Agweek Wire Reports
Ray Erbele has been named the 94th Little International Agriculturist of the Year. This honor is awarded by the North Dakota State University Saddle and Sirloin Club to recognize deserving individuals for their work in North Dakota agriculture. Erbele will be recognized at a banquet in his honor Feb. 14 and during Little I on Feb. 15.
ARVILLA, N.D. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Columbia Grain International LLC for willfully exposing workers to grain-handling hazards after the fatal engulfment of an employee at the company’s Arvilla, N.D., storage facility. The company faces $190,000 in proposed penalties. Kevin John Anderson, 58, of Aneta, died on July 3 after becoming submerged in corn at Columbia Grain in Arvilla.
HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Department of Livestock on Dec. 30 reported that a single cow on a Madison County ranch within Montana's brucellosis Designated Surveillance Area has been confirmed positive for brucellosis.
MARSHALL, Minn. — Applications are now being accepted for the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Class XI. MARL is a two-year educational experience featuring nine two- and three-day in-state seminars, a six-day national study seminar in Washington, D.C., and a 10- to 14-day international study seminar. Its mission is to develop the skills of Minnesota's agricultural and rural leaders so they can maximize their impact and effectiveness in local, state, national and international arenas.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota State Board of Animal Health and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Division are reminding horse owners to protect their horses from equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). A horse in Bottineau County has been confirmed positive for equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM), the neurologic manifestation of the virus. Since October, several outbreaks of EHM have been reported in multiple states including Oklahoma, Virginia, Pennsylvania and California.
FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Trade Office has announced that current team member Drew Combs has accepted the role of executive director. He will lead and manage the administration, programs and strategic vision plan for the NDTO. Combs has nearly two decades of international and domestic experience in agriculture and energy and has lived and worked in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Greg Lardy will be the next vice president for Agricultural Affairs at North Dakota State University, NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani said in an announcement today. “Dr. Lardy has an impressive record of leadership and advancement in his career and has earned the respect of the many key stakeholder groups,” Bresciani said. “We are fortunate to have had a very strong pool of highly-qualified candidates and even more fortunate to have Dr. Lardy accept the role.”
ST. PAUL, MINN. -- Noel K. Estenson, who helped spearhead the 1998 merger that created CHS Inc., the nation’s largest farmer-owned cooperative and then served as its first CEO, died Dec. 11 at his home in Lakeville, Minn., after a long battle with cancer. He was 80.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the signup deadline for the Market Facilitation Program and Dairy Margin Coverage to Dec. 20. The Market Facilitation Program deadline had been Dec. 6, while Dairy Margin Coverage deadline had been Dec. 13.
FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota Farm Bureau Promotion and Education committee raised more than $10,000 for scholarships during a live auction at Fargo Brewing Company on Nov. 22. The event was held in conjunction with the NDFB Annual Meeting, held Nov. 22-23. "We could not be more thankful for all those who donated items, bought items and helped make the auction a success," said Joey Bailey, NDFB director of organizational development. "It feels good to be able to reward hard working students who are trying to better their education."