Mobile Food Pantry Scheduled for Cooperstown, McVille and Lakota
Posted by KSJB News on 12/28/2017 10:39:00 AM.
 
FARGO, ND (Jared Slinde) - Trucks supplying fresh vegetables, meat, bakery items and boxed goods will be in the communities of Cooperstown, McVille and Lakota, ND on Friday, January 12.

Farm Bill Calculator Available for 2018 Cash Flow Estimates
Posted by KSJB News on 12/28/2017 8:12:00 AM.

 

FARGO, ND (Kelli Andersen, NDSU) - A calculator to help producers estimate the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments they may receive in 2018 is available online.
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2017 ND Income Tax Forms Now Available Online
Posted by KSJB News on 12/27/2017 10:06:00 AM.

 

ND Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger says no state income tax forms will be printed or mailed out for the second year in a row.
 
BISMARCK, N.D.(Jen Raab) – The 2017 North Dakota income tax booklets and forms are now available online at www.nd.gov/tax/forms.
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High Risk Sex Offender Changes Address in Jamestown
Posted by KSJB News on 12/26/2017 4:43:00 PM.
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JAMESTOWN - Jamestown Police are cautioning residents about a convicted high risk sex offender who has changed his address in the city.
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Emerald Ash Borer Found in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Posted by KSJB News on 12/26/2017 11:29:00 AM.

 

BISMARCK (Michelle Mielke) – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This represents a large jump from the previously confirmed area of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
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  • In the past, planting decisions were based on a gut feeling or what the neighboring farmers did. Premium Ag Solutions President Beau Jacobson says these are data-driven decisions today. "As we bring new tools to the table, it removes emotion and it helps make educated decisions. As we make our planting intentions based on organic matter or fertility, we now have tools on the planter to make those instant changes. It allows us to reduce inputs where needed; maximize inputs where needed, create the best possible yield for that particular soil or shine the light on a potential problem to increase the productivity of that area of the field." At a Precision Planting winter conference event in Fargo, regional manager Troy McKown said data must be "actionable" to deliver results to the grower.
  • A Better Deal for Agriculture
    The sixth round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations begin Tuesday in Montreal, Canada. Valley City, North Dakota farmer Monte Peterson says the NAFTA talks are a time for bargaining, with hopes of a better deal for agriculture. "Mexico is a little bit more at ease and negotiable than Canada. There is still some contention with Canada regarding dairy industry aspects. Each country is trying to come ot a better negotiated deal than they've had in the past." Peterson represents the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association on the American Soybean Association Board and is a member of the U.S. Soybean Export Council. Peterson is optimistic the United States will see a better trade agreement in the end. "If NAFTA fell apart, that would be devistating for U.S. agriculture. We need a trade agreement that's good for all three countries."
  • Heitkamp Takes Pro-NAFTA Message to USTR
    North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp sat down with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this past week and outlined the importance of trade to her state’s economy. “For North Dakota, our two huge markets are Canada and Mexico. We can’t have disruption in our export markets for our agricultural products. We need NAFTA and we can’t have NAFTA threatened.” Heitkamp also emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
  • GOP Lawmakers Hold Up USTR Nominees
    South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott has placed a hold on the nomination of two deputy U.S. trade representatives. Scott is concerned about President Donald Trump’s trade policies and will drag out the confirmation of C.J. Mahoney and Dennis Shea. Mahoney is expected to oversee trade issues with China and Shea will work closely with the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Arizona Republican Jeff Flake already has a hold on Gregg Doud, who is Trump’s pick to lead agricultural trade negotiations.
  • Coalition Created to Promote NAFTA Success
    A new coalition has been formed to highlight the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Americans for Farmers & Families plan to launch a communications plan to promote the impact NAFTA has on Rural America. More than 30 organizations are members of this new coalition. The list includes the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and the National Association of Wheat Growers.
  • DU and Others Seek More CRP Ground in '18 Farm Bill
    A coalition of sportsmen groups is calling for more acres in the Conservation Reserve Program. This coalition includes Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the National Deer Alliance and others. There are now 24 million acres in the CRP program and the wildlife groups want to increase that total to at least 32 million acres.
  • NDFU Opposed to Repeal of Tax Provision
    In the new tax law, farmers can deduct up to 20 percent of their total sales to a cooperative to offset the loss of the Section 199 tax incentive. Private businesses did not receive the same benefit and there are plans to fix that in a technical corrections bill. One of the proposals would eliminate the new tax code provisions for farmers involved in farm cooperatives and lower the corporate tax rate. North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne says that “isn’t a solution.” As a state with numerous farm co-ops, North Dakota Farmers Union does not support the elimination of this provision.
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