an editorial by Jeff Fowle -- Aug. 30, 2010, could well be remembered as a tipping point in the efforts of farmers and ranchers to engage in conversations with members of the public–their customers. That was the opening day of the AgChat Foundation Conference, a hands-on gathering designed to empower farmers and ranchers to reach beyond the ag community through social media platforms. Fresh off that meeting, several memorable pictures stand out.
North Dakota Farm Bureau members are encouraged to contact Sens. Conrad and Dorgan to support an amendment to repeal the new Form 1099 rules being promulgated by the Internal Revenue Service. Beginning in 2012, the IRS will require businesses to report more of its purchases to the IRS through the use of 1099s.
If you are concerned about property rights, agricultural uses of land or energy development, North Dakota Farm Bureau is encouraging you to attend a public meeting at 6 p.m. September 7 at the Morton County Courthouse to share your views on the comprehensive management plan for the Lewis & Clark Trail.
The Senate adjourned until September 13 without addressing the estate tax issue. American Farm Bureau is supporting a proposal offered by Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) to phase-in a $5 million exemption and 35 percent tax rate over ten years. Stepped up basis is included in their proposal.
North Dakota Farm Bureau Vice President Doyle Johannes participated in a press conference in Minot this morning for Measure One.
Stutsman County farmer and Farm Bureau member Sarah Wilson is featured in this week's Red River Farm Network newsletter talking about the "agvocacy " training she is participating in, in Chicago, Illinois. Also at the session from North Dakota are Val Wagner of Monango and Paul Anderson of Coleharbor.
An editorial by John Hart - In a 1986 interview with Washingtonian magazine, Ingrid Newkirk, the founder and still president of the People of Ethical Treatment of Animals, made a provocative statement that continues to be noticed today.
Mike Rowe, the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, will deliver the keynote address to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 92nd annual meeting on January 10, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia.
"I just ordered a fridge through Sears Commercial. We bought a $1000 fridge for $738 delivered. The savings are enough to pay my Farm Bureau dues for the next 5+ years. The guy from Sears I worked with was great to work with and waited until this morning to process the sale to get me an additional $60 savings! Worthwhile in my mind!"
At a forum with the news media Monday sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute in Washington, D.C., Bob Young, American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist, said the longer Congress drags out settling an estate tax rate and exemption level, the less likely it is to impose a retroactive tax for 2010.
An editorial by Dal Grooms - If you’re a movie buff, you’ll recall the career advice shared with young Benjamin Braddock in the late 1960s movie The Graduate. "Plastics," young Benjamin was told. Today, there is a good chance the giver of that advice, Mr. McGuire, would be proposing another up-and-coming career field -- "Agriculture."