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WSC to host Farm Management Instructors Sept. 20-22

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Posted by Roxane Molinari

WILLISTON, N.D. - Williston State College and its Farm Management Education Program will host the North Dakota Farm Management Education Association annual fall conference Sept. 20 to 22, at the Ernie French Center on the NDSU Research Extension Center campus.

The public is invited to a free informational session featuring Dennis Duvall of Dakota Environmental Group speaking at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 21. He will speak about the November implementation of the EPA's new petroleum storage regulations, which is of importance and pertains to all farmers, ranchers, and businesses that store more than 1,300 gallons of petroleum products.

WSC Adult Farm and Ranch Management Director Beau Anderson encourages anyone interested in or affected by the new regulations to attend this free informational session. "This is very important information," he said. "The EPA has listed new petroleum product storage plans and these plans go into effect in November and all farms and ranches must comply, as well as any businesses that store petroleum products."

Those wanting to attend this session are asked to register by calling Anderson at 701-570-3506 or emailing him at beau.d.anderson@wsc.nodak.edu.

The NDFMEA, which is comprised of 18 farm management instructors, has an annual fall conference, held in locations around the state. This is the first year that they have been in Williston, according to Anderson. "Members of the association serve more than 500 family farms in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana," he said.

Most of the instructors are based out of colleges throughout the state, with two in public schools. "Our members work to provide farm management education for family farms or anyone involved in production agriculture," Anderson explained.

Other topics to be covered throughout the three-day conference include Enterprising Livestock with Jerry Tuhy; Tax Planner Updates/Closeout Manual with Reuben Mayer; Transition Planning with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; the association's meeting and a stockman's article discussion and review. The group will also take tours of United Pulse Trading with Brian Norby; the Nabors Drilling Safety Site; the WSC campus; and the Wayne Berry farm.