FARGO – The number of organizations signed up to collect and weigh produce for the 2011 Hunger Free ND Garden Project is up 40 percent over last year.
“So far, we have 58 organizations lined up, and we are hoping for more,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring at a Wednesday news conference in Fargo. “We are also asking everyone to participate in the project by planting or buying produce to be donated to local food pantries. Our goal is half a million pounds of fresh vegetables and fruit for the hungry in North Dakota.”
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has issued a special local needs (SLN) registration to the Gowan Co., allowing North Dakota potato growers to use chemigation equipment to apply the fungicide Moncut® 70-DF to better manage black scurf.
“Moncut® is already registered for in-furrow use on potatoes, but not for chemigation,” Goehring said. “Since chemigation is a common practice for potato growers to deliver nutrients, it is an ideal means for delivering a fungicide and ensuring uniform coverage.”
BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) has ordered that all out-of-state equines entering North Dakota be accompanied by a health certificate.
“The order takes effect immediately,” said the state veterinarian, Dr. Susan Keller. “This requirement supersedes the exemption for horses coming into North Dakota for less than seven days. It is also consistent with requirements of many other states, including South Dakota.”
BISMARCK – Project Safe Send, North Dakota’s annual collection of unusable pesticides, will be conducted at 12 locations in July.
“Project Safe Send helps farmers, ranchers, homeowners and businesses get rid of unusable pesticides safely, legally and free of charge,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “It is a safe, simple and non-regulatory program that has been used by thousands of people to dispose of more than 2 million pounds of chemicals.”
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has called a meeting of a nominating committee to select three persons for consideration as the member-at-large on the North Dakota Wheat Commission.
The meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 7, in the Roosevelt Park Room of the North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck.
The committee will submit a list of three nominees to Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who will appoint the member-at-large. The term of the current member, Bruce Freitag, Scranton, expires June 30. Freitag is eligible for reappointment.
BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed May 22-28 as North Dakota Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, urging North Dakotans to learn what they can do to prevent the introduction of an insect that could devastate the state’s tree population.
"Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week is an opportunity to pursue public and private partnerships to encourage environmental stewardship throughout the state” the governor said.
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says U.S. trade figures released Wednesday show the contribution of U.S. farmers and ranchers to the nation’s economic strength goes beyond providing safe and affordable food for American consumers.
“Our farm exports so far this year have passed the $75 billion mark and are projected to reach $135 billion, both all-time records,” Goehring said. “Agriculture is leading the way for the recovery of our economy, while at the same time, it is feeding an ever larger share of the world’s people.”