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A nonprofit organization aimed at moving North Dakota's livestock industry forward has hired a leader....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A nonprofit organization aimed at moving North Dakota's livestock industry forward has hired a leader. Amber Boeshans has been named executive director of the North Dakota Livestock Alliance. Boeshans previously worked with the state Agriculture Department and has experience as a herd manager and dairy insurance specialist. The alliance that formed earlier this year includes groups representing the pork, dairy, corn, soybean and ethanol industries, with the support of the Agriculture Department and North Dakota State University.


    BISMARCK, ND - More than 43,500 students from 211 North Dakota schools dined on food products from their own state Thursday during the 16th Annual Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day.

    Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Tom Bodine ate with students at Jeanette Myhre Elementary School in Bismarck, and discuss with them the importance of agriculture to North Dakota in their own lives.

    "Highlighting North Dakota food products grown by our farmers and ranchers and processed by local businesses helps students learn how their food is raised and produced," Bodine said. "School lunch programs can also help local economies and the state's economy by buying these locally produced and processed foods. A wide range of North Dakota food products are now available for school lunch programs in addition to the high quality raw commodities produced in the state."

    The Pride of Dakota program fosters the development and growth of small businesses across the state. Many members create value-added ag products using North Dakota commodities. Pride of Dakota member companies can participate in cooperative promotion and marketing events; receive representation at local, state, regional, national, and international trade shows and take part in educational opportunities. More than 500 companies are Pride of Dakota members. Authorized by the Legislature, the program is administered by NDDA.


     ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (AP) - Land O'Lakes has opened a $40 million research and testing center in River Falls, Wisconsin. The Arden Hills, MN-based cooperative says it built the new innovation center to speed up the time it takes for products to be developed, which is typically one to five years.
     The center has a pair of special wind tunnels and other advanced systems to help bring products to market more quickly. The wind tunnels and other state-of-the-art technology will test different products that farmers apply by spray, ranging from seed treatments and plant nutrition products to herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.
     The center will be run by WinField United, Land O' Lakes' products and consulting division. The Star Tribune says the 55,000-square-foot center will employ about 45 people and replaces a smaller center in River Falls, MN.


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


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