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BISMARCK — Incumbent Doug Goehring and his Democratic challenger, Jim Dotzenrod, will advance to the November general election in the race for North Dakota agriculture commissioner. Goehring, a Republican, and Dotzenrod had nearly 100 percent of their respective parties’ votes with 397 of 424 precincts reporting early unofficial results from the primary election Tuesday, June 12. Goehring has served as North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner since 2009. He attended Bismarck State College and farms near Menoken.
Ipswich & Aberdeen, SD – The Boards of Directors for North Central Farmers Elevator and Wheat Growers have decided to proceed to a vote of the membership to unify the two cooperatives. Both boards voted affirmatively to sign aUnification Agreement that would unify the two cooperatives, subject to a vote of the memberships of both cooperatives.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Attendees at any plot tour are likely to see plenty of green. But attendees at the Tailgate Tour through eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota saw green and gold. The North Dakota State University Tailgate Tour, featuring NDSU Director of Athletics Matt Larsen and select Bison coaches and former players, was held in conjunction with a series of DuPont Pioneer GrowingPoint agronomy plot events.
GLENDIVE, Mont. — It's not unusual for it to feel like eastern Montana and western Montana are two different states, with the plains in the east and the mountains to the west. This year's drought has settled along similar lines, with the eastern prairies brown and the western areas maintaining closer to normal soil moisture. Kelsey Jensco, state climatologist, says the Continental Divide splits the state into a maritime climate in western Montana, similar to the Pacific Northwest, and a semi-arid continental climate in the east.
TOWNSEND, Mont. — Gord Pearse grew up in the seed business. His father was a seed grower in Canada, and he eventually ended up in Townsend, Mont., as general manager of Bruce Seed Farm. "I've always believed that agriculture is the most important industry in the world. And seed is the start of it. So I'm pretty proud of what we do," he says. When it comes to growing seeds "there's a lot more to it than meets the eye," he says. Some species are easier than others, and there are rules to follow in terms of seed quality.
DICKINSON, N.D. — Last weekend's rain benefitted some parts of the state, but southwest North Dakota did not see the same degree of precipitation. About 40 percent of the state received "a good chunk of rain" in the last several days, said Doug Goehring, North Dakota's agriculture commissioner.
BROOKINGS, S.D. - An environmental training session for operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations is set for June 21, 2017 in Huron at the Crossroads Convention Center (100 Fourth St. S.W.). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in Huron. To cover the cost of the event, registration is $50 and includes lunch, breaks and training materials. The program begins at 8:50 a.m. and concludes at approximately 4:45 p.m.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission is seeking to have the Legislature repeal a law requiring hay buyers to be licensed and bonded for a simple reason: no one uses it. Konrad Crockford, director of compliance for the PSC, says there hasn’t been a hay buyer licensed with the state since 2005, and that license was revoked in 2006 for failure to maintain a bond. Prior to that, the last licenses were valid in 2002 and 1999.