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Published June 25, 2012, 11:36 AM

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N.D. further eases Minn. cattle import requirements

By: Agweek wire reports, Agweek

N.D. further eases Minn. cattle import requirements

• BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota once again is treating cattle imports from most of Minnesota the same way it treats cattle coming from other states. North Dakota’s Board of Animal Health in February 2008 imposed import restrictions on Minnesota cattle because of bovine tuberculosis in cattle and deer in the northwestern part of that state. In June 2010, North Dakota eased the TB testing requirement for most Minnesota cattle but left in place other requirements for Minnesota cattle coming to North Dakota livestock markets. Those requirements now have been relaxed back to the level that applies to cattle from most other states. Minnesota last year regained its “TB-free” status. North Dakota still requires testing for cattle coming from a small area in the northwestern part of Minnesota where the TB outbreak was concentrated.

U of M Extension announces flood resources

• ST. PAUL — University of Minnesota Extension Service has educational resources available for those with flood-related questions. Citizens can access the most up-to-date information on flood recovery on the extension’s website: www.extension.umn.edu/flood. Major flooding is underway in northeast Minnesota. Extension climatologist Mark Seeley said June 20 that 24-hour rainfall totals in excess of 5 inches have fallen upon a landscape already saturated from a wet growing season. Road closures are commonplace in Itasca, Aitkin, Carlton, southern Lake and southern St. Louis counties. Evacuation of homes has been necessary. Floods have caused the evacuation of areas along the Cannon River in southern Minnesota. “The focal point for the heavy rain was north of a slow moving warm front draped across central Minnesota,” Seeley says. “Waves of thunderstorms developed and affected areas from Brainerd to Duluth, with southern St. Louis County and Carlton County hit especially hard.” Also available are extension’s toll free phone services, the Flood Information Line (800-232-9077, email fil@umn.edu) and the AnswerLine (800-854-1678).

Dalrymple appoints Fetch to N.D. PSC

• BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple appointed Bonny Fetch to the North Dakota Public Service Commission. Fetch, an administrative law judge, will fill the unexpired term of former Commissioner Tony Clark, who resigned to accept an appointment on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Fetch will take a leave of absence from the North Dakota Office of Administrative Hearings, where she has served as an administrative law judge since the office’s establishment in 1991. Fetch’s term on the Public Service Commission expires Dec. 31. Her duties at the Office of Administrative Hearings include presiding over hearings for the PSC. The PSC has relied on Fetch to conduct formal hearings related to the oversight of mining, railroad transportation, electrical cooperatives and pipelines. “The Public Service Commission’s work to protect the interests of North Dakotans is extremely important and Bonny has the right experience and qualifications to step in immediately and continue the commission’s work,” Dalrymple says. “Bonny’s experience will be a tremendous asset to the commission’s mission of providing sound regulatory oversight of the state’s utilities, telecommunications and other industries.” Fetch, of Bismarck, N.D., also serves as the supervisory administrative law judge for the North Dakota Department of Human Services. Her previous experience includes serving as a personnel specialist and hearing officer for the state’s Central Personnel Division for 11 years. In 1976, Fetch became the first commissioned female officer in the North Dakota National Guard. A graduate of the University of Texas, she has been a certified administrative law judge through the National Association of Hearing Officials since 2003. She served as president of the National Association of Hearing Officials from 2008 to 2011.

MDA issues weed alert for Kittson County

• ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is warning Kittson County residents to keep an eye out for the noxious weed, Dalmatian toadflax (Linaria dalmatica), known to be in the county. Dalmatian toadflax is toxic to some livestock, such as cattle. Most infestations occur in sunny areas with well-drained, often coarse-textured soils such as roadsides, pastures, residential areas, cemeteries, gravel pits and waste areas. A single Dalmatian toadflax plant can produce hundreds of viable seeds and start an infestation. Seed dispersal begins shortly after flowering and continues into winter. Dispersal can be by wind, water, wildlife, vehicles and equipment, forage and livestock. MDA officials were in Kittson County on June 21 to see the infestation extent and density, and assess treatment options. Since Dalmatian toadflax is a prohibited noxious weed on the state’s eradicate list, all of the above and below ground parts of the plant must be destroyed, as required by law. The best way to control populations is to apply herbicide, which will require repeated treatments at fairly high application rates. Herbicides should be applied in the late spring as the plants begin to bolt (send up flowering stems) or in the fall before the plants die back. Repeated hand-pulling and root digging is an option to control small infestations. Flowering stems should be bagged or burned. Bag stems before digging up roots to minimize seed dispersal. If the area can be cultivated, regular tillage also is an option for control. Some landowners and farmers may be eligible for technical or financial assistance for noxious weed management, including Dalmatian toadflax, from USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. The NRCS Farmington Service Center serves Kittson County and can be contacted at 651-463-8626. Information: www.mda.state.mn.us/en/plants/badplants/

toadflax.aspx. Information on herbicide recommendations: www1.extension.umn.edu/about/offices.

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