South Dakota officials are studying more legal action to learn more about the handling or diversion of public economic development funds in a mothballed Aberdeen, S.D., beef plant, even as a separate, new company attempts to reopen it.
The National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Board announced today that Fargo, N.D., will be the site of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center. The final decision follows careful deliberations by the site selection committee, who visited Illinois and North Dakota to assess the possibility of locating the center in either Decatur or Fargo, and NCGA’s Research and Business Development Action Team.
Thailand plans to boost the amount of land it uses to grow sugarcane, potentially increasing refined sugar output in the world’s second-biggest exporter of the sweetener by around 10 percent, a government official said.
On Aug. 27, the office of Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., sent out a press release with what it called a “secret map” of North Dakota and its waterways. Cramer says EPA assembled a map of each state in secret to “expand its regulation of water features.” Cramer has been opposed to the Waters of the U.S. rule, calling it a “massive power grab,” and says the maps are “alarming.”
The North Dakota map was not the only released and those against the Waters of the U.S. Rule, including Cramer, have called for more transparency.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will open enrollment for the dairy Margin Protection Program on Sept. 2. The new program was authorized by the 2014 farm bill and aims to address volatility in the dairy marketplace, providing dairy farmers with a safety net when margins, the difference between milk prices and feed, fall below the farmer’s coverage level.
The European Commission announced financial support for exporters of dairy products hit by Russia’s ban on Western food imports, adding to emergency measures already taken to help fruit and vegetable producers.
One of the largest natural gas pipelines in North Dakota in the past decade is in the planning and permitting process, according to Tim Rasmussen, spokesman for WBI Energy, a division of MDU Resources Group.
North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring on Aug. 27 signed a memorandum of understanding with the head of the Port of Vancouver. The action is intended to help move specialty agricultural products, but at least one shipper is concerned.
Join Agweek Editor Lisa Gibson for a glimpse into the Sept. 1 issue. The cover story features a North Dakota family expanding into agritourism. The issue also will include rail delay coverage, crop reports and more.
The North Dakota Mill posted its second-highest profit on record in fiscal year 2014 and is off to a strong start in 2015, but concerns linger about rail service delays, President and General Manager Vance Taylor said Tuesday.
In a victory for U.S. sugar growers, the Department of Commerce ruled on Aug. 26 that the Mexican government has been subsidizing sugar exported to the U.S., and issued a preliminary ruling that the U.S. will impose duties on Mexican sugar.
Mikkel Pates and Jerry Hagstrom
August 26, 2014
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