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Two North Dakota state agencies are teaming up to promote North Dakota food....

    BISMARCK, N.D. - Two North Dakota state agencies are teaming up to promote North Dakota food. State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says the program encourages schools and child-care centers to serve more food that's produced in North Dakota.

    The Department of Public Instruction and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture are backing the project. A 75-thousand dollar grant is being used to pay for special food promotions and aprons for schools and child-care facilities. The money will also provide smaller grants to local communities.

    Baesler says it's important for students to know where their food comes from, and the importance of agriculture in North Dakota's economy. She says students at schools with strong Farm to School programs eat more school-prepared meals … waste less food … and are more willing to try locally grown fruits and vegetables.

    Baesler says school meals programs are important for student learning.


    MINOT, ND - The NDSU North Central Research Extension Center is hosting their annual field tour on Wednesday, July 19 from 9:00 A.M. to noon.  This year's tour will focus on Pulse Crops and will show faba bean production, seed singulation of peas and chickpeas, and using pulse crops in inter-seeding mixes. There will also be a demonstration on drone applications in agriculture. The tour will begin with a crop pest clinic with NDSU Extension Service experts providing free weed, insect and disease diagnostic services.  All field tour events are free and open to the public and will begin at the NDSU Research Extension Center located 1 mile south of Minot on Hwy 83.  


    FARGO, ND (NDSU) - Livestock producers need to make sure they have enough water for their animals because much of North Dakota is experiencing drought, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock environmental stewardship specialist Miranda Meehan.

    "Providing adequate water to livestock is critical for animal health and production; a 10 percent loss of body water is fatal to most species of domestic livestock," she says. "Keep in mind that water requirements may double during hot weather."

    Carl Dahlen, NDSU Extension beef cattle specialist, says the amount of water livestock need depends on the conditions and type of animal.

    The general estimates of daily water intake for beef cattle when the temperature is 90F are:

    * Cows - 18 gallons for nursing calves; 15.3 gallons for bred dry cows and heifers

    * Bulls - 20 gallons

    * Growing cattle - 9.5 gallons for a 400-pound animal; 12.7 gallons for a 600-pound animal; 15 gallons for an 800-pound animal

    * Finishing cattle - 14.3 gallons for a 600-pound animal; 17.4 gallons for an 800-pound animal; 20.6 gallons for a 1,000-pound animal; 24 gallons for a 1,200-pound animal

    Estimates of daily water intake for dairy cattle at 80F are:

    * Dry cows (for maintenance and pregnancy) - 16.2 gallons for a 1,400-pound animal; 17.3 gallons for a 1,700-pound animal

    * Lactating 1,500-pound cows (for maintenance and milk production) - 28.9 gallons for 60 pounds of milk production; 32.2 gallons for 80 pounds of milk production; 35.6 gallons for 100 pounds of milk production

    * Heifers (for maintenance and pregnancy) - 6.1 gallons for a 400-pound animal; 11 gallons for an 800-pound animal; 14.5 gallons for a 1,200-pound animal

    For more information, see the NDSU publication "Livestock Water Requirements" at

    "Good-quality water can have a major impact on your cattle's intake and weight gain," Meehan says. "Canadian studies have shown the quality of water accessible to livestock is directly tied to the amount of forage they consume. Studies report improved gains by as much as 0.24 pound per day in yearlings and 0.33 pound per day in calves."

    In addition, providing good-quality water can improve herd health. Livestock whose primary water sources are ponds and dugouts have a greater risk of contracting illnesses such as giardia, leptospirosis and cyanobacterial poisoning, compared with livestock drinking from a trough.

    Dugouts should be fenced to restrict livestock's direct access to the water. The water then can be piped to a trough. This will increase the water's palatability and reduce nutrients in the water. Increased nutrients have a direct impact on the growth of certain species of blue-green algae and elevated levels of sulfates, which have the potential to be toxic.

    In many instances, the water in dugouts and dams has been reduced greatly because of the drought, increasing the risk for animal health issues related to water quality. Meehan recommends producers using dugouts and dams as their primary water source look into hauling water or installing an alternative water source.

    Hauling water is a short-term fix, but it can help get producers through this year's drought. Water developments are one of the investments that give producers the most bang for the buck, the specialists say.

    Common developments include troughs, pumps, wells and pipelines. Many cost-share opportunities are available to producers installing water developments through the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, soil conservation districts or conservation groups. In addition, the North Dakota State Water Commission has opened the Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Program, which will cover up to $3,500 of the eligible costs for water development projects.

    "When thinking about water developments, also consider the importance of maintaining an ample supply of good-quality water for cattle during the heat of the summer," Dahlen advises. "Heat stress can have major impacts on cattle productivity and also can be life-threatening. Evaluate your water supply lines and ensure you have sufficient water pressure and flow capacity to keep troughs full during times of peak water consumption."

    For more information, see the NDSU Extension publication "Dealing With Heat Stress in Beef Cattle Operations" at



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