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Good news about moms and food choices

The following blog appeared on the AFBF Foodie News blog and was so good, it needed a full reprint: Does a day go by without a media story sounding off about what food is good or bad for you? Can you power up your laptop without a deluge of viral e-mails scaring you about what’s on your plate? Add in a dose of celebrity advocates, campaigns like Meatless Monday, 24/7 tweets from food movement activists and you wonder how any of us even pick up a fork.

2/09/11 (Wed)

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Action alerts posted

North Dakota Farm Bureau is asking members to contact their state legislators on two important issues: wind rights and government-funded pre-school.

2/08/11 (Tue)

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Gunny Sack Challenge receives accolades

Congratulations to the North Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Committee for being recognized for its innovative program to fight hunger. North Dakota was one of the top five states for “Most Innovative Idea for the Harvest for All program” for the 2010 Gunny Sack Challenge.

2/07/11 (Mon)

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Safety picture contest part of FB Week celebration

North Dakota Farm Bureau Week, coming March 13-19, will once again feature the Safety Picture Contest for third, fourth and fifth-grade students, said NDFB Safety Coordinator Staci Lee.

2/04/11 (Fri)

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Childhood ag injuries declining

A scientific survey conducted by the Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shows the rate of childhood injury on farms and ranches has declined by nearly 60 percent since 1998, thanks to effective research and public awareness efforts.

2/03/11 (Thu)

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AFBF backs bills repealing form 1099 requirements

American Farm Bureau supports two bills that have been introduced in the Senate to repeal IRS Form 1099 reporting requirements that were passed as part of health care reform legislation.

2/02/11 (Wed)

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Bills introduced in Congress to halt greenhouse regs

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) introduced legislation that would strip the federal government of authority under any existing law to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) reintroduced legislation from the last Congress that would suspend Environmental Protection Agency regulation of GHG emissions from stationary sources for two years.

2/01/11 (Tue)

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Contact your senator on wildlife depredation bill

North Dakota Farm Bureau is supporting SB 2227 as a high priority issue. Depredation by deer is a serious problem for livestock producers. The problem is compounded during heavy snowfall years like the one we are experiencing this year.

1/31/11 (Mon)

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Ratify trade agreements, create jobs

An editorial by John Hart -- For more than 100 years, members of Congress sat divided by party at the annual State of the Union address. But this year, as a symbol of civility, many Republicans and Democrats broke with tradition and chose to sit together in what was known as “date night.” Lawmakers wanted to demonstrate to their constituents that they were willing to work together to do the nation’s business.

1/28/11 (Fri)

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Finalists named in YF&R Challenge

Four young farmers from around the state were named the finalists in the North Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Challenge, held at the YF&R Leadership Conference in Mandan, January 21-23.

1/27/11 (Thu)

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Congratulations, Olsons!

Kirk and Heidi Olson of Arnegard were named the 2011 Cultivation Award winners during the North Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Conference at the Seven Seas in Mandan, January 21-23.

1/26/11 (Wed)

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As close to pesticide-free as you can get

A second comprehensive, statewide survey has found only minimal amounts of pesticides in North Dakota rivers. “The 2010 surface water monitoring program shows North Dakota’s rivers and streams have minimal pesticide contamination – just trace amounts of nine commonly used products,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, who released the survey Monday.

1/24/11 (Mon)

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Don't do the crime if you can't pay the fine

Farmers and ranchers often have to spend time and money cleaning up their property after other people throw their garbage on the farmer’s property. Game refuges and recreation areas have the same problem.

1/21/11 (Fri)

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YF&R Leadership Conference starts Friday

The North Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference gets underway on Friday and promises to be an educational and fun experience for everyone who attends.

1/20/11 (Thu)

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New and improved My American Farm

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture launched its new and enhanced version of “,” a free online interactive gaming platform, that focuses on third- through fifth-grade students. The new version offers more agriculture-related games and activities for kids coupled with additional educator resources.

1/18/11 (Tue)

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