Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) introduced late Tuesday an amendment to permanently reform the federal estate tax.
An editorial by Stewart Truelsen - When leaders of the G-20 economies got together this summer in Toronto they supported a reduction in government spending and debt, which prompted one reporter to ask, “If these economies all decide to reduce their budget deficits, what will drive global growth?” The answer was China.
An editorial by Nathan Smith - More than 60 million people in the United States did this to celebrate the nation’s birthday last year. Care to take a guess? Americans are great eaters, and from Alaska to Florida and California to New York, citizens are cleaning grills, stocking fridges and pantries, preparing for backyard cook-outs and family dinners, all thanks to the bounty produced by hard-working farm and ranch families.
Yesterday, North Dakota Farm Bureau encouraged members to contact Senator Byron Dorgan to oppose S. 1816, the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act, because it will impact agriculture well beyond the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Anyone working with cattle needs to be vigilant about safety. "Even experienced cattlemen and women can get hurt when dealing with cattle," says Karl Hoppe, a livestock specialist at North Dakota State University's Carrington Research Extension Center. "Young kids move too quickly and excite animals. The elderly don't move fast enough and get too close to a placid cow's flight zone."
The North Dakota State Seed Department is waiving late fees on applications for field inspections due to weather-related problems in the state. Certified seed growers still are encouraged to apply for a field inspection as soon as possible.
Small and independent meat processors are at significant economic risk due to increased regulatory costs included in a preliminary draft guidance document issued by the Food Safety and Inspection Service, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
An editorial by Dal Grooms: When I was growing up, being a farm kid wasn’t “cool.” There were certainly times I wished my dad did something else so I could spend time with my friends rather than spending time doing chores. Lucky for me, my dad wasn’t concerned with my definition of cool. He was concerned with taking care of the farm so it would take care of us.
Apparently so. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday where he said he cannot support a cap-and-trade program or carbon fee to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The lack of Brown’s support is seen as a major setback to passing climate change legislation in Congress this year.