NDSU Extension - Williams County


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August 26, 2015

Master Gardener Program

Every year North Dakota State University Extension Service puts on the Master Gardener program. The 2015 course begins in October 2nd and ends December 11th. Registration is happening right now, with the last day to register is Thursday September 10th. To register go to http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/mastergardener , the class can be taken online or at the Williston Research Extension Center. If you are taking the class online, at home, reliable high speed internet is needed to watch the classes and to take the quizzes, and an accessible email address is required as well. If you are interested in taking the class at the Williston Research Extension Center, the class will be watched on the computer as the in-person class is located in Fargo so it will be streamed to Williston. The classes will be held every Friday morning from 8:30a.m. to 12:30p.m. CT, if you are watching the classes at home you can watch them at your convenience.

The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer service organization that benefits communities. North Dakota State University Extension educated North Dakotans about horticulture and sustainable gardening practices. When taking this course, you will receive 40 hours of cutting-edge training from NDSU staff. The topics that will be discussed will be; the basics of plant and soil science, perennial and annual flowers, woody plants, plant diseases, entomology, weed control, vegetable and fruit production. The Master Gardener expectations are that the interns agree to complete the core course and volunteer 48 hours over two years to their local communities and the NDSU Extension Service. After the completion of the volunteer hours, a certificate will be sent to the intern. Master Gardeners also must attend a minimum of eight hours of continuing education each year. This class is open to anyone who has basic knowledge or ornamental and vegetable gardening, the desire to learn and the time to volunteer. There are multiple benefits of being a Master Gardener; increase your horticultural knowledge, have the satisfaction of helping your community, attend the new North Dakota Master Gardener conference, participate in fun in-state and out-of-state field trips, receive the Master Gardener newsletter, and have access to free or low-cost continuing education opportunities. The cost for this course is $150.


Harvest Safety

With harvest in full swing in the area, and will continue for the next few weeks there are some things that we all need to keep in mind. For those of you that are in the fields, making sure you have the proper equipment on hand to manage fire is important this time of year. Continue to watch the weather forecast, keep fire extinguishers and water tanks/truck readily available. Also continue to watch for power lines and power poles, when loading grain carts or semis it is easy to part under or near power lines to stay off of the fields, be aware of your surroundings.
This next part may be one of the most important, for those of you that run into farm equipment on the roads, slow down. On all farm equipment whether it’s a combine, grain cart or baler there will be a slow moving vehicle sign which is the bright orange triangle. That sign shows that this vehicle/machine will only be going 25 mph or slower. Please be patient and take your time, moving equipment is a needed part of farming and could be quite dangerous.


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