April 27, 2017

ND Corn Utilization Council Elects Leadership, Welcomes New Member

cornThe North Dakota Corn Utilization Council elected their executive officers to lead the organization and welcomed a new member, with terms effective as of April 1, 2017.

The newly elected executive officers of the NDCUC are: Chairman Scott German from Oakes; Vice Chairman Jason Rayner, Finley; and Secretary/Treasurer Terry Wehlander from DeLamere. Executive officers are elected to serve a one-year term by fellow Council members.

The NDCUC welcomed new member Robert Ferebee from Halliday. Ferebee farms and ranches with his father and two sons. They grow corn, wheat, canola and pulse crops and run a cow/calf operation. Ferebee and his wife Amy have four sons. He will represent the corn producers of District 7, which consists of McKenzie, Golden Valley, Slope, Bowman, Billings, Dunn, Stark, Hettinger, Adams, McLean, Mercer, Oliver, Morton, Grant, Sioux, Sheridan, Burleigh, Emmons, Wells, Kidder, Logan and McIntosh counties. NDCUC members can serve two consecutive four-year terms.

The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council was created in 1991 and consists of 7 members representing 7 districts. The NDCUC oversees how North Dakota’s corn checkoff dollars are spent on research, education and promotion of corn and corn products.


Bayer AgVocacy Forum: Advancements in Seed Lubricants Help Protect Honey Bees – Audio

AgVocacy-Forum-Logo-BannerThe folks at Bayer CropScience have been working hard the last several years to develop and implement the best stewardship management practices that promote honey bee health.

Although there is already a low-level of potential for pollinators to come in contact with dust from treated seed during planting, experts continue to examine ways to help reduce the amount of total dust released in treated seeds.

In San Antonio at the Bayer AgVocacy Forum prior to planting, we visited with the folks at Bayer about an improved formulation of the Bayer Fluency Agent product introduced in 2014, for use on corn and soybean seed,  Fluency Agent Advanced.

Take a Listen to our visit with — Melissa Chu, Bayer SeedGrowth product manager, Ron Reichert, Application Technology Manager for SeedGrowth, and Janesville, Iowa, grower Jerry Dove.

Bayer Agvocacy Forum Seed Lubricants



U.S. Milk Producers Praise Trump’s Trade Comments on Canadian Policy

nmpfThe National Milk Producers Federation was pleased to hear President Trump speak out about Canada’s dairy policy during a stop in the state of Wisconsin on Tuesday.

Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of NMPF, released the following statement:

“We thank President Donald Trump for speaking out in Wisconsin against the harmful pricing policy Canada implemented in an effort to stifle competition with the United States. We have repeatedly stressed that trade must be fair and that all countries should be held accountable when they break the rules. Canada’s repeated disregard for its dairy trade commitments to the United States has left American dairy farmers enduring the severe and unfair consequences.

“America’s dairy farmers will continue to work with the Trump Administration, Speaker Paul Ryan and other congressional leaders, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, as well as elected officials across the country to resolve this issue as soon as possible.”

Listen to the President’s comments in Kenosha —->  Trump on Dairy Trade

Meanwhile, as discussions over immigration policy continue on Capitol Hill, the National Milk Producers Federation is thanking members of both the House and Senate for working to address the unique labor challenges faced by dairy producers.

Mulhern said, “Dairy farming is a physically demanding, 24-7, 365-day job. Without the help of foreign labor, many American dairy operations face the threat of closure. We appreciate that members of both parties are building awareness of the need for action on this challenge.”

Two bills introduced recently would modify the existing H-2A agricultural visa program to make it easier for dairy farmers to hire the foreign labor they need to run their operations. Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Chris Collins (R-NY) co-authored the Farm Family Relief Act in January. Rep. Sean Duffy’s (R-WI) introduced the Defending the Agricultural Industry’s Requirements Year-round (DAIRY) Act this month.

Separately, during a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing to confirm the next USDA Secretary, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) questioned nominee Sonny Perdue about finding a solution to the industry’s immigration concerns. Perdue said he supports an exemption to the H-2A program so that dairy farms can hire workers year-round.

NMPF has called on legislators to address this dilemma for more than a decade.


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