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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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Print your prescription card on this site

Farm Bureau members can save an average of 30% on prescription drugs through the Prescription Discount Program. You can print your card for free from this website.

4/07/10 (Wed)

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Young farmers take social media reins

Farmers and ranchers who are actively involved in social media have launched the AgChat Foundation with a mission to empower farmers and ranchers to connect communities through social media platforms.

4/06/10 (Tue)

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Ag Dept. urges cattle producers to verify livestock by age and source

BISMARCK —Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says cattle producers can better take advantage of a growing export market for U.S. beef by enrolling in an age and source verification program.

4/01/10 (Thu)

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Message from the President

North Dakota Farm Bureau President Eric Aasmundstad's editorial, What we believe, featured in our bi-monthly publication, Focus, is also posted on this website. To read the entire editorial click here.

4/01/10 (Thu)

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