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The H-2A temporary agricultural worker program is for seasonal workers. The Workforce Modernization Act that could provide open up the H-2A program to dairy and pork producers and other year-round farm employers.
The U.S. needs to prepare for livestock disease threats, such as hoof and mouth disease and African swine fever, livestock group representatives said. The discussion came on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, at Farmfest near Morgan, Minnesota, with a panel of seven people representing different segments of agriculture sharing their views on the farm bill.
The $401 million in loans and grants comes from the ReConnect Program, a fund dispersed by the U.S. Agriculture Department. It will support high-speed internet projects in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas, USDA said.
A farm bill listening session was held in Northfield by the House agriculture subcommittee on commodities on July 25.

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Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions says its $4.5 billion pipeline project will help ethanol plants lower their carbon score. The project aims to capture greenhouse gas emissions and pipe the CO2 to western North Dakota for underground storage.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, changed the formula for disaster payments for above-normal livestock losses to reflect truer values of baby calves and other animals, in the wake of the April 2022 “Blizzard Haley” storm complex that hit North Dakota. The previous administration had administratively in 2020 added a "bottom-tier" of payment for baby calves that undervalued the animals.
The U.S. International Trade Commission revoked hefty anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on urea ammonium nitrate fertilizers from Russia and Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, concluding that those imports did not hurt American producers.
Railroads move everything from Amazon packages to fuel oil and soybeans, and a shutdown of any kind could send prices for necessities higher and upend battered supply chains.
The Minnesota Legislature this year approved $500,000 for down payment assistance for emerging farmers to get on land of their own.
"We're having the conversation out in the open now. The Secretary (of Agriculture) is really taking a stand against the consolidation in the meatpacking industry and has put some resolutions toward addressing that, with the small and micro-scale processing facility funding that we're delivering," said Zach Ducheneaux, FSA administrator.

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Former North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Sarah Vogel, an attorney, advocate and author, said she thinks North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley or lawyers in his department should have acquired a copy of a trust for the benefit of billionaire Bill Gates, and lease-back agreements with Campbell Farms of Grafton, North Dakota, before “deeming” the deal legal.
Navigator CO2 Ventures is working on a project involving ethanol plants in five states: Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. Navigator's Heartland Greenway is one of three carbon capture projects in the works in Iowa. Others are by Summit Carbon Solutions and by Wolf Carbon Solutions, which is partnering with ADM.
Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions says its $4.5 billion pipeline project will help ethanol plants lower their carbon score. The project aims to capture greenhouse gas emissions and pipe the CO2 to western North Dakota for underground storage. But a lawyer is trying to keep Summit off the land owned by his clients.

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