Mandan News

First spring garden fever

NDSU Extension Agent
By Jackie Buckley

Dates to Remember
Mar. 27 – Spring Garden Fever – Second Session, Mandan/Morton County Law Enforcement Center, 6:30 p.m.
Mar. 31 – Private Pesticide Certification, Morton County Commissioners Room, 7 p.m. Last session for the 2014 season
Apr. 1 – Session 3 – Spring Garden Fever, Mandan/Morton County Law Enforcement Center, 6:30 p.m.
Apr. 10 – Morton County SCD Meeting, NRCS Office, Mandan, 9:30 a.m.

April 1 Spring Fever Garden Session #3
Cool Fruits for a Cold Climate, Kathy Wiederholt, Fruit Project Manager – We’ll introduce you to a fascinating array of hardy fruits: Juneberry, haskap, bush cherry, chokeberry, currant, and more  
Preparing for Battle against Diseases, Jared LeBoldus, Ext. Plant Pathologist New and old diseases will invade landscapes this spring. Learn how to prevent problems, spot the enemy, and protect your plants

Planting Trees—Do It Right the First Time!, Joe Zeleznik, Extension Forester – Get your new tree off to a healthy start. Tips will be provided on selecting trees, digging the hole, watering, fertilizing and staking

Call 667.3340 for more information.

National Ag Week
Morton County celebrated National Ag last week on Thursday, March 20. National Ag Week is March 23-29, with National Ag Day on Tuesday, March 25. The theme for 2014 is: “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed”. The National Ag Day program believes that every American should:
* Understand how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced.
* Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
* Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
* Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, fiber and renewable resource industries.

Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis, and is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bio-products. Each year, members of the agricultural industry gather together to promote American agriculture. This effort helps educate millions of consumers.

Some North Dakota Agriculture Facts are:
* North Dakota production agriculture generates over $5 billion in cash receipts each year.
* Production agriculture is the largest sector of North Dakota’s economy, making up to 25% of the economic base.
* Nearly 24% of North Dakota workers are farmers and ranchers or are employed in farm-related jobs.
* North Dakota has 30,300 farms and ranches. The average size of a North Dakota farm is 1,300 acres.
* 39.4 million acres – nearly 90% of North Dakota’s land area – is in farms and ranches
* North Dakota farms provide food and habitat for 75% of the state’s wildlife