WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A study into the pros and cons of no-till farming has found that it's easy to get producers to try the practice, but difficult to get them to stick with it.
The Williston Herald reports that Nesson Valley Irrigation Research Farm in North Dakota is in the middle of an eight-year research project on cropping systems and tillage practices. During a recent presentation in Williston, the farm's director asked how many producers had tried no-till and how many were still doing it. Many hands went up, but few remained.
The project is led by Bart Stevens, a research agronomist who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He said if farmers stick with no-till methods, they can reap the benefits of fewer inputs, less labor and better soil.
BISMARCK, ND - Participants are being sought for the second year of North Dakota Department of Agriculture's industrial hemp pilot program.
"Industrial hemp may only be grown in North Dakota through the North Dakota Department of Agriculture's pilot program or by institutions of higher education," North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "We are currently seeking applicants wishing to participate in the department's pilot program for the purposes of agricultural or academic research."
A provision in the 2014 farm bill gives authority to state departments of agriculture to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. Participants planted 70 acres of hemp in 2016, the first year of the program.
Applicants must submit a project proposal application and request for seed (if applicable). Proposals will be ranked by a committee appointed by the agriculture commissioner.
Applicants chosen will be required to submit a notarized application, signed memorandum of understanding, fingerprints and associated fees.
Applications and instructions can be found at http://www.nd.gov/ndda/program/industrial-hemp
The deadline for proposal documents is 5 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Emailed or faxed submissions will not be accepted.
Research proposals will be date stamped when received. All received research proposals will remain unopened until February 1, at which point all proposals will be opened and reviewed.
Goehring said applicants needing more information should contact the Department of Agriculture's Rachel Seifert-Spilde at 701-328-4128 or rseifertnd.gov
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