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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Soybean Council is hosting a trade team from China, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.  The international trade team is slated to be in the state on Monday and Tuesday.
     The guests are slated to tour a grain elevator in Colfax, a farm in Hillsboro, the commodity trade room at North Dakota State University and the Northern Crops Institute.  The council says the goal is to promote soybeans grown in North Dakota.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Northern Crops Institute in Fargo is holding an open house this week to celebrate the completion of an equipment upgrade at its Feed Production Center.  NCI Director Mark Weber says more than three-fourths of the $800,000 cost was paid by commodity groups and private industry. The North Dakota Legislature last year also approved money.
     The institute is funded by the states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, along with commodity groups in those states and Montana. It conducts educational and technical programs to support the region's agriculture and value-added processing industries by maintaining and expanding markets for northern-grown crops.
     The open house is Wednesday afternoon at the institute's main facility on the North Dakota State University campus and its separate feed center.


    FARGO, ND - The North Dakota Grain Dealers Educational Foundation is taking applications for financial aid for the 2014-2015 school term.  Eight awards of $750 per person are anticipated. Students must be enrolled in one of the following curriculums:

BISMARCK State College:
Agriculture Industry & Technology
Agriculture Transfer

BOTTINEAU - Dakota College at Bottineau:
Agriculture Transfer

DICKINSON State University:
Agricultural Studies
  Specialization:  Business/Marketing, International Agri-Business or Soil Science
Agriculture Sales and Service
  Specialization:  Agriculture Business Management or Technology in Agriculture
Agriculture Transfer

FARGO - NDSU College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources
    Specialization:  Management, Agribusiness Marketing or Agribusiness Financing
  Agricultural Economics
  Agricultural Systems Management
    Specialization:  Applied Business
Crop & Weed Sciences - Specialization:  Agronomy, Biotechnology or Weed Science
Food Science
Soil Science

WAHPETON North Dakota State College of Science:
Crop Production Sales and Technology
Agriculture Transfer
WILLISTON State College:
  Agriculture Sales and Marketing Technology
  Agricultural Technology
  Agriculture Transfer
  Agronomy Technician
  Crop & Weed Sciences

    The Foundation was incorporated in 1981 by the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association.  Approximately $190,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded by the Foundation.  Major emphasis is on the students interested in careers in the grain marketing industry.

    Scholarship application deadline is September 30, 2014.  Applications can be downloaded at and click on Education Foundation or requested by writing the Foundation office at 1325 23rd Street South, Suite A, Fargo, ND 58103 or by calling 701-235-4184.  


    FARGO, ND - 300.  Just a number? Not in this case.  By the end of the year, Farm Rescue will have assisted more than 300 farm families in crisis. Each of these families has experienced an illness, injury or natural disaster that prevented them from planting, haying or harvesting their crop in a timely manner. Farm Rescue stepped in and helped these families when they needed it most.
    No, in this case, 300 is much more than a number - 300 families in the upper Midwest are able to continue supporting their communities and feeding America. These families are friends, neighbors, and customers. They are the rural community.
    This year, Farm Rescue gears up for their eighth harvest season. The non-profit organization is supported primarily by business sponsors, personal donations and grants from foundations. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust is currently matching new donations to Farm Rescue 2-for-1. RDO Equipment Company sponsors field equipment. Farm Rescue is on schedule to help more than 50 families this year.   Families. Not numbers.

     (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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