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Dakota Digest: Giant Sunflower Seeds co-founder to head North Dakota Department of Commerce; South Dakota youth earns Junior Angus awards.

February 14, 2017

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NEW DEALER: Fantini sunflower headers were exhibited at the Farm Progress Show.Photo: Mindy Ward

Hamilton Farm Supply to handle Fantini headers
Hamilton Farm Supply, Hamilton, N.D., is the new exclusive distributor of Fantini corn and sunflower headers. Fantini was founded in 1968 in Italy and remains under the same family ownership today as an independent manufacturer of corn and sunflower headers. Hamilton Farm Supply also is the U.S. distributor of the Convey-All seed tenders, conveyors, seed treatment systems, bulk handling systems; and Meridian grain and hopper bins.

Sunflower snack company founder to head Commerce Department
Giant Sunflower Seeds co-founder Jay Schuler has been appointed to lead the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Schuler is a native of Wahpeton. He started his first company while still in college and is a founding investor in both Giant Sunflower Seeds, the largest sunflower confection retailer in the Upper Midwest, and Richland IFC, a dominant supplier of organic blue corn. Schuler is also an original investor in Ag America Network, which is carried by more than 30 radio stations in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Chase Mogck earns Junior Angus awards
Chase Mogck, Olivet, S.D., has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s bronze and silver awards. The 18-year-old son of Charles and LeAndra Mogck attends Scotland High School and is a member of the NJAA and the South Dakota Junior Angus Association, where he has served as director. He has consigned cattle in the Mogck and Sons Angus sale. The bronze and silver awards are the first two levels of the NJAA Recognition Program that began in 1972. Junior Angus breeders must apply for the awards, then meet point requirements in many areas of participation before receiving the honors. Applicants are evaluated in areas of Junior Angus Association activities and leadership, participation in showmanship, contests and shows, using performance testing to improve their herd, and their progress in producing and merchandising Angus cattle.

SDSU student receives SDFU Graduate Scholarship
Taylor Aubrey, who is pursuing a master’s degree in dairy production at South Dakota State University, is the 2017 recipient of the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation’s $2,500 Graduate Scholarship. Aubrey has worked on a research project focused on the impact of supplementing concentrated yeast products in dairy cow diets. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. or go on to veterinary school.

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