Extension winter series will be Jan. 28

  The Prairie County Extension Service will host its annual MSU Extension Winter Series on Thursday, Jan. 28. The Winter Series offers an expanded agenda that includes a variety of agricultural presentations and other special interest topics to satisfy the interests of both men and women.  A supper sponsored by the Prairie County Chamber of Commerce will also be offered as a part of the program.

Featured ag presentations will include a presentation by Kent McVay, MSU Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, discussing tools he has developed to help producers make quick, reliable choices on new varieties as well as make herbicide and fertilizer selections based on research from the MSU research centers and research farms. Jane Mangold, MSU Extension Noxious Weed Specialist will talk about how cheatgrass arrived in North America and its current distribution in rangeland, life history and biology, including some of the traits it possesses that make it so competitive. David Branson, Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab Entomologist will give a presentation on grasshoppers in rangeland and will clarify how grasshoppers influence grassland health and review sustainable rangeland management techniques that may reduce grasshopper outbreaks while satisfying the needs of the grazing industry. 
Garth Clingingsmith, chef and culinary instructor at Dawson Community College, will share some secrets from a restaurant chef, demonstrating food preparation techniques that the pros use. Participants will also get to sample the delicious results.
The Winter Series ag sessions will run from 3:00-6:30 p.m. at the American Legion. Clingingsmith’s presentation will take place at the Prairie County Community Center from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  Supper will be served by the Prairie County Chamber of Commerce at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion. 
  Winter Series is part of a week long program that will begin in Jordan on the 25, Broadus the 26, Ekalaka and Baker on the 27, Wibaux and Terry on the 28 and Forsyth on the 29th. If you would like more details regarding the MSU Extension Winter Series, contact the Prairie County Extension Office at 635-2121.

Published Jan. 13, 2010

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