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Crop Improvement Scholarship Announced – Graduation Hat
Applications due April 30

I would like to announce a scholarship opportunity. The Traill Country Crop Improvement Association has established a scholarship for high school seniors and sophomore undergraduate students.

The scholarship details are as follows:

     • The applicants family must reside Traill County, ND

     • H.S. senior applicants must be pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field. Undergraduate students must be
       enrolled in an agricultural related field.

      • There will be (4) $500 scholarships awarded to graduating high school seniors and (2) $500 scholarships to
        sophomore undergraduate students.

     • Applications must be postmarked on or before April 30, 2018.

Scholarship will be paid directly to the institution where winner is enrolled. The scholarship will be paid after successfully completing one semester.

For more information regarding scholarships or township officers, contact the Traill County Extension Office at (701)636-5665.

Get Growing!

Green thumbs are beginning to get anxious for the weather to warm up and get their gardens planted for the season. Below is a great way to get your “fix” of horticulture. And this method is a great way to use up coffee grounds. I think it is a great way to recycle!

LilySome materials you will need:
• Used coffee filter
• Used coffee grounds
• Potting soil
• Water
• Lily bulb (or any other flower you wish to grow)
• Flower pot

Steps to planting your flower pot: Gather materials. Insert used coffee filter and used coffee grounds into pot. Add potting soil to pot. Add more soil and water to surround lily bulb. Make sure to place the flower pot in bright lighted area but not direct sunlight. Eventually, you will be able to transplant your lily to the great outdoors if you wish to.

For more information about house plants, contact the Traill County Extension office at (701)636-5665 or alyssa.scheve@ndsu.edu.

Citizen Scientists Needed to Observe Rain, Snow in N.D.

A nationwide citizen science network is looking for volunteers for rain and snow reporting in North Dakota.

These observers will measure rainfall, snowfall and snow depth as part of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network. Some observers also measure the water equivalent of the snow after it melts.

“This is your chance to become part of the state’s climatological history,” says Adnan Akyuz, state climatologist and professor of climatological practices at North Dakota State University.

North Dakotans have been collecting precipitation (rainfall and snowfall) data since the early 1900s in most places. When farmers, engineers, and weather and river forecasters ask for precipitation data for a given location, that information mostly comes from volunteer observers.

“Providing that data is fun and easy, and only takes five minutes a day,” Akyuz says. North Dakota has more than 300 such volunteer precipitation observers.

“However, it is not nearly enough,” Akyuz says. “We need as many volunteer observers as possible around the state to help forecast flood potential, as well as drought assessments.

“Don’t worry if you do not know how to do all that,” he adds. “We have a lot of training materials for you to become an observer. All you need is an interest in weather to participate in the program and a cylindrical rain gauge.”

In your neighborhood, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds already may be measuring precipitation in their own backyards as part of the CoCoRaHS Network. It has grown to more than 15,000 volunteer observers covering every state.

Many professions and organizations, including meteorologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, city utilities, insurance adjusters, agribusinesses, engineers, science teachers and the National Weather Service, routinely view and use data from CoCoRaHS Network volunteers. Data are used for many applications, such as water resource planning, severe storm warnings, teaching earth science, predicting crop yields and assessing hail damage.

“We need precipitation data this spring more than ever to better assess the likelihood of the 2017 drought extending into 2018 and the chance for spring flooding in the Red River,” Akyuz says.

To volunteer for the CoCoRaHS network, go to http://www.cocorahs.org/application.aspx.

Produce Safety Training Set

Fruit and vegetable growers will have an opportunity to learn about produce safety during a training course set for April 5 at the North Dakota Farmers Union in Jamestown.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is providing the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course in cooperation with the North Dakota Farmers Union. The training will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Providing safe food requires a field-to-fork approach,” says Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension food and nutrition specialist. “We are pleased to have partnerships in providing this training for growers and educators. Connie Landis Fisk from Cornell University will lead the training. Holly Mawby from Dakota College at Bottineau and I will assist with the workshop.”

Participants will learn about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rules, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Good Agricultural Practices audits, co-management of natural resources and food safety. This training is required for all producers who are not exempt from the FSMA regulations.

Trainers will cover seven areas:

-  Introduction to produce safety

-  Worker health, hygiene and training

-  Soil amendments

-  Wildlife, domestic animals and land use

-  Agricultural water

-  Postharvest handling and sanitation

-  How to develop a farm food safety plan

“I see this training as an excellent opportunity to not only get the training necessary under FSMA but also a chance to share their experiences with other growers,” says Jason McKenney, cooperative specialist with the North Dakota Farmers Union. “Even if a producer does not require training under the current regulations, I see this training as an opportunity for growers to add value to what they grow.”

The training is an outcome of the North Central Region Center for FSMA Training, Extension and Technical Assistance. The cost of the training is $25.

Register online at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/fieldtofork.

For more information, contact Garden-Robinson at 701-231-7187 or .

Traill County Courthouse


NDSU Extension Service/Traill County
114 Caledonia Ave. W.
Box 730 (mailing address)
Hillsboro, ND 58045
Phone:  701-636-5665   
Fax: 701-636-5666

Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Summer Office Hours:
(Memorial Day - Labor Day)
7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,  Monday-Thursday
8 a.m. - Noon, Friday

Related Links:
NDSU Extension Service
North Dakota Department of Agriculture

Traill County
City of Hillsboro
Cities of Mayville-Portland
City of Hatton

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