Archive | November, 2012

Sen. Franken to Senate Leadership: “Fiscal Cliff” Deal Needs to Include Comprehensive Farm Bill

In an effort to help farmers across Minnesota who are facing uncertainty because a new Farm Bill hasn’t been passed by the House of Representatives, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) today urged Senate leadership to include the bipartisan, Senate-passed Farm Bill in any deal brokered to address the nation’s fiscal challenges. “Minnesota’s farmers, livestock producers, and rural entrepreneurs support one in five jobs in […]

American Crystal Sugar’s 2012 Profits Fall Sharply

American Crystal Sugar recently disclosed its 2012 financial results showing that the sugar beet processing cooperative has seen its costs rise and profits sink during the first full year since it locked out 1,300 workers represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) in August 2011. Some highlights of the […]

Inspection records indicate ND ag exports up

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says a large increase in the documentation required for agricultural exports indicates North Dakota is selling more commodities overseas. “During the recently-ended fiscal year, North Dakota Department of Agriculture issued more than 2,500 phytosanitary certificates,” Goehring said. “That is 30 percent more than the previous year’s total of 1,974 certificates.” Goehring explained that phytosanitary certificates track the inspection of […]