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a} a 927 w RAILROAD AVt '50 1" cursor; WA seem—cw. NDSU: Producers should ' SMALL i’DWN PAPERS "9995 be prepared for drought A North Dakota producers need to be prepared in case drought condi- tions persist into 2021, according to North Dakota State University Ex- tension specialists. Most of the Dakotas, northern Minnesota and eastern Montana suf- fered from some level of drought in 2020. As of Jan. 14, 2021, all of North Dakota was impacted by dry conditions, with 23% of the state in moderate and 62% of the state in se— vere drought. The 2020 drought affected forage production on pastureland and hay land. “Depending on your grazing management practices, many pas- tures would have gone into the win- ter stressed, leaving plants vulnerable to death of new tillers, thus leading to slow and delayed growth this coming spring,” said Kevin Sedivec, NDSU Extension rangeland management specialist. North Dakota went into the fall of 2020 with precipitation in most of the state at 35% to 150% below nor— mal. Thus, the 2021 growing season will start with very little moisture in the topsoil and little to no subsoil moisture. “If the drought extends into the 2021 growing season, expect a se- vere loss in forage production,” Se- »divec said. “We recommend that ranchers and farmers put together a drought management plan early so they are prepared if drought per— sists.” Seventy to 80% of forage pro- duction on pasture and hay land ocv curs by July 1 in the northern Plains, so if the spring and early summer are dry, producers could see a 50% or greater reduction in forage pro- duced, depending on the severity of Public invited The public is invited to a free vir- tual forum, “Community Voices: COVID-19 Vaccine,” on Friday, I an. 22, from noon to 1 pm. CST. This forum will convene local public health and medical experts to provide information and answer questions on North Dakota’s vaccine rollout and vaccine safety. The'meet- ing will be convened via Zoom, and audience members are encouraged to register in advance at nityVoices-Jan22. The moderated panel will include January 12. 2021 (Released Thursday. Jan. 14, 2021).Valid 7 am. EST drought and past management. “The only silver lining is drought-stressed grasses abort seed production, so forage quality should be greater-longer into'the grazing season,” said Miranda Meehan, NDSU Extension livestock environ- mental stewardship specialist. “If summer moisture does occur and plants remain immature, regrowth potential will be greater and nutri— tional quality higher later into the grazing season.” Even with normal spring precip- itation, producers should expect a reduction in forage production due to plant stress and delayed spring growth, the specialists caution. With normal precipitation, shallow-rooted plants will benefit while deep- rooted plants will suffer due to lack of subsoil moisture. “Under this scenario, plan for a 10% to 30% reduction in forage, de- pending if you overgrazed, properly grazed or undergrazed your pas- tures,” Meehan says. “Severely grazed pastures may even experi- ence greater than 30% reduction under'normal spring precipitation an a t a, Page droughknemtiuumedu conditions.” A wet spring will lead to a best— case scenario._Usually, wet springs result in above-normal forage pro- duction. However, with no subsoil moisture, forage production still may be below normal if pastures Were overgrazed in 2020. “A wet spring should alleviate the need to implement a drought plan,” Sedivec says. “However, you still need to plan for delayed growth due, to drought-stressed plants. De- layed growth would 'result in a de- layed pasture turnout by one to two weeks. “Be prepared to implement your drought management plan if the summer growing period becomes dry,” he added. “Wet springs fol- lowed by droughts lead to poor— quality feed during the second half of the grazing season.” For more information on coping with droughtcondition‘s, check out the NDSU Extension publication “Strategies for Managing Drought in" the Northern Plains” at mentStrategies. to COVID-1 9 vaccine forum Dr. Paul Carson, professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and director of NDSU’s Center for Immunization Research and Educa- tion (CIRE); Kylie Hall, program manager at NDSU’s CIRE; and Molly Howell, North Dakota De- partment of Health Immunization program director. Audience mem— bers will be invited to submit ques- tions to the panelists. A video recording of the forum will be posted online for free viewing following the event. . “Many citizens have valid con- cerns about the vaccine, and there is a lot of misinformation circulating on social media,” said Ann Crews Melton, Consensus Council execu— tive director. “It is important for the public to have access to verified in- formation, and to be able to raise questions and concerns with local experts.” This public meeting is convened by Consensus Council with support from the Impact Foundation. Department of Agriculture hopes to pass hemp regulations bill By Dylan Sherman NDNA Education Foundation BISMARCK — State agriculture officials are backing HB 1045, a pro- posal to keep the state in line with any federal changes regarding the growing of hemp. The bill includes changing the definition of hemp, leaving that to the department, as well as changes in hemp testing requirements. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said changing the defini- tion allows for the department to mirror the federal law easily, espe— cially as new rules are expected to come later this year. “The problem was, our law that we had changed [in 2018], which we thought was going to mirror federal law, did not,” he- said. With testing, the department now has to accept the lowest bid, which could be from an unreputable testing site in a different state, Goehring said. “The lowest bid isn’t always the best one,” he said. “We ended up having to go to Kentucky for testing, which can take three to five days just to get the product there.” Goehring said it is problematic when there is a capable facility in North Dakota. Hemp growers are separated into two categories, grain and fiber, and cannabidiol (CBD). The increase in product varieties is among the rea— sons the department wants guide- lines allowing easier testing, Goehring said. “When we went out and tested a field most of the time it was one va- riety,” he said. “Now, we may walk into a facility but have nine different varieties of CBD extract.” Numerous tests and retests were costing the department too much, which is why Goehring said the bill will help with the department’s budget. The amended billincludes a pro- vision for‘an emergency measure, which will allow the change to be ef— fective immediately rather than waiting until Aug. 1. Hemp farming has seen growth‘in North Dakota since the pilot pro- gram began in 2016, following the federal Agricultural Act of 2014. With the passing of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, hemp was re- moved as a schedule I drug. Although total acreage of hemp is down, Goehring said the number of licenses is up in North Dakota. “It is reflecting [the shift] of grain and fiber producers to CBD produc- ers,” he said. “CBD producers are going to be managing, in many cases, less than an acre.” Goehring said the CBD variety is a newer product and has been more profitable for growers. While he did not introduce the , bill, David Monson,"R-Osnabrock, is a longtime proponent of hemp growth in North Dakota and Worked with Goehring on certain amend- ments to the bill. “Almost every hemp bill since the beginning, I’ve introduced them,” he said. Monson said when he heard US. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was introducing federal legislation that could change regulation on hemp, he wanted to make sure North Dakota would follow it. “If [Paul] is successful, we want to make sure that we mirror what the Hemp Bill, ' (Continued on Page 8) Have You Signed Up For E-Statements?‘ Getting your monthly bank statement is easy and convenient when you sign up for eStatements. Receive your bank statement electronically at. no charge instead of by mail as a paper document. E—statements elimi— nate paper clutter and help the environment. Plus, there’s no risk of your bank statement being stolen from your mailbox or lost in the mail.. sag-.52 , “flywwt . . an... lSIN .‘31 18“ x, Soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 816th Military Police Company board a C- \ul. "1 \0. lil 30 Hercules from the Texas Air National Guard’s 136th Airlift Wing at the Bismarck Airport on Jan. 1 5. (Courtesy Photo) Guard members head to Washington D.C. BISMARCK Approximately 130 soldiers from the 816th Military Police Company have joined 20 pre- viously scheduled N.D. Guard mem— bers in support of the 59th residential inauguration. The unit is Eeadquartered in Dickinson, with a etachment in Bismarck. “We are responding to a request "’7’ BISMARCK — The North Dakota . Department of Health (NDDoH) says vaccine priority groups origi— nally announced on Dec. 31 will re- main in effect. The above reminder was issued in response to the federal govemment’s recommendation that states expand the range of individuals immediately eligible to receive the vaccine, while noting it remains the state’s decision. “North Dakota has had a suc- cessful start to COVID-19 vaccina— tion,” said NDDoH Immunization Director Molly Howell. “Continuing with the priority groups established by the North Dakota COVID—19 vaccination ethics committee en- sures that our most vulnerable are accessing vaccines first. North Dakota is continuing to receive less than 10,000 doses per week, so opening up vaccination to large groups of individuals is not possible at this time, but we strongly encour— age those in the priority groups to get vaccinated as they become eligi- ble.” The state also unveiled a way'for individuals to find vaccine in their area. More information can be found at tor. Individuals can search by providers in their area and see which provider group they’re serving. Health care providers receiving vac- »cine directly from the federal gov- State reiterates p from the DC. National Guard seek- ing assistance,” said N.D. National Guard Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann. “I continue to be proud of our soldiers’ and airmen’s ability to quickly re- spond when asked to serve. This short-term mobilization will not af— fect our ability to support the COVID-19 fight or any potential se- Services and the Veterans Adminis- tration, are not included on the loca- tor, but may have vaccine available. “Different areas of the state may be vaccinating different priority groups,” said Howell. “It’s impor— tant that the public remain patient and pay attention to local informa- tion about vaccine availability. Everyone who wants a vaccine will get one eventually.” North Dakotans should watch their local media and reliable social media channels for health care facil— ities, pharmacies and local public health departments for more infor- mation on the status of vaccine ad- ministration in'their area. Health care providers, local pub— lic health units and pharmacies have been told they can move to Phase IB when they’re ready. Some may still be working through Phase 1A, comprised of frontline health care workers, first responders and long- term care residents and staff. Below are the following phases. Phase 1B (in order of priority): - Persons age 75 and older - Persons age 65 — 74 with two or more high-risk medical conditions Staff and persons living in other congregate settings (i.e., correc- tions, group homes, treatment cen— ters; homeless shelters, etc.) 0 Persons age 65 and older with curity operations within our state if called upon.” Nationwide, the National Guard provides support capabilities that can be integrated with interagency part— V ‘ ners to enhance inauguration support. These capabilities include security, communications, medical evacuation and logistics. riorities, launches vaccine locator "ernment, including Indian Health one or more high-risk medical con— ditions - Persons age 65 and older with or without high-risk medical condi- tions ' Persons with two or more hi gh-’ risk medical conditions regardless of age 0 Child care workers - Workers employed by preschools or Kindergarten through 12th grade: 0 Teachers, nutritional services, aides, bus drivers, principals, ad- ministrative staff, custodians, etc. Phase 1C (in order of priority): - North Dakota National Guard, not previously covered ' ' Grocery Workers Public safety answering points (911) 0 Manufacturing related to the development or supply of COVID— 19 vaccine L Other health care/public health workers not included in phase 1A ' Free standing clinical laundries ‘ Public transit, including bus, taxi, ride-share ' Persons age 16 — 64 with one or more high-risk medical conditions ' Blood bank workers not previ— ously vaccinated 0 Information technology 0 All other essential workers per Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Se— curity Agency (CISA) Committee sees packed virtual audience By Dylan Sherman NDNA Education Foundation BISMARCK -' More than 400 people tuned in to a Senate Human Services committee meeting Jan. 6. Chairwoman Judy Lee, R—West Fargo, said the high viewership was surprising due to what. was being talked about in the committee. “We didn’t have fancy bills that day, they were agency bills that had to do with procedural stuff,” she said. “We had 475 (viewers) in the mom— ing and 232 in the afternoon.” Lee said she received positive feedback from viewers following the committee’s first meeting. “I got some really nice comments from people who said, ‘That was great, we got to see how things work,” she said. . Although not every participant may testify given time constraints, Lee said more of them are just inter- ested in seeing how discussions go. “(We will ask participants) ‘Don’t come and say the same things that someone else has already said,”’ she said. Lee said in order to save time, if someone has no new comments to offer, they may just state their name and agree or disagree with previous comments. GolVa Medora Beach 872-3656 623-5000 872-4444 Member . 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