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SIDNEY HERALD Extension begins Master Gardener program on BY IIM FINE EXlEIISION AGENI I realize that I high- lighted the Master Gardener program last week, but with it being lumped into an article about the MonDak Ag Days and Trade Show, I don’t feel that I gave it the proper amount of space. Most people who are familiar with the Exten- sion Office and the type of work that we do are probably also familiar with the variety of ques- tions that patrons will ask on any given day. It is not unheard of for a person to call or stop in and ask about a 4-H project that his or her child is working on and then ask about tips on cooking or canning and then about planting their garden or mending their soil. All of those ques- tions can be answered in one stop or one phone call bounced from person to person in the same office. ' I do not want to bore you too much with history, but the fact that people come to the Extension Office with a wide variety of ques- tions is exactly how the Master Gardener pro- gram got started. In 1972, there was a county with g a single Extension Agent located somewhere in Washington and he noticed that much of his time’was devoted to homeowners with ques- tions related to backyard gardens and home lawns. In order to help provide research—based information for these ‘ inquiries and lighten his work-load a little, he started the Master Gardener program and it has been in existence since. Essentially, the pro- gram has not changed much since beginning in 1972. There are now Master Gardener volunteers in just about every state in the nation and the state’s that do certify Master Gardener volunteers have them in' just about every county in the state. Fortunately, Richland County is one such coun- ty in Montana. We have had a Master Gardener program since 2008 and have probably trained close to 100 individuals in everything from basic soils to botany to grow- ing vegetables, pruning, composting, and a vari- ety of other horticultur‘ aI-related subjects. luesday I am just about ready to kick off another train- ing session for people to become certified Master Gardener volunteers. Tuesday at 5 pm, will be the first session for 2019 and because of the requirements of the pro- gram, we will meet every Tuesday and Thursday until April 4. Classes will start at pm, and will vary in length depending on the topic but will not run later than 7:30 pm. on any given evening. The meat of the Master Gardener program is the volunteer time, however. In order to become a cer- tified Master Gardener volunteer, one must not only complete the eight weeks of training, but he or she must also donate 20 hours of time back to the community. I know that this is somewhat short notice but if you are at all inter- ested, please give me a call. Even if you cannot make the first meeting or every session, I’m happy to work with you to make sure you receive the full course. For more information and to register, give me a call at 433-1206 or send an email to timothy. fine@montana.edu. Daines fights for Montana ranchers US. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., in- troduced the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act this week to pro- vide Montana ranchers with certainty in delaying the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate and reforming Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. “Montana’s ranchers and livestock haulers drive Montana’s economy,” Daines said. “Wqust find a solution that keeps our roads safe and allows Montana’s agricultural commodities to get to market humanely and on time.- I’ll continue pushing to provide our ranchers and livestock haulers with certainty and remove undue burdens from their businesses.” The legislation indefinitely delays requires the Department of Trans. portation (DOT) to establish a work— ing group charged with providing necessary regulatory and legislative changes. Following the release of the report, DOT must propose regulatory changes to the ELD mandate and hours of service within 120 days. , Background: Montana agriculture and livestock haulers have raised nu- 'merous concerns regarding the impact of electronic logging devices, as it places undue burdens on the agricul- ture industry. ‘ Daines has long called for increased flexibility for ag and livestock haulers from unworkable ELD mandates and the ELD mandate for ag haulers and Montana Seed Show planned in Harlem The 70th annual Mon- .~ tana Seed Show, which will be held March 14-16 at the Harlem High School in Harlem, is accepting entries for its exhibits. Samples must be grown or contracted by the exhibitor, and the samples of seed or feed must have been produced in 2018. After Feb. 28, entries must be delivered to Har- lem High School before 9 am. on March 14. Forage entries will consist of the f0110wing: Silage: 1 gallon in a transparent bag. Baled hay: 12-inch sec- tions tied twice. Loose hay: bundle of no less than 8 inches in diameter and tied twice. Chopped hay: 3-pound bag. Cubed hay: 3-pound sample in a clear bag. TIMED .p . Old Nick & Franc-es Cay/co Farm County Roads Easy Access Water Rights Small grain entries may be delivered or mailed to the Blaine County Extension Office or the Clothing Com- pany in Harlem, 201 Main St. S., 59526, until March 5. After March 5, seed entries must be delivered between 9 am. and noon on March 14 at Harlem High School. The producer is responsible for having their exhibit cleaned and graded HOS regulations. before entry. If produc- ers are mailing a sample, please contact the Blaine County Extension Office for an entry form. Entries should consist of the following: Small grain: any sample already cleaned should be sized at 1 pint, or at least 1 gal- lon should be provided to MSU Extension‘for cleaning to ensure ad. equate quality. find flooring quort/i (Dd/iota 501 Main Street 0 701-774-3950 Specializing in Custom Showers, Backsplash All Types of Flooring! Servicing the MonDak Area! ' 701-774-3950 501 Main Street, Williston, ND creationcarpetsndlfliho’cmaiI.com NLINE ONLY BID NOW ENDS: MAR 19 Starts Closing 2:00 PM MDT OPENING BID: $2500 Per Acre g Bid Meets Reserve I Terms 10% Down Balance at closing Closing: Apr 18 Bid ‘onli’r’ie @ mbauction.com Musser Bros. Inc - (406) 652-2266 Start of Ag Days ‘ Vendors prepare their booths at the beginning of MonDok Ag Days on Thursddy at the Richland County Fair Event Center. SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2019 7A BIILVANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD \ Ag Safely Awareness Week: Working around livestock Montana Farm Bureau . Federation is making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program with March 3-9 desig- nated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. Each day of the week. Livestock safety was the focus on March 5. Cattle, horses, pigs and other livestock are not pets and can be respon- sible for many injuries on the farm or ranch. In Montana, it’s calving season and that means being cautious around cows with calves wheth- er you’re the rancher working with them or a visitor to a ranch. “It is a natural instinct for animals to be ex- tremely territorial,” said Bonita Cremer, MFBF Health & Safety Com- mittee chair. “They want to protect the area they feel belongs to them, especially when they have calves. Take extra caution during feeding times and stay out of the way as much as possible. If you need to be around the animals, watch for signs of aggression and leave yourself an esCape route should the cow become aggressive.” Cows will generally bob their heads and paw the ground when they feel threatened so watch for those behaviors and retreat before the animal becomes more aggres- sive. It’s important when working around live- stock to be calm and avoid quick movements. “Because of the cow’s size and weight, they can be dangerous without intending to be. When working with them, move slowly and lightly touch them to encourage them to move, instead of shoving or hitting them. Never prod an animal when it has nowhere to run.” Have a daily routine for your animals when feeding or moving pas- tures. Animals are calm and work well when they have an established rou- tine to their day. Having the same feeding time each day will help the animals become accus- tomed to you and they will behave more calmly. Animals sense their surroundings differently than humans. They have difficulty accurately judging distances so one quick movement can eas- ily spook them. Wear protective cloth— ing including sturdy 5-. Yellowstone II. Real Estate boots. Non-skid soles can help combat uneven or wet footing which is common to livestock fa- cilities and gloves are ad- visable. Wearing gloves when working with animals is necessary to protect your hands from vaccinations and chemi- cals, feces or diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. “Fatigue, extreme cold, deep snow, ice and cows with new calves combine to make this a danger- ous time to be working around livestock,” Cre- mer added. “Remember the basics: stay quiet and calm when handling your cattle and ask for help when you need it. Your safety is most im‘= portant.” Follow the hashtag #KeepFarmsSafe on . social media and visit Farm Bureau and the US. Ag Centers online to learn more. For more in formation and resources, visit the ASAP Facebook page. on. RYAN urouru 222 2m: AVE. sw, srorrrv a, Chiropractic Clinic 406-433-4757 r 1—866-433—4757 What to do when it’s time to move The more one looks into buying or selling a house, the more it becomes clear why you need a realtor like Amanda Seigfreid at Missouri River Realty. Seigfreid and her team have a wealth of knowledge, including tips on what to do when it's time to move. Plan Ahead Whether you are buying or selling, you know you’re stuff will need to be packed up. When packing, plan ahead. Make a master to do list so you don’t forget things when loading up and heading out. “We recommend you essentially pack' the immediate needs/open first box," Seigfreid said. “No matter if moving out, or moving in this box should include things you know y0u need right away like prescription medication, phone chargers, etc.” She also recommends this box contain essentials that you won't have at a freshly moved into home like toilet paper, soap, trash bags, basic tools, pen and paper, cups and plates and paper towels. Less is more For the things you know you don’t need, have a yard sale. If that isn’t your cup of tea, donate or recycle the things in your house you no longer use or need. Really be deliberate and decide what you need to take with you, and what can be let go. Know your movers If using a moving service, read the policy carefully about what they will or won’t take. Some moving companies won’t take plants, or liquids, for example. Be very familiar with what they take and what you’ll have to take if they don't. ngow, MT Office Know your stuff Have in mind fragile or special items and take care of moving these yourself. lf trusting these items to movers would cause anxiety, buy the bubble wrap and place them in your own vehicle where you can control how they are moved. Know how to pack it sounds simple, but pack similar items together. Also, don't overpack boxes. More, boxes at a manageable weight and size is more efficient than fewer boxes that are dropping hazards. ‘Pack heaviest items in smallest boxes. Home weight set, for example, make it manageable for both safety reasons and ease. Lastly with packing, label your boxes on all sides. Remember the details On moving day, havea file box or briefcase withall moving documents, the contract for the' moving company and the address and a map of where you’re going (GPS can fail!). Also have your family's personal papers like birth certificates, shot records, social security cards and passports.This Will make registering for . school , and getting *newf,state IDs easier. " Speaking of addresses, update you mailing address with the post office before you move, but only 2-3 days before; While you’re at it, update with the bank, magazine subscriptions, Amazon account, etc. For tips like these and more, contact Amanda at406-433—301 Malta, MT Office Amanda Sé‘igfre’i‘d Sales Associate amandastiarivemcom ,, Ago 2nd St. NE sadneypnrfrinoias-aurn www.missouririverrealty.com ' irx Sidney, MT Office