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Farmers who are looking for innovative ways to keep their soil healthy are gathering at a sold-out conference in Fargo...

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Farmers who are looking for innovative ways to keep their soil healthy are gathering at a sold-out conference in Fargo. A new focus in the soil health movement encourages farmers to stop tilling the soil and plant cover crops after harvest.
     Most Minnesota farmers still till their fields, but University of Minnesota Extension educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes says a growing number of farmers recognize that tilling isn't sustainable and they are talking about planting cover crops.
     DeJong-Hughes has helped organize conservation conferences for 14 years. She told Minnesota Public Radio News that this year, the conference was so popular she had to turn away farmers and vendors. DeJong-Hughes says she believes farmers can save money and improve water quality by planting cover crops. The practice can reduce the need for costly nitrogen fertilizer and pesticides.


     JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - Velva farmer Mark Watne will lead the North Dakota Farmers Union for another year. Watne was re-elected president during the farm group's annual state convention in Bismarck over the weekend. He's held the position since 2013. Bob Kuylen of South Heart was re-elected vice president. North Dakota Farmers Union represents about 50,000 family members.


    BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says $50,000 is available to help North Dakota schools and communities research extending the season for fruit and vegetable production through the use of high tunnels.
Schools and communities are eligible to apply for grants up to $10,000. The grants are available on a competitive basis.

    "This project will help foster a better understanding of season extension for fruit and vegetable production," Goehring said. "Students will gain hands-on learning of fruit and vegetable growing techniques which can help them make career choices after school."

    Goehring said the grant will include a yield trial to compare growing specialty crops with and without season extension.

    More information and an application for the grant is available on the NDDA website at

    Grant applications must be received by Jan. 25, 2019.



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