Potato Bytes

News from Northland Potato Growers Association
Serving the potato industry in North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota.
New Northland Potato Logo Clothing and Accessories Now Available on Online Store

Grower Members Receive $25 Off on Their First Order!

With the new name and logo for our growers association, comes a brand new online store where you can buy some great looking clothing and accessories.

Brand names like Carhartt, OGIO, Eddie Bauer, Nike and more are available in many styles, sizes and colors with you choice of embroidered and screen print designs.

And Northland Potato grower members can get a $25 discount on their first order, just email Jacey for the special code.

Hurry! Order your great looking sweatshirt, sweater, polo, tee shirt, sweater, cap or beanie today!
Photo Gallery from Last Week's NPGA Meetings and
International Crop Expo
Peter Imle, incoming NPGA Chairman giving his acceptance speech.
at the banquet.
Outgoing NPGA Chairman David Fedje presided over the banquet and annual NPGA business meeting.
Grower Meritorious Service Award winner Brian Vculek giving his acceptance speech
at the banquet.
Industry Meritorious Service Award winner Mike Oosterwijk giving his acceptance speech at the banquet.
Our banquet major sponsor Nick Otto representing Hoople Farmers Grain and Otto Ag addresses the banquet crowd.
NPGA President Donavon Johnson presented a yearly summary at the annual NPGA business meeting.
A new NPGA booth was on display at the Expo and free potato chips were once again popular with the crowd.
After several down years because of Covid, attendance was up at this year's International Crop Expo.
Mike Oosterwijk manned the N. Dakota Certified Potato Seed booth at the Expo.
Andrew Decker and Kim McDonald in the Minnesota Certified Potato Seed booth .
Molly Yeh to Promote Northland Potatoes

BIG NEWS! We're proud to announce NPGA has joined with Molly Yeh, cookbook author and Food Network star of "Girl Meets Farm", to promote Northland Potatoes!

Potato Bytes TV & Movie Trivia
Last Week's Photo

Last week's trivia photo was from the classic 1946 Christmas movie, It's a wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

It was answered correctly by Darwin Luedke, Karen Radke, John Bergman, Colina Gillespie, Craig Magnusson, Darcy Blazek, Justin Dagen, Vicky Bowd, Chris Holes, Janet Knodel, Dean Steel, Victoria Stamper, and John Lundeen.

This Week's Photo

What TV show is this scene from? Send your answer by clicking on the red tab below.

All those answering correctly will be recognized in the next Potato Bytes
Grain Bin Rescue Equipment and Training Opportunities Available for Fire Departments

Grant opportunities can help fire departments interested in grain bin rescue equipment and training.

In 2020, North Dakota ranked second in the nation for recorded grain-bin-related entrapments in the Summary of U.S. Agricultural Confined Space-Related Injuries and Fatalities report from Purdue University. Keep in mind, those reports do not account for all grain bin related injuries and fatalities.

Research estimates that 30% of confined spaces incidences, including grain bin entrapments, are unreported or undocumented. Farms and ranches employing fewer than 11 non-family employees are not covered by federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) injury reporting requirements, meaning many farm and ranch injuries are not reported.

“The ultimate way of reducing and eliminating grain bin injuries and fatalities is by teaching and promoting zero entry in a confined space,” says Angie Johnson, North Dakota State University Extension farm and ranch safety coordinator. “However, we know that many factors may lead an individual to enter a grain bin, making the need for intervention tools, trainings and rescue techniques a harsh reality.”

Johnson suggests volunteer fire departments discuss equipment needs and training opportunities for responding to a grain bin rescue. Training is critical so responders know how to use equipment in a rescue situation. Fire departments can work with a local grain elevator and the North Dakota Firefighters Association or the Minnesota Safety and Security Consultation Specialists to set up a grain bin extrication and rescue training event. Neighboring fire departments can coordinate to ensure they are able to work together on a rescue. It takes a large team to respond to an incident, adds Johnson.

Grant opportunities can help fire departments interested in grain bin rescue equipment and training. Community members can nominate their fire department for one of the following grant opportunities:

AgCountry Farm Credit Services

This grant program awards grain bin rescue tubes and a video/on-site training to fire departments in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota.

Eligible North Dakota counties are Barnes, Benson, Bottineau, Burke, Cass, Cavalier, Dickey, Divide, Eddy, Foster, Grand Forks, Griggs, LaMoure, McHenry, McKenzie, McLean, Mountrail, Nelson, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Ransom, Renville, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Sheridan, Steele, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Walsh, Ward, Wells and Williams.

Eligible Minnesota counties are Becker, Beltrami, Big Stone, Chippewa, Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac qui Parle, Lake of the Woods, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Meeker, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Roseau, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Todd, Wadena, Wilkin and Yellow Medicine.

To participate, individuals must nominate their fire department before May 26. Visit www.agcountry.com/rescue to apply.

Nationwide Insurance and the National Education Center for Ag Safety
This grant awards grain rescue tubes and hands-on rescue training to first responders and fire departments across the U.S., especially in rural communities that do not have access to this equipment or currently possess this equipment and training.

Nominations will be accepted until April 30 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Grant rules and instructions on how to make a nomination can be found at www.mynsightonline.com/grain-bin-safety/participate-partner/nominate.
Contact the coordinators listed on each website for additional information about the grants and nomination requirements.

In addition to the opportunities mentioned above, NDSU Extension is working on a pilot project that will bring local fire departments, farmers and county emergency managers together to tackle grain bin safety as a team. For more grain bin safety resources from NDSU Extension, visit ndsu.ag/grainbinsafety.

“Thank you to all who serve as volunteer firefighters, paramedics, first responders and more within your communities,” says Johnson. “Grain bin safety is a community safety and public health issue, as many people have been impacted or know of someone who has been impacted by a grain bin rescue or fatality. By working together to prevent grain bin entrapments and learn how rescue situations work, we can save lives.”
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