Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging North Dakota farmers and ranchers to participate in the federal Census of Agriculture.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts the census every five years. Goehring says the census helps shape federal agriculture policy.
The census is being mailed this month and must be returned by February 4th. People can also fill it out online at WWW DOT AgCensus DOT USDA DOT gov.
North Dakota State University Extension has announced the Lake Region
Extension Roundup will be January eighth and ninth in Devils Lake. The Lake
Region Extension Roundup is an annual workshop covering agricultural production
and family topics.
The sessions will be at the World War Two Memorial Building, the basement
and armory room, the Ramsey County Courthouse historical room, and the meeting room.
Topics include stripe rust, engineering fields for tiling, the 2013 weather outlook,
land values, soil salinity and sodicity, and more.
No registration is needed and the sessions of the Lake Region Extension
Roundup are free. The Lake Region Extension Roundup is January eighth and ninth
in Devils Lake.
A steering committe's examining whether a slaughter plant is feasible
somewhere in Walsh or Pembina Counties.
Executive Director Julius Wangler of the Red River Regional Council in
Grafton tells KXPO/KNDK/Maverick 105 the committee's studying whether a
small-scale, multi-species processing plant would work. Feasibility is the first
step, whether plants like that make sense. Is it profitable? Location? Size?
The committee believes the plant should process locally-grown animals.
Wangler says there are only two such plants in this region. One's in
Langdon and a smaller one at Edinburg.
Wangler says the seven-member committee believes a custom-processing
plant is needed.
The committee will meet monthly. In January, it'll visit with developers of
a similar plant in Bowdon, North Dakota. Wangler says that development group
in Bowdon has gone through a similar process, raised the seed money, and is ready
to start construction next spring. The committee will meet with different experts who'll
help decide size, location, how to raise the money, and other considerations.
Wangler says determining the feasibility of this is step one.
Other questions can be asked and answered based on that.
The North Dakota Department of Human Services' Medical Services
Division is conducting an educational seminar in Grafton. It'll be Tuesday,
January eighth. It'll be from one to three-pm at the Chase Building at 516
The seminar is for current qualified service providers and anyone
interested in being a caregiver.
Qualified service providers are friends, neighbors, family members,
and others providing in-home care to older adults and disabled people so
they can continue living in their own homes and towns.
Anyone interested should preregister by contacting the direct
service workforce development coordinator, Katie Yantzer at
800-755-2604. Also, contact your local social services office if you're
A Wahalla man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual assault.
Ian Lavaty entered the not guilty plea Monday afternoon at his preliminary
hearing and arraignment in Northeast District Court in Cavalier.
Authorities allege Lavaty grabbed a juvenile female and assaulted her
in Walhalla inbetweeen June first and July 30th of this year.
Lavaty's trial is scheduled April 24th through the 26th.
His pretrial conference is April eighth.
He's free on bond.
North Dakota will soon be taking part in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Census.
Patrick Boyle is the Deputy Director of the North Dakota Field Office of the NASS. He says the agriculture census is similar to the population census in that it focuses on every aspect of agricultural production across all 50 states and U.S. territories.
The ag census is conducted every five years.
He says it will track all use of land and ownership, production practices, owner characteristics and other topics surrounding agriculture.
The information is used to help federal, state and local governments shape ag policy.
The census will be mailed out later this month and must be returned by Feb. 4. People can also fill it out online at www.agcensus.usda.gov.
North Dakota State University has awarded numerous faculty and staff
in an awards ceremony and one extension agent from this area was an award winner.
NDSU Extension Agent for Walsh County, Brad Brummond earned the
AGSCO Excellence in Extension Award.
The awards were handed out at NDSU last Thursday at the 21st annual
Agriculture and Extension Faculty/Staff Awards program.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol is continuing its presence on school
buses in this area. There will be a North Dakota Highway Patrol officer on a
school bus in the Park River School District Wednesday, December 19th.
The purpose is to raise our awareness of traffic violations that happen
around school buses. If violations occur, another Patrol officer or deputy will
be nearby to stop the violator and ticket or arrest him or her.
North Dakota law requires drivers to stop if the bus has activated its
alternating flashing red lights or stop control arm. That's a requirement if
the driver's either meeting the bus or following it from behind. The driver
must stay stopped until the red lights are deactivated or the bus driver
signals the motorist to proceed, or the bus resumes motion.
The presidential election has long been decided, but a historic tradition remains: casting the official electoral college ballots.
North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley will preside over a meeting of the state's presidential electors as they cast their official votes for the nation's president and vice president at 1 p.m. Monday. The group will gather in the Governor's Conference Room of the state Capitol in Bismarck.
North Dakota's electors are Layton Freborg of Underwood, Mary Lee of Bismarck, and David Nething of Jamestown.
North Dakota voters elected Republican Mitt Romney, but President Barack Obama won the national race handily by the electoral college tally, with 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206.
A man who served nearly a quarter century on the Ramsey County Commission and became the face of the prolonged Devils Lake flood disaster is leaving government.
But Joe Belford isn't leaving the fight to bring normalcy to a region that has suffered through two decades of water woes.
The 74-year-old Belford recently lost re-election after serving on the County Commission since 1988. But he says he'll continue working with the State Water Commission on Devils Lake issues, building on successes that have brought a sense of optimism to the basin.
They include the construction of two floodwater diversion outlets, the near-completion of about $500 million of road work, and a lessening of opposition from people downstream.