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MINOT, N.D. — Restoring beef trade with Japan and China is needed to help snap U.S. markets out of the doldrums, officials said Sept. 23 at the North Dakota Stockmen's Association annual meeting in Minot. Tracy Brunner, a producer from Ramona, Kans., and president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, said expanding markets is the primary effort of the organization. "We are in a situation of growing supplies of meat and beef in this country. The nation's cattle herd is expanding, so we need markets."
LINTON, N.D. — The Emmons County Commission is urging the North Dakota congressional delegation to come to a meeting to form a consensus on why some "excess" lands taken by the federal government for the Oahe Dam should go back to the state. Donavin L. Grenz, the county state's attorney, asked Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Kevin Kramer, R-N.D., to list their availability between Aug. 24 and Oct. 14 for a public meeting.
FARGO, N.D. — New technology is likely to help prevent cattle theft in coming years, speakers at a recent event event said. The International Livestock Identification Association held its annual conference July 17 to 20 in Fargo, N.D., hosted by the North Dakota Stockmen's Association. Among the main speakers was Lt. Blaine Northrop, supervisor of ag enforcement and brand inspection for the Nevada Department of Agriculture, oversees enforcement officers and 90 brand inspectors in the field. Northrop, who formerly worked with the
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Two men with strong connections to the Red River Valley, who headed companies seeking biofuels investors and sold tax credits in North Dakota, have been indicted...
FARGO, N.D. -- The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council has downsized its staff, including eliminating the office manager post held by a veteran state legislator. Scott German of Oakes, N.D., chairman of the NDCUC, confirmed that state Rep. Blair Thoreson, R-N.D., was laid off as of Nov. 13 because his position had been eliminated.
DOUGLAS, N.D. -- Daryl Lies is settling into his new job as the 15th president of the North Dakota Farm Bureau. NDFB members cast a unanimous ballot for the farmer and entrepreneur at the NDFB annual meeting Nov. 14. Lies succeeded Doyle Johannes of Underwood, N.D., who had served four years, leading a group that claims 27,000 members in 50 organized county Farm Bureaus.
BISMARCK -- The president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association said a list of national regulatory threats for the cattle industry is topped by the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States rule.
BISMARCK -- At its annual meeting in Bismarck, the North Dakota Stockmen's Association examined the state's anti-corporate farming law, but stopped short of making any policy decisions about it. About 450 cattle producers attended the group's 86th annual convention Sept. 24 to 26. No policy proposals were offered on either side of the issue.
FARGO -- The former executive director of the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council confirmed that he was fired, and has written a letter about what he called governance conflicts of interest involving some of the organization's board members. On June 23, Tom Lilja abruptly resigned a post he'd held for eight years. NDCUC Chairman Paul Belzer of Cando, at the time only would acknowledge that he'd accepted Lilja's resignation.
FARGO — The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has approached state ag organizations and others to create an impact review committee to advise the commissioner on whether and how to spend $1.5 million per biennium to help fight against excessive federal regulation. Doug Goehring, the state’s ag commissioner, said the NDDA has contacted organizations that were listed as supplying designees to the committee in the law, which passed in the 2015 session. The committee will be assembled in the next several weeks, he said. The new law goes into effect Aug.