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COL Fall field day to provide crop update

NASHUA, Iowa -- The Extension Service will hold its annual fall field day at the Northeast Agricultural Research Farm near Nashua from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 9, said Robert Tigner, Chickasaw County Extension Interim director.

The program will include information on crop growth and development during a cool season by Ken Pecinovsky, farm superintendent; soil drainage and tiling following a wet season by Matt Helmers, ISU Extension agricultural engineer; weed problems in 2004 and an update on weed shift research by Robert Hartzler, ISU Extension weed specialist; soybean diseases by Brian Lang, ISU Extension field specialist for crops; and measuring soil quality by Robert Vobora, NCRS soil scientist.

The farm is located on 290th Street, 1 mile south and 1.5 miles west of Nashua.

From Highway 218 in Nashua go west on B-60 1.5 miles to Windfall Avenue. Then south on Windfall Avenue 1 mile to 290th St. Turn east (left) to the research farm.

Manure applicators must be certified

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AMES, Iowa -- Confinement site manure applicators, applicators hauling or handling manure for a confinement site facility with more than 500 animal units and commercial manure applicators are required by law to be certified to apply manure in Iowa.

Confinement site applicators must attend two hours of annual training to maintain their three-year license and avoid taking the certification exam when their certificate expires.

New confinement site applicators, or those renewing their three-year certificate may either watch a videotape or schedule an appointment with their local Iowa Department of Natural Resources field office to take the certification exam.

Commercial manure applicators must attend three hours of training annually or take and pass the exam annually.

For more information, call the Sioux County Extension office at (712) 737-4230.

Draft horse hitch show coming to Britt

BRITT, Iowa -- The Britt Draft Horse Show, one of the largest draft horse hitch shows in North America, will be Sept. 3-5 at the Hancock County Fairgrounds in Britt.

The show is a qualifying point show for the North American Six Horse Hitch Classic Series. Gates open at 7 a.m. each day. Admission on Friday is $2 with the junior and amateur shows are at 6 p.m.

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Junior Groomer and Junior Showmanship Classes are Saturday at 9 a.m. with halter classes for hitch horses at 10 a.m.

The Draft Horse Grandstand shows begin at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $6 with children six to 10 at $1.

There will be a commercial building filled with exhibits, and there will be a commemorative belt buckle. Camping is available. For more information telephone (541) 843-4181 or (515) 928-2589.

Cattle Congress awarded grant

WATERLOO, Iowa -- The National Cattle Congress has received $500 through the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Challenge Grant Program. The funds will be used to assist with Discovery Program.

The Discovery Program is geared toward second grade students. The students learn about livestock and the importance of agriculture to a community and have the opportunity to tour a farm and a one-room schoolhouse.

Black Hawk County Farm Bureau gave its support to the grant. The IFBF Challenge Grant Program provides financial support for activities that focus on community-based educational opportunities for rural youth and rural health education programs.

Scholarship started in honor of Fedosa

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JOHNSTON, Iowa -- A new scholarship in Iowa State University's College of Agriculture will honor a long-time company executive at Agricredit Acceptance, LCC, of Johnston.

The Dennis Fedosa/AgriCredit Scholarship for Excellence in Agricultural Business will be awarded each year to an undergraduate student majoring in agricultural business in the Department of Economics.

De Lage Landen, the parent company of Agricredit, provided $50,000 to establish the scholarship in the name of Dennis Fedosa, Agricredit's chief executive officer who has worked for the firm for 40 years. The company announced the scholarship as a surprise for Fedosa at a July 27 celebration held in his honor in Johnston.

Shooting sports volunteers need training

MADRID, Iowa -- Volunteers and staff who would like to work with youth in the 4-H shooting sports disciplines of riflery, shotgun and archery must be trained at the statewide Safety and Education and Shooting Sports Leader Training Sept. 17-19 at the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid.

Training for all three disciplines begins Friday evening. The cost is $35 . This includes lodging and meals at the Iowa 4-H Center as well as instruction.

For more information, CALL the Sioux County Extension office at (712) 737-4230.

Entries for Youth Classic due Sept. 8

WEST UNION, Iowa -- The Youth Classic Dairy Show and State FFA Dairy Judging Contest is 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union.

Entries for the dairy show need to be postmarked no later than Sept. 8.

The show is open to any youth between the ages of 9 and 19. There are no geographic limitations. Cattle from neighboring states are welcome. Past shows have attracted 200 head representing all six dairy breeds. The show is open to registered, breed association identified, and grade animals with appropriate 4-H or FFA identification.

Judges for this year's Youth Classic are Paul Trapp Jr. of Taylor, Wis., and Lany Tande of Medford, Minn.

For entry blanks and show rules, contact county Extension offices or call Brian and Rachel Hanson, (563) 422-3508.

Hoop Barn Conference is Sept. 14

AMES, Iowa -- Livestock producers can learn about the latest livestock systems technology and experience a virtual reality hoop structure at the National Conference on Hoop Barns and Bedded Systems for Livestock Production.

The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Gateway Inn and Conference Center in Ames.

The conference boasts a broad agenda, including remodeling of bedded systems, how to budget for bedded livestock operations, hoop designs for beef, dairy and hogs and interfacing hoops with conventional systems.

For more information,call Beth Weiser at (515) 294-0557.

Farm Progress Show set for Alleman

ALLEMAN, Iowa -- The 2004 Farm Progress Show will be held Aug. 31 and Sept. 1-2 near Alleman, Iowa.

The American Quarter Horse Association and its "4aHORSE Test Ride" will take place at the show.

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