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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 09/14/17

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging North Dakota cattle producers to enroll their herds in the North Dakota Verified Livestock program....

    BISMARCK, ND - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging North Dakota cattle producers to enroll their herds in the North Dakota Verified Livestock program.

    "It's getting close to shipping time, when some producers will be applying RFID tags to their animals," Goehring said. "There is still time for producers to enroll in the program and be able to market this year's calf crop as age/source verified."

    Authorized by the North Dakota Legislature, the North Dakota Verified Livestock program enables livestock producers and feeding operations to verify the age and source of their animals. The information is required by a number of beef importing countries, such as South Korea, Japan and the recently opened Chinese market.

    "Signing up for the program is easy and completely voluntary," Goehring said.

    Interested producers should contact Jason Wirtz, North Dakota Department of Agriculture livestock development specialist, at (701) 220-1628 or jwirtznd.gov for more information or to sign up for the program.

    More than 60,000 head have been enrolled in North Dakota Verified Livestock, which is operated by Nebraska-based Samson LLC under contract with NDDA.

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    FARGO, N.D. -  Final production for the 2016 potato crop totaled 21.6 million hundredweight, down 22 percent from 2015, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

    Planted acres for 2016 totaled 80,000, down 2 percent from 2015.

    Harvested area, at 72,000 acres, is down 10 percent from the previous year.

    Yield for all potatoes averaged 300 cwt in 2016, 45 cwt per acre lower than the 2015 record high yield.

    The value of potatoes sold from the 2016 crop totaled $199 million, down 14 percent from 2015.

    The marketing year average price tied the record high at $10.30 per cwt, up from $9.25 for the 2015 crop.

    Potatoes sold from the 2016 crop totaled 19.3 million cwt, down 22 percent from 2015.

    Sales accounted for 89 percent of production, down 1 percent from the 2015 crop.

 

 

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

 

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