RURAL REFLECTIONS Rural Reflections Radio
Here is this week's Rural Reflections Radio program, Two-trip Tuesday... Posted on 9/5/14 at 9:04 AM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT And we know how farmers feel about surveys
There are only a few things in life that I know with absolute certainty. One is that farmers regard filling out surveys as tedious, burdensome and a general waste of time.
Nonetheless, I'll venture t... Posted on 1/16/14 at 10:38 AM
The sentiment behind Measure 5, the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks constitutional amendment is sound. Preserving and enhancing the state’s outdoor places are good ideas. However, the method by which amendment supporters would indulge that sentiment is a recipe for an administrative and financial mess.
Spokesmen for the campaigns supporting and opposing Measure 5 both say they are encouraged by poll results published Sunday that found the contest over the proposed conservation fund in a statistical dead heat.
Supporters and opponents of a proposed conservation fund on the Nov. 4 ballot have pumped more than $5 million into the election, campaign finance records show, and each side is criticizing the other’s support from out-of-state donors.
When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, it didn’t just defend the mighty Mississippi or the Great Lakes; it also protected smaller streams and wetlands from pollution. The law recognized that to have healthy communities downstream, we need healthy headwaters upstream.
The valley is one of the most productive breadbaskets of the world and home to critical habitat for wildlife and migratory birds, as well as millions of people living in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, a new farm bill effort that will expand partnerships and boost investments in clean water, soil and wildlife conservation projects.
Though it’s been overshadowed by the late planting season, another Conservation Reserve Program signup began June 9.
It’s too early to assess how popular this year’s signup will be, says Aaron Krauter, executive director of the North Dakota office of the Farm Service Agency, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
I am saddened that less than six months into his new job as North Dakota Farmers Union president, Mark Watne has damaged his credibility and sullied the reputation of North Dakota’s most prestigious farm organization.
I was saddened to read a recent letter that claimed farm and ranch groups oppose the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment because they are misinformed. On the contrary, they actively oppose it because they see with crystal clarity what will happen if this measure becomes part of our state’s constitution.
As a North Dakota farmer, I support options to diversify my operation. I want voluntary conservation programs that enhance my property while maintaining healthy soils and productive farmland for future generations.
Based on current projections, the proposed amendment would funnel almost $150 million of the oil extraction tax per biennium to fund “Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks.” The fund will be managed by an appointed 13-member board.
North Dakotans for Common Sense Conservation is a broad-based coalition of more than 25 agriculture, business, industry and government organizations that have joined forces to oppose the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment, which would spend too much money with too little flexibility.
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