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Governor declares ag drought emergency

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today signed an executive order, declaring an agricultural emergency due to drought conditions. The governor’s declaration requires state agencies to prepare drought response support services.

8/14/12 (Tue)

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What happened in West Virginia

An editorial by Tracy Grondine - West Virginians are nothing if not hardworking, honest and humble people. So, when West Virginia farmer Lois Alt was told by the Environmental Protection Agency that she needed a discharge permit for her non-discharging poultry farm, she was dumbfounded.

8/13/12 (Mon)

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USDA forecasts sharply reduced corn, soybean crops

The Agriculture Department’s first survey-based measure of crop yield potential for 2012 lowered production forecasts for both corn and soybeans dramatically, due to the continuing drought. Economists with the American Farm Bureau Federation said the report is a harbinger of volatility in global grain markets.

8/10/12 (Fri)

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August-September issue of Focus posted

The August-September issue of Focus has been posted. Read stories this month on Cass County Farm Bureau's ag education building, NDFB scholarship winners, new member benefits and much more.

8/09/12 (Thu)

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Project Safe Send collects record amount of waste

BISMARCK – North Dakota farmers, ranchers, homeowners and others brought in a record amount of old, unusable and banned pesticides – more than 145 tons – in the 2012 Project Safe Send collections.

8/09/12 (Thu)

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Japanese beetle found in North Dakota

BISMARCK – A serious plant pest widely found in the eastern U.S. has been detected in North Dakota for the second time in 11 years.

8/08/12 (Wed)

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Farm production expenditures reach record highs

Farm production expenditures skyrocketed to $318.7 billion in 2011. This is a 10.2 percent increase over 2010, according to the Farm Production Expenditures 2011 summary released Friday by the Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

8/07/12 (Tue)

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Why do they do that?

The latest radio commercial for Val and Pal explaining why farmers do what they do is now posted.

8/06/12 (Mon)

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Harvest hotline activated

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has activated the North Dakota Harvest Hotline for farmers who need combining services and independent combiners who are looking for work.

8/02/12 (Thu)

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Support for 2010 compromise on estate tax urged

American Farm Bureau and other members of the Family Business Estate Tax Coalition (FBETC) wrote to House members on Wednesday, expressing support for legislation that would extend the 2010 compromise reached on the estate tax.

8/01/12 (Wed)

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Scholarship winners announced

Six individuals from around the state have been awarded scholarships through the North Dakota Farm Bureau Foundation.

7/30/12 (Mon)

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AFBF will oppose farm bill extension

The American Farm Bureau Federation said that a House proposal to extend the current farm bill for one year fails to move the nation any closer to securing a comprehensive, long-term farm bill and the organization would stand in opposition.

7/30/12 (Mon)

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Nitrate levels a concern in drought areas

Some North Dakota producers may be faced with having to use their corn, sunflower, wheat, barley, oat or other crops for hay, grazing or silage because of this year's drought conditions.

7/26/12 (Thu)

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Report demonstrates the harm estate taxes cause...

The American Farm Bureau Federation said it concurs with a Joint Economic Committee report that details the financial harm posed by estate taxes on family businesses. The JEC, a bipartisan committee composed of members from the House and Senate, issued its report, “Costs and Consequences of the Federal Estate Tax,” earlier today.

7/25/12 (Wed)

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Farm groups urge House to pass H.R. 4157

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 24, 2012—The American Farm Bureau Federation and a number of other farm groups today urged the House to vote yes for farm kids and farm families across America by supporting H.R. 4157, the Preserving America’s Family Farms Act. The House will debate and vote on the legislation later today.

7/24/12 (Tue)

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