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Diversity, Direction and Dollars Forum Set for Jan. 4

Speakers will address topics affecting agriculture in the western Dakotas and eastern Montana.

Fertilizer recommendations, sodic and saline soils, a crop market outlook and herbicide resistance are among the topics that will be covered during the Diversity, Direction and Dollars 2017 agricultural forum set for Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson.

“This program will feature speakers on topics affecting agriculture in the western Dakotas and eastern Montana,” says Kurt Froelich, an agent with the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Stark-Billings County office, which is hosting this event. “It will provide producers with ideas for improving productivity and decreasing costs while providing high-quality food produced in a sustainable manner.”

The program will begin with registration at 8:15 a.m. MST. Russell Nemetz, an award-winning farm broadcaster with Nemetz Communications and agricultural director at Northern Ag Network, will welcome attendees.

Forum presenters and their topics are:

  • Adnan Akuz, NDSU professor of climatological practice and state climatologist - how weather patterns impact North Dakota’s climate and how a changing climate impacts growing seasons and agricultural decision making in the northern Plains
  • Naeem Kalwar, area Extension soil health specialist at NDSU’s Langdon Research Extension Center - analyzing fields for salts and sodium and applying soil amendments before tiling
  • Dave Franzen, NDSU Extension soil science specialist - best management practices for fertilizer application and the environmental, agronomic and economic considerations of raising a high-quality crop
  • Kirk Howatt, associate professor, NDSU Plant Sciences Department - herbicide resistance and how to manage this issue to prevent future problems
  • Eugene Graner, Heartland Investor Services, Bismarck - marketing opportunities

“Producers should come away with good ideas they can apply to their farm during the next cropping season and ways to position their farming operation to take advantage of the changes occurring,” Froelich says.

A registration fee of $20 covers all breaks, the noon lunch and materials, and is payable at the door. See the complete agenda at For more information about this event, contact Froelich at 701-456-7665 or

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Dec. 21, 2016

Source:Kurt Froelich, 701-456-7665,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, 701-231-5391,
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