Ethanol production in North Dakota generates significant income for retail agricultural service and supply dealers, roughly $700 million a year, according to a study recently released by the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies at North Dakota State University. The study, commissioned by North Dakota Farmers Union directly links 10 percent of all agricultural retail sales to ethanol production. NDFU President Mark Watne says Growing corn for ethanol production is not only an important value-added market for farmers, it is a lucrative product for fuel suppliers to retail, he says thirteen cents of every sales dollar last year was directly related to ethanol production. According to the study, ethanol production in the U.S. was about 1.6 billion gallons in 2000. A decade later, America produced 12.7 billion gallons of ethanol, consuming nearly 37 percent of the U.S. corn crop. That increased demand raised corn prices from $2 per bushel on average in 2005 to almost $7 in 2012.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at a predetermined location in Pembina County on Saturday from approximately 7-9 p.m. The Highway Patrol says Impaired driving is a threat to public safety throughout North Dakota as well as Pembina County. As of July 29, 60 people have died on North Dakota Roads, with 30 percent being alcohol-related. The northeast area of the state has had seven fatal crashes this year with one alcohol-related death.
The Edinburg Fire Department held its fifth annual Rib Cook-Off this past Saturday at the Edinburg City Park. The event was very well attended. A total of 14 teams entered into the competition. The top prize of $300 went to "Grilling Gullicksons" out of Hoople. Second place honors and $200 went to "G-Baby Ribs" out of Edinburg. Another team from Edinburg, "Smokin' Dewey's Ribs" came in at third place and took home $100 in prize money. Judges scored the entries on a scale of one to ten for aroma, appearance, texture, taste and overall.
BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed their fifth weekly status updates on the backlog in grain shipments. The figures from BNSF show a total of 3,359 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 23.6 days late as of July 25, compared to the report last week which indicated 3,908 past due cars were averaging 26.6 days late. The CP report shows a total of 22,811 open requests in North Dakota with an average age of 11.15 weeks. The previous report showed 23,761 open requests with an average age of 10.72 weeks.
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for eight projects totaling $284,673.50 at its quarterly meeting in Medora on Tuesday. The Red River Regional Council was awarded $28,361 to conduct a feasibility study that will calculate a cost benefit analysis of the Power Plant at the Life Skills and Transition Center in Grafton. Ongoing development of the plant would provide electricity and thermal output to power, heat, and enhance plant growth for a proposed five acre commercial greenhouse in the city. The vegetation would be grown hydroponically with the types of crops being determined by the results of the study. The greenhouse is expected to produce more than twenty jobs for the community. Grafton's Economic Development Committee and the Walsh County Job Development Authority will each be providing $4,431 towards the cost of the study. The money they pledged was contingent upon the Decision by APUC. APUC is a committee of the North Dakota Department of Commerce that administers grant programs for researching and developing new and expanded uses for North Dakota agricultural products.
The 2014 North Dakota State Fair 4-H Poultry Show was held Sunday, July 20. The show had 137 entries. Wayne Fischer, from Arlington, S.D., evaluated the poultry classes and judged the youth in showmanship. From this area Sabrina Dunlop of Rolla was the champion in the Trio Chicken class. The State 4-H Communication Arts Contest was also held at the Fair for the first time this year. Eighty-two 4-H members participated in the event held Sunday after they had competed on a regional level in June. Youth receiving an award of excellence by category were:
* Commercial: Preteen - Alyssa Kemp, Cavalier; Kaylee Kemp, Cavalier
* Presentation Software: Teen - Ryan Janish, Fingal; Preteen - Alyssa Kemp, Cavalier
* Video Production: Teen - Wesley Kemp, Cavalier
* Crystal Myrum, Petersburg, Teen Interpretive Reading, Humorous, Team
* Kaitlyn Myrum, Petersburg, Teen Interpretive Reading, Humorous, Team
* Alyssa Kemp, Cavalier, Preteen Commercial, Preteen Presentation Software
* Kaylee Kemp, Cavalier, Preteen Commercial
* Wesley Kemp, Cavalier, Teen Video Production
* Anne Brien, Rolla, Teen Short Take
Static exhibits were awarded champion and reserve champion honors. The 7,301 exhibits included food, photography, technology and welding projects.
Exhibitors from 48 counties participated in the event. The exhibits will remain on display until the end of the fair July 26. The winners are listed by hometown and placing.
* Lexi Bata, Langdon, champion, Muffins
* Raquel Bata, Langdon, champion, Photography; reserve champion, Clothing and Textiles
* Javan Krahn, Langdon, reserve champion, Money Management; reserve champion, Child Development
* Tasha Krahn, Langdon, reserve champion, Leadership
* Jiry Rosencrans, Edmore, reserve champion, Money Management
Improvements to the Chase Building were discussed at the Walsh County Commission meeting yesterday morning. Social Service Director Twila Novak told commissioners that the building hasn't needed much maintenance in the 13 years that County Social Services have been located there. She said however there are some areas that need attention at this point. Novak said the front office is in need of paint and that the carpeting in the break room is badly worn and should be replaced with a more durable hard surface. She said she came to the commissioners for clarification as to whose responsibility it was to pay for such improvements. Novak said the lease agreement didn't adequately address the issue. Commissioner Luther Meberg said the improvements could possibly be figured into next year’s budget. He said as a general rule, the county doesn't have a maintenance budget. Instead Meberg explained, the County has an election budget. He said with elections only being held every other year, money from that fund can be used for maintenance on the odd years. Meberg said he'd like to study the lease agreement more and later discuss the possibility of an increase on rent to cover some of the costs. He asked Novak to find out how the Social Services Rent payments are being reimbursed before moving any further. Highway Superintendent Sharon Lipsh who was also in attendance for the discussion, reminded the commissioners of the upcoming tuckpointing project on the schedule for next year. The work will be done to seal the buildings windows as well as cracks to the brickwork. Lipsh believed the project was estimated to cost around $65,000. But with an election budget of under $40,000; commissioners noted more discussion would be needed to fit the interior improvements into the budget.
Later Highway Superintendent Lipsh told the commissioners that the Park River School has asked the County to help pay for some of the chip seal project being done on the road South of the School. Lipsh told commissioners she didn't have a problem with the request since county workers use the road to get to their shop. Commissioners unanimously approved to grant the request for just over $2,775.
Barlow is the leading spring wheat variety in North Dakota for the third straight year. It accounts for 15.7 percent of the 5.90 million acres of spring wheat planted in 2014. Prosper ranks second with 11.7 percent of the spring wheat acreage. The top five varieties account for 54.8 percent of the spring wheat planted in 2014. North Dakota continues to rank first in spring wheat planted acreage in the United States, with 46.4 percent of the nation’s estimated 12.7 million acres planted.
Divide is the leading Durum wheat variety for the sixth consecutive year. Divide accounts for 37.0 percent of the 870,000 acres planted compared with 33.4 in 2013 and 30.4 percent in 2012. Alkabo and Mountrail rank second and third, respectively, with 16.2 and 12.9 percent of the Durum wheat acres planted. Tioga ranks fourth in Durum wheat acreage with 9.7 percent, and Lebsock ranks fifth with 7.5 percent. These top five varieties account for 83.3 percent of the Durum wheat acreage in North Dakota. Once again, North Dakota ranks first in Durum wheat planted acreage in the United States with 59.2 percent of the nation’s estimated 1.47 million acres planted.
Jerry accounts for 25.5 percent of the 2014 winter wheat planted acreage in North Dakota, marking the eleventh consecutive year as the most popular winter wheat variety. Decade and WB Matlock rank second and third, respectively, with 17.5 and 6.9 percent of the winter wheat acres planted. Overland ranks fourth with 6.2 percent of the winter wheat acreage planted in North Dakota. These top four varieties account for 56.1 percent of the 800,000 acres planted in North Dakota for 2014. The data in this report are based on a survey of wheat producers conducted during June by the North Dakota Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The Pembina County Water Resource District will receive $294,000 for improvements to the Renwick Dam on the Tongue River in northeastern North Dakota. Through the Natural Resources Conservation Service, $262 million will be dispersed throughout the country to rehabilitate dams which provide flood management, water supply, and recreational opportunities. Congressmen Kevin Cramer says this type of infrastructure provides a wide variety of benefits from protecting homes and businesses during flood events to increasing agricultural productivity and recreational opportunities. He says given that the dams were built between 40 and 70 years ago and considering the benefits, Congress decided to make this increased investment. Additionally, nine other dams throughout North Dakota, and nearly five-hundred throughout the U.S., will receive $20,000 each for safety assessments.
Grafton Parks and Recreation will be hosting an Adventure Camp in Lestikow Park later this month. The camp is set to run from 1-5:00 p.m on Thursday July 31st and will give kids a chance to participate in four different stations throughout the day. Stations inclued archery, air rifle, air pistol and fishing. NDSU Extension, 4-H and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department are helping to bring the camp to Grafton. Recreation Manager Natalie Altendorf says this is the first time Grafton's hosted the event. She says participants will spend an hour at each of the four stations. The camp has room for 32 kids. Anyone age 9-16 is welcome to sign up, but Altendorf says spots are filling up quickly. Those interested can sign up at the Grafton Parks and Rec office.