STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Shutdown over, farm bill up next
By Don Davis
President Barack Obama makes new federal farm policy his third highest congressional priority now that the federal shutdown is history, but that is no guarantee a farm bill will have easy... Posted on 10/21/13 at 8:32 AM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Are the good times really over for good?
The great Merle Haggard once had a song called "Are the Good times Really Over for Good?" The tune wondered sadly if America's best days are in the past.
I thought of the song after listening to area... Posted on 7/12/13 at 8:05 AM
STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS WITH BRAD DOKKEN Conservation groups praise Senate farm bill
Conservation groups are praising the Farm Bill the U.S. Senate passed Monday for its strong conservation title.
The Senate passed the version 66-27.
The groups were especially pleased with the bills... Posted on 6/11/13 at 8:51 AM
TIME AT THE TABLE What is a Food Desert?
A question worth asking. Wikipedia states:Afood desertis any area in the industrialized world where healthful, affordable food is difficult to obtain.Before you get fired up the USDA determined that... Posted on 3/1/12 at 4:29 PM
While a comprehensive farm bill is being hashed out in a U.S. House and Senate conference committee, some in North Dakota are worried that a new conservation requirement could diminish a finished product.
Even though its growers will be paid about $370 million less for this year’s harvest compared to the one in 2012, the head of American Crystal Sugar Co. said Thursday he doesn’t expect sugar beet farmers to turn to other crops and abandon beets.
The lack of a long-term federal farm bill is jeopardizing foreign trade offices and programs that have contributed to the best five-year run of agricultural trade in U.S. history and allowed North Dakota to more than double its exports of farm products since 2006, farmers and government officials said here Friday.
Maintaining her assurance that a new farm bill will become reality soon, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said she will tell attendees at a trio of agriculture-related gatherings this weekend that a bill will become reality before year’s end.
Nearly nine in 10 rural Americans say the small-town way of life is worth fighting for, but seven in 10 worry it is dying, according to a poll of rural voters in North Dakota, Minnesota and other Midwestern and Southeastern states.
The four principal negotiators on the farm bill appear to have made some progress at one meeting last week and seem likely to be engaged in intensive negotiations during the two weeks before Congress takes a break for Thanksgiving.
A dispute over a 2010 California law over the treatment of egg-laying chickens looks like it may add to the complications for congressional negotiators trying to hammer out an agreement on a new five year farm bill this week.
We’ve been blessed in recent years with high commodity prices, a booming energy industry and robust economy. Our farmers and ranchers have had the security of a strong Farm Bill, which has contributed to agriculture as our top industry.
Jasper Schneider and Aaron Krauter
, November 08, 2013
After months of stalemate over a new five-year extension of the farm bill, 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson is optimistic that a House and Senate conference committee will hammer out the differences and bring a bill to a vote.
An extra $100 million for rural water management and an expanded program for farmers to design their own Conservation Reserve Program contracts were among items that Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., discussed in yet another farm bill roundtable in Fargo, N.D., on Oct. 22.
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