The University of Minnesota-Crookston, facing anticipated budget cuts, could eliminate its agricultural education program to save money. The move, though painful, would be the fairest way to help achieve the necessary savings, a school spokesman said.
Director of Equalization Kathy Goetsch appeared Tuesday before the Davison County Commission and expressed concern about HB 1202 and its potential costs for the county.
The bill, before the state Legislature, addresses the state’s new method of assessing agricultural land based on production rather than market value. The original HB 1202 was “hoghoused,” or extensively rewritten and sent on to the Senate for further consideration.
PIERRE — Seven years after the Tri State Ethanol plant at Rosholt went into bankruptcy, the State Railroad Board decided Thursday to forego the remaining interest owed on a loan made to assist the project.
Board members voted 5-1 to declare the loan paid in full. The board has recovered the loan principal of $334,756 and received $11,237 in interest. There was $92,281 interest owed on the loan at the time of the 2003 bankruptcy filing.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — If history and the political lineup are any guides, President Barack Obama's latest effort to cut subsidies for wealthy farmers likely will fare no better than his first try — or his predecessor's attempt.
ST. PAUL – Children fussed. Parents cried. Senators were outraged. Bureaucrats explained. “We have been pushed into the living conditions of a Third World country,” Jeff Brouse told a state Senate Health Committee hearing about a three-year effort to clean up a rural Thief River Falls dairy operation.
GILFILLAN — Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s call to promote exports and reduce regulatory and tax costs for agriculture, and continue research into renewable fuel technology, won applause from his Farmfest audience, but it left at least one audience member scratching his head.
PIERRE — County directors of equalization will be provided special training, and public forums will be held throughout South Dakota in the coming months, as South Dakota converts this fall to a new productivity-based system for setting the taxable values on agriculture property, an official for the state Department of Revenue and Regulation said Wednesday.
BISMARCK—Minnesota’s plan to charge North Dakota power plants for fees to offset costs of carbon dioxide emissions violates the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause, the North Dakota Industrial Commission says in a letter to Minnesota regulators.
Wind energy developers are trying to kill to a bill that prohibits them from issuing confidential leases to landowners.
The prohibition is in a bill that many legislators say is needed to keep industry representatives from taking advantage of landowners who are at a disadvantage when confronted with a 44-page lease and, sometimes, high-pressure company tactics. The companies build wind turbines on the leased plots.
By Janell Cole, N.D. Capitol Bureau
April 22, 2009
We have all heard how the year 2009 will be one to remember and how it is setting records. The year started out with record temperatures, record snowfall, record flooding and now, let us not forget, record road destruction. This year the state Legislature has to do something to deal with disaster assistance in addition to its normal duties. The snow will melt and floodwaters will pass but the devastation on our roads will be a sore reminder of maintenance costs that need to be addressed.
Rep. Kenton Onstad, Parshall, N.D.
April 20, 2009
Legislators have given final approval to spending $50,000 in state funds to study building a horse slaughter plant in the state.
The House took final action Thursday on House Bill 1496, which passed 86-5
The $50,000 was appropriated to the state Department of Commerce, which is to determine whether a horse slaughter plant is feasible, what the costs would be of constructing a new plant or converting an existing facility, how it could be financed.
By Janell Cole, N.D. Capitol Bureau
April 17, 2009
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