Agricultural Credit and Finance Policy
We encourage the development of more beginner and young farmer/rancher loan programs at low interest rates.
We support the continued education of the public on the benefits of agriculture technologies.
We shall work with other agricultural organizations and commodity groups to promote the American consumers' right to an informed purchasing choice, i.e. where and how their food is grown compared to other countries, and to promote the benefit of American grown produce.
Agricultural Research and Extension
We support funding for agricultural research in the university system.
We oppose a nutrient management program that mandates farmers and ranchers’ participation. We support education for nutrient management practices. We also oppose outside interests such as industry suppliers having input on such a program. However, any programs should be based in sound science with input from farmers and ranchers.
We believe any funding derived from the state designated for the Agriculture Experiment Station and/or to NDSU Extension, is to be determined by the State Board of Agricultural and Research Extension (SBARE).
We support research and development of feeding livestock and animal feeding facilities that may lead to more feeding and marketing of livestock and livestock products in North Dakota and promote the use of our feed grains and by-products.
We support the USDA-ARS Northern Crops Science Lab, USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory, NDSU Extension Service, NDSU Research Centers, Northern Crops Institute and USDA-ARS Human Nutrition Laboratory.
We support continued research on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in production agriculture and support legislation to allow farmers to fly UAVs for agricultural uses on their own farms. In research or application, the UAVs should not compromise the business security, intellectual or private property rights of farmers and ranchers or other business owners.
North Dakota should take a proactive stance in the research, development, commercialization and marketing of modern farming practices and technologies.
We encourage groups requesting state funding for agricultural research to apply through the State Board of Agricultural and Research Extension (SBARE) or the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC).
We support all agricultural commodity groups in their efforts to promote agricultural commodities through research and market development.
All commodity checkoffs should be voluntary and refundable.
Whenever any commodity group asks for a voluntary increase of its check-off, it must be on an opt-in, not an opt- out, basis.
We believe North Dakota Farm Bureau should be recognized by the North Dakota Legislature and the governor of North Dakota to be allowed a minimum of two voting seats on the North Dakota State Beef Commission.
We support a private crop insurance option, independent of the federal government.
We encourage farmers to explore their options in order to farm without government programs.
Grain Bonding and Bankruptcy
We support legislation that protects unsecured debtors in prepay agreements and contracts against financial loss.
We support law that directs bankruptcy courts to recognize legal scale tickets, warehouse receipts, and receipts for fertilizer, chemicals and other inputs held by farmers as legal documents indicating that they are the legal owners of such property held in a bankrupt elevator or warehouse.
We shall support the definition of sustainable agriculture as currently defined by the state of North Dakota.