BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has taken action to ensure North Dakota flax producers have a choice of products for preharvest weed control.
“Because growers still have need for preharvest control of Canada thistle and other weeds, I have extended the special local needs (SLN) registration for preharvest use of Touchdown CT on flax to Dec. 31, 2016,” Goehring said. “That registration, issued in 2006, to Syngenta Crop Protection, was slated to expire this year.”
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has activated the North Dakota Harvest Hotline for farmers who need combining services and independent combiners who are looking for work.
“If you need someone to combine your fields or if you are a harvester looking for a job, call us at (701) 328-4997,” Goehring said. “We will put your name in the Harvest Hotline database and match you up with other callers.”
BISMARCK – A workshop has been scheduled in Langdon to help weed control officials and land managers learn how to identify and control yellow toadflax.
Sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and the Cavalier County Weed Board will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the North Dakota State University Langdon Extension Center, 9280 107th Ave. NE, one mile east of Langdon on N.D. Highway 5.
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring encourages North Dakota food companies with overseas exports to participate in the 2012 Branded Program for financial assistance in promoting their brand name food and agricultural products in foreign markets.
“This is a major opportunity for export companies to reach more overseas customers,” Goehring said. “Participants receive up to 50 percent cost reimbursement on eligible marketing and promotional activities such as advertising, public relations, product literature and labeling.”
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is encouraging organic producers to use the National Organic Cost Share Program to recoup 75 percent of their certification costs for fiscal year 2011.
“Organic producers, processors and handlers can receive up to $750 of the organic certification costs they incurred between Oct. 1, 2010 and Sept. 30, 2011,” Goehring said.
Last year North Dakota was one of the five top recipients in the nation from this program with 147 producers and processors receiving $105,651.
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has called a meeting of the agriculture community to discuss the upcoming farm bill for Friday, August 19.
“With the recent passage of the budget control act, I believe there is a good chance that the 2012 farm bill will be decided this fall,” Goehring said. “The discussion on Friday will be beneficial to our leaders in Washington when debating the upcoming farm bill.”
The farm bill discussion will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Brynhild Haugland Room of the State Capitol in Bismarck.
BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is advising pesticide users and dealers that Rozol Prairie Dog Bait®, a rodenticide to manage black-tailed Prairie Dogs, has been canceled by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) because of a recent court decision. This bait can no longer be used or sold in North and South Dakota, Montana, and New Mexico. The cancellation does not affect other pesticides registered under the Rozol trade name.
BISMARCK – Nearly 95 tons of unusable pesticides were collected and transported out of North Dakota in 2011 through Project Safe Send.
“More than 380 people brought in a total of 189,996 pounds,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “These numbers clearly indicate a continuing need for this easy and affordable means for farmers, dealers and homeowners to get rid of these potentially dangerous chemicals.”
Goehring said he is not surprised this year’s total did not equal or surpass last year’s amount.