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January 14, 2013 Agriculture Column

Howdy!!!

My birthday settled down and then came Lake Region Extension Roundup.  What an event!!!!!!  Producers came from across the state to listen to what our presenters had to say.  I don’t think we beat last years attendance but it surely was quite full and new pickups were everywhere.  I know that rooms were very full with many standing room only rooms.  What a pleasant surprise.  We have such a talented bunch of agents, here in the northeast.  The guest speakers were very well received, again with standing room only.  Even the upstairs level was quite full, actually the best seat in the house up there.

I would like to thank all of our sponsors for their great support of this two day event.  Without your sponsorship we could not provide the opportunities, that is provided.  This year was even more special as we had sponsors step forward to cover the featured speakers.  High Plains Equipment, Marketplace Motors, Lake Toyota and Lake Chevrolet were co-sponsors for Drew Lerner (World Weather, Inc).  Kermit and Glenna Garske Endowment along with Leading Edge Equipment were co-sponsors for Mike Krueger (The Money Farm).  We had so many great sponsors that I am going to quit at this point to not miss out on anyone. 

Every year the Chamber asks for donations to serve the noon meal the first day and like always was a great hit.  This years crew of help was probably the best yet, so hats off to Suzzie and the Crew.

Now we will start to get ready for the planting season, whether it is crops or the landscape or even the flower garden and “even” the garden.  The seed catalogs have started showing up in earnest.  It is always fun to see if there is anything new for 2013.  Two words of caution: 1. Try to buy your seed and plants local as our local nurseries keep plants that are zone hardy for our area and secondly don’t be fooled by the good looking plants that are zone 4 and higher as they will likely not make the harsh winter months that we generally deal with here.  I will start talking more about these topics and many others as we progress through the winter season. 

Lastly I WOULD LIKE TO THANK” RADIO WORKS, DEVILS LAKE JOURNAL, THE FARM AND RANCH GUIDE, AGWEEK AND THE RED RIVER FARM NETWORK for their professionalism and advertising for our two day event.  They are a tremendous asset to our communities and North Dakota

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