Natural & Environmental Resources

Ag Chemicals

We support the continued labeling and development of pesticides and traits such as XTend, Glyphosate, Enlist, and other agricultural advancements.

We support the informative education of the public as to the benefits and safety of the application and use of pesticides and fertilizers.

Easements

We believe all new conservation and preservation easements should be in effect only as long as the signer of the easement owns the land. NDFB stands opposed to perpetual easements

North Dakota Game and Fish Department may not enter into any agreement with landowners that extends more than 5 years without approval from North Dakota Legislature. Any agreement with landowner is void if property affected is sold or transferred to another party

We support the issuing of private easements across state and federally owned lands in North Dakota. We support the multi-use management of state and federally owned lands by grazing and haying.

Wildlife and conservation easements should not be perpetual, but should be returned to the landowner when the land is sold and title is transferred.

Environmental Quality

The size of the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality shall not expand by more than 2 percent per biennium.

We oppose the spread of misinformation in regard to livestock being the main source of greenhouse gases.

We object to the Environmental Protection Agency's involvement in agriculture and support defunding it.

Pollution regulations, which mandate changes in farming practices, should be based on scientific research that proves a given farming practice, in a particular geography, is in fact causing the pollution and is not caused by other sources and
that the proposed regulations will actually reduce pollution

We believe the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality should be required to answer permitting requests within 60 days.

We oppose the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from our power plants and other sources.

Hunting and Trapping

We support North Dakota property owners' rights to continue to control all types of hunting, including high-fence hunting, on their property. Property owners or lessees shall decide who hunts their land, and if they prefer, to charge a fee to the hunter for that privilege. We further believe that hunting and recreational rights are land uses, not property title, and therefore, cannot be severed from the surface title of the land.
 
Any future "No Hunting or Trespassing" laws should not have special exclusions or privileges for hunters.
 
We believe hunters should not be able to retrieve downed game on private property without the landowner/operators permission.
 
We recognize our nation's long history of supporting both a person's right to private property and a person's right to hunt, therefore we support a statewide database that will allow landowners to designate their private property as either open or closed to hunting.
 
We support a loss of hunting privileges and/or stiffer financial penalties for people who trespass on private land and fail to observe "No Hunting" and/or "No Trespassing" signs.
 
North Dakota Farm Bureau supports all lands as considered posted unless signed otherwise.

Miscellaneous

NDFB supports a method whereby extortion mitigation money would go to the landowners affected and not the wildlife groups.

We oppose any tax revenue and any mitigation money from wind, coal, oil, and gas development as well as impacted cities, counties, school districts and other taxing districts going to non-governmental conservation groups.

Predator Control

We ask the state Game and Fish Department and USDA Wildlife Services Division to provide adequate funding for the predator control division of the Wildlife Services Department for the control of predators and other problematic animals for ranchers, farmers and others.
 
We believe farmers should be allowed to take the necessary steps, including elimination, to keep wildlife from destroying tangible property. Steps should include allowing transferable depredation tags for antlerless deer being made available to landowners in addition to regular hunting season licenses.
 
In the event that a producer is found to have destructive wildlife on their property, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department shall be required to make every effort to disperse the wildlife by any means necessary.
 
We support the use of mechanical vehicles such as snowmobiles and side by sides, etc. for the control of predators.
 
We support creating legislation that would require the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and/or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to pay agricultural producers for wildlife depredation of livestock, crops and stored feed. The producer should be paid for losses at market price or contract price.
 
We support use of artificial light for enhanced predator control.
 
Public and Government Owned Lands

We oppose the federal "wild and scenic" designation for any rivvers and their tributaries in North Dakota and oppose wilderness land designation in the state.

We oppose government state and federal agencies actively bidding and participating in land purchases for the purpose of conservation parks, recreation and green space.

We believe that when land is floode by navigable lakes, and when the water recedes, the ownership should be returned to the people based on the property lines at the time of flooding.

We oppose the use of state and federal  monies to impede any agricultural practices.

We oppose using state conservation funds to purchase land.

We support a no net gain of government or conservation group-owned land, county by county and state by state.
 
We oppose the allocation of any additional state funds being given to groups/organizations for the purpose of conservation projects, conservation easements and/or land acquisitions.
 
We believe that all agricultural land repossessed by government agencies should be put up for sale to private individuals and that no government entity should be allowed to obtain it or be granted easements or acquire an existing mineral rights.
 
We believe that government-owned lands should be managed with input from the local private sector.
 
We oppose the gifting of public lands to any organization; however, we support the sale of federal and state land back to the private sector.
 
We believe the 12,000 acres of land around Theodore Roosevelt National Park's Elkhorn Ranch site should not be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Soil Conservation

NRCS should continually update soil profile mapping.

If CRP is released for emergency haying, the Farm Service Agency should be the lead agency and work primarily with agricultural organizations in determining starting dates and rules for haying CRP.

Water Policy

We support compensation to property owners flooded by state water.

Heritage Fund monies should be used to annually compensate, at fair market cash rent values, those who lose productive use of their land to waters of the state.

We support the agricultural use of drain tile both as a conservation tool and as a flood mitigation tool.

We support the agricultural use of drain tile both as a conservation tool and as a flood mitigation tool. We oppose regulatory policy of damming or blocking drain tile without just compensation.

We support landowners/operators ability to run drain tile through Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) unless specified in contract.

We encourage state, counties, and townships to help and not hinder field tiling, since it helps reduce erosion and runoff water, thus improving the overall quality of watersheds.

We oppose any attempt to diminish agriculture and livestock's priority ranking for the waters of the state under the jurisdiction of the State Water Commission.

Water Projects

North Dakota State Water Commission shall work closely with local government to ease regulations in regard to water usage for road construction.

We oppose funding for any diversion proposal that includes a dam and reservoir on the Red River south of Fargo.

Weed Control

We  believe waterhemp should be placed on the state noxious weed list.

We support the compliance of noxious weed control by all entities that manage or own property and support giving weed boards the authority to control noxious weeds. Any fines collected should go to the weed board for further monitoring and control as provided by state statute.

We believe the North Dakota Highway Department shall do timely spraying of noxious weeds along highway right of ways in the spring.

We support the concept of local control of noxious weeds through county weed boards, city and township officials and recommend noxious weed laws to be enforced and support stiffer penalties for those who make no effort to control noxious weeds in a timely manner on land they own or control, including but not limited to parks, railroads, city, state and federal lands, all roadways and wildlife regfuges. If local official are unable or unwilling to enforce said laws, the North Dakota Ag Commissioner shall be charged to enforce said laws.

We encourage the state of North Dakota, through the office of the Ag Commissioner and NDSU Extension to raise awareness and education of noxious weeds on all lands including state, federal and tribal lands.

We believe Palmer amaranth should be placed on the noxious weed list.

We believe that government agencies should control noxious weeds on land under their control.

Wetlands

We propose that all farmable land be exempt from wetlands designation and be eligible for drainage.

We support legislation stating wetlands less than 1 acre cannot be classified as permanent and are not subject to any form of government regulation.

Endangered Species

We oppose legislation to restrict farming and ranching in favor of threatened and/or endangered species.

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