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NDFB Newsline

NDFB Newsline is a weekly audio feature that highlights specific issues important to North Dakota Farm Bureau. Each audio segment runs 1:30 and will be posted each Monday. (Clicking on the link downloads an mp3 file.)

7/27/2015: AFBF study on freight rail delays
North Dakota has been experiencing a shortage of rail cars for ag commodities, and now other upper Midwest states are feeling the impact too. In a special NDFB Newsline, AFBF's Micheal Clements shares the findings of an AFBF study and shares what is needed to break the freight rail backlog and provide relief for farmers.

7/20/2015: Regulating by alarmism
When the public is sold on an environmental "crisis" and the result is more regulation, only to find the crisis wasn't real, it impacts the entrepreneurial spirit of agriculture and other business that made this country great. NDFB Public Policy Director Pete Hanebutt explains more.

7/13/2015: The SciBabe debunks food myths
Yvette D'Entremont rocketed to fame when an article she wrote about Vani Hari, (a.k.a.The Food Babe) appeared on the website, Gawker. And, unlike Hari, D'Entremont is acutally a scientist. Visit SciBabe.com for more (Caution: strong language is used.)

7/6/2015: Laura's Sweet Truth
NDFB member Laura Rutherford recently started a blog to help people understand why she is advocating for biotechnology.

6/29/2015: Independence Day
NDFB Public Policy Director Pete Hanebutt reminds us of the sacrifices those who signed the Declaration of Independence made for all of us 239 years ago.

6/22/2015: Rodney remembers Devils Lake then and now
Long-time Ramsey County Farm Bureau member Rodney Brown shares what it has been like living and farming near the rising waters of Devils Lake.

6/15/2015: WOTUS final rules worse than proposed rules
American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman and AFBF Senior Director of Regulatory Relations Don Parrish are featured in this expanded version of NDFB Newsline to provide more details on how the final Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS) will impact more than farmers and ranchers.

6//8/2015: AFBF Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge
American Farm Bureau Federation is holding a nationwide Shark Tank-style competition that lets entrepreneurs pitch their food and agriculture business ideas to a team of judges who decide which entrepreneurs receive startup funds. AFBF Rural Development Director Lisa Benson explains more.

6/1/2015: ATV safety awareness
As we move into summer, NDFB Safety Coordinator Joy Mortenson wants to increase people's awareness about the dangers of off road vehicles.

5/22/2015: Special Memorial Day edition of Newsline
NDFB Public Policy Director Pete Hanebutt shares thoughts about Memorial Day.

5/18/2015: No Newsline issued

5/11/2015: Endanged Species overhaul needed
In addition to agriculture feeling the impact of listing the sage grouse as endangered, the military could also be severely impacted. NDFB Public Policy director Pete Hanebutt says it's one more reason the Endangered Species Act should be overhauled.

5/4/2015: Samantha on FFA
NDFB is a strong supporter of FFA, and in less than a month, the organization will hold its state convention on the NDSU campus. We caught up with state FFA Reporter Samantha Lies and talked, among other things, about her role in FFA and her plans for the future.

4/27/2015: Summer workshops for educators
NDFB's Food, Land and People coordinator Jill Vigesaa talks about the round of workshops coming this summer and how educators can take advantage of them for continuing education credit.

4/20/2015: Earth Day 2015
NDFB President Doyle Johannes talks about Earth Day 2015 and what it means to him. To read an Earth Day editorial by Johannes and Jason Bohrer of the Lignite Energy Council, click here.

4/13/2015: ESA listings ramping up
NDFB Public Policy Director Pete Hanebutt says increased proposed Endangered Species listings are more often than not political, rather than science-based decisions.

4/6/2015: Glyphosate gaffe
The International Agency on the Review of Cancer (IARC) listed the herbicide glyphosate as a possible human carcinogen in March. NDFB District 5 Director Chad Weckerly explains why people should take that classification with a grain of salt.

3/30/2015: Availability of land
American Farm Bureau Federation held its annual Young Farmer and Rancher Outlook survey recently, and the top concern of those surveyed was land availability. It's true in North Dakota, as well, according to Craig and Kelly Vaughn.

Older NDFB Newslines can be found on the Media and Downloads page under News & Events

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