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Farm in Brief 12/19/09

NDGGA Elects new officials

The North Dakota Grain Growers Association recently announced the election of positions within the agency.

Locally, Jay Elkin of Taylor was elected second vice president.

Each of these individuals will provide a source of leadership and NDGGA said it looks forward to what the next year has to offer.

Weather observer sought in Mott

The National Weather Service in Bismarck is asking for a weather observer in Mott. The NWS manages a Cooperative Weather Program that receives daily weather reports from around the state. Currently the locations the NWS needs observers are in or near Mott. If interested, contact Len Peterson at the NWS in Bismarck, 701-250-4495 or e-mail at leonard.

Annie's Project to be held in area

The 2010 Session of Annie's Project, a program developed to empower farm and ranch women to be better business partners, will kick off the third week in January in Mott, Beach and Killdeer.

Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings in Beach and Mott and on Monday evenings in Killdeer.

Classes will be held at the schools in Mott, Beach and Killdeer and will begin at 5 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. A meal will be served before sessions at each of the sites.

Registration is limited at all sites so people are encouraged to register early.

Registration for the course is $100 and includes software, books, meals and materials. For more details and registration information, go the following Web site: or contact the NDSU Extension Service office in Mott at 701- 824-2095, in Beach at 701-872-4332 or Killdeer at 701-764-5593.

Registrations must be postmarked by Jan. 6.

NDSU feedlot school set for Jan. 26-27

North Dakota State University's Carrington Research Extension Center will hold its annual North Dakota Feedlot School on Jan. 26-27.

This intensive course is for cattle producers, feeders, backgrounders, feed industry personnel, animal health-care suppliers and anyone else who is interested in learning more about feedlot production, nutrition, waste management and marketing.

Topics will include feeding programs; feeds and animal requirements; optimizing nutrient use; carcass quality; facility management; diseases, treatments and health programs; feed delivery; bunk reading; waste and nutrient management; ration formulation; feed additives and implanting strategies; marketing using futures and options; budgeting; custom feeding; and business management. The school also will include a commercial feedlot tour and ultrasound demonstration.

Instructors include faculty from NDSU's Animal Sciences Department, and Carrington and North Central Research Extension Centers, as well as others who have extensive experience working with northern Plains feedlots.

The registration fee is $100 per person or $150 for two people from the same operation. The deadline to register is Jan. 22. The fee does not include lodging.

Participants must make their own lodging arrangements.

For more information about the course or to register, contact Melanie Hesch at the NDSU Extension Service's Foster County office at 701-652-2581 or