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Local Grains Videoconference Set for March 19

NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension is a host for the videoconference.

North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center is a host site for a national local grains videoconference on Thursday, March 19.

The videoconference, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will give North Dakotans and others across the country insight into the local grains effort. It is a view of agriculture that supports value-added, organic, small-scale production and especially encourages the use of foods grown near the point of consumption. At the Carrington Research Extension Center, the event will begin with local introductions and information on the local grains initiative.

The videoconference also will give participants an opportunity to learn about the local grains efforts of a group of farmers, scientists, grain processors and bakers from across the U.S. For several months, this team of 65 people has been participating in a closed online group moderated by Julie Dawson, an assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin.

“The local grains group is a mixture of people who network through Google to share information related to growing, processing and baking with local grains,” says Steve Zwinger, an agronomy research specialist at the Carrington center and a member of the online group. “They are forming a network to aid in the development of local grain systems across various regions in the country.”

Other locations that are hosting the videoconference are Washington, D.C.; Healdsburg, Calif.; St. Paul, Minn.; Madison, Wis.; Bloomington, Ill.; Athens, Ohio; Ithaca, N.Y.; Burlington, Vt.; and Farmington, Maine.

“Local grains systems really work when all of the people involved understand each other’s needs and constraints,” Dawson says.

Another conversation during the conference will determine the future of the group and whether it remains as an email listserv or develops more networking opportunities within and among regions.

Attending the videoconference is free of charge. Preregistered participants will be provided with a sack lunch; walk-in participants are encouraged to bring lunch.

To preregister, contact Zwinger at (701) 652-2951 or, or Karl Hoppe, North Dakota Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education coordinator and Extension area livestock specialist at the Carrington center, at (701) 652-2951 or

The Carrington Research Extension Center is 3.5 miles north of Carrington on U.S. Highway 281.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - March 11, 2015

Source:Steve Zwinger, (701) 652-2951,
Source:Karl Hoppe, (701) 652-2951,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391,
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