February 24, 2017

NDFU Praises Trump for Support of Ethanol

North Dakota Farmers Union praised President Trump for his recent comments supporting ethanol and the renewable fuels industry.

“In a time of excess supply and less demand, it’s reassuring to hear the newly elected president support ethanol,” said NDFU President Mark Watne. “Ethanol drives the demand for corn, and corn helps increase commodity prices.”

trump-banner“Rest assured that your president and this administration value the importance of renewable fuels to America’s economy and to our energy independence,” Trump wrote in a letter to attendees of the National Ethanol Conference that was released on Tuesday. “As I emphasized throughout my campaign, renewable fuels are essential to America’s energy strategy.”

President Trump also said he was committed to reducing the regulatory burden on all businesses and reform regulations that impede growth, increase consumer costs, and eliminate good-paying jobs without providing sufficient environmental or public health benefit.

Watne said EPA’s interpretation of the Clean Air Act has restricted the sale of mid-level high-octane fuel such as E30. “National energy labs have demonstrated that high-octane blends do not impair performance in non-flex fuel or standard vehicles. The use of E30 would actually reduce harmful emissions more effectively than E10,” he said.


Keeping It Covered at International Crops Expo – Grand Forks

Berts Truck EquipmentProducers are gathered in Grand Forks at the Alerus Center for the International Crops Expo.

Information seminars will be offered throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday, featuring the latest in potatoes, small grains, soybeans and dry edible beans.

The floor of the Alerus is packed once again for this year’s show – and we visited with Chris Pagnac, Sales Manager for Bert’s Truck Equipment, of East Grand Forks.

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ASA Congratulates the 2017 Regional Winners of the Conservation Legacy Award

The American Soybean Association congratulates the regional winners of the 2016 Conservation Legacy Awards.Conservation

The Conservation Legacy Awards Program is a national program designed to recognize the outstanding environmental and conservation achievement of soybean farmers, which helps produce more sustainable U.S. soybeans.

Each winner will be recognized at the ASA Awards Banquet on March 3, 2017, at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. During the banquet, one of the farmers will be chosen as the national winner.

Andy Bensend, Dallas, Wis. (Midwest Region)
Keith Masser, Sacramento, Pa. (Northeast Region)
Matt Griggs, Humboldt, Tenn. (South Region)

The achievements of these farmers serve as a positive example for other farmers and helps produce a more sustainable U.S. soybean crop. This program is sponsored by ASA, BASF, Monsanto, Corn & Soybean Digest, the United Soybean Board/Soybean Checkoff and Valent.

For over 30 years now, Andy Bensend has been on an educational journey to developing an environmentally sensitive, yet highly productive, approach to farming.

A key to Bensend’s farming success has been the ability to restore productivity to land that has been depleted by erosion or other factors. “My strategy has been really quite simple,” Bensend said. “Number one is to reduce tillage. My goal is to eliminate tillage almost entirely. The second is to correct deficiencies. If we can use livestock waste, manure is a great way to correct some of those deficiencies.”

Bensend further explained that his next step is to restore soil quality. In the last five to seven years, Bensend has significantly increased the use of cover crops in his operation to achieve this objective. He also helped found a local group of like-minded growers in his area called Farmers of Barron County Watersheds, that helps promote use of cover crops and other valuable conservation practices.

“It is possible to be conservation minded and to do everything right from a soil quality and soil health standpoint without forcing yourself to operate at a loss,” Bensend said. He is convinced that a strong conservation mindset can actually boost the economic sustainability of a farm.