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KHRT Agriculture News - 08/05/19

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has activated the North Dakota Harvest Hotline....

    BISMARCK, ND - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has activated the North Dakota Harvest Hotline.

    "Farmers who need custom combining and combiners looking for a job should call us at 701-425-8454," Goehring said. "Your name and information will be entered into the Harvest Hotline database to be matched up with other callers."

    Goehring said North Dakota Department of Agriculture employees will answer calls to the hotline weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Callers can also leave a message on evenings and weekends. The service is free of charge.

    A self-service Harvest Hotline map is also available again this year. The map can be found by clicking on "Harvest Hotline" at http://www.nd.gov/ndda/. Users may click on the black icons to retrieve information about harvesters available in their area.

    "Both farmers and combiners are already utilizing the service," Goehring said.

    First implemented in 1992, when adverse weather conditions caused a heavy demand for custom combining, the Harvest Hotline has been offered annually as a free service for farmers and combiners.

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    BISMARCK, ND - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has been appointed to the 2019 Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM). Members of the Sub-Saharan Advisory Committee advise the EXIM Board of Directors on the development and implementation of policies and programs designed to promote EXIM's engagement in sub-Saharan Africa.

    "I am honored to serve on EXIM's Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee," Goehring said. "I am looking forward to sharing my agriculture perspective and working with the other members to increase two-way trade and investment between the U.S. and Africa."

    According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, North Dakota exported more than $27 million in products to sub-Saharan Africa in 2018 with agricultural products comprising more than $15 million of that total.

    EXIM is the official export credit agency of the United States and operates as an independent, self-sustaining federal agency with a mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating the export of U.S. goods and services at no cost to U.S. taxpayers.

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    FARGO, ND - The Northern Crops Institute in Fargo is hosting the "Tunisian Feed Manufacturing - Train the Trainers Program" in collaboration with U.S. Grains Council and Iowa State University.

    The course is arranged to train the trainers in which participants receive training and education on various topics pertaining to feed mill management so they can train their employees when they return to Tunisia. The tour began Thursday at Iowa State University where participants learned about general nutritional details as well as feed testing and safety basics. From there participants traveled Fargo to learn about feed mill specifics, poultry farming and tour farms & ethanol plants finishing the program on Wednesday. Nine people from Tunisia are taking part in the program.

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    FARGO, ND - Farm and ranch production expenditures for the Plains Region totaled $91.7 billion in 2018, down from $91.9 billion in 2017, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The Plains Region includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. These results are based on data from farmers and ranchers in the Plains Region who participated in the Agricultural Resource Management Study conducted by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers were contacted in January through April to collect 2018 farm and ranch expenses.

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    BISMARCK, ND - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has activated the North Dakota Hay Hotline as parts of northern North Dakota are experiencing abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions.

    "Ranchers who need hay, or those with hay to sell or with pasture or hayland to rent should call us at 701-425-8454," Goehring said. "Your name and information will be entered into the Hay Hotline database to be matched up with other callers."

    Goehring said North Dakota Department of Agriculture employees will answer calls to the hotline weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Callers can also leave a message on evenings and weekends. The service is free of charge.

    A self-service Hay Hotline map is also available. The map can be found by clicking on "Hay Hotline" at http://www.nd.gov/ndda/.

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    FARGO, ND - Data collection for July 2019 quarterly honey bee colonies has been suspended. Before deciding to suspend data collection, NASS reviewed its estimating programs against mission and user-based criteria as well as the amount of time remaining in the fiscal year to meet its budget and program requirements while maintaining the strongest data in service to U.S. agriculture. Information about all NASS surveys and reports is available online at www.nass.usda.gov.

    Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in North Dakota as of January 1, 2019 totaled 92,000 according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. During 2018, honey bee colonies on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1 were 66,000, 74,000, 455,000, and 430,000, respectively.

    Honey bee colonies lost for operations with five or more colonies during the quarter of January-March 2019, was 1,100 colonies or 1 percent lost. The quarter of July-September 2018, at 59,000 or 12 percent, showed the highest number of lost honey bee colonies of any quarter during 2018. The quarter of January-March 2018 had a loss of 3,200 colonies or 3 percent, the lowest number of honey bee colonies lost in 2018.

    Honey bee colonies added for operations with five or more colonies during the quarter of January-March 2019, was 0 colonies. The quarters of April-June 2018 and July-September 2018, added 23,000 colonies, the highest number of honey bee colonies added for all quarters during 2018. The quarter of January-March 2018, at 2,600 added, showed the lowest number of honey bee colonies added in 2018.

    Honey bee colonies renovated for operations with five or more colonies during the quarter of January-March 2019, was 1,300 colonies. During April-June 2018, 64,000 colonies were renovated, the highest number of colonies renovated during 2018. The lowest number of honey bee colonies renovated for any quarter, at 10, occurred during January-March 2018. Renovated colonies are those that were requeened or received new honey bees through a nuc or package.

    Varroa mites were the number one stressor for operations with five or more colonies during all four quarters in 2018. The quarter of July-September 2018 showed the highest percentage of varroa mites in 2018, at 52.6 percent. The percent of colonies reported to be affected by varroa mites during January-March 2019 were 6.9 percent.

 

 

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