September 23, 2014

Farm Service Agency and NDSU To Host Farm Bill Informational Meetings

North Dakota’s Farm Service Agency and North Dakota State University’s Extension Service are partnering this fall to host a series of informational meetings to discuss the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs authorized under the Agricultural Act of 2014.

The 2014 Farm Bill authorizes three program options: PLC, ARC-County Level, and ARC-Individual.  Producers must make a one-time decision to retain or reallocate crop bases, retain or update program payment yields, and to select the type of coverage (price protection, county revenue protection, and/or individual revenue protection) for the 2014-2018 crop years.

The informational meetings will explain the program election, base allocation and yield update process.  Producers can attend a session at one of the following locations:

Grand Forks           October 7          8-10 am              Alerus Center, Ballroom 3

Langdon                  October 7          1-3 pm                Langdon Research Extension Center, 9280 107th Avenue NE

Devils Lake             October 8         8-10 am              Devil’s Lake Memorial Building, 4th Avenue NE

Minot                       October 8         1-3 pm               North Central Research Extension Center, 5400 Highway 83 South

Williston                 October 9          8-10 am             Williston Research Extension Center, 14120 Highway 2

Dickinson               October 9          1-3 pm                Dickinson State University Ag Building Auditorium 104

Bismarck                October 15         8-10 am              Ramada Inn, 1400 E Interchange Ave

Jamestown            October 15         1-3 pm                Farmers Union Conference Room, 1415 12th Avenue SE

Lisbon                    October 16         8-10 am             Ransom County Fairgrounds, Expo Building West Wing

Fargo                      October 17         8-10 am             Ramada Plaza Suites and Conference Center 1635 42nd St S


If you have any questions on these meetings, please contact your local FSA Office.

American Ag Network was also able to visit with FSA Director for North Dakota Aaron Krauter about some of these changes:

Krauter Farm Bill



North Dakota Soybean Council Sponsors International Trade Teams

Soybean buyers and processors from Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam will be in the Red River Valley this week, attending the Soybeans Procurement Management for Importers course at the Northern Crops Institute.  The course is sponsored by NCI, as well as the North Dakota Soybean Council, U.S. Soybean Export Council, the Northern Food Grade Soybean Association, and the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council

The course is designed to give participants an overview of the quality characteristics of U.S. northern grown soybeans as well as the intricacies of buying, handling, and shipping food grade soybeans out of the region.

Participants will tour farms and other locations in the Red River Valley during the week and will be split into two groups, each with a separate focus. The tours will begin on Tuesday after both groups attend an all participant session Monday at NDSU’s Commodity Trade Room.

Food grade buyers will visit Brushvale Seed of Breckenridge, MN, Richland IFC of Dwight, ND, SB & B Foods of Casselton, ND, SK Foods Specialty Processing of Moorhead, MN and SunOpta of Moorhead.

As for the feed grade buyers, they will tour the Northern Crops Institute’s feed mill, Alton Grain Terminal and the Peter Lovas farm near Hillsboro, ND, and the Colfax Farmers Elevator and the Jay Myers Family farm near Colfax, ND.  Additionally, the feed group will tour NDSU’s Ag Experiment Station Research Greenhouse complex.  The ND Soybean Council staff will be on hand to answer any questions the international guests have and promote soybeans grown in North Dakota.

A supper for all will be hosted Tuesday evening at the Bill & Karolyn Zurn Family Farm at Callaway, MN.  Any questions can be directed to Stephanie Sinner of the ND Soybean Council


State Ag Commissioners Unanimously Call For EPA to Drop Waters of the US

At the Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), NASDA Members, composed of all 48 state Agricultural commissioners both democratic and republican, unanimously called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule. The action item, submitted by North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture Doug Goehring, also urges the EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers to collaborate with state departments of agriculture and other stakeholders on the appropriate scope of federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction. Goehring had this to say during a follow up press conference by the Republican Commissioners of Agriculture that took place Monday:

Goehring WOTUS

NASDA’s CEO Dr. Barbara Glenn concurred, issuing a statement after the NASDA meeting saying, “As it stands, this proposed rule dramatically expands EPA’s jurisdiction and creates too much uncertainty for our farmers and ranchers. This rule must be withdrawn.” She continued, stating “It is critical that the agencies engage state regulators and stakeholders to work together to find a path forward before the agencies move towards implementation or further rulemaking.”

NASDA previously submitted comments expressing concerns about the highly controversial Interpretive Rule for Agricultural Conservation Practices.

“Conservation and environmental protection are among our members’ chief responsibilities as state regulatory agencies. We feel the agencies’ proposals will dissuade the use of critical conservation practices needed to preserve American farmland,” said Glenn.