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The North Dakota Grain Dealers Association will hold its 105th Annual Convention & Industry Show at the Fargo Holiday Inn on January 15th - 17th...

    FARGO, ND - The North Dakota Grain Dealers Association will hold its 105th Annual Convention & Industry Show at the Fargo Holiday Inn on January 15th - 17th.  Approximately 900 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:

    Where Are We Headed? - Market Update and Outlook, Kevin Van Trump, President-Van Trump Report

    Toss the Flip Phone: How Mobile Technology Connects Growers with Grain Elevators, Peter Schott, Myriad Mobile and John Melland, The Arthur Companies

    Liens and Other Legal Issues, Mike Gust, Attorney - Anderson, Bottrell, Sanden & Thompson Law Firm, Fargo

    Major Changes to Regulations Affecting Grain Warehouses, Randy Christmann, PSC Chairman, Bismarck and Konrad Crockford, PSC Director of Compliance, Bismarck

    The Association is governed by a 9-man Board of elevator managers and merchandisers from around the state.


    FARGO, ND - The North Dakota Corn Growers Association will be hosting four meetings around the state on January 18th and 19th to hear input and suggestions from farmers on the 2018 Farm Bill. Representatives from each of the three Congressional offices will be in attendance to discuss current issues affecting farmers and the 2018 Farm Bill.

    The four meetings will be held as follows:

Fargo: January 18 at 8 AM
Cambria Hotel and Suites, Ballroom C
825 East Beaton Drive, West Fargo, ND

Grand Forks: January 18 at 1 PM
Hilton Garden Inn
4301 James Ray Drive, Grand Forks, ND

Devils Lake: January 19 at 8 AM
Fireside Inn & Suites, Sunset Room
215 Highway 2 E., Devils Lake, ND

Jamestown: January 19 at 1 PM
Fairfield Inn & Suites
930 25th St. SW, Jamestown, ND

    Tom Brusegaard-Senator Hoeven, Tyler Jameson-WDC Senator Heitkamp, and Kaitlyn Kline-Representative Cramer will be in attendance to highlight priorities of their work on the upcoming Farm Bill and field questions from the audience.

    The North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) is the farmer-led organization focusing on policy that impacts North Dakota corn producers.  The NDCGA consists of 14 growers from 7 districts along with four at-large directors. The NDCGA works with the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council to grow a healthy, profitable business climate for northern corn.


    FARGO, ND - Soybean producers interested in intensive soybean management should plan to attend one of four Getting it Right in Soybean Production meetings scheduled for Cando, Bottineau, Washburn and Napoleon.

    At the meetings, North Dakota State University Extension Service specialists and agents will discuss past soybean research conducted in North Dakota and the outlook and production issues for 2017.

    "Farming is very complex and new production information is generated annually," says Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension Service agronomist. "With tight budgets it is important for producers to gain as much knowledge as possible. These soybean educational meetings featuring research-based information can help producers with soybean production decisions for the 2017 growing season."

    The meeting dates are:

    * Tuesday Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge meeting hall in Cando

    * Wednesday Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. at the Cobblestone Inn in Bottineau

    * Thursday Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the basement of the Memorial Hall in Washburn

    * Friday Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Downtowner Banquet Room in

    Participating NDSU Extension agents: Lindy Berg, Towner County; Sara Clemens, Bottineau County; Calla Jarboe, McLean County; and Sheldon Gerhardt, Logan County, will be the hosts and provide local production and crop updates.

    Sam Markell, NDSU Extension pathologist, will provide an update in Washburn and Napoleon on the disease outlook for 2017, and field research results conducted in 2016. Two important topics covered will be an update on soybean cyst nematodes and how to manage soybean diseases.

    Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension agronomist, will provide information on variety selection and the latest information on various production issues such as the importance of good root nodulation, fertility issues and water management.

    Greg Endres, NDSU Extension area specialist - cropping systems, will discuss intensive soybean management, no till and strip till versus conventional till, planting dates, plant populations and row spacing, different soybean special inputs on the market and weed management issues.

    Janet Knodel, NDSU Extension entomologist, will discuss how to manage various insect pests, including spider mites and soybean aphids.

    The Getting it Right in Soybean Production programs and lunches are sponsored by the North Dakota Soybean Council which oversees promotion, research and marketing programs funded by soybean checkoff dollars. The programs are free and open to the public. Preregistration is not necessary.


   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)



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