BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded grants totaling $51,125 for 12 projects to develop orchards and plant trees in local communities. The grants originally were set at $40,000 but due to positive response and an increased number of quality applications, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture was able to secure more dollars for the grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program.
BISMARCK – A new program developed by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Organic Advisory Board will help producers transitioning land to certified organic production. The program will provide grants to cover 75 percent of eligible first-time transition costs up to $750, plus $250 for approved educational expenses.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced that four proposals submitted for the industrial hemp pilot program have been approved. A total of 17 proposals were submitted, with 11 deemed eligible.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is meeting with the North Dakota Weed Control Association Executive Board at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s 6th floor conference room, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND.
BISMARCK – Food safety, extending the growing season, business planning and tips to market specialty crops are among the topics to be covered at the 12th annual meeting of the North Dakota Farmers Market & Growers Association (NDFMGA) & Local Foods Conference, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6, at the Cambria Hotel and Suites, 825 E. Beaton Dr., West Fargo, ND.
BISMARCK – A provision in the recent year-end funding bill passed by Congress has temporarily suspended the recent policy change by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that would have forced retail facilities selling anhydrous ammonia to comply with Process Safety Management (PSM) rules, rules historically aimed at manufacturers. The language in the bill prevents OSHA from implementing the policy changes in fiscal year 2016, which ends September 30, 2016.
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded grants totaling $109,300.67 for five projects relating to honey bees. Four of the projects will focus on researching honey bee health issues and one project will concentrate on the education, outreach and promotion of honey bees.