Vendor Show – March 11

Join us on Saturday, March 11 from 10am to 3pm for a wonderful #shopping experience with local vendors. #freeadmission

#Shop with #vendors that include Wildtree, Rodan + Fields, Initials, Inc., Origami Owl, Younique, Norwex, Tastefully Simple, Amy’s Gourmet Apples, Organo Gold, LuLaRoe, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Thirty-One, Curvy Flamingo, Usborne Books, Dakota Dust Designs, Tupperware, Keep Collective, Premier Designs, LipSense, Zurvita, The Closet, Fitteam Global, and Limelight by Alcone.

#shoplocal #Saturdayshopping #vendorshow #Bismarck 

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Family Meals Can Be a Reality

Family mealtimes used to be the foundation of everyone’s day, but now about 30 to 35 percent of families eat together less than three times a week, despite research showing the benefits of family meals.


The North Dakota State University Extension Service is launching “The Family Table: Eat, Savor, Connect,” a program to provide families with tips, meal plans, recipes and conversation starters to help make family meals a reality.


“Studies have shown that families who eat together often choose more healthful foods, such as fruits and vegetables,” says Shaundra Ziemann-Bolinske, FCS Agent. “Family meals are a perfect time to teach your children about eating healthfully.”


Family meals also have a positive impact on children in school and socially, research shows.


“Children are more confident and get better grades, and they are more involved in school-based activities,” Ziemann-Bolinske says. “They also are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as smoking, drinking and taking drugs.”


In addition, eating meals together gives family members an opportunity to communicate and develop lifelong relationships, and reduce stress. Eating meals together at home also can save money.


“The Family Table: Eat, Savor, Connect” website ( will provide information on monthly topics, such as meal planning, making mealtime fun, cooking basics, buying nutritious food on a limited budget, getting kids involved in meal preparation and family fitness. The site also will have links to local related events.


You’ll be able to sign up for an electronic newsletter with recipes and tips, and follow the program on Facebook as we share the posts at or for more tips, meal plans and ideas for getting conversations going during family meals.


“Finding time for family meals can be a challenge because of everyone’s busy schedule, so be creative,” Ziemann-Bolinske says. “Family meals can be at any time or place.”


Visit to learn more about The Family Table.


For more information, contact Shaundra Ziemann-Bolinske, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at 701 221-6865 or    


NDSU Offers Updated Crop Compare Program

untitled%20drawing%201The program provides a tool for producers to check the changing scenarios until final planting decisions are made this spring.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service has updated the Crop Compare program, which is a spreadsheet designed to compare cropping alternatives. The most favorable crop budgets were in the western part of the state.

Each region in North Dakota has at least a few crops that project a profit in 2017, says Andy Swenson, North Dakota State University Extension Service farm management specialist.

However, because of agronomic and risk factors, enough profitable crop options may not be available to provide a sustainable crop rotation in many regions of the state.

Crop Compare provides a tool for producers to check the changing scenarios until final planting decisions are made this spring.

The program uses the direct costs and yields from the 2017 projected crop budgets for nine regions of North Dakota, but producers are encouraged to enter the expected yields and input costs for their individual farm.

The user designates a reference crop and enters its expected market price. Depending on the region, a broad selection of nine to 18 crops are compared. The program provides the prices for competing crops that would be necessary to provide the same return over variable costs as the reference crop.

“Producers can compare these break-even prices to expected market prices to see which crop is most likely to compete with the reference crop,” says Andy Swenson, NDSU Extension farm management specialist. “Grain prices can move quickly. The program provides a tool for producers to check the changing scenarios until final planting decisions are made this spring.”

It should be noted that an underlying assumption is that fixed costs, such as machinery ownership, land and the owner’s labor and management, do not vary among crop choices and therefore do not need to be included in the analysis.

“In practice, there may be differences in fixed costs that should be considered,” says Swenson.

“For example, there may be additional labor, management and risk associated with a competing crop. If all the labor and management is provided by the owner-operator, it would be considered a fixed cost and could be excluded. However, the producer should add some cost if he or she would only want to produce the crop when an adequate reward would be received for the extra time and management required relative to the reference crop.”


State Board of Agricultural Research and Education Requesting Applications

sbareNorth Dakota’s State Board of Agricultural Research and Education (SBARE) is requesting applications for membership on the board for a position representing the 10-county area of Sheridan, Wells, Eddy, Foster, Stutsman, Kidder, Burleigh, Emmons, Logan and McIntosh counties.

In 1997, the State Board of Agricultural Research was established to be responsible for budgeting and policymaking for the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1999, the law was expanded to include responsibility for the NDSU Extension Service. The name also was changed to the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education.

A major part of SBARE’s work is to gather proposals for research and Extension and prioritize the list. The prioritized list then is given to legislators for review.

Qualifications to serve as a board member include:
* Participation in and knowledge of the agricultural industries in North Dakota
* Knowledge of and involvement in a variety of research and Extension programs in the local area
* Local leadership experience
* Willingness to serve on SBARE, which includes board meetings, subcommittee assignments,
preparation for board meetings and some involvement with decision makers
* Willingness to communicate with other groups on how SBARE functions

The four-year term begins July 1. An application form is available at the Extension Service office in Burleigh County (3715 E. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck) and is due Feb. 17, 2017. Brian Leier, Linton, serves on the board in this position and is eligible to be re-appointed.

For more information, contact Ron Wiederholt at 701-231-7171 or More information about SBARE is available at

A committee will interview the candidates before sending its recommendation to the State Board of Higher Education for final approval.
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Popular Mid-winter Event to Focus on Cattle

2017-posterAfter focusing successfully on crop production for the past two years, the 2017 edition of “Farming and Ranching for the Bottom Line” will put more attention on beef cattle topics. The unique event, scheduled for February 28 at Bismarck State College, is a joint effort of the Area 4 Soil Conservation Districts, USDA’s ARS and NRCS, NDSU’s Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station, and BSC.

Researchers and specialists from those agencies will discuss Calving Date Decision Making and Alternative Livestock Systems, Water Quality Management, Cross Fencing for Aftermath and Cover Crop Grazing, the Weather Outlook, and Perennials in an Annual Cropping System. A panel of producer innovators will then talk about their “real world” experiences in implementing the management strategies the speakers had discussed.

New this year will be a keynote presentation, “Taking Advantage of these Challenging Times” from Taylor Brown of the Northern Ag Network in Billings, Montana. Brown is a nationally recognized broadcaster and agricultural advocate.

There is no charge to attend; and lunch will be served. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. on February 28th, in the BSC National Energy Center for Excellence. The program will start at 10:00 a.m. Producers are asked to register online at  If you are unable to register online, call the Morton County Extension Service office at 701-667-3340.
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2017 Field to Fork Webinars Begin on February 22,

d090f4eb-7721-4326-8c0f-9d7c12c5cbb4Free webinars will be held every Wednesday from Feb. 22 to April 26.

Vegetables that grow well in North Dakota, food safety and wine making are among the topics for this year’s Field to Fork webinars.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service launched the Field to Fork campaign in 2016 to increase people’s knowledge of growing, transporting, processing and preserving fruits and vegetables safely.

The Field to Fork campaign will continue in 2017 with the first of 10 Wednesday Weekly Webinars set for Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. Central time. All webinars will be held from 2 to 3 p.m.

The webinars are free of charge. This project is made possible through funding from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

Webinar topics and dates are:
* Food Safety: From Field to Fork – Feb. 22
* Recommended Vegetable Varieties for North Dakota – March 1
* What Regulations Apply When Preparing Food for the Public? – March 8
* U.S. Food Law: Aligning the Pieces of the Regulatory Puzzle – March 15
* Introduction to Home Wine Making – March 22
* Herbs: From Growing to Packing – March 29
* Will the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Guidelines Affect Your Business?
– April 5
* Update on Spotted Wing Drosophila (Fruit Fly) in North Dakota – April 12
* How to Can Low- and High-acid Foods – April 19
* Introducing Youth to Gardening – April 26

The webinars will be held on Blackboard Collaborate. A link to register for the webinars can be found on the Field to Fork website ( Archived webinars from 2016 also can be viewed on the website.

Presenters will be NDSU personnel and special guests.

For more information, visit NDSU Extension’s Field to Fork website: or contact Shaundra Ziemann-Bolinske, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at 701 221-6865 or 
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2017 Ag Forum in McIntosh County

2017 ag forum poster.jpgIf you are in the Wishek area on February 21, Join us for an informative and educational experience that will highlight the cooperative relationship between #crop farming and livestock #ranching. #freelunch sponsored by BEK Communications, workshop is followed by a Private Applicator training with Crystal Schaunaman from NDSU McIntosh County Extension! Call 701-288-5180 to register today.

#farming #pesticide #extensioneducation

Cattle and Cold Weather

cb12_winter-storm_0002Winter in the Northern Great Plains is inevitable.  It will be cold and it will snow.  The question is how much and for how long. A 2-3 day blizzard started on December 5, 2016 followed by subzero temperatures the following week.  Another blizzard hit on December 26, 2016.  Snow falls are hard to measure with 30-60 mile per hour winds.

While humans are able to cope with this winter’s pattern of relatively warm temperatures followed by extremely cold temperatures in the northern Plains, cattle are not so lucky according to North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist Carl Dahlen.

With temperatures this winter easily reaching below minus 30 at some point, livestock producers need to make some adjustments to their management schemes to protect their cattle.

“To deal with the increased energy demands, we can simply increase the amount of feed delivered to the herd,” Dahlen says. “However, if cows are being maintained on relatively poor-quality feeds or temperatures get too extreme, altering the amount of feed will not meet the increased requirements for the cattle. Feeds of higher nutrient quality (more energy dense) must be included to achieve the needed level of nutrition during cold spells.”

Another strategy for dealing with the cold weather is to feed cattle at night. The heat from digestion peaks a few hours after a meal, so offering meals in the evening can help cattle cope with the cold nighttime temperatures.

Keeping cattle protected from the elements also is important. Cattle usually can deal with cold alone, but the combination of cold, wind and moisture can be deadly.

“Take steps to ensure cattle are out of the wind,” Dahlen advises. “If natural windbreaks (trees, draws, etc.) are available, take advantage of them for choosing wintering sites. If no natural windbreaks exist, producers will need to take steps to make permanent or portable windbreaks to protect cattle from the wind. Portable panels are good options for producers maintaining cattle in relatively open country.”

Once the wind is blocked, producers need to take active steps to combat moisture. A bit of snow on the backs of cattle usually is OK, but if precipitation has the animals wet all the way to the skin, the critical temperature in most cattle is lower.

And in cases where cattle are wet, bedding is a must,” Dahlen says. “The purpose of bedding is to help keep cattle dry.”

Placing cattle in barns may help but keep in mind the hot, humid air quality in a barn may lead to pneumonia which can be far worse for animal health than standing outside in a blizzard.

Although most healthy cattle can handle these uncomfortable storms sometimes they can’t survive. The old, weak, and young are particularly susceptible to stress in bad weather.  Death losses due to weather related disasters can have a huge financial impact on cattle producers.

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill ‘to provide benefits to livestock producers for death losses in excess of normal mortality caused by eligible adverse weather, eligible disease and eligible attacks’.

LIP payments are based on 75% of market value as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture for the year of the loss.

For cattle, a Notice of Loss (form CCC-852) must be filed with the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office within 30 days of when the loss was apparent. The Application for Payment must be filed within 90 days after the end of the calendar year in which the eligible loss condition occurred.

Losses that are payable are only in excess of Normal Mortality.  Since you don’t know when disaster may strike, it is prudent to take a picture of all dead livestock as proof of loss.  This includes all cattle that die throughout the year regardless of the reason.

Normal Mortality is different for various groups of cattle.  For North Dakota, normal mortality is:

Age Class Normal ND Mortality (%)
Adult Cows 1.6
Adult Bulls 2.0
Calves (<400#) 4.6
Calves (400-799#) 1.5
Calves (>800#) 1.0

For more information about the Livestock Indemnity program, go to the 2016 fact sheet

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