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AP Reviews Minnesota Legislative Session
March 28

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Legislature has reached its spring break before grinding its way to the May 18 mandatory adjournment.

Once lawmakers return in early April they'll concentrate on sh...(more)

Disciplinary Action Possible against State School Superintendent
March 28

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's teacher licensing board is slated to consider whether to take disciplinary action against the state superintendent of public instruction and a Bismarck teacher.<...(more)

Wrestling Supporters Try to Revive Northern State Program
March 28

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — College wresting supporters are pushing to restore the sport at Northern State University after it was suspended two weeks ago.

NSU President James Smith and Athletic Di...(more)

Michigan, ND Woman Dies in Accident
March 27

PETERSBURG, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 28-year-old woman who died in a single-vehicle crash in Nelson County in which her vehicle ended up in a slough.

The Highway Patrol says ...(more)

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Farm Bill Deadline Extended to April 7
Fri, 27 Mar 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has extended the deadline for farmers to make the decision between the ARC and PLC programs until April 7. North Dakota Farm Service Agency executive director Aaron Krauter says more than 90 percent of North Dakota producers have enrolled in the new farm program. The deadline has been a bigger issue for those in the southern US, where FSA is dealing with an increased workload. &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve had some major drought situations. Livestock producers have been filing for the Livestock Forage Program. When Congress passed the farm bill, it made those programs retroactive back to 2012. So those offices have appointments scheduled out to July just to get that work done.&rdquo; Krauter says this decision locks in the farmer for the five years of the farm bill.
Farm Bill Program Signup Going Well
Thu, 26 Mar 2015

Testifying before a House Ag Subcommittee Thursday morning, Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini said farmers and landowners have made great progress changing base acres and yields, as well as the ARC/PLC election. &ldquo;As of March 19, about 94 percent of farms likely to enroll in ARC and PLC have made their base reallocation decisions. About 77 percent of farms have made their election.&rdquo; Producers failing to enroll in either ARC/PLC are by default enrolled in the PLC program and forfeit program benefits for 2014.
APH Ready for 2016 Winter Wheat
Fri, 27 Mar 2015

Winter wheat growers will be able to take advantage of Actual Production History Yield Exclusion for the 2016 crop. With the new farm bill, USDA made APH available for most crops, but did not have the program in place for the 2015 winter wheat crop. At a House Agriculture Committee hearing Thursday, Risk Management Agency Administrator Brandon Willis said the APH will be ready for winter wheat growers when they plant this fall.
IGC Predicts Decline in World Grain Production
Fri, 27 Mar 2015

The International Grains Council forecasts a three percent decline in this year&rsquo;s total world grain production, compared to a year ago, led by a five percent drop in corn production. World corn ending stocks are projected to fall 10 percent, with stocks among major exporters forecast to decline 24 percent. The global wheat crop is expected to be down about one percent, and ending stocks will decline two million tons. Due to slight adjustments for South America, this year&rsquo;s world soybean crop estimate, and ending stocks, are cut one million tons each. However, global soybean ending stocks are projected to rise 47 percent this year to a record high.
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