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As the spring season approaches, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is reminding anhydrous ammonia users to file the proper documentation...

    BISMARCK, N.D. (NDDA) - As the spring season approaches, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is reminding anhydrous ammonia users to file the proper documentation before transferring the fertilizer from a tanker to a nurse tank in the field.

    "Transferring anhydrous ammonia from a tanker to a nurse tank is allowed out in the field," Goehring said. "Users just need to provide written notification to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, their county commissioners and county emergency manager."

    Goehring said there is no fee required for the notification, just a legal description of where the planned transfer will take place and personal contact information. Written notification should be made prior to March 1 for the spring season and prior to Sept. 1 for the fall season.

    Goehring said the notification is required to make information readily available to emergency responders in case of an accident and to ensure that persons transporting and transferring the anhydrous ammonia are properly trained.

    Users with questions about downloading anhydrous ammonia should contact Eric Delzer at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture at 701-328-1508 or 800-242-7535.

    The notification of intent to download anhydrous ammonia form for the Department of Agriculture can be found at


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Agriculture Department is accepting applications for grants to help promote specialty crops.
     The state last year got $2.5 million from the federal government for the grants. This year's allocation won't be known until next month, but Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the application window has still been opened.
     The federal government defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops.
     Specialty crops grown commercially in North Dakota include dry beans and peas, lentils, potatoes, confection sunflowers, grapes, honey and various vegetables.
     The deadline to apply for a grant is April 20. The grants will be awarded later this year.


    FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota's number of farms and ranches declined during 2016, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The number of farms and ranches in the State, at 29,800, was down 200 farms from 2015. Numbers of farms and ranches in North Dakota with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales increased 1,000 farms from a year earlier, while operations with more than $100,000 were down 1,200 farms from 2015.

    Land in farms and ranches in North Dakota totaled 39.1 million acres, down 100,000 acres from 2015. The average size of operation, at 1,312 acres, was up 5 acres from a year earlier.


    FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota growers, dealers, and processors held 11.4 million hundredweight (cwt) of potatoes in storage on February 1, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Current stocks represent 55 percent of the 2016 production. Total stocks are defined as all potatoes on hand, regardless of use, including those that will be lost through future shrinkage and dumping.

    Comparing stocks by type, Russets accounted for 61 percent of the total, down from 52 percent in 2016. Round whites were 18 percent of the total, down from 22 percent in 2016. Long whites were 6 percent, up from 5 percent in 2016. Reds, at 13 percent of total stocks, were down from 20 percent in 2016. Yellows, at 2 percent, were up from 1 percent in 2016.


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A House committee has approved a bill that would allow the cultivation of industrial hemp in South Dakota. The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 9-2 to approve the plan Thursday. Supporter Rep. Elizabeth May, a Republican, says hemp would be a useful product for South Dakota's agriculture industry.  
     The bill would allow people to apply to the state Department of Agriculture for a license to grow industrial hemp if they pass background checks.
     The 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to develop hemp pilot projects. North Dakota has an industrial hemp program. Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard said last year that he's against industrial hemp, and said he doubts its cultivation would amount to much economic activity.
     An industrial hemp proposal failed last session after it passed through the House.


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

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