BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring will tell a major U.S.-Canadian petroleum conference that North Dakota is taking action to ensure that agriculture and oil exploration can mutually coexist.
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s state veterinarian is urging livestock producers to protect their animals from anthrax.
“Producers should make sure their animals are current on vaccinations,” said Dr. Susan Keller. “Don’t forget recently purchased animals that may not be vaccinated.”
Most often reported in northeast, southeast and south central North Dakota, anthrax has been found in almost every part of the state in the past. Keller said wet conditions this year are favorable for anthrax to appear.”
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has reappointed Allan Aufforth, Bottineau, and Greg Machart, Grand Forks, as bee inspectors for 2011.
“Allan has been a seasonal bee inspector for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) for more than 25 years, and Greg has had the job for more than 15 years,” Goehring said. “North Dakota beekeepers are fortunate to rely on the experience and expertise of these two veteran inspectors.”
The North Dakota Pesticide Control Board (PCB) will meet by video conference at 3 p.m., Friday, May 6.
The board will discuss initiating the rule-making process on administrative rules regarding pesticides.
The video conference can be monitored at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture conference room on the sixth floor of the State Capitol in Bismarck and in Room 306, Morrill Hall, North Dakota State University, Fargo.
BISMARCK – Project Food, Land and People (FLP), a widely used program for elementary and secondary students to learn about agriculture, is now offering teachers the FLP Institute, a two- and four-day workshop.
“The FLP Institute provides teachers with a more intensive learning experience,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “The institute will focus on FLP lessons, but give participants many more hands on activities, tours and free materials.”
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is encouraged by the changes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has adopted in their weed management plan along Lake Oahe.
“The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) commends the efforts that the US Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District has made to update the weed management plan,” Goehring said in a letter to the Corps’ Oahe project office in Pierre, SD.
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has issued a special local needs (SLN) registration to the Canyon Group LLC, giving North Dakota dry edible bean producers more flexibility in using Permit® herbicide to control common ragweed.
“The current, federal registration allows only pre-emergent applications to dry beans,” Goehring said. “This SLN registration allows post-emergent application, giving growers more flexibility when weather does not allow applications prior to the plants’ emergence.”
BISMARCK – Charles Elhard, a plant protection specialist with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, has been authorized by the federal government to issue phytosanitary certificates for the export of North Dakota plant products.
“North Dakota is seeing considerable growth in agricultural exports and that means more demand for phytosanitary certificates,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Having additional staff qualified to issue these documents will enable exporters to move their products more efficiently.”
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says beekeepers in North Dakota can now use a new pesticide to control a major parasite of bees.
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved my request for a Section 18 emergency exemption for HopguardTM to control varroa mites in bee colonies,” Goehring said. “Varroa mites are the most serious pest problem facing beekeepers, causing deep and widespread losses if left uncontrolled.