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  • Fairview FFA Presents Awards During Banquet

    Bill Vander Weele|Jun 5, 2024

    The Fairview FFA Chapter awarded five area adults with honorary chapter degrees for their contribution to the program during its awards banquet April 29. Honored were Mark and Sheila Neu, Shaun and Michelle Jensen and Vicky Cayko. Officials said that the Neus have been strong supporters of the Fairview FFA chapter for many years. They have provided a lot of behind-the-scenes help because of their love for FFA. Mark was even an FFA officer himself. The Jensens, parents of 2023-2024 Fairview FFA...

  • MonDak Area Stockgrowers Association Spring Meeting June 13

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 5, 2024

    Join the MonDak Area Stockgrowers Association for an evening of family fun as it hosts its Spring Meeting on Thursday, June 13 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Sidney Livestock Market Center. Dinner and Goat Roping are on the agenda. Meat will be provided by the Stockgrowers; those whose last name start with A-K, please bring a salad and those whose last name starts with L-Z, please bring dessert. Goat Roping should provide some excitement for contestants and spectators alike. The contest will be divided into two age groups; 10 and under and 11 and...

  • Sidney Sugars Plans Auction Of Assets

    Jun 5, 2024

    Sidney Sugars Inc. discontinued operations at its sugarbeet processing facility in Sidney in April 2023. As a result of the closure, the sugar and agricultural products processing, packaging, shipping and warehouse facility on 325.47 acres will sell via sealed bid auction. Sealed bids are due by Monday, July 8, at 4 p.m. MDT. The 270 acres of surplus farm, hunting and recreational land, and processing/support equipment and vehicles will be sold via a timed online auction ending Monday, July 15,...

  • Noxious Weed  Management Advisory Council Recruits For Open Positions

    Jun 5, 2024

    HELENA – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is currently recruiting for open positions on its Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council (NWMAC). The following council terms expire June 30, 2024: - Recreationist / Wildlife Group Representative - Noxious Weed Free Materials Representative - Montana Weed Control Association Representative - Eastern County Weed District Representative - At-Large Member - Herbicide Dealer or Applicator Representative The advisory council is appointed by the Montana Department of Agriculture Director and p...

  • It's a "Tropical Fairadise" at the McKenzie County Fair June 12 – 15

    Dianne Swanson|Jun 5, 2024

    Organizers of the McKenzie County Fair in Watford City have planned four days of fun and excitement just for you Wednesday, June 12, through Saturday, June 15. Gates open at 5 p.m. Wednesday evening and 8 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission to the grounds is free. All times are Central Daylight Time. Start the weekend at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening with the Olaf Leiseth Memorial Draft Horse Show. This free event showcases the hard-working draft horses and their drivers as they navigate an...

  • Montana State Hosts Inaugural Agritourism Conference

    Reagan Cotton|Jun 5, 2024

    The Montana State University hosted the inaugural Montana Agritourism Conference on Friday, May 3, the culmination of an 18-month program that connected agricultural producers with knowledge and resources to expand their offerings into the realm of tourism. The event drew more than 130 attendees, including the 2024 class of Montana Agritourism Fellows. The fellows, made up of agricultural producers from across Montana, are part of the larger Montana Agritourism program, which is supported by the Montana Department of Agriculture and Western...

  • NDSU Research Extension Center Field Days Set

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Jun 5, 2024

    The North Dakota State University Research Extension Centers' annual field days are set. The events take place at the Research Extension Center sites across the state and feature speakers, tours and field demonstrations for farmers, ranchers, crop advisors, landowners, horticulturalists and local stakeholders. "The agricultural research conducted at our NDSU Research Extension Centers provides research-based solutions that advance agricultural production systems in a variety of areas, including...

  • MSU Schedules Upcoming Field Days

    Jun 5, 2024

    BOZEMAN — The Montana State University College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station will once again host a series of field days this summer at six of the university’s research centers around the state, plus two additional events at campus farms in Bozeman. “We look forward to our field days every year because of the opportunities they create to interact and share research results with agricultural producers and friends around Montana,” said Sreekala Bajwa, director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and the...

  • Back Roads and Tractor Shows At 2024 Richland County Fair & Rodeo

    Jun 5, 2024

    Mark your calendars for the highlight of summer in Richland County! From July 31-Aug. 3 the Richland County Fair & Rodeo invites you to join in the festivities celebrating the theme of Back Roads & Tractor Shows. Get ready for four days packed with excitement, entertainment, and the best of rural Montana culture. CowTown USA invites visitors of all ages to experience the charm of rural life with a petting zoo open all day. From cuddly farm animals to interactive exhibits, there’s plenty to delight animal lovers and there’s even pony rides! Plu...

  • Montana State Extension Specialist Receives Funding To Study Grasshoppers' Impact On Pulse Crops

    Reagan Cotton|Jun 5, 2024

    BOZEMAN – Through new funding from the USDA and the Montana Department of Agriculture, a Montana State University scientist will study the impact of grasshoppers, an increasingly common pest in Montana, on pulse crops and forages. Hayes Goosey, assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences in the College of Agriculture and an MSU Extension specialist, received roughly $330,000 through the USDA's Specialty Crop Block Program, which supports research into the viability of c...

  • Controlling Flies On Cattle Requires Proper Timing

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Jun 5, 2024

    Face flies, horn flies and stable flies are the most common and most treated pests on North Dakota livestock operations. Left uncontrolled, these pests can cause significant loss in livestock production. Fortunately, North Dakota State University Extension specialists say that the proper pest management strategy can provide effective control. While integrated pest management is commonplace for controlling crop pests, similar concepts can apply to controlling livestock pests, according to...

  • Williston Research Extension Center Field Day Features Something For Everyone

    Jun 5, 2024

    July 10, 2024 residents in the MonDak area may find a way to save a life in a special addition to the Williston Research Extension Center Field Day with STOP THE BLEED® training. The Williston REC is known for its long history of collaborative research as part of NDSU Agriculture. The crop research taking place at the WREC has brough new varieties and cropping system advancements into the MonDak region. The information from the WREC has been used in fields to enhance profitability with pest control and assisted with recommendations for...

  • Montana State University Eastern Agricultural Research Center Field Day June 27

    Marley Voll|Jun 5, 2024

    The Montana State University Eastern Agricultural Research Center (MSU EARC) is preparing to host their annual Field Day on Thursday, June 27 at the center, located north of Sidney, 1501 N Central Ave. The day will include information on variety selection, cropping systems, fertility, disease management, weed management, and more, all of which will be beneficial for producers in the region. Plan to come from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for coffee and donuts before the field day begins at 8:30 a.m....

  • North Dakota Youth Build Connections & Leadership Skills At National 4-H Conference

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Jun 5, 2024

    Attending the weeklong National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C, helped Burleigh County 4-H member Elizabeth Sikes feel more confident in her ability to lead. "The National 4-H Conference was one of my favorite things I have done through 4-H and has helped me further develop my leadership skills," Sikes says. "It was a wonderful experience, and I loved meeting people from all over the U.S. and from different territories." Sikes was one of four North Dakota 4-H'ers who attended the National...

  • Missouri River Test Flows Begin

    May 1, 2024

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' representatives provided information about plans for the Fort Peck test flow during a Missouri River water management meeting held in Poplar on March 28. In November 2021, the Fort Peck Dam test release EIS Record of Decision was signed. The purpose of the test flows is to evaluate the potential for achieving pallid sturgeon spawning and recruitment on the upper Missouri River. John Remus, Missouri River Basin Water Management office for the northwestern office...

  • Ag In The Classroom Held In Sidney

    Bill Vander Weele|May 1, 2024

    About 300 second and third grade students from throughout Richland County learned valuable information during the Ag in the Classroom program held at Sidney High School on April 18. "It's to teach the kids about agriculture and show them where their food comes from," Extension agent Marley Voll said of the program's goals. Organizers of the program included the Extension office, MonDak Stockgrowers, the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and area FFA advisors. Farm Bureau...

  • Teri Antilley Named Director Of Montana 4-H Center For Youth Development

    MSU News Service|May 1, 2024

    Montana State University Extension has selected Teri Antilley to be the next director of the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development. As director, Antilley will provide leadership and establish strategic direction for the center and for all 4-H programs. She will also serve as the state 4-H program leader. Montana 4-H is the youth development program of MSU Extension. It reaches more than 17,000 youth each year and is supported by more than 3,000 volunteers. Antilley has served as interim direc...

  • MSGA Brings Producer Profitability Initiative To Capitol Hill

    May 1, 2024

    HELENA – The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) spent last week in Washington D.C. meeting with Montana’s congressional delegation and other congressional staff sharing the work the Association has been focusing on around Producer Profitability. “Stockgrowers’ trip to Washington D.C. was a success. We would like to thank the Montana delegation for meeting with us and for their interest in the work we have been doing around Producer Profitability,” shared Montana Stockgrowers Association President John Grande of Lennep. “From our convers...

  • Richland County/MSU Extension Review Programs With Commissioners

    Bill Vander Weele|May 1, 2024

    Richland County/MSU Extension agents provided encouraging information to Richland County Commissioners while reviewing programs during a meeting on April 22. Extension Agent Josie Evenson provided preliminary numbers for 4-H projects for this year’s county fair. She noted there are 240 4-H members in Richland County, which is a 23% increase since she started in the position 10 years ago. Preliminary amount of entries for the fair include 100 for market beef, 25 for breeding beef, five in d...

  • Consider Using Seed Treatment For Pulse Crops

    Marley Voll|May 1, 2024

    Emergence and establishment of your pulse crops can be negatively affected by dampening off and root rot pathogens. To avoid these issues, consider using a seed treatment. Dampening off occurs when a fungus or oomycete causes banding and restriction of the developing plant. Examples of these fungus and oomycete include Pythium, Rhizoctonia and Fusarium. Dampening off can be worse when the soil is cool and moist around the time the crop is planted. Symptoms of dampening off include a reduced stand, girdling, seedling yellowing, reduced...

  • It's a "Tropical Fairadise" at the McKenzie County Fair June 12 – 15

    Dianne Swanson|May 1, 2024

    Organizers of the McKenzie County Fair in Watford City have planned four days of fun and excitement just for you Wednesday, June 12, through Saturday, June 15. Gates open at 5 p.m. Wednesday evening and 8 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission to the grounds is free. All times are Central Daylight Time. Start the weekend at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening with the Olaf Leiseth Memorial Draft Horse Show. This free event showcases the hard-working draft horses and their drivers as they navigate an...

  • Stockgrowers To Celebrate 140 Years At Meeting

    May 1, 2024

    The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) invites ranchers to attend the 140th MidYear Meeting slated for May 28-30, in Miles City at the Custer County Event Center. The MidYear Meeting is one of two meetings held by MSGA to set policy that guides the Association through the year. While the main focus of the meeting is for the setting of interim policy, the meeting is also used as a networking opportunity for MSGA members and Montana’s livestock industry. This year, attendees will be the first to see results from MSGA’s Producer Pro...

  • Three Buttes 4-H Club Donates To Food Bank

    Bill Vander Weele|May 1, 2024

    A member of the Three Buttes 4-H Club assisted the Richland County Food Bank by donating a pig to help feed area people in need. Brynn Spinner, an eighth-grade student in Lambert, made the donation of a little over 100 pounds of ground pork last week. Spinner explained that she donated her back-up pig to Lambert School and six more pigs were born. "The whole donation is a lovely donation," Candy Markwald, Richland County Food Bank, said. "It's a huge blessing to use, and the fact that there's...

  • Extension Plans Meeting For Farmer's Market

    Marley Voll|May 1, 2024

    MSU Richland County Extension will be hosting an organizational meeting for this year’s Richland County Farmer’s Market on Tuesday, May 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the MSU Richland County Extension Office, Sidney. If you are a past vendor or are interested in becoming a vendor, you are encouraged to attend this open meeting. Market vendors can sell a variety of products; ranging from handmade items to produce, baked goods, and more. The organizational details, applications, and safety regulations of food sales at the Richland County Farmer’s Marke...

  • Sidney Receives Grant To Record Sugar Beet History

    May 1, 2024

    The Foundation for Montana History announced its largest ever grant making cycle last week, awarding over $240,000 to communities across Montana, including Sidney. The foundation is a nonprofit based in Helena that raises funds and makes grants for community-based history initiatives. Since starting the grant program in 2012, they have placed over $1.7 million into history and preservation projects. “Working with communities to save and share history is the core of our mission,” says foundation president/ CEO Charlene Porsild. “Topping our f...

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