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Published December 27, 2011, 07:08 PM

Lake Region Extension Roundup returns Jan. 3 to 4 in Devils Lake, N.D.

Annual ag show set for Jan. 3 to 4 in Devils Lake, ND

By: Jonathan Knutson,

The Lake Region Extension Roundup returns Jan. 3 to 4 to the Memorial Building in Devils Lake, N.D.

The annual event is sponsored by the North Dakota State University Extension Service and the Crop Improvement associations in Benson, Cavalier, Nelson, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner counties.

Typically, about 500 to 600 people attend each day of the event, regardless of the weather, says Bill Hodous, Ramsey County extension agent, one of the organizers.

“We’ve found that attendance doesn’t vary too much unless there’s a full-scale blizzard,” he says.

One of the changes this year is an effort to “lighten things up,” Hodous says.

That includes a presentation by Rodney Nelson, cowboy poet and humorist. at 2:15 p.m. Jan. 3 He will focus on the light side of rural life.

Each day features about two dozen presentations, primarily from Extension Service officials and commodity group leaders.

Among the presenters:

Neil Fischer, executive director of the North Dakota Wheat Commission, will speak on the 2012 spring wheat outlook at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 3.

n Mike Baron, owner/manager of Great Plains Diversified Services Inc. in Bismarck, N.D., will speak about who gets the farm in a transition. at 1 p.m. Jan. 3

Tom Lilja, executive director of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association, gives an update on the state’s corn industry at 11 a.m. Jan. 4.

John Dhuyvetter, area extension specialist/livestock specialist with the NDSU North Central Research Extension Service, talks about beef genomics at 1 p.m. Jan. 4.

Admission is free. Continuing education credits are available for certified crop advisors.