an editorial by Stewart Truelsen - This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the nation’s first county Farm Bureau in Broome County, N.Y. Farm Bureau and the Cooperative Extension Service grew side-by-side in the early years of the last century. Along with farm mechanization and rural electrification, they had a transformational effect on American agriculture.
North Dakota Farm Bureau is one of several sponsors of the Red River Farm Network's (RRFN) Washington Watch program from Washington, D.C. In this week's FarmNetNews, RRFN features interviews with several D.C. dignitaries, including Congressman Rick Berg:
BISMARCK, ND – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today announced that the state will open a response and recovery center in Devils Lake on Friday, May 6. The center will assist the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in assessing the extent of flood damages to rural residences and other property. The center also will provide information and assist people as they cope with the challenges of lake flooding.
Testifying before two congressional committees, American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Barry Bushue said the process for crop protection registration is “hopelessly broken.”
This week members of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources committees will be asking questions about rules on pesticide use, particularly when they deal with the Endangered Species Act. Tyler Wegmeyer, American Farm Bureau Federation regulatory specialist, says redundant rules make life hard for farmers, but don’t help preserve endangered species.
The 62nd Legislative Assembly has concluded with record-breaking spending levels and significant tax reductions. As one legislator has been quoted as saying, “We have to decide how much to spend, how much to save and how much to return to the taxpayers.”
The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released proposed Clean Water Act rules on Wednesday that would give the federal government control over an expanding amount of private farm and ranch ground.