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.
The Senate Agriculture Committee will hear public testimony on a bill that would prohibit state funding from being used to match federal dollars without the approval of the state legislature for the Northern Plains National Heritage Area. The hearing is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. The session is set for the Roosevelt Park Room at the State Capitol.
An editorial by Stewart Truelsen - What a difference the right adjective makes. Put the modifier “family” in front of “farm” and the words mean more than just a farm that is family owned-and-operated. “Family farm” evokes warm, nostalgic feelings with farmers and non-farmers alike. You can just picture yourself as a child running across a farmyard to a big white house because mother is ringing the dinner bell.
Asserting that the Environmental Protection Agency is “implementing an aggressive regulatory program that burdens the nation’s farmers and ranchers,” delegates at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting urged Congress to “pursue vigorous oversight” of the agency.