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Nitrogen Smart Program Comes to Northwest Minnesota in February

Join University of Minnesota Extension for Nitrogen Smart in Crookston on February 12 or Parkers Prairie on February 17.
The morning session covers fundamentals of nitrogen management and begins at each location at 9 AM.
Afternoon advanced sessions begin at 1 PM and differ between locations.  The Crookston location will feature an advanced session called "A Deep Dive into the 4 Rs" and the Parkers Prairie location will feature an advanced session focused on manure management.  At individual locations participants are welcome to attend either or both sessions.
Because this program is sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers there is no cost to attend.  No pre-registration is required. February 12: UMN Northwest Research & Outreach Center, Youngquist Auditorium, 2900 University Ave., CrookstonFebruary 17: Prairie Event Center, 201 W. Main St., Parkers Prairie
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The Best of the Best in Wheat and Soybean Research conferences are opportunities for farmers in the Red River Valley to learn more about some of the latest check-off funded research taking place at University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University.

Short presentations from university researchers will recap some of the 2019 challenges and help growers to prepare for the 2020 growing season.  Uniquely, these workshops also feature universally popular hands-on demonstrations.

The programs begin at 8:25 AM and adjourn at 3:05 PM on February 5 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND and on February 6 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead.

To view or download the conference agenda, click here.

While there is no registration fee, for meal planning purposes pre-registration is encouraged.

Register online by clicking on the "Best of the Best" link at or call (218) 253-4311 ext. 7.

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The agenda for the 2020 Advanced Crop Advisors Workshop has been set and registration is currently open.

This event, where crop advisors can earn up to 9 continuing education units (CEUs) will be held on February 11 and 12 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.

The topics and speakers for this NDSU Extension- and Univ. of Minnesota Extension-sponsored event were developed in consultation with the crop advisors and other agricultural professionals that serve on the workshop's planning committee.
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Farm Bill Crops Meetings

From the program webpage, "Educational events to help crop producers understand decisions regarding the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization of ARC and PLC programs.

Under the 2018 Farm Bill, crop producers must make a selection by March 15, 2020, of either ARC-County, PLC or ARC-Individual for all covered commodity base acres on a farm. This election will apply to the farm for 2019 through 2020.

Crops grown in Minnesota that are covered by this program include corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, canola, sunflowers, oats, sorghum, lentils, dry peas, garbanzo beans and flax.

This educational meeting will provide information to help you decide which program is best for your situation."

Dates and locations of farm bill crops meetings in northwest Minnesota are as follows: