Inclement Weather Impacting Travel Statewide
Posted by KSJB News on 12/4/2017 12:00:00 PM.

 
BISMARCK, ND (Capt. Eldon Mehrer) – The North Dakota Highway Patrol is urging all motorists to travel with care today. Snow, blowing snow, high winds, reduced visibility and icy, snow covered roadways are expected across the state.
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Snow Removal Scheduled for Downtown Jamestown
Posted by KSJB News on 12/4/2017 11:55:00 AM.

 
JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown City Engineer's office announced that City crews have begun snow removal on the Emergency Routes this morning.
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North Dakota State Hospital Hosting Celebration of Lights Monday Evening
Posted by KSJB News on 12/4/2017 8:38:00 AM.

 

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (LuWanna Lawrence) – The North Dakota State Hospital is continuing a long-standing holiday tradition on Monday, Dec. 4, as it hosts the Celebration of Lights event, which brings people from the community together to share holiday joy while raising awareness of people with mental illness who are in recovery.
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North Dakotans Invited to Take Hour of Code Challenge
Posted by KSJB News on 12/4/2017 8:09:00 AM.

 

BISMARCK, N.D.,(Dale Wetzel) – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakotans to take part in an “Hour of Code” to mark the start of Computer Science Education Week, which began Monday and ends Dec. 10.
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Human Services Seeks Input on Plan to Improve CHIP Program
Posted by KSJB News on 11/30/2017 10:16:00 AM.

 

BISMARCK, N.D. (LuWanna Lawrence) – The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Medical Services Division is seeking public comment on its draft 2018 Quality Strategy Plan for the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), also known as Healthy Steps.
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  • The Week Ahead
    It's National FFA week! To celebrate youth in agriculture and agricultural education, the Red River Farm Network is highlighting success stories of former FFA members from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Listen for special coverage in our daily broadcasts and look for stories (yes-there will be photos) on our Facebook and Twitter pages. This week, RRFN is reporting from the International Crop Expo Wednesday and Thursday in Grand Forks. In this week's FarmNetNews, there are reports from the Northern Corn and Soybean Expo in Fargo, local dicamba trainings and farm bill updates. RRFN's Lessons Learned program is back for a second season. This series focuses on what farmers learned in the 2017 growing season and how to prep for the season ahead. Check it all out below! Listen on your favorite RRFN radio affiliate. Also, follow us on Twitter and watch our daily Top Stories and news updates on Facebook.   
  • Don't Screw it Up
    The farm bill is often targeted for numerous amendments. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway welcomes debate on the farm bill, but wants to move forward in a sensible manner. “What I hope to do, they’ve done in other bills this past year. If you’re a no, you shouldn’t get the opportunity to present a poison pill amendment. If you think you can get to a yes, you ought to work with us in that regard, yes. We will fight what we need to fight. That’s one of the conversations I hope to have.” Regarding crop insurance, Conaway said the safety net will be protected. “We had a wonderful comment in Minnesota when we did the farm bill hearing. A guy said, ‘Hey, Conaway. Crop insurance-don’t screw it up.' I’m from west Texas. I understand straight talk like that. That’s the plan, to not screw it up. We need to defend the crop insurance. Defending crop insurance is important to us. We’re going to heed the advice of that Minnesotan and not screw it up.”
  • Cuts Proposed for Crop Insurance, Conservation and More
    President Trump's budget is considered a wish list which is largely ignored by Congress. However, it does offer insight into Administration priorities. The White House proposal would cut crop insurance spending by more than $22 billion over ten years. Conservation spending would be cut by $13 billion. The Trump Administration also sees more than $213 billion in potential savings by reforming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP. Regarding crop insurance, this proposal calls for a $500,000 Adjusted Gross Income or less to qualify. The Harvest Price Option would be reduced by 15 percent. Crop insurance companies would also see the rate-of-return reduced to 12 percent. New user fees are also proposed for a variety of USDA programs including import inspections, meat inspections and the oversight of federal checkoff programs.
  • Joint Statement Released From Roberts and Conaway
    The chairmen of the House and Senate agriculture committees issued a joint statement about President Trump’s budget proposal. House Chairman Michael Conaway and Senate Chairman Pat Roberts said the budget proposal will not prevent them from producing a farm bill that will benefit farmers, ranchers, consumers and other stakeholders. Conaway and Roberts also said they are committed to maintaining a strong safety net for agriculture.
  • Mixed Feedback on Farm Bill Timeline
    There’s mixed feedback about the farm bill timeline. National Corn Growers Association Executive Vice President Jon Doggett shares thoughts after visiting Capitol Hill a few times this week. “On the House side, people are saying we’re going to get a farm bill done this year. On the Senate side, they’re saying we’re probably going to have to do an extension into 2019. This hasn’t been a Congress that’s particularly productive. It’s a difficult time to get things done in Washington.” Doggett says there’s potential for a fourth continuing resolution.“We are still doing 30 day-or-two week extensions of funding bills, because we can’t find agreement on how to fund the government the rest of the year. That’s telling you quite a bit.”
  • Optimism for the Farm Bill
    Texas A&M University Agricultural Economics Professor Joe Outlaw says there are a few distractions that could impact the farm bill timeline. "If the Administration or leadership bring up immigration or welfare reform, those will be major pushes. The reforms will be difficult to do and will not be good for getting a bill done. It takes time away from farm bill efforts." Trade activity and negotiations, along with 2018 elections, could also divert lawmakers' attention for a while. However, Outlaw is optimistic the farm bill will get completed this year. "Maybe not quite on time, but it will get done. There's not too much money to be dreaming up completely different plans. It's tweaking and adding to what we have." Outlaw was part of a Farm Foundation event this past week.
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