Several forums are featured at Dakotafest 2005

Several forums are featured at Dakotafest 2005 2005 marks the 10th annual Dakotafest, located on the southeast side of Mitchell. It has become the number one source for producers throughout the Dakotas and Nebraska to learn about the latest advancements in agriculture.

Dakotafest 2005 takes place Aug. 16-18, with several forums and programs on the schedule, including:

2005 Crop Issues are the subject of the 1:30 p.m. forum on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Dakotafest 2005.

The hour-long forum will be held in the Forum Tent east of the blue and white SDSU tent.

South Dakota State University Extension specialists will discuss and answer producer questions on soybean rust, scab, soybean aphids, bean leaf beetles, fertility problems in 2005, and crop price projections. SDSU Extension speakers scheduled include Extension Plant Pathologist Marty Draper, Extension Entomologist Mike Catangui, Extension Soil Fertility Specialist Jim Gerwing, and Extension Crop Marketing Specialist Al May.

After comments from each speaker, the Extension specialists will answer questions from a media panel and from the public.

�Current Livestock Issues� is the topic of the 10:30 a.m. forum Thursday, Aug. 18, at Dakotafest 2005.

Some of the topics that will be discussed include the new trichomoniasis regulations recently enacted, anthrax, premise and animal identification, Beef Quality Assurance, South Dakota Certified Beef, the Canadian market, and other issues.

Producers, ag industry representatives, and other interested individuals will have an opportunity to ask the panel questions during the forum.

The hour-long forum will be held in the Forum Tent east of the SDSU tent. Panel speakers include SDSU Extension Beef Specialist Cody Wright, Brule County Extension Livestock Educator Rod Geppert, and a staff veterinarian from the South Dakota Animal Industry Board.

South Dakota Master Gardeners will be presenting two programs at Dakotafest 2005. The programs will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 17 and 18, in the Family Living Tent. Both programs run from 1 to 2 p.m.

�Water-Wise Yards and Gardens� is the topic of Wednesday�s program. SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Rhoda Burrows and Extension Trained Master Gardeners will discuss different types of drought-resistant plants that will look great in your lawns and gardens. There will be time for questions and answers.

�Gardening Tips fromthe Pros� is the theme for Thursday�s program. Rhoda Burrows and other Exten-sion-trained Master Gardeners will answer any questions you have concerning gardens, lawns, and trees. Bring your garden problems in for them to diagnose and give you advice on what to do. The Master Gardeners also will have a display and Q&A area in the SDSU tent.

South Dakota State University Extension livestock educators and beef specialists will conduct a Beef Quality Assurance Program in cooperation with Northwest Veterinary Supply on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Dakotafest 2005.

The program will include an educational program conducted by Extension personnel and livestock demonstrations conducted by Northwest Veterinary Supply.

The program starts at 12:30 p.m. in the Livestock Demonstration tent located at the west end of the show. Producers do not need to pre-register for the program. Producers who attend the program meet the requirements of the South Dakota Certified Beef program.

Although the program is free, those who wish to be certified will be certified and receive a certificate upon payment of a $25 fee which includes a handbook. There is a $5 fee for recertification.

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