A north-central North Dakota tradition returns Jan. 8-9 to Devils Lake, N.D.

The 38th annual Roundup farm show, held again in the Memorial Building in downtown Devils Lake, is expected to draw more than 700 people. Speakers, primarily from the extension service, commodity groups and private companies, will address crops, weeds, livestock, marketing and many other subjects.

"We always try to have a good variety of topics. We think we do again this year," said Bill Hodous, North Dakota's Ramsey County extension service agent and a Roundup organizer.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Registration isn't required. Free breakfast and lunch will be offered both days. Continuing education credits are available for certified crop advisors.

The event, which features concurrent sessions both days, is sponsored by the extension and crop improvement associations in six North Dakota counties.

Though north-central North Dakota provides most of the attendees, Roundup draws from Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota Canada and elsewhere, too, Hodous said.

A highlight this year is the presentation at 3 p.m. Jan. 8 by Elaine Froese (pronounced "phrase") on "Finding Fairness in Farm Transition." She's a professional speaker, writer, and coach who specializes in helping farm families work through difficult issues.

Another highlight is the marketing outlook presentation by 2:15 a.m. Jan. 9 by Randy Martinson with Martinson Ag Risk Management.

Roundup has never been canceled because of weather, though storms and poor driving conditions have cut into attendance some years, Hodous said.

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