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MRS Walleye Tagging Study Underway

A multi-year walleye tagging study that will eventually include thousands of fish was initiated on the Missouri River earlier this spring. The study area is big, running from Garrison Dam in central North Dakota downstream to Lake Oahe Dam in South...

 

Paddlefish Snagging Season Opens May 1 In ND

North Dakota’s paddlefish snagging season opens May 1 and is scheduled to continue through the end of the month. However, depending on the overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 36-hour notice issued by the state Game and...

 

MSU Extension: Mid- To Late-Season Nitrogen Fertilizer Can Increase Yield, Protein In Wheat Crop

Experts in soil chemistry at Montana State University caution that applying all the nitrogen fertilizer required for wheat at one time can be risky. According to MSU Extension, in irrigated systems, too much nitrogen early in the growing season can p...

 

Leadership Graduation

The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture held its Leadership Class graduation on Wednesday at the Sidney Moose Lodge. During the past year, members of the class have attended seven Issue...

 

Gertrude Lokken, 91, Sidney, MT

Private family services for Gertrude Lokken were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Fulkerson Memorial Chapel. Burial was in the Sidney Cemetery. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulker...

 

Ag Golf Tournament Looking For Sponsors

Join in on the fun and support your local ranchers and farmers by sponsoring the 12th Annual Ag Appreciation Golf Tournament which will be held on July 8th. The event is organized by the Sidney Area...

 

Thorne and Taylor Receive Honorary FFA Degrees

The highlight of the 2013 year for the Watford City FFA Chapter came Thursday, April 4th when our chapter held its 54th annual Awards Banquet. Over 200 parents, members and guests were in attendance. Every year the chapter honors local people who sup...

 

Savage Rabies Clinic May 4

The Annual Rabies Clinic in Savage will be held Saturday, May 4th, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Savage Fire Hall. This is an opportunity to protect your pets against rabies, and save the hassle of taking them into town. You may also pick up your...

 

Itinerary Requirements for 6-Month Equine Passports to be Enforced

The Montana Department of Livestock says it will be more stringently enforcing requirements for six-month equine travel passports. Those rules (ARM 32.3.216) include: Six-month passports cannot be used for sale of horses, breeding or stays of longer...

 

Beet Growers Await Spring

Considering the ideal conditions for planting sugar beets is a drier soil, the last snow storm has postponed planting a couple weeks. With planting usually happening around April 20th, it looks like...

 

Montana Landowners, Family Farms and Ranches Hold the Line in 63rd Legislature

The 63rd Montana Legislature adjourned late this afternoon. After a series of hard-fought legislative scuffles, Northern Plains Resource Council members believe they held the line for Montana’s working family farms and ranches. Northern Plains is...

 

Richland County 4-H Junior Leaders Dinner and Dance

The annual Richland County 4-H Junior Leaders Dinner and Dance took place on Friday April 12th, 2013 at the VFW in Sidney. The steak and shrimp dinner was served from 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening....

 

Richland Farm Mutual Celebrates 100 Years

Back in 1913, when Richland Farm Mutual began, insurance was much different than what it is now. At that time, insurance was more of a brotherhood than a company. The original idea of mutual...

 

Members Recognized at Watford City Banquet

On April 4, the Watford City FFA Chapter held their 54th annual banquet. Chapter officers presented the opening ceremonies. Over 200 parents, members and guests were in attendance. Andrew Kreidt, Southwest Region Vice President brought greetings from...

 

Management Practice To Reduce Greenhouse Gases Under Dryland Malt Barley Production

At the final Brownbagger session at the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney on April 5, Upendra Sainju, soil scientist from the Laboratory, spoke about his study on...

 

Producers Should Document Adverse Weather-related Livestock Losses

Producers should keep records of weather-related livestock deaths, North Dakota State University Extension Service specialists say. Those producers have experienced a variety of adverse weather conditions. “Late-spring snow, cold rain and sleet...

 

Ranchers Work to Keep Calves Alive

Heavy spring snowstorms have created hardships for North Dakota cattle herds and caretakers. Most ranchers have moved away from cow herds and calving during the winter to avoid the cold and snow. However, this year’s late-winter weather has...

 

MT Stockgrowers Seeking Nominations for MT Environmental Stewardship Award

The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is seeking nominations of Montana ranches for the Montana Environmental Stewardship Award. Each year, MSGA honors a Montana ranch that exemplifies environmental stewardship and demonstrates a commitment...

 

MSU Extension Seeks Applicants For Agriculture And Resource Leadership Program

Montana State University Extension is offering a new, two-year leadership program for professionals in agriculture and natural resource industries. The Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership (REAL) Montana training will include participant...

 

Skywarn Classes Coming Up

The National Weather Service will be holding Skywarn Spotter classes in May. The course teaches volunteers to spot severe weather conditions such as flash floods, hail, lightning, thunderstorms and...

 
 By Tammy Lake    Ag Roundup    May 1, 2013

Montana Agricultural Producers Reminded of Upcoming Deadlines

USDA Montana Farm Service Agency reminds producers of several important upcoming deadlines. For more information regarding FSA programs and/or loans, contact your local county FSA office located in 48 USDA Service Centers across Montana and visit us...

 
 By Gary Schaff    Ag Roundup    May 1, 2013

Sidney FFA State Convention Results

Sidney FFA had chapter participants at the recent State FFA Convention where over 1500 members and guests participated in some fashion. James Topp, Travis Obergfell, Duran Vigesaa, Emily Schaff and Marianne Gartner were the participants from Sidney...

 

MSU Driving Team Meets Babe and Ruth

Montana State University students who drive draft horses for a hobby know their animals. George, for one, is the cat that lives at the Miller Pavilion where students gather for their weekly practice....

 
 By Bob Stallman    Ag Roundup    May 1, 2013

Our Food is Safer Than Ever

Summertime is almost upon us. For most Americans, the warmer weather brings picnics in the park, BBQs and grilling out with family and friends. It also brings the increased chance for foodborne illness to occur if safe food preparation and handling...

 

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