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Published November 30, 2010, 10:48 AM

Ag show tackles EPA, field drainage topics

FARGO, N.D. — The 40th North Dakota Ag Association’s Northern Ag Expo blows into Fargo, N.D., Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Fargodome.

By: Mikkel Pates, Agweek

FARGO, N.D. — The 40th North Dakota Ag Association’s Northern Ag Expo blows into Fargo, N.D., Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Fargodome. The event offers free admission and nationally known speakers, says Gary Knutson, executive director of the association.

This year, there will about 200 exhibitors, which is larger than last year, say show organizers. Once again, the event emphasizes education on policy and production matters.

Just ahead of Thanksgiving, Knutson wasn’t expecting significant problems with weather issues, but he acknowledges that North Dakota State University’s 6 p.m. Nov. 27 playoff game would present logistical challenges.

He says the ag show’s event decorator won’t get any sleep because a two-day setup will have to be squeezed into eight hours.

“We’ll work through it. We’ll get around it,” Knutson says.

This year should be an easier one for farmers in the region to attend, especially compared with last year..

“Think about the nightmare of being half done with soybeans last year. They hadn’t started corn,” Knutson says. “We’re in pretty nice shape this year — maybe a few acres of sunflowers they couldn’t get dried down or some corn that got hit by late rains.”

Optimistic tone

In other years, the event has featured entertainment and professional sports speakers.

“This year, overriding that consideration was the fact that we do have a great deal of optimism in the crop production industry,” Knutson says.

One main state speaker will talk about the challenge of feeding the world.

“And then there are a lot of issues that dealers and farmers need to be informed about is the Environmental Protection Agency — things that seem to be on the front burner that involve farmers. There’s a real reason for meat and potatoes on our main stage issue.”

Among this year’s featured speakers and seminar speakers:

Nov. 30

Featured speaker is David Gulke of The Gulke Group in Chicago.

He speaks at 12:30 p.m. on the main stage area with the topic: “The Perfect Storm II — It’s About Food Demand Not Energy: Exciting Times Ahead in Farming.”

- Annual Herbicide Update — Rich Zollinger, NDSU weed specialist, 1 p.m., Room 203.

- Field Tiling — The Hows and Whys — Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension Service, and Ross Johnson, Agassiz Drain, 9 a.m.

- Water Permits and Pesticides — David Glatt, North Dakota Health Department, 10:30 a.m., Room 204.

n Opportunities for Increased Efficiency in Corn — David Mangel, Kansas State University, and David Franzen, NDSU Extension Service, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Bison Team Room

- Fighting Spray Drift: Technology, Techniques and Training — Steve Swilley of Capstan Ag, and Kirk Howatt, NDSU Weed Science, 3 p.m., Room 203.

- Thinking About Planting More Wheat? — Andrew Swenson, NDSU ag economist, and Greg Endres, NDSU area extension specialist, 3 p.m., Room 204.

Dec. 1

The featured event Dec. 1 is “Heads Up! EPA’s Latest Challenges to Farming and Ag Industry: Our Response: Nebraska Farm Bureau president, North Dakota ag commissioner, Minnesota Associaton of Wheat Growers vice president for crop protection, main stage, 12:30 p.m.

- Corn/Soybeans: Respect the Rotation — Joel Ransom, NDSU Extension Service and Industry, Mike Brekhus, Emitt Lampert, 9 a.m., Bison Team Room.

- Management Tips for CRP Acres Coming Out: Planting, Nutrients, Tillage — Jon Stika, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 9 a.m. Room 203.

- Critical Soybean Health Issues: White Mold and Cyst Nematodes — Sam Markell, NDSU plant pathologist, 10:30 a.m., Room 203.

- Planning for Marketing 2011 Crop — Randy Martinson, Progressive Ag Marketing, Frayne Olson, NDSU ag economist, 10:30 a.m., Room 204

-n Nitrogen — A New Beginning: Nitrogen Recommendations for Corn — Dave Franzen, NDSU Extension Service soil scientist, 2 p.m., Bison Team Room.

- It’s The Law: Fuel Storage, On-Farm Diking — Dennis Duvall, Dakota Environmental, 2 p.m., Room 203.