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Ag digest (July 10, 2015)

Field days planned Field days, including tours, are planned at North Dakota State University sites across the state. They include: o Soybeans, spring wheat, weeds, cereal grains and crop diseases are the focus of this year's field tour at NDSU's ...

Field days planned

Field days, including tours, are planned at North Dakota State University sites across the state. They include:

• Soybeans, spring wheat, weeds, cereal grains and crop diseases are the focus of this year's field tour at NDSU's Agronomy Seed Farm near Casselton. The tour will start at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Participants will view research trials and receive production information from NDSU specialists. This year's tour will include stops at the soybean and weed research plots, hard red spring wheat breeding plots and cereal grain fields. Following the tour, NDSU's Carnivore Catering will serve participants a dinner.

• The Agronomy Seed Farm is one mile south and one mile west of Casselton. For more information, call the farm at (701) 347-4743.

• The Carrington Research Extension Center's annual field day Tuesday will offer four tours, focusing on beef production, agronomy, horticulture and sustainability. All of them start at 9 a.m.
The center is 3.5 miles north of Carrington on U.S. Highway 281. For more information, call the center at (701) 652-2951 or visit www.ag.ndsu.edu/CarringtonREC .

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• The Langdon Research Center will hold field tours Thursday starting at 8 a.m. They will cover crop research, groundwater issues and unmanned aerial systems. Lunch sponsored by the Northern Canola Growers Association will be served at noon. A golf tourney will follow at 1 p.m.

The center is on North Dakota Highway 5 one mile east of the intersection with North Dakota Highway 1. For more information, call the center at (701) 256-2582 or visit its website, www.ag.ndsu.edu/langdonrec .

Women to advocate ag at RRV Fair

Minnesota and North Dakota Agri-Women are hosting Drive Across America at the Red River Valley Fair on Saturday.

Volunteers will advocate for ag, and there will be ag-related activities geared toward children from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ag Education Building on the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.

Drive Across America is a five-month trek across the United States to celebrate American Agri-Women's 40th anniversary.

Minnesota Agri-Women and North Dakota Agri-Women are comprised of women from all aspects of the industry who work together to advocate for agriculture. AAW is the nation's largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women.

Minn. program offers help with energy projects

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A new program, Renewable Energy for Greater Minnesota, is offering free project assistance to help Minnesota farmers and rural small businesses take control of their energy expenses with renewable energy.

Clean energy resource teams will help farmers and businesses explore projects that could work for them, identify potential funding and financing options, and get one-on-one assistance on their project.

Teams will help farms and businesses apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America Program, which offers grants for 25 percent of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. They will also help farms and businesses explore the possibility of Property Assessed Clean Energy financing, to help pay for energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades.

Learn more and get project assistance by visiting the Renewable Energy for Greater Minnesota website at mncerts.org/GreatRenewables or by calling Fritz Ebinger at (612) 626-1028.

Succession coordinator training set

The NDSU Extension Service is hosting a training program Aug. 11-13 at Richard H. Barry Hall on the NDSU downtown campus in Fargo for those interested in becoming a certified farm succession coordinator.

The training is offered for agricultural professionals, service providers and organizational leaders who work with retiring farmers and ranchers on farm transfer issues.

This is the first time the three-day certification training will be offered in North Dakota. It has been offered in several other states.

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To be designated a certified succession coordinator, participants need to complete the training and work through recommendations for a farm family as part of a case study that will be assigned following the course.

NDSU Extension will maintain a list of professionals with the certification to share with farm and ranch families across the state.

AgCountry Farm Credit Services is co-sponsoring the training program.

The registration fee is $750 if paid by July 27. After that, the fee is $850. Registration is limited to the first 30 professionals. Visit tinyurl.com/prmzc3j for more information and the training agenda.

Applicants sought for Young Leader program

The North Dakota Soybean Growers Association is seeking applicants for the 2016 American Soybean Association DuPont Young Leader program. The program provides industry-leading training that helps unleash participant's leadership potential while fostering collaboration among farmers throughout the United States and Canada.

Phase I of the two-part training program takes place Dec. 1-4 at the DuPont Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. The program continues March 1-4 in New Orleans, with training held in conjunction with the Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.

Grower couples and individuals are encouraged to apply for the program that focuses on leadership and communication, agricultural information and developing a strong peer network.

To apply, visit https://soygrowers.com/learn/young-leader-program . One couple or individual per state will be selected.

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