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The 65th annual North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association (NDCISA) conference will be held at the Ramada hotel in Bismarck on Feb. 1-2....

    BISMARCK, ND - The 65th annual North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association (NDCISA) conference will be held at the Ramada hotel in Bismarck on Feb. 1-2.

    The conference begins on Feb. 1 with a seed allocation meeting at 8 a.m.
followed by the NDCISA board of directors meeting at 9:30. On Feb. 2, there will be committee meetings, a business meeting, guest speakers and a luncheon.
    Speakers include Neal Foster from the South Dakota Crop Improvement Association and Thomas A. Weber from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Analytical Chemistry Branch.

    The conference is free and open to the public. However, registration is
required. For more information or to register, contact Toni Muffenbier, NDCISA
office manager, at 701-231-8067 or email


    FARGO, N.D. - Milk production in North Dakota during October-December 2016 quarter totaled 87.0 million pounds, up 4.8 percent from the October-December quarter last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The average number of milk cows was 16,000 head.

    FARGO, ND - At its recent 105th annual convention, Gary Urlacher, Operations Manager at United Quality Cooperative in Parshall was elected President of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association.  Jeff Kittell, Grain Merchandiser at Border Ag & Energy, Russell, ND was elected First Vice President.  Mark Hovland, General Manager at Fessenden Cooperative Association, Fessenden, ND was elected Second Vice President.

    Newly elected to the nine-man Board is Alex Richard, Grain Manager at Maple River Grain & Agronomy, LLC at Casselton, ND.  David Ramsey, Manager at Edinburg Farmers Elevator Company at Edinburg, ND was re-elected
Program topics at the convention included

    Where Are We Headed? - Market Update and Outlook

    Toss the Flip Phone: How Mobile Technology Connects Growers with Grain Elevators

    Liens and Other Legal Issues

    Major Changes to Regulations Affecting Grain Warehouses

    The convention included a trade show of 82 firms that provide products and services to the grain elevator industry.  Registration for the meeting was over 800 people.  The next convention will be held in Fargo, ND on January 14-16, 2018.

    The 105 year-old association offers safety inspection and employee training to its members.  It operates a self-funded health insurance trust for about 1000 grain elevator employees plus 1500 dependents.  Its Educational Foundation has provided scholarships and grants to agriculture-related curriculums at ND colleges and universities for 36 years.  The association publishes an annual directory, a monthly magazine and other communications as needed.  For decades it has operated an insurance agency writing primarily warehouse bonds on ND grain elevators.

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



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