FARGO, N.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey producers in 32 states, including North Dakota, for its County Agricultural Production Survey (CAPS).
The survey will collect information on total acres planted and harvested, as well as yield and production of small grain crops down to the county level. CAPS will provide the data needed to estimate acreage and production of selected crops in the United States.
"The data provided by producers will help federal and state programs support the farmer," said Darin Jantzi, North Dakota State Statistician. "I hope every single producer understands the importance of these data and will take the time to respond if they receive this survey. Producers can lose out when there are no data to determine accurate rates for loans, disaster payments, crop insurance price elections and more. NASS cannot publish these important county level estimates when an insufficient number of producers complete and return this survey. Without data, agencies such as USDA's Risk Management Agency or Farm Service Agency do not have information on which to base the programs that serve those same producers."
"As required by Federal law, all responses are completely confidential," Jantzi continued. "We safeguard the privacy of all respondents, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified. Individual responses are also exempt from the Freedom of Information Act."
Producers can respond by mail or on-line via NASS's secure reporting website. Producers that do not respond by mail or on-line will be contacted by NASS to help ensure their county is accurately represented.
In 2018, NASS was unable to publish several large producing counties due to lack of a sufficient number of responses. Survey results will be published on the NASS Quick Stats database December 12th.
FARGO, ND - Anthrax continues to be a concern for cattle producers in North Dakota.
"Recently, a case of anthrax was positively identified in a southwestern North Dakota county," says Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension veterinarian. "This is a reminder to our cattle producers that the threat of anthrax is still present. It appears that during times of high rainfall and/or very dry conditions, the spores are uncovered and cattle are at risk of infection."
Anthrax is a disease in cattle caused by a bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis. This bacteria has a special survival mechanism called spore formation. This characteristic allows the bacteria to produce very hardy spores with a high survival rate.
The spores can survive for years under the right conditions. When these spores come into contact with susceptible cattle, they can "hatch" and infect the animals, resulting in disease and death.
Often the only initial signs of anthrax infection are finding dead cattle. Cattle can die without signs of illness for a number of reasons, including lightning strikes, clostridial infections and toxicities, but anthrax always should be considered, according to Stokka.
"If the diagnosis of anthrax is suspected and confirmed by your veterinarian, then vaccination needs to be implemented as quickly as possible," he says.
The commercial vaccine available is a live attenuated (nondisease-causing) spore vaccine. The dose is 1 cc administered subcutaneously in the neck region.
All adult cattle and calves should be administered the vaccine, and treatment with antibiotics should be withheld because it may interfere with the immune response. However, when faced with an outbreak situation, administering an antibiotic and a vaccine concurrently has been effective, Stokka says. Consult your local veterinarian for a recommendation.
"Consider removing all cattle from the pasture where anthrax deaths are suspected because spores present can infect the remaining animals," Stokka advises.
Also, anthrax carries a risk to humans, so take care to not disturb the carcass. The recommended method of disposal is to burn the carcass and soil on which the carcass was found after placing them in a trench dug in the immediate area of the death.
For more information, visit the NDSU Extension publication "Anthrax" at
FARGO, ND - The North Dakota Farm Bureau has hired Becca Oase for the position of Northwest Field Representative. Oase is based out of Stanton and her primary focus is supporting NDFB members in the northwest part of the state, including Divide, Williams, Burke, Mountrail, Renville, Ward, McLean, Sheridan, Bottineau, McHenry, Rolette and Pierce counties.
Oase is originally from Reeder, North Dakota, where she grew up on a farm that raised small grain crops and cattle.
"Some of my favorite memories were jumping in the combine cab and getting to help my dad 'steer' from the buddy seat at harvest time," said Oase. "I watched with young eyes as my family faced the common ups and downs of the agricultural industry. Now, I get to be part of an organization that advocates for some of the most hardworking, driven, and kind people out there."
Oase graduated from NDSU in 2017 with a degree in agricultural communication and minors in extension education, psychology and strategic communications. She has worked closely with 4-H and NDSU Extension.
BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging growers across the state to donate extra fruits and vegetables from their harvest this year to help meet the needs of hungry North Dakotans as part of the Hunger Free ND Garden Project, which is marking its 10th year.
"Sadly, in a state that produces so much food, hunger is a problem here," Goehring said. "We appreciate all the donations that have been given so far this season and welcome additional donations to help us reach our goal of at least two million servings of fresh produce to North Dakota food pantries, shelters and charitable feeding organizations."
Goehring said information about the Hunger Free ND Garden Project, including a map of drop-off points for produce is available on the North Dakota Department of Agriculture website's Hunger Free ND Garden Project page or by contacting the department at(701) 328-2231, (800) 242-7535.
"Anyone from backyard gardeners to farmers market vendors to large-scale vegetable growers who grow vegetables and fruits can help out," Goehring said. "If your local food pantry is not currently on the list, please ask them to consider accepting fresh produce."
Food pantries that want to be added to the list may contact Jamie Good, local foods specialist, at 701-328-2659 or may visit www.nd.gov/ndda/donation_site http://www.nd.gov/ndda/donation_site.
The Hunger Free ND Garden Project was started in 2010 through the local foods initiative of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) in partnership with the Great Plains Food Bank. The statewide project encourages home gardeners and commercial growers to plant extra produce each year for donation to charitable organizations across the state. Since its inception, the project has recorded more than 2.8 million pounds of fresh produce donations.
Other partners in the project include: NDSU Extension, NDSU Master Gardeners, North Dakota FFA, Dakota College at Bottineau ~ Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture, Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society, the North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association, Healthy North Dakota, Creating a Hunger Free ND Coalition, and Pride of Dakota.
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