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Land enhancement grant application deadline extended

Land enhancement grant application deadline extended

BISMARCK –  Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has extended the deadline to May 9 for the second round of grants to help landowners enhance their property and restore habitat damaged by overland flooding, erosion, and infestation by noxious and invasive species.   “The Land Enhancement and Habitat Renewal Program is designed to help private land owners […]

April 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Heitkamp Announces Federal Funding for North Dakota’s Specialty Crops

Heitkamp Announces Federal Funding for North Dakota’s Specialty Crops

(April 17, 2014) WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced that North Dakota will receive $3.1 million in federal funds for specialty crops – a more than 600 percent increase from last year’s funding – as a result of the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. The recently passed Farm Bill made historic investments […]

April 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
The importance of renewable energy by MFU President Doug Peterson

The importance of renewable energy by MFU President Doug Peterson

Farmers are the original green energy, and given enough funding resources, farm efforts will create the fuel and renewable energy this nation needs. With 2014 as the International Year of the Family Farmer, it is a great opportunity to highlight the important role farmers play in renewable energy, and to promote policies of renewable energies […]

April 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Hoeven calls on USDA, DOE and EPA to halt regulations on livestock emissions

Hoeven calls on USDA, DOE and EPA to halt regulations on livestock emissions

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven is calling on the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to refrain from regulating livestock emissions as part of the President’s proposed methane reduction plan. In a letter to the agency heads, Hoeven pressed them not to impose regulations on livestock emissions […]

April 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Soybean Producers Elect Four Directors to the  ND Soybean Council

Soybean Producers Elect Four Directors to the ND Soybean Council

FARGO, North Dakota— North Dakota soybean farmers elected four directors to the North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC). Each will serve a three-year term.   Perry Ostmo, a soybean producer from Sharon, ND, was elected to represent Nelson, Griggs and Steele counties. Ostmo raises soybeans, corn, hard red spring wheat, barley and edible beans.  He is […]

April 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Hoeven, Cantwell introduce the Farm and Small Business Expensing Tax Relief Act

Hoeven, Cantwell introduce the Farm and Small Business Expensing Tax Relief Act

WASHINGTON – Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) have introduced the Farm and Small Business Expensing Tax Relief Act, legislation that eases the burden of unfair and onerous new repair expensing regulations for small businesses and family farms that became effective January 1stof this year. Hoeven’s and Cantwell’s legislation amends the IRS code […]

April 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Surveying Minnesota’s organic farmers

Surveying Minnesota’s organic farmers

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is asking organic farmers about a range of topics from planting to promoting. Minnesota’s 700 certified organic farmers were mailed the Survey of Minnesota Organic Farms in mid-March.   The survey asks them to share their experiences and ideas in 27 questions addressing profitability, production […]

April 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
2014 Minnesota Grown Directory loaded with local farms

2014 Minnesota Grown Directory loaded with local farms

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The annual Minnesota Grown Directory is now available, just in time for spring.  The directory is a statewide guide to purchasing directly from local producers.  The 2014 edition boasts a record setting 978 farms and includes the most Community Supported Agriculture farms and farmers markets.   The 2014 directory turns a […]

April 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Soybean Producers Elect Four Directors to the  ND Soybean Council

Soybean Producers Elect Four Directors to the ND Soybean Council

FARGO, North Dakota— North Dakota soybean farmers elected four directors to the North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC). Each will serve a three-year term. Perry Ostmo, a soybean producer from Sharon, ND, was elected to represent Nelson, Griggs and Steele counties.   Ostmo raises soybeans, corn, hard red spring wheat, barley and edible beans.  He is […]

April 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Progress on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announces Progress on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014— Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced significant progress on implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), which President Obama signed into law on February 7. The 2014 Farm Bill reforms agricultural policy, reduces the deficit, and helps grow the economy.     “We are making tremendous progress implementing […]

April 8, 2014 | By | Reply More