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63rd Annual National Hard Spring Wheat Show in Williston Feb. 3-4


Area 5th graders enjoy making bread at the Bread Fair during the 2015 Wheat Show.

Welcome from the 2016 National Hard Wheat Show. Through the years, the Wheat Show has brought prospective and exciting new ideas to the region's producers. This year promises nothing less!

First let me give a shout out to the people and organizations who make this event possible. Take a few minutes to look through the list of sponsors and remember to personally thank them for their help. You will also find a list of the board and committee members. Give them your thanks also. Last but not least, Williams County Extension deserves a big thank you for carrying the heavy load and getting the leg-work done.

This year we kick things off with a presentation on what promises to change the way we farm – UAVs. John Nowatzki of NDSU will wake up our minds with what could be the future. How to make the most of what looks to be a difficult marketing year is Ed Usset's specialty so be sure to attend his talk followed by Dwight Aakre sharing some insight on a farm's larger expenses, land costs or more accurately cash rent.

Finding a profitable bottom line in 2016 could be a challenge. Elston Solberg and Jack Feenstra have several presentations designed to help you gain more dollars out of your fields. Cliff Naylor will take us "Off the Beaten Path" as we enjoy lunch sponsored by the Williams Co. Farmers Union. After an evening bite we'll listen as Ed Haugen speaks about his passion "Keeping the Farm in the Family."

Day two dawns with Jodi Bruns discussing family farming relationships with "Communicating and Valuing Differences in Your Farming Operation" followed by Andy Swenson with world wheat economics.

Dynamic speaker V.J. Smith will get us motivated with his talk "Simple Choices Big Rewards." Make sure to get your awards banquet tickets early because V.J. will continue to entertain and inform us during the meal with "Where is Your There?"

After the tables are cleared, Montana's weatherman, John Pulasky will share his insights with El Niño and the Price of Chicken. We finish off our event with a quick update from NRCS and SCD. The final event is an overview of the H2 A Visa Consultants (foreign worker) program. Bring yourself or bring a carload of friends, maybe even let your wife drive her own car-heck gas is cheap, but however you get there make sure to attend the 2016 Hard Wheat Show February 3rd & 4th.


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