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Schmidt: Trees Are Considered the Lungs of the Earth, So Do Your Part

April 2, 2015
Yolanda Schmidt - County Agent , Pierce County Tribune

We wrapped up the final session of the 4- session Spring Fever Garden Forum Wednesday evening. If you missed out there will be one more local opportunity for learning about tree care and that will be April 23rd during the 2nd Annual Pierce County "Nip it in the Bud" Tree Care Workshop. This event is set to begin at 5:30 pm at the Rugby Armory and will conclude at 8:30 pm at the Pierce County Soil Conservation District Arboretum.

Guest speakers from the ND Forest Service & NDSU Extension Service will discuss:

Tree Disease Identification

Tree Planting & Care

Tree Pruning

Rain or shine, this workshop will include hands on practice pruning trees, so you are ready to tackle your own at home! This event is free and open to the public. For planning purposes, it is requested that participants RSVP by April 20th by calling 776-2207 Ext 3 or 776-6234 Ext 5. If we don't have enough RSVP's we may not hold the workshop as several of our speakers are traveling from long distances to be here with us and we want to make the best use of our resources as possible.

2015 Camp

Opportunities

The North Dakota 4-H Program has offered camping as educational experience for decades. Programs are designed to develop skills for safe and healthful living, enhance personal development and provide constructive uses of leisure time. The North Dakota 4-H Program is committed to providing a safe environment where children can make new friends and develop new skills.

The camp provides safe opportunities for youth to master new skills and gain independence. This year campers will have the opportunity to be among the first to stay in the new cabins and enjoy the new main lodge for dining and group activities in addition to a separate craft shack.

The camp also has beautiful walking trails along the Missouri River and lots of open spaces to enjoy.

Staff members are trained in outdoor skills, science, agriculture, human development and working with youth to ensure a high-quality experience for campers. All staff members are also trained and certified in first aid and CPR. Your campers will be busy. In addition to the planned education program, recreational opportunities are included for each camp. Campers will enjoy many activities, including our walking trails, mud pit and archery. Campers especially like the Dutch oven cooking, evening campfires, waterslide and dance.

4-H membership is NOT required for participation. Camps are open to all youth, ages 5-18. Scholarships are available for income eligible families. To see the list of camps and camp descriptions and registration information go to www.ndsu.edu/4h/camp/ .

2015 Land Rent Survey

The "2015 North Dakota County Rents and Values" document has just been released. It can be found at the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands website. To access it, just type "2015 ND county land rents ND department of trust lands" into your internet search bar and it should pop up. If you have trouble accessing it give me a call at the Extension office and I can help you.

The survey indicated that land rents, as typical, did not change as much in percentage as land values. On average, cropland rents increased about 4 percent and pastureland rents increased about 5 percent (January 2014 to January 2015).

In Pierce County cropland quality, soil type and texture, and yield production history varies greatly from east to west and sometimes even from section to section. Therefore it is important for landowners and renters to also study these factors in addition to the values published in the County Rents and Values when negotiating a fair rental rate. Additionally, topographical information such as field size, configuration, presence of rocks, water drainage, water holding capacity, previous land management (Ex: no-till, fallow, CRP, chemical applications, etc.) and field access should also be taken into consideration when calculating a fair cash rent price.

Pasture rent factors such as water quality, current condition of fence, pasture management (Ex. Rotational grazing vs. season long, stocking rates, weed control etc.), pasture size and configuration, as well as access to pasture need to be factored into pasture rental rate negotiations also.

The bottom line is that it is it crucial that all parties involved in negotiating rental rates are at the table communicating about the details of the rental agreement.

Finally, no matter what type of agreement is agreed upon by the landowner/s and renter/s, everything should be written down and reviewed by a licensed law professional.

For more information on developing various rental arrangements as well as sample lease forms check out "Ag Lease 101" online at www.aglease101.org/or to receive a copy of this publication call the Pierce County Extension office at 776-6234 ext. 5 or email yolanda.schmidt@ndsu.edu.

 
 

 

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