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Ag history focus of new Ag Mag

The latest issue of North Dakota Ag Mag is going back to the roots, the historical roots of agriculture in North Dakota. “Agriculture has certainly played an important role – some would say the most important role – in our state’s history,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.

4/28/10 (Wed)

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AFBF launches 'Rural Community Building' blog

AFBF has launched a new blog that offers resource ideas to help county and state Farm Bureau leaders improve the quality of life in rural communities.

4/27/10 (Tue)

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What Congress can do for Mother Nature

Another Earth Day has come and gone. The observance each year on April 22 is an opportunity to recognize our environmental achievements and discuss what more we should do. The “doing more” discussion usually centers on things like intricate carbon trading schemes and federal permitting processes. Meanwhile, a simple and non-punitive means of environmental protection is staring us in the face.

4/23/10 (Fri)

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AFBF statement on Oberstar water bill

The following statement by Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, was issued today in regarding to Rep. James Oberstar's ‘America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act’ bill: “The American Farm Bureau Federation does not support legislation that would change and expand federal control of our nation’s waters...."

4/22/10 (Thu)

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The benefits of agriculture

Farmers have always been good stewards of the land. That's where they make their living. That's where they live. They have always been at the forefront of trying to do things to improve their production practices, to minimize their effects on the environment. American Farm Bureau chief economist Bob Young says there are plenty of statistics to prove that point.

4/22/10 (Thu)

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Anti-meat blog on EPA site getting blasted

An anti-meat posting on the Environmental Protection Agency’s official blog is getting blasted in social media and on the blogosphere. In the posting, Nicole Reising, an intern in EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection, blames meat production for its negative impact on the environment.

4/21/10 (Wed)

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N.D. surface water near pesticide-free

BISMARCK – A five-month, statewide survey of 15 North Dakota rivers found only minimal traces of four widely-used pesticides.

4/21/10 (Wed)

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AFBF responds to error-filled Sunday comic

Dairy farmers across the nation are upset about an error-filled and rhetorically loaded Sunday comic strip aimed at providing facts to kids, and American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman is helping them set the record straight.

4/20/10 (Tue)

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Extension reminder: Moldy grain is a respiratory hazard

Anyone harvesting, drying or handling moldy grain should use respiratory protection, according to Ken Hellevang, agricultural engineer with the North Dakota State University Extension Service.

4/19/10 (Mon)

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NDFB white paper on pesticide drift

When it comes to the proposed changes to the Clean Water Act, farmers and ranchers have a right to be concerned. In 2009, a court's ruling reversed 30 years of EPA practice of not requiring permits for pesticides applied in accordance with pesticide labeling laws.

4/16/10 (Fri)

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Thousands respond to EPA spray drift proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency has received more than 30,000 comments opposing its proposed ban on pesticide spray drift. EPA recently completed a comment period for the spray drift ban.

4/15/10 (Thu)

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AFBF one of many groups urging estate tax relief

The American Farm Bureau Federation joined 28 other agricultural groups in urging the Senate to support permanent and meaningful estate tax relief. In a letter sent Monday to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the coalition warned: “If estate taxes are allowed to be reinstated at the beginning of 2011 with only a $1 million exemption and top rate of 55 percent, the negative impact on our industry will be significant.”

4/13/10 (Tue)

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Members still without power

On April 12, Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative held a media event detailing some of the issues they are still facing in restoring power to south-central North Dakota residents following a Good Friday icestorm.

4/13/10 (Tue)

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NDFB Foundation: Additional flood relief donations disbursed

Even after the North Dakota Farm Bureau Foundation ended its Buy a Sandbag for a Buck program for flood relief, donations kept coming in, allowing the foundation to make two additional flood relief disbursements.

4/12/10 (Mon)

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NDFB receives safety grant from Alliance Pipeline

North Dakota Farm Bureau has been awarded a safety grant for $5,000 to assist in Progressive Ag Safety Days, to be held throughout the state this spring and summer.

4/08/10 (Thu)

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