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Winter Ag Expo hosts Ag in the Classroom

The 2014 Winter Ag Expo offers a variety of seminars and booths aimed for farmers of all types and their families, according to Lynn Lambrecht, sales manager for Ingstad Family Media, which is sponsoring the event.

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The expo runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Jamestown Civic Center. The event also offers vendor booths and free lunch to farmers and others interested in agriculture both days.

“We really don’t know how long we’ve been doing this,” Lambrecht said. “A lot of years and nobody has been keeping track.”

This is the second year of the Ag in the Classroom event which will be held on the south side of the upper concourse beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, said Lindsey Novak, Stutsman County extension agent.

Novak said the event is designed to teach third-grade students about agriculture. Students from Jamestown schools and rural Stutsman County schools are registered for the event. Organizers expect about 200 to attend.

“We have educational booths teaching them where our food comes from,” she said. “They’ll spend 8 minutes at each booth learning about careers in agriculture and even how honey is produced.”

The students will also spend some time in the main arena looking at equipment booths used in production agriculture.

“We may live in a farming community but a lot of kids don’t have a lot of exposure to the farm anymore,” Novak said. “This is a chance for them to learn about agriculture.”

The Ag in the Classroom event is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, FARRMS, International Certification Services, North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center, Browning Bees, North Dakota Farmers Union, North Dakota Farm Bureau and Stutsman County Extension.

The expo features seminars on a variety of topics both days including some women’s topics on Tuesday.

Christina Rittenbach, family consumer science extension agent for Stutsman County, will present a seminar titled “Family Communication and Estate Planning” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the north side of the upper concourse. At 1:30 p.m. Novak and Crystal Schaunaman, McIntosh County extension agent, will present a seminar titled “Determining Rental Rates and Communicating with Renters.”

The day also includes seminars on precision agriculture, the grain, livestock and weather outlooks, information on feeding distillers grains to livestock and regulations regarding installing tile drainage systems.

Farmers needing certification to handle commercial pesticides can attend an all-day course presented by Mike Liane, pesticide program specialist for NDSU Extension Service beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Exchequer Room. Other seminars throughout the day include market updates, information on industrial beets, saline soil management and the soil benefits of manure.

A special growers informational meeting on industrial beets will be presented by Green Vision Group at noon in the Club Room.

Lambrecht said the Winter Ag Expo will feature several new vendors with display booths this year.

“The main arena is full with most of the upper concourse occupied as well,” she said. “We even have vendors spilling out onto the parking lot.”

The Unison Bank free farmers appreciation lunch is served at noon both days. Admission to the Winter Ag Expo, which is open to the public, is free.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at