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New ND 4-H Ambassadors Announced
FARGO - Fourteen youth have been selected to join the North Dakota 4-H Ambassador program.
The new team members and the county where they are enrolled in 4-H are:
* Anne Brien, Rolette(more)
UPDATE: Dump Truck FireDecember 12
JAMESTOWN - Five units of Jamestown firefighters responded to a city sanding truck fire near Lloyd's Motors in south Jamestown on Thursday. There were no reported injuries. The incident began 8:40 a...(more)
Energy Exploration Comes to Emmons and McIntosh CountiesDecember 12
BISMARCK – Speculation about energy exploration in central North Dakota finally has some evidence to support it.
The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division announced on Wednesday that Strata-X Energ...(more)
Flying Public Urged to Weigh in on Carrier for JamestownDecember 12
JAMESTOWN - Jim Boyd, Chairman of the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority Board, is urging the community to weigh in on the selection of the Air Carrier for Jamestown. The board is asking that resi...(more)
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House Passes Farm Bill Extension
Wed, 27 Nov 2013
On a simple voice vote, the House has passed a short-term farm bill extension. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said this action would prevent permanent law from being implemented on January 1. "The press headlines already speak of doom and that we're on the brink of going off the dairy cliff. Time magazine is saying and I quote 'people are freaking out about $8 a gallon milk;' it is not necessary to have that kind of panic throughout the country." While the House quietly passed an extension, Senate leadership says it isn’t necessary. The House has recessed for the year, but Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson will remain in Washington in the week ahead. They’ll meet with their Senate counterparts to continue the farm bill negotiations. Full conference committee action is expected in early January.
Record Crop, Record Consumption
Tue, 26 Nov 2013
While the US wheat crop was only average, global wheat production is record high. US Wheat Associates president Alan Tracy says wheat consumption is also at record levels. "Despite that record crop, we're looking at only a tiny increase in the carryout," said Tracy, "It's the biggest crop we've ever had and it's getting used up; that is good news because we're not building stocks with these large crops and that speaks well for the future." Tracy was in Grand Forks, participating in the Prairie Grains Conference.
Policy Concerns in St. Paul
The projected budget surplus will get a lot of attention in the 2014 Minnesota legislative session. Bruce Kleven serves as a lobbyist for agriculture groups, including the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers and the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association. With a budget surplus, Kleven is hopeful the farm machinery labor sales tax will be repealed. GMO labeling bills have been introduced in the past, but failed. Kleven says pressure is building on that issue. "Part of that is due to the make-up of the legislature," said Kleven, "The Census in 2010 changed the make-up and now there are more metro seats. When there are more metro seats, there gets to be a few more votes for these kind of things." On the environmental front, Kleven expects nitrates and groundwater regulations to get attention in St. Paul in the year ahead.
Lentsch: Future of Cattle Looks Good in SD
Wed, 11 Dec 2013
During the 65th annual South Dakota Cattlemen’s Convention State secretary of agriculture Lucas Lentsch said despite storms this past spring and fall, the future is good for cattle production in SD. “With 1.6 million cow-calf pairs in our state, that leads to a lot of cattle on feed, that leads to a lot of diversified economy adding value to the commodities that we raise in this state.” Lentsch says loss numbers from the early October blizzard are still estimates, but they number into the tens of thousands. “The Animal industry Board recently reported 21,000 head of livestock have been called in, but we know that’s a light number. And on top of that, 1400 sheep. And you start looking at the horses. You look at 40 bison. You look at the fact that deer and antelope were part of that loss. It wasn’t just cattle.”
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