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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 03/07/18

Farm Rescue, the Plains farm aid nonprofit, is accepting applications for spring crop-planting assistance.....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Farm Rescue, the Plains farm aid nonprofit, is accepting applications for spring crop-planting assistance. Farm Rescue provides free physical labor for farmers and ranchers dealing with an injury, illness or a natural disaster. It relies on volunteers from around the country, donations and corporate sponsors.
 
     It was launched in North Dakota in 2006 and has since expanded to South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Montana and Nebraska. Its services include crop planting and harvesting, haying, and hay and grain hauling. It has helped more than 525 farm families through the years.
 
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     WALCOTT, N.D. (AP) - No birds were lost when fire destroyed a barn on a Richland County turkey farm. County Emergency Manager Brett Lambrecht says the barn that burned at Lelm Farms east off Walcott on Tuesday morning was empty, and officials were able to restore electricity to two other barns that each housed 15,000 turkeys. There was no immediate word on the cause of the blaze.
 
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    BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - The application deadline for the 2018 Specialty Crop Grants is about a week away.

    "Projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in North Dakota are eligible for these grants," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "Individuals, organizations and institutions are invited to submit proposals, either on their own or in partnerships."

    North Dakota has not yet received an allocation amount from USDA's Agriculture Marketing Service but is expected to receive it soon. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) will distribute the funds through a competitive grant program. Projects must benefit more than one commercial product, organization, institution or individual.

    USDA defines specialty crops as "fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops." Specialty crops grown commercially in North Dakota include dry beans, dry peas, lentils, potatoes, confection sunflowers, grapes, honey and various vegetables.

    Goehring said an information manual with application instructions, scoring criteria and an application template can be found on NDDA's website: https://www.nd.gov/ndda/marketing-information-division/specialty-crop-block-grant-program.

    Applications must be submitted in electronic form by 4 p.m. CDT Thursday, March 15, 2018. An external review committee will review and score the applications. The successful applications will be forwarded to the USDA for final approval. The grants will be awarded in late fall/early winter.
Projects funded by the grants start Oct. 1, 2018 and must be completed by Sept. 30, 2020.

 

 

   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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