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NDFB VP farm to host Discovery Farm field day

Created: 6/22/10 (Tue) | Topic: Education

North Dakota Farm Bureau Vice President Doyle Johannes and his wife, Patsy, will host a Discovery Farms field day at their home near Underwood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 8.

Discovery Farms is a cooperative program involving North Dakota State University, the North Dakota Department of Health and U.S. Geological Survey.

A Discovery Farm is a working farm or ranch voluntarily cooperating with local, state and federal natural resource managers to evaluate and demonstrate the effectiveness of various practices to reduce environmental impacts while maintaining farm profitability.

The Johannes farm is one of three in North Dakota's Discovery Farms program.

"The field day will be a great opportunity for the public to see what exactly the Discovery Farms project consists of," says Ron Wiederholt, an NDSU Extension Service nutrient management specialist.

Speakers will discuss a variety of topics throughout the day. Speakers and their topics include:

* Doyle Johannes - Discovery Farms in North Dakota
* Kathleen Rowland, USGS - the role of the USGS in Discovery Farms
* Karl Hoppe, an NDSU Extension livestock specialist - outcomes of the Turtle Lake cattle feedout project
* Bill Price, Price Cattle Ranch - beef processing in North Dakota and the impact on livestock development.

The field day also will include a tour of the Discovery Farms monitoring equipment and lunch. Attending the tour is free of charge.

The Johannes farm is seven miles west of Underwood along County Road 14.  The farm is on the north side of County 14 one mile beyond where the road turns to gravel.

This event is sponsored by Johannes Family Farms, NDSU's McLean County Extension office and the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center.

For more information, contact Wiederholt at (701) 652-2951 or ron.wiederholt@ndsu.edu.

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