Agweek Wire Reports
Many livestock producers in North Dakota are short on forage following a long, cold winter and late spring that depleted forage supplies says Miranda Meehan, North Dakota State University Extension livestock environmental stewardship specialist. Supplies in some areas have been further exasperated due to low forage production, resulting from cool temperature and drought. In other regions, livestock producers have surplus forages, as a result of ample, timely rains.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — More than 500,000 acres of Minnesota farmland is now enrolled in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program .
BISMARCK, N.D. — More than 260 tons of unusable pesticides — an all-time record — were collected and shipped out of state in the 2019 Project Safe Send collections. “This year’s total eclipses the previous record of 190 tons in 2015,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “More than 350 North Dakota farmers, ranchers, applicators, homeowners and others took part in the collections.”
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Four grants from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture will expand biofuel access and production to advance renewable energy efforts around the state. The MDA’s Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program recently awarded grants totaling more than $500,000 to four recipients, through two separate competitive review processes.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Enrollment is now open for America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, which directs $2,500 donations to local eligible nonprofit organizations of farmers’ choice. The program, sponsored by Bayer Fund, allows farmers to enroll and choose rural nonprofit organizations that have made a positive impact on the health and vibrancy of their local communities, such as emergency response organizations, community enrichment and youth agriculture programs, among many others.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Native American Agriculture Fund, a newly formed private charitable trust devoted to serving the interest of Native farmers and ranchers, has announced its inaugural Request for Applications. The Native American Agriculture Fund is a charitable trust created by the settlement of the landmark Keepseagle v. Vilsack class-action lawsuit. NAAF is the largest philanthropic organization devoted solely to serving the Native farming and ranching community.
FARGO, N.D. – The Northern Crops Institute is hosting the “Tunisian Feed Manufacturing - Train the Trainers Program” in collaboration with U.S. Grains Council and Iowa State University on Aug. 1-7, 2019. The course is arranged to “Train the Trainers” in which participants receive training and education on various topics pertaining to feed mill management so they can train their employees when they return to Tunisia.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has activated the North Dakota Hay Hotline as parts of northern North Dakota are experiencing abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced further details of the $16 billion Market Facilitation Program package. In May, President Donald Trump directed Perdue to craft a relief strategy in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other trade disruptions. The Market Facilitation Program, Food Purchase and Distribution Program and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program are designed to assist agricultural producers as trade negotiations continue.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for agricultural producers in states impacted by flooding and heavy moisture. The new July 22 deadline applies to producers in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin for reporting spring-seeded crops to USDA’s Farm Service Agency county offices and crop insurance agents.