Agweek Wire Reports
FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Corn Growers Association has hired Lisa Hochhalter as its executive director.
WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of longtime Agweek columnist Peter Welte to serve as the U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota.
FARGO, N.D. — Three of North Dakota’s four seats on the United Soybean Board are open for nominations in 2019. The North Dakota Soybean Council is seeking nominations of three soybean farmers from the state interested in serving on the United Soybean Board. All checkoff-paying soybean producers in North Dakota are eligible to apply.
FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota ag aviation legend Darrol Schroeder of Fargo, N.D., died March 3 at age 88. Schroeder had a military aviation career but also founded Schroeder Aviation Inc. in his hometown of Davenport, N.D. The company operated a fleet of 12 aircraft. He accumulated 12,000 aerial application hours until he retired in 1989.
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — General Mills on March 4 announced it will expand regenerative agriculture practices on 1 million acres by 2030. The company is starting with oats grown for Cheerios, Annie’s Cascadian Farm, Nature Valley and Blue Buffalo products. The oats will come from the U.S. Northern Plains and southern provinces of Canada. It will also partner with organic and conventional farmers in wheat, corn and sugar beets in the next decade.
WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service on Feb. 28 announced it will extend the deadline for qualifying farmers and ranchers to file taxes to April 15. Sen. John Hoeven said he worked to have the deadline extended due to concerns that many farmers would be unable to properly file their taxes by the usual deadline of March 1, as the IRS recently issued final regulations implementing sections of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act related to farm income on February 8.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota farmers may seek assistance from the Rural Finance Authority’s Restructure Loan program if they have good credit but are having trouble with cash flow. The Restructure Loan program is available for refinancing debt related to agricultural activities only and requires collateral of a first mortgage on farm real estate.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has requested comments by April 22 for a possible amendment to testing rules for Mycoplasma in turkeys.
HELENA, Mont. — Young people active in rural youth organizations like 4-H and FFA may be eligible for loans up to $8,500. More than 65 Montana farm and ranch youths currently participate in the Montana Department of Agriculture’s Junior Agriculture Loan Program.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is taking applications for specialty crop grant proposals. Electronic applications must be in by 4 p.m. Central Daylight Time, March 8.