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Farm Loan Mediation Changes in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D.-The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) recently made changes to its administrative rules for the Agricultural Mediation program. These rules become effective on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. In addition to promulgating rules for the new areas of federal lands and oil and gas mediation, changes were made to the Farm Loan Mediation program. The filing […]

December 9, 2014 | By | Reply More

Minnesota Farmers Union debates ag policy, elects delegates at 73rd annual state convention, Nov. 22-23, 2014

ST. PAUL (November 23, 2014) – The Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) held its 73rd annual state convention on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23.  Policy and special orders were debated and passed; and delegates were elected for the National Convention in Wichita, Kansas, March 14-17, 2015.   “Minnesota Farmers Union is about bringing common-sense solutions to […]

December 2, 2014 | By | Reply More

Connections 2014 and USB Annual Meeting

With 569,998 U.S. soybean farmers growing crops to serve both new and long-standing industries, the future of this crop is essential. The United Soybean Board (USB) is bringing together numerous industry stakeholders to strategize about its future at CONNECTIONS 2014: Ahead of the Curve, Accelerating U.S. Soy’s Future.   The event is designed to answer […]

November 26, 2014 | By | Reply More

Heitkamp, Hoeven Invite Agriculture Producers, Community Members to Attend Conference on Transporting Agriculture

BISMARCK, N.D. – U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven today invited farmers, elevators, and agricultural processors to attend a comprehensive conference they are hosting with North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies to examine ways to improve the transportation system for agricultural products in the Northern Plains. The conference is […]

November 26, 2014 | By | Reply More

Informa Boosts Crop Productions

OMAHA (DTN) — Private analytical firm Informa Economics tweaked its estimates for U.S. corn and soybean production a little higher than last month in a report released Tuesday morning. Informa pegged corn production at 14.493 billion bushels, 18 million bushels more than USDA forecast in October. The national average yield estimate, at 174.4 bushels per […]

November 6, 2014 | By | Reply More

Minnesota Farmers Union Largest Single Contributor to FFA Blue Jacket Bright Future Program

St. Paul, MN. – For the sixth consecutive year, the Minnesota Farmers Union has donated to the FFA’s Blue Jackets Bright Future program, which provides sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota youth who are starting their FFA career, and for the sixth consecutive year, MFU was the single largest sponsor to the program! Out of 105 […]

November 6, 2014 | By | Reply More

Heitkamp Discusses Progress and Challenges for Rural Economic Growth with Red River Regional Council

GRAFTON, N.D. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today addressed the Red River Regional Council (Region IV), which covers the northeastern counties of Pembina, Walsh, Nelson and Grand Forks, for the group’s annual meeting on the region’s economic strengths and weaknesses to plan for future development. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on […]

November 6, 2014 | By | Reply More

Hoeven Announces $5.5 Million in USDA Loans, Grants to North Dakota

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $5.5 million in loans and grants to six North Dakota organizations. The funds are made available through USDA’s Community Facilities program, which provides loans, loan guarantees and grants to local governments and nonprofits to construct, enlarge or improve community […]

November 6, 2014 | By | Reply More

Containerized Shipping Offers U.S. Soybean Farmers Access to More Markets

As harvest becomes more of a reality than a plan, some farmers are asking, “Where to next?” Farmers are taking a look beyond their fields and their elevator to know where their soybeans are headed and how they get there. Containerized shipping is one option. Containerized shipping uses standard shipping containers that can be loaded […]

November 6, 2014 | By | Reply More

Farmers and Ranchers Encouraged to Make Their Voices Heard

WASHINGTON, – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. FSA Administrator Val Dolcini announced that beginning Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, USDA will mail ballots for the 2014 elections to eligible producers across the country. […]

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