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Derrick Braaten

Derrick Braaten is a partner in Baumstark Braaten Law Partners of Bismarck, N.D. He welcomes input and comments on his columns. He can be reached at his office at (701) 221-2911 or by email at

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AG-VOCATE FOR AG: Regulations, statutes and the Finality Rule

BISMARCK, N.D. — There are likely few farmers and ranchers who are not well-acquainted with the myriad of federal farm programs. Most are aware that they can seek reconsideration from the county committee of an adverse decision under these programs. Not all may be aware that they also have the option of appealing an adverse decision through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Appeals Division.

Agweek, 01/10/2012

Landowners have the right to grant, deny access

BISMARCK, N.D. — The repercussions of the North Dakota oil boom are being felt throughout the state, and even throughout the nation. One effect of the ever-expanding oil industry is that farmers and ranchers now have to decide whether to grant an easement to that oil, pipeline, road construction or other company who has constructed a path to the middle of a wheat field or calving pasture.

Special to Agweek, 10/17/2011

Handshakes, contracts and farmer merchants

BISMARCK, N.D. — With the small grains harvest in full swing in North Dakota, it is a good time to revisit some legal issues that relate to grain marketing by farmers.

Special to Agweek, 09/05/2011

Independent analysis in wetland determination a worthwhile step

BISMARCK, N.D. — Although I did not intend to return to the topic of my prior column (“The Land of 10,000 potholes,” Agweek, June 13), I received a significant response from folks around the Midwest and out on the Plains. I am humble enough to admit I learned more about the issues myself, and I would like to share this knowledge with Agweek’s readers.

Special to Agweek, 07/26/2011

Be aware of rules for dealing with new wetlands

BISMARCK, N.D. — It’s not often that you hear North Dakota farmers complain about getting a little rain, but this year, there is nothing little about the moisture in North Dakota’s fields. Along with the rain that just won’t quit, farmers are seeing a lot of new standing water on their fields.

Special to Agweek, 06/21/2011

Prevented plant policies

BISMARCK, N.D. — Today’s column takes a lead from Jonathan Knutson’s April 18 Agweek column.

Special to Agweek, 05/03/2011

FLAG a big farm resource

BISMARCK, N.D. — This week’s column is about a terrific legal resource for farmers and ranchers, which I recommend to Agweek’s readers: Farmers’ Legal Action Group, also known as FLAG.

Special to Agweek, 03/29/2011

Who is eligible for settlement?

BISMARCK, N.D. — Today’s column will be about a historic legal settlement with the U.S. government that could benefit tens of thousands of American Indian farmers and ranchers nationwide, including many from the Agweek readership area.

Special to Agweek, 02/08/2011

Documenting crop losses

BISMARCK, N.D. — Isn’t it what every farmer needs — more time, more money?

Special to Agweek, 01/11/2011

North Dakota sets example

BISMARCK, N.D. — As Rodney Dangerfield said, “I don’t get no respect.” Until recently, this was North Dakota’s lament.

Special to Agweek, 11/16/2010

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