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The North Dakota Department of Agriculture and three pilot producers in the department's industrial hemp pilot program will co-host industrial hemp field days in August....

    BISMARCK, ND - The North Dakota Department of Agriculture and three pilot producers in the department's industrial hemp pilot program will co-host industrial hemp field days in August.

    "The pilot program allows producers to grow industrial hemp for the purposes of agricultural or academic research," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "The program's primary goal is to increase our knowledge of how industrial hemp fits into the existing agriculture landscape and economy."

    Attendees will have a chance to look at the fields, learn more about the production of industrial hemp and ask questions.

     The field days are scheduled as follows:

     Wednesday, August 2 from 9-11 a.m. at the Gary Warner Farm, 10579 Old Hwy. 81, Pembina - Directions: Meet at the Warner Farms shop. To get there take exit 212 off of I-29. Take a right and the Warner Farms shop is just right off the exit. The group will caravan to the industrial hemp field which is approximately 4 miles away.

     Thursday, August 3 from 9-11 a.m. at the David Lommen Farm, 3137 51st Ave. NE, Maddock.

     Friday, August 4 from 9-11 a.m. at the Clarence Laub Farm, 6950 76th St. SW, Elgin.

     Speakers in attendance will include:

     Wednesday, August 2 - Ken Anderson, Legacy Hemp, provider of x-59 hemp variety

     Thursday, August 3 and Friday, August 4 - Jeff Kostuik, Director of Operations for central Canada, U.S. and international with Hemp Genetics International

    Industrial hemp can be used for oil, fiber, textiles, recycling, automotive, furniture, food, paper, construction materials and personal care.

    Warner is conducting research on market development. Lommen is researching direct seeding into stubble, using hemp as a transition tool to organic and pollinator research. Laub is researching crop rotation, how hemp does on different soil types, field techniques and marketing of food grade products.


    BISMARCK, ND - The North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom Council are seeking proposals for developing and conducting educational programs and materials to help young people understand the importance of agriculture in North Dakota and in their own lives.

    "Agriculture in the Classroom programs help young people learn where their food comes from and how to make better food choices for themselves," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "The program provides teachers with curricula and class lesson development materials, training seminars, a magazine, website and other tools to make agriculture part of the school day. The materials provided support science, math and biology studies."

    Goehring said about $100,000 will be available for the programs in this biennium.

    Information on grant opportunities and on preparing and submitting proposals is available at or by contacting Ashley Stegeman at 701-328-4759 or

      Proposals must be received by 4 pm CDT on August 18, 2017.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Crop scouts are touring North Dakota this week to get a better idea of just how the drought will affect wheat supplies. North Dakota is a top producer of wheat. Farmers, seed company representatives, wheat millers and others are surveying fields to determine how much of the crop will be available.
     The U.S. Department of Agriculture's in-field survey for July pegs the national average for spring wheat yields at 40.3 bushels per acre compared to about 47 bushels per acre last year. The Bismarck Tribune says the estimated averages in North Dakota are down from 46 bushels to 38 bushels per acre, likely helped by fields in the northeast corner of the state that haven't been affected by the drought.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's state education and agriculture departments are teaming up to encourage schools and child care centers to serve more food that's produced in the state. The Department of Public Instruction is using a $75,000 federal grant to promote locally produced food. It will fund promotions, technical assistance and school activities.
     State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring say farm-to-school programs help improve students' eating habits while also giving a boost to farmers and food processors in the state.



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


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