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Dickinson Hosts 'Diversity, Direction and Dollars'

Managing for success in 2007 is theme for Jan. 8 meeting.

The 11th annual Diversity, Direction and Dollars Agricultural Forum is set for Monday, Jan. 8, at the Days Inn Grand Dakota Lodge in Dickinson, N.D.

"Managing for Success in 2007" is this year's theme. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. MST, with a welcome scheduled for 9.

At 9:10 a.m., Perry Miller, Montana State University research agronomist, will compare the use of peas and lentils for green manure and annual forage in water-constricted cropping systems. Miller will discuss the emerging role of winter peas and lentils and provide some insight as to how these crops may fit into the dryland cropping systems of western North Dakota. With high fertilizer prices, this topic should be of interest to area producers, event organizers say.

Rick Haines, broadcaster for the Northern Ag Network, Billings Mont., will discuss cultural changes in rural America at 10 a.m. His background of diversified farm/ranch operations and ability to relate what is happening in the rural areas of the northern Great Plains will provide participants opportunities to understand why various things are happening in rural communities.

At 11 a.m., U.S. farm policy and the 2007 Farm Bill will be the topic presented by Bob Thompson, professor, University of Illinois, Urbana. Thompson is actively involved in the national debate on World Trade Organization agricultural trade issues and serves on the USDA's U.S. Trade Representative Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee and International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council. Thompson's topic will provide area producers and ranchers with insight into the events and decisions that will shape the next farm bill.

"The Future of Agriculture: Global Trends 2025 – Farmers Feedstocks Future Fuel: Fueling the Future" is the title of a presentation by Manfred Kern at 1 p.m. Kern is head of Global Technology Communication at Bayer Crop Science, Frankfurt, Germany. Producers will learn about opportunities to position themselves and their farms to take advantage of trends that will be occurring during the next 20 years.

With new ethanol plants scheduled to open soon, Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University beef cattle specialist, will discuss ethanol coproducts that can be used for feeding livestock. Lardy's presentation will begin at 2:10 p.m.

At 2:45 p.m., the final session of the day is a corn grower panel featuring Ryan Kadrmas, Dickinson; Cal Hoff, Richardton; Bill Kessel, Belfield; and Mark Doll, New Salem. The panel will lead a discussion on successful corn production in southwestern North Dakota. Beginning and experienced corn producers should find this discussion informative and useful.

The registration fee is $10 per person. For more information, contact Kurt Froelich at (701) 456-7555 or

The Dickinson Research Extension Center and NDSU Extension Service offices in Adams, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope, Stark and Billings Counties help sponsor the event.

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