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Paradigm shift for ag?

An editorial by Stewart Truelsen -- With the 21st century a little more than a decade old, it is readily apparent how this century will be different from the last one for American agriculture. The major difference has nothing to do with organic farming, biotechnology or biofuels. It’s not about new forms of agriculture or new markets. The difference has nothing to do with climate change or water resources; it’s even broader and more fundamental than that.

6/21/11 (Tue)

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Say no to farm machinery CDL requirements

North Dakota Farm Bureau is urging farmers to submit written comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on a draft proposal that would require Commercial Drivers' Licenses for farm machinery.

6/20/11 (Mon)

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BND loan programs for weather-affected businesses and farmers

Bank of North Dakota (BND) has implemented new, low-interest, disaster relief loan programs to help businesses and agricultural producers impacted by 2011 weather-related events.

6/17/11 (Fri)

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Fuel tax refund deadline coming soon

Tax Commissioner Cory Fong reminds eligible consumers that June 30 is the last day to apply for a refund of the state fuel taxes they paid on gasoline/gasohol purchased during 2010. The refund is available to farmers, ranchers, industrial contractors, emergency medical services operations and certain Native Americans.

6/16/11 (Thu)

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CPI shows slight increase in food inflation

According to the latest Consumer Price Index reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the food index rose 0.4 percent in May, the same increase as in April.

6/15/11 (Wed)

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The Pledge

It's Flag Day. North Dakota Farm Bureau has a short video reminder for all of us...

6/14/11 (Tue)

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Governor urges observance of Flag Day and Flag Week

BISMARCK, N.D. – In accordance with a proclamation signed by the President, Governor Jack Dalrymple is calling on North Dakotans to observe Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14, and National Flag Week, the week beginning June 12, by displaying the American flag and honoring those who have served and sacrificed in defense of our great nation.

6/13/11 (Mon)

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N.D. leaders press for assistance for farmers in Devils Lake basin

A priority issue for North Dakota Farm Bureau has received attention from North Dakota leaders. Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring have asked federal officials to make an exception in prevented planting policy for producers in the Devils Lake basin whose farms have shrunk or disappeared due to the lake’s rising waters.

6/09/11 (Thu)

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Court decision gives AFBF seat at the table in pesticide lawsuit

A June 3 decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California allowing the American Farm Bureau Federation and other agricultural groups to intervene in a major lawsuit over pesticide use and the Endangered Species Act gives the groups a “seat at the table” in settlement discussions, according to Ellen Steen, AFBF’s general counsel.

6/08/11 (Wed)

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When did food become so complicated?

An editorial by American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman - Sustainability. Organic. Biotech. Big Ag. Local. Pure. These are just a few labels being tossed around freely to discuss something that I’ve always thought of as a pretty simple and straight-forward concept: Eating.

6/07/11 (Tue)

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NDSU program compares prevented planting with planting

It is decision time for many North Dakota producers because wet weather has pushed them beyond the date where they can opt for prevented planting insurance.

6/06/11 (Mon)

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Abandoned mineral statute needs revision

There is need for legislation to clarify North Dakota's abandoned mineral statute, according to a recent review written by Sara K. Sorensen, attorney at Ohnstad Twichell Law Firm of West Fargo.

6/03/11 (Fri)

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Choose My Plate

USDA has replaced the food pyramid with a plate, calling the new icon a “monumental effort” to improve America’s health.

6/02/11 (Thu)

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June is Dairy Month

It's the first of June and that means Dairy Month has begun! If you love milk or cheese or yogurt, take a moment this month to thank those hard working dairy farmers, because without them, we would not have all the wonderful dairy products we enjoy.

6/01/11 (Wed)

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A very personal column

As people along the Missouri River below Garrison Dam prepare for a 100 year-flood, Devils Lake farmer and NDFB President Eric Aasmundstad shares his very personal story of loss at the hands of Devils Lake.

5/27/11 (Fri)

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