March 24, 2017

North Dakota Soybean Growers Elect Annual Leadership

ndsbaThe North Dakota Soybean Growers Association (NDSGA) held officer elections during its recent Board of Directors meeting. NDSGA officers re-elected included President Craig Olson of Colfax, Vice President Ryan Richard of Horace, Secretary Joe Ericson of Wimbledon and Treasurer Eric Broten of Dazey, North Dakota.
During the association’s annual meeting in February, changes to district boundaries were approved. Following those changes, Olson was elected to a 1-year term representing District 1. Josh Gackle of Kulm was elected to a 2-year term representing District 2. Brent Kohls, Mayville, was elected to a 1-year term representing District 3. Broten, was elected to a 2-year term representing District 4. Greg Gussiaas of Carrington was elected to a 3-year term representing District 5. Sam Landman of Northwood was elected to a 2-year term represent District 6. Ryan Pederson of Rolette was elected to a 3-year term representing District 7.  The District 8 board seat was not filled and will be appointed by the board.
During the re-organization meeting, Ryan Richard of Horace was appointed to a 1-year term as an at-large director and Matt Swenson of Kindred was appointed to a 3-year term as an at-large director.
Edwin Erickson, Jr. of Milnor and Monte Peterson of Valley City will continue to serve as the American Soybean Association representatives to provide a voice for North Dakota soybean producers on national farm policy. Ericson is an at-large director. Kasey Bitz, LaMoure, is the DuPont Young Leader on the board of directors.
The North Dakota Soybean Growers Association is a statewide, not-for-profit, member-driven organization. It conducts legislative activities in Bismarck, N.D., and Washington, D.C., to improve the sustainable prosperity of its members and the entire soybean industry. The North Dakota organization is one of more than 25 affiliated with the American Soybean Association.

South Dakota Announces Positive Bovine Tuberculosis Case

Cow picSome worrisome news for cattle producers out of South Dakota in the past few days.  The South Dakota Animal Industry Board announced a positive finding of Bovine Tuberculosis in a herd out of Harding County.  We were able to speak with South Dakota State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven:

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Dr. Oedekoven  cautioned that as much as the industry wants answers, the simple fact is that the series of tests for Bovine Tuberculosis aren’t quick:

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South Dakota became an accredited TB free state back in 1982, but there have been other isolated cases.  One was reported in Yankton County in 2009 and the other in Hutchinson County in 2011.  For the time being, South Dakota will maintain their TB Free status, depending on if and how many new cases arise.


Senate Ag Committee Holds First Farm Bill Field Hearing

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee heard from farmers and ranchers Thursday afternoon, hosting a farm bill field hearing at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. The hearing featured panels of farmers giving input on what they feel needs to happen with the next farm bill. The panel members consistently told lawmakers farm bill funding levels need maintained, or even increased, after the 2014 farm bill featured $23 billion worth of funding cuts.

Before the panel testimony got underway, Committee Chairman, Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts laid out the road ahead for the next farm bill…

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Ranking Democrat on the committee, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, says it’s time to address the needs of farmers and ranchers…

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She points out that the current farm bill has a total estimated savings of nearly $100 billion, but those savings cannot be transferred into funding in the next farm bill.

More field hearings are on the schedule and Roberts says the committee also has an email form online to gather input from farmers and ranchers on farm bill programs and considerations for the next farm bill…

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The committee will hold its second farm bill field hearing in Michiga, no date has been announced.