NOAA: Bakken Formation Source of World-wide Uptick in Air Pollution
Posted by KSJB News on 4/29/2016 3:56:00 PM.
 
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study has found that a single oil and gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane.
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South Dakota Seeks to Tax Online Purchases
Posted by KSJB News on 4/29/2016 3:49:00 PM.
 
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is pressing for out-of-state companies to collect state sales tax on online purchases with a lawsuit against several remote retailers based on a law passed during the 2016 legislative session.
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Zita Virus Case Confirmed in North Dakota
Posted by KSJB News on 4/28/2016 10:41:00 AM.
 
Bismarck, N.D.— (Jennifer Skjod) - The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) recently received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that a woman who traveled to Puerto Rico while pregnant has tested positive for Zika virus. While Zika is associated with microcephaly and other birth defects, none have been identified in the infant. As a precaution, the NDDoH plans to monitor the infant for a year. The woman is the first North Dakota resident to test positive for Zika.
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Local Law Officers Recognized for Safety Efforts
Posted by KSJB News on 4/28/2016 10:30:00 AM.
 
BISMARCK - (Ashlee Doan) - Over 160 representatives of law enforcement, transportation, engineering, public health and other safety agencies from across the state discussed traffic safety at the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) annual Traffic Safety Partner Summit in Bismarck, sponsored by AAA North Dakota and Oxy Oil and Gas. 
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Bergquist: One Siren Failed During Warning Exercise
Posted by KSJB News on 4/27/2016 6:09:00 PM.
 
JAMESTOWN - Emergency Manager Jerry Bergquist says Stutsman County participated in the simulated state-wide tornado exercise Wednesday morning, April 27 as part of Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week. The exercise began at 11:15 a.m. with a test tornado warning initiated by the National Weather Service.
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  • Weak Cattle Prices
    US Commodities President Don Roose blames the large beef supply for the three-week decline in the cattle markets. "The last three weeks we've had production nine percent over a year ago and the week before that it was four percent over a year ago; it is literally just too big of a supply. Roose is seeing a structural change in the cattle markets. "Hedgers are moving cattle forward so I would argue the weights are coming down to take advantage of the basis."
  • WRDA Bill Advances
    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has passed the Water Resources Development Act. The WRDA bill addresses river shipping priorities, including infrastructure projects. The committee did reject proposed lockage fees to finance public-private partnerships on the river system. A provision that provided regulatory relief for on-farm fuel storage was also dropped from the bill. Two years ago, the WRDA bill temporarily exempted farms with between 2,500 and 6,000 gallons of above-ground oil storage capacity from EPA spill regulations.
  • A United Approach Needed for 2018 Farm Bill Debate
    The 2018 farm bill is already being discussed on Capitol Hill. National Milk Producers Federation senior vice president of communications Chris Galen says efforts are underway to enhance the Margin Protection Program. "Any future farm bill is going to face budget challenges and a few years ago, there was an effort to split the farm bill farm programs from the nutrition programs. Those pressures will still be with us during the next farm bill. It is not going to get any easier."
  • Renegotiation is Not an Option
    While some lawmakers already want the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be changed, the chief U.S. agricultural negotiator Darci Vetter told farm broadcasters meeting in Washington that renegotiation is not an option. "This is an agreement between 12 countries that all made significant sacrifices and concessions. If one country decided to tweak this area, the others would want to tweak a different area. That can quickly unravel."
  • The Hurdle For WOTUS
    The American Farm Bureau Federation says it has a solution to the Waters of the U.S. Rule. AFBF executive director for public policy Dale Moore says the solution is legislation to make EPA re-do WOTUS. The majority of the House and Senate support this concept. "The challenge is to get enough Senators to get over the 60-vote hurdle that we need and if the House and Senate agree to that, we have to get the President to sign that resolution." So far, President Obama has vetoed any legislation or resolutions seeking a new approach to the WOTUS rule.
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