Free BBQ To Celebrate Friends & Neighbors Day

Free BBQ To Celebrate Friends & Neighbors Day

The USDA ARS Northern Great Plains Research Lab at Mandan offers tours, displays and free food and entertainment Thursday, July 21

The public is invited to the campus of the Northern Great Plains Research Lab for Friends & Neighbors Day on July 21st.

Tours of Ag and environmental research will depart promptly at 3 p.m.  The highlight of the tour will be Martin Harries of the Western Australia Department  of  Agriculture and Food talking on "Sequencing Crops for Improved Weed Control."

Major presentations by Mandan scientists on this year's tour are: "Are  our  Cropping  Systems Sustainable?" (Don Tanaka), "Beef  Production with Less Grain" (Dr. Scott Kronberg), "Straw  Removal, Soil  Degradation?" (Mark Liebig), "Harvesting Residue -- Does It Pay?" (Dave  Archer), "Controlling weeds By Grazing" John Hendrickson), and "Soil Moisture, Greenhouse Gases, and  NASA"  (Rebecca Phillips). Sonjia Mullally from the  National  Sunflower Association will also discuss "What's Up With Sunflower? "USDA staff will provide historical tours of the 99-year-old research facility from 1:30 to 6 p.m..

The 15-acre, park-like campus will also host presentations throughout the  day on cooking with herbs (Jackie Buckley, NDSU Extension), energy needs and conservation (Jackie Miller, Mor-Gran-Sou), ornamental grasses (Alan  Zuk, NDSU), sun and skin care (Custer Health District), new tree releases for North Dakota (Todd West, NDSU), severe weather (John-Paul Martin National Weather Service), "Its A Bug's Life" ( Kris Nichols, USDA- ARS Soil Microbiologist), and the new NDSU Biomass Testing Laboratory (Igathi Cannayen, NDSU) being built in Mandan.

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture will exhibit the "North Dakota Feeds the World" display. The exhibit is under two tents featuring fourteen "grain" commodities and six livestock commodities. The murals have interesting facts about the commodities plus actual products from the commodities. There is an eight foot map of the world that shows the state's main exports, major trading partners, and the price of food in the U.S. compared to other countries. Informational exhibits and educational displays from many local organizations, including the Red Cross and Salvation Army, will be found throughout the campus.

The public is also invited to contribute to the "Feds, Farmers, and Friends Feed Families" food drive. Crafts, face painting, a balloon man, and horse-drawn wagon rides, and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture exhibit

Source: Northern Great Plains Research Lab

 A free barbecue and entertainment will complete the evening activities. Over 80 businesses and organizations have joined with the Area 4 SCD Cooperative Research Farm to support this annual event. Over 1,000 visitors joined us last year.

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