Zeeland City Hall to Enter National Register of Historic Places
Posted by KSJB News on 6/14/2017 11:02:00 AM.


ZEELAND -(Allen Burke, Emmons County Record) - The selection of the Zeeland City Hall to the National Register of Historic Places will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Sun., June 25, at the hall in Zeeland, N.D.

Farmers Union Hosting Investor Meeting for Soybean Crushing Project
Posted by KSJB News on 6/14/2017 10:23:00 AM.


JAMESTOWN, N.D. - (Pam Musland) – North Dakota Farmers Union is encouraging farmers to attend upcoming investor meetings for a soybean crushing facility and refinery that will be located near Spiritwood. The North Dakota Soybean Processors’ (NDSP) project will utilize 125,000 bushels of soybeans per day once completed.

PSC Schedules Hearing for Changes to Merricourt Wind Farm Permit
Posted by KSJB News on 6/14/2017 10:04:00 AM.


BISMARCK, ND – (Stacy Eberle) - The North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC) will hold a public hearing in Ashley on Wednesday, June 28, regarding a proposal to amend the permit for the Merricourt Wind Power Project in Dickey and McIntosh Counties.

Report Says ND a Good Place to be a Kid (with Room for Improvement)
Posted by KSJB News on 6/13/2017 11:46:00 AM.

BISMARCK, N.D. - (Eric Tegethoff) - North Dakota is making itself a great place for children to live, according to a report released today.

Health Department Seeking Comment on Valley City Infectious Waste Permit
Posted by KSJB News on 6/12/2017 11:18:00 AM.


VALLEY CITY - (Curtis Erickson) - The North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Waste Management, plans to issue a permit to Healthcare Environmental Services, LLC, 1019 4th Avenue SW, Valley City, ND, to treat regulated infectious waste.  

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  • RMA Drops Key PP Option
    USDA has made significant changes to crop insurance’s prevented plant option. That includes the elimination of the option to buy ten percent higher coverage for prevented planting. From 1994-to-2013, the ten percent option paid out more than $4 billion in indemnities with half of those claims being made in North Dakota. The Risk Management Agency also dropped the prevented planting coverage factors for canola from 60 percent to 55 percent. Earlier this year, RMA made a similar change for corn. There’s speculation this was a budgetary move to expand insurance options for dairy and livestock producers. The cost-savings decision was made within the Trump Administration, without input from Congress.  
  • Peterson: Farm Bill Timeline
    After the tax bill, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson expects congressional leaders to look for a bill that can draw bipartisan support. In Peterson’s words, the farm bill would be the perfect legislation to tee-up next. “I had a meeting with the Chairman (Conaway). We agreed that we’re going to start marking this up in committee at the end of January or the first part of February. We need to move this sooner-rather-than-later.”  In an interview with the Red River Farm Network, Peterson said House Agriculture Committee members and staff members have offered input on the farm bill. "We've seen some of the language, but not all of it. My expectation is that we'll have a starting draft document that will be supported by myself the the Chairman. We'll go through regular order; people will be able to offer amendments and the public will be able to weigh in. That's the way things should be done and that's how they should have done the tax bill." After the farm bill moves through the Agriculture Committee, Peterson believes it hit the House floor in February or March. The Senate is moving at a slower pace. Peterson said there are Senate Democrats who want to drag their feet with hopes they will have the majority in 2019. Peterson described that as “a really bad idea.”
  • Conaway Confident Farm Bill Will Move in 1Q
    A spokesperson for House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway was unable to confirm the timing for mark-up of the farm bill, but said it will move in the first quarter. The statement said “the committee stands to be ready when the (Majority) Leader provides floor time.”
  • Not Enough Money Available for New Farm Bill Spending
    Informa Economics Group senior vice president Jim Wiesemeyer still believes the new farm bill will be completed in 2018. However, without new money, it will be tough sledding. “There’s just not enough money to go around. There will be changes in the dairy safety net to make it more effective. Cotton needs to come back into the fold of Title One. Then, you need significant changes to ARC program. Some of those changes could be costly.” Wiesemeyer spoke at the Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative annual meeting. Sugar policy will face attacks again during the farm bill debate, but the Capitol Hill veteran says the industry will be prepared.  
  • Funding Challenge
    A new farm bill is on the wish list for 2018, but that can be complicated by some of the actions being taken this fall in Congress. CHS Washington representative Sarah Gallo says is all comes down to money. “There’s been lots of concern about the cost of the tax bill and overall budget impact and what that means for writing a farm bill. We’re waiting to see what Congress decides to do with funding the government, how that overlaps with some of the tax discussion going on with some of the tax extenders and then, we’ll be able to evaluate its impact on the farm bill.” The farm community supports the investment in infrastructure, like roads and bridges. Gallo says an infrastructure package is expected to get attention within the next year. Funding will also be an issue for that legislation. “It’s a lesson we’ve been watching through the tax reform debate. When you start paying for things, it gets tricky. We don’t know what sources they’ll look to in providing pay-fors in an infrastructure package.” 2018 is also an election year, which will also have a significant influence on what moves through Congress next year.
  • Finding a Compromise on Section 199
    The Section 199 provision, known to many as the Domestic Production Activities Deduction, will likely not be included in the final tax reform agreement. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President and CEO Chuck Conner says he’s working with the conference committee to find a compromise for co-ops. “Not that agriculture is that big of a number, but when you add in other industries, it was a very sizeable pay-for. The leadership of the House and Senate Ways and Means Committee don’t want to lose the pay-for. We have to look at alternatives for the Section 199. Hopefully, it will be something comparable and replicates that benefit. We don’t want to discourage investment in Rural America.” The outcome remains uncertain. “I think there’s still a chance. We will know the answer on this soon.”
  • Sugarbeet Growers Focus on Policy
    The Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association met this past week. Dan Younggren, who was reelected to another term as RRVSGA president, said the Section 199 provision was a focus of policy discussions. “That’s a huge loss for all cooperative members up and down the Red River Valley. It’s going to reflect in higher taxes for me. We are still working hard. The House and Senate still have to come to terms on this tax reform. We will be working on something to get back to shareholders.” Younggren says the upcoming farm bill is also top-of-mind. Sugarbeet growers want to keep what they have for the sugar program. “It’s a bill that works. It works for us. We have to keep crop insurance in there as it stands. We can’t lose any of that if we want to keep young farmers coming back to the industry.”
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