike McNamee, Warehouse Inspector, ND PSC.

    Registration and more information can be found online at


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The number of hogs in North Dakota as 2013 came to a close was unchanged from the previous year.  The latest report from the federal Agriculture Department shows that hogs and pigs in the state on Dec. 1 totaled 135,000 head. The breeding hog inventory was 35,000 head and the market hog inventory 100,000 head. All three figures were unchanged over the year.  The report says the 2013 North Dakota pig crop was down 3 percent from 2012, to 767,000 head.

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

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