Interstate 94 Closed - Blizzard Warning Issued for Jamestown Area
Posted by KSJB News on 12/5/2016 5:32:00 PM.
JAMESTOWN - The National Weather Service in Bismarck has issued a blizzard warning for the Jamestown area  and for much of the region from midnight tonight through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

JUST IN: NO TRAVEL Advised for Jamestown, Edgeley, Gackle, Medina,
Posted by KSJB News on 12/5/2016 5:23:00 PM.
BISMARCK - As of 5:10 p.m. Monday, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Highway Patrol have extended the No Travel Advisory to include additional areas in northwestern and south central North Dakota due to strong winds, low visibility, blowing and drifting snow and compacted snow creating hazardous driving conditions.

Jamestown Snow Removal to Begin Tuesday Morning
Posted by KSJB News on 12/5/2016 5:17:00 PM.
JAMESTOWN - The City of Jamestown announced that due to the anticipated snowfall, the full snow removal program will begin at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 6.

Help the Library System Decorate Their Mitten Tree
Posted by KSJB News on 12/5/2016 6:56:00 AM.
JAMESTOWN, ND - The James River Valley Library System is seeking new or gently used mittens, gloves, hats and scarves, for their Third Annual Mitten Tree.

Brown County Offering Emergency Response Training
Posted by KSJB News on 12/5/2016 6:33:00 AM.
ABERDEEN, SD - Brown County Emergency Management will offer the Community Emergency Response Team Course starting in February, according to director Scott Meints.

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  • Contract Awarded for Diversion Project
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded its first contract for permanent flood protection in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The $46 million contract will include construction of a diversion inlet control structure south of Horace. This concrete structure will feature three gates to regulate water flows into the diversion channel. Work on this project is expected to be done in 2020.           
  • AGP Aberdeen Project Moves Forward
    Ag Processing Incorporated is making progress with its new soybean processing facility in Aberdeen, South Dakota. AGP is focused on engineering design and regulatory approvals with the construction of the plant expected to begin next spring. The new plant will likely begin processing soybeans in 2019.
  • Big Crop, Low Beet Payment
    Members of Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative harvested a record sugarbeet crop, but beet payments will be down significantly. At the Minn-Dak annual meeting, it was announced production topped 3.2 million tons, which is a record high. Yields averaged 28.4 tons per acre and the net beet payment will be $32.50 per ton. Minn-Dak expects to cut its acreage by more than nine percent for the 2017 growing season.
  • Monsanto Shareholders to Vote on Bayer Deal
    A special Monsanto shareholders meeting will be held Tuesday, December 13. Bayer’s planned acquisition of Monsanto will be up for a vote at this meeting. Two independent proxy advisory companies have recommended Monsanto shareholders vote for the proposal. If the merger agreement is adopted, the deal between the two companies could be finalized by the end of 2017.
  • Crop Insurance Critics Remain
    The crop insurance industry is pleased that President-elect Donald Trump’s ag advisory committee has voiced support for crop insurance. However, National Crop Insurance Services President Tom Zacharias says critics remain in Congress. “Farmers pay a portion of the premium on this and share the risk with taxpayers. We know we have a good story to tell.” Zacharias explains crop insurance is an insurance-based system. “Wide-scale participation is key,” says Zacharias. “Diversification of risk is also important for insurance. coupled with that is the farm safety net aspect of the program, making sure crop insurance is affordable so we have wide scale participation.” Zacharias uses 2012 as an example that crop insurance works. Despite a devastating drought, there were no calls for ad hoc disaster assistance that year. 
  • A Request from Thune and Rounds
    South Dakota Senators John Thune and Mike Rounds have joined 21 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Barack Obama requesting the administration stop issuing non-emergency rules and regulations in the final weeks of his term. Thune and Rounds stressed to the president that the American people made it clear on November 8 that they expect regulatory relief. 
  • Practicing Patience
    National Potato Council executive vice president and CEO John Keeling says we’ll likely have to wait a little longer to hear about the new ag secretary. “Particularly in agriculture, because of president-elect Trump being an outsider from the process, we have less of an understanding in agriculture probably of who will be the next ag secretary and the other Cabinet members.” Keeling says they’ll try to keep trade on the radar screen. “While we support the idea of doing tough and good deals, we need to continue doing deals," says Keeling. "Whether it’s revamping TPP so it’s a satisfactory trade agreement or going back and reconfiguring NAFTA to modernize it, we need to keep the negotiations going forward on those type of agreements. That’s how we reduce tariffs and expand trade.”
  • Hope for the Trans-Pacific Partnership
    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch is optimistic that the outstanding issues Congress has with the Trans-Pacific Partnership can be resolved and the agreement can be ratified. Hatch is willing to work to get issues blocking TPP resolved, but prospects for ratification remain bleak as President-elect Donald Trump has said he would pull out of TPP on his first day in office. 
  • North Dakota Farmers Union Meeting Friday
    North Dakota Farmers Union president Mark Watne says the business report will kick off the event Friday morning, followed by policy discussions. “David Wasserman with the Cook Political Report will give us an insight on the election and what that means in the future,” says Watne. “We also have the North Dakota Congressional Delegation-both Senators and Congressman Cramer coming to the event.” On Saturday, the policy discussions continue along with youth recognition. “I don’t see a lot of big changes on policy,” says Watne. “We’ve got a number of resolutions in from our counties and probably the only thing is farmers getting some benefits for wetlands or mitigating issues and there are concerns on improving the Farm Bill and NASS reporting and how it works out with ARC-County payments. Nothing of real major consequence, more on tweaking.” The event will be held at the Bismarck Event Center. 
  • More Beans for China
    Word from Brazil is that China bought 15 to 20 cargoes of Brazilian soybeans last week. Brazilian agribusiness consultant, and Minnesota native, Kory Melby, is surprised by that volume. “They are booking six to seven cargos for January, which is ahead of normal for Brazil, especially given the past few years. That will probably take away some of the U.S. market share.”  Melby says Brazil should have plenty of soybeans to sell. “The crop is just fine. Sure, there are a few dry pockets here and there. We’ll need to worry about Southern Brazil and Argentina in January/February. This crop is big and it is early.  Melby estimates 40 percent of Brazil’s soybean crop is sold, including 60 percent of the crop in Mato Grosso.
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