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June 12, 2018: Agriculture trade is weighing heavily on the minds of many North Dakota farmers as the North American Free Trade Agreement is reexamined. NDFB recently had an opportunity to host the Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Community to share our concerns and listen to what Canada is concerned about.
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There’s been much ado about trade and especially NAFTA. NDFB was able to host Minister Sohi from Canada. Now, he’s the Minister of Infrastructure but his duty here this week was to visit with us, and our farmers and ranchers, and other commodity groups that were around the table to discuss the importance of trade.
As we all know, trade is extremely important to agriculture. We don’t want to sell it short, but we do not want to sell America short in these agreements. Although both sides of the table, the Canadian side, and us, as American farmers, North Dakota farmers and ranchers agreed that trade is important, we shared several things around that table and had a very frank discussion about some improvements that needed to be looked at. For example, dairy and the unfairness in the dairy agreements. The phytosanitary issues. Why our wheat gets treated as feed wheat when it goes up there, but yet their wheat gets graded and has the ability to make number one milling here.
We addressed a few of those issues, and the minister was very accommodating and making sure that they took correct notes. Some of these things are in the discussions of NAFTA, but now it’s given a face to that issue. It’s not just a government to government debate. They understand now, that American and North Dakota farmers and ranchers are paying attention to what truly affects their bottom lines and their ability to sell their products. So that’s a win. That’s an enhancement for North Dakota agriculture, to be able to share those concerns, have recognition now, by an important cabinet member in the Canadian cabinet, such as Minister Sohi, that it is not just a government to government relationship. It is understood that those issues exist.
So, it was a pleasure to have Minister Sohi, the Counsel General, Paul, from the Minneapolis office, and then staff to hear our concerns, and share their concerns as well, so we have a better understanding of where the negotiations are at. And that is what we do at NDFB: provide an opportunity for discussions to happen in a very frank, straightforward and productive way.
May 22, 2018: Agriculture is the foundation of our society, so it only makes sense that an organization like NDFB would be instrumental in providing as many opportunities to help educate people about the important role agriculture plays in all our lives through programs like Food, Land and People. Click on the hyperlinks in the transcript below for information related to the topic.
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How important is it to teach agriculture in our schools? At NDFB, we believe it is very important to educate everyone when it comes to agriculture, their food, the natural resources around us and how they are used responsibly, and the benefit that each and every person receive from agriculture.
Farming and ranching is the backbone of not only our communities and state. It is the backbone of our country. It’s the backbone of the world, because food production is the one thing that is a necessity of every man, woman and child living on our planet we call earth.
At NDFB we feel it is necessary to have the opportunity to get in front of teachers through NDFB’s Food, Land and People program. And provide them with the reference materials, and to provide them, also, with the lesson plans and resources for reaching across many disciplines to help students better understand that relationship of agriculture, the environment and the people of the world.
These hands-on lessons provide critical thinking activities, timely background information, measurable objectives and references to teach about food, natural resources and consumers. There are several opportunities for teachers to participate in this continuing education credit, good for a 600-level credit through NDSU. Classes will be available in Jamestown, Valley City, Fargo, Bismarck-Mandan and Thompson beginning in June with the last one ending up in August.
So for a great opportunity to get that continuing education class if you’re a teacher, and to receive an agricultural training and materials to implement in your classroom, contact the NDFB office to be able to sign up for this high-quality continuing education class that we feel, at NDFB, is important to provide to as many educators as we can.