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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.
FARGO -- Tom Lilja, the executive director of both the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council and the North Dakota Corn Growers Association, resigned abruptly June 23. Paul Belzer, chairman of the NDCUC, would only say the council had "accepted Tom's resignation." He declined several times to say whether Lilja was asked to resign.
FARGO — Farms in greater North Dakota financially out-performed the Red River Valley in 2014, according to an analysis of North Dakota Farm Business Management Program records by North Dakota State University. That’s only happened three times in the 20 years before 2013.
FARGO — The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee on May 21 passed the U.S. Grains Standards Act Reauthorization. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., included an amendment that could lead to better access to Canadian wheat and barley markets for U.S. farmers near the border. U.S. farmers don’t automatically qualify for top Canadian grain market premiums, while Canadian producers can sell grain at normal premiums on the U.S.
FARGO — Cold temperatures last week threatened early-emerging crops in the Dakotas and Minnesota, but there were no widespread reports of freeze damage. Eric Ericksmoen, a research agronomist at the North Central Research Extension Center in Minot, said the primary crop that has emerged so far is small grains, but they hadn’t suffered excessively. “I’ve seen small grains take a 20-degree temperature and make it just fine,” he said. Corn was not yet emerged in some areas.
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FARGO, N.D. - It wouldn’t be the first time in history, but farmers and their advisers say it will be unusual if farmers start planting in March. Dave Franzen, a North Dakota State University Extension Service soil scientist in Fargo, says there is likely to be some early tillage and possibly some planting before the end of the month, even though it’s unusual. Many farmers got some fall fertilizer applications on, but some held back because of wet weather and some were simply combining until late fall.
BISMARCK — North Dakota’s House Agriculture Committee voted 8-5 to recommend a do-pass on a bill that would create exemptions for dairy and swine in the state anti-corporate farming law. Committee members unanimously voted for an amendment by Rep. Craig Headland, R-Montpelier, to require a corporation establish a swine or dairy farm within a three-year period. A new operation would operated by a concentrated animal feeding operation and must be a domestic corporation.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate Agriculture Committee Friday heard testimony on whether a “North Dakota dollar” should be added to what beef producers pay to a check-off — doubling an amount already collected under a federal check-off. Senate Agriculture Chairman Joe Miller, R-Park River, said the bill will likely be considered at the committee’s next meeting on March 12 for possible floor action the following week, including an amendment that proposes a state referendum vote by cattle producers to put the increase into place. HB 1238 does not disturb the federal check-off of $1 per head.