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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture launched its new and enhanced version of “MyAmericanFarm.org,” 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.