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an editorial by Cyndie Sirekis - A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle (“Battle Over Slow Food Heats up in Heartland“) highlighted our nation’s agricultural diversity. The article illustrated how the “tiny but fast-growing” number of farms that sell local and grow organic food contrast with “commodity farms that make up the great bulk of production and sell into a global food chain.”

5/10/10 (Mon)

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Farm blogger is "On a mission"

What does the cow say? If you’re like me, the first thing that came to mind is “moo.” However, a colleague, who is a fellow fan of animal agriculture, recently pointed out to me the obvious. A cow doesn’t SAY anything, it is an animal, and it is unable to speak. Until my colleague pointed this out, when I was teaching my children about animals I would use the typical line “what does the ____ say?” Now I say “what sound does the _____ make?”

5/06/10 (Thu)

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Estate tax action alert posted

American Farm Bureau Federation is asking for your help in putting death taxes to rest.

5/06/10 (Thu)

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Oil spill regulation affects some farmers

On Nov. 5, 2009, Lisa P. Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency administrator, signed a notice amending certain requirements of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rules that removes an exemption for farms. The new regulations require some farmers to prepare and implement a plan to deal with oil spills on their farms by Nov. 10, 2010.

5/05/10 (Wed)

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Ag must plan for new air quality standards

America’s farmers and ranchers certainly don’t agree on everything. Some farmers will only drive tractors with green paint, while others would never think of driving a tractor that isn’t painted red. Some farmers are Democrats, others Republican. And for recreation, some prefer bird hunting, while others prefer bass fishing.

5/03/10 (Mon)

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NDFB urges members to contact Pomeroy on Oberstar bill

North Dakota Farm Bureau is encouraging members to contact Representative Pomeroy and urge him not to support or cosponsor Rep. James Oberstar's (D-Minn.) water bill, because it could have serious consequences for North Dakotans.

4/30/10 (Fri)

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Health care market-based reforms, not government mandates, needed

North Dakota Farm Bureau President Eric Aasmundstad told members of the N.D. Industry, Business and Labor Interim Committee that recently passed health care mandates aren’t going to help farmers and ranchers. “While agriculture is a business, it is also somewhat unique,” Aasmundstad told the committee during a hearing at the Heritage Center in Bismarck. “We cannot pass on our costs to the consumer.

4/29/10 (Thu)

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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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