Blake Nicholson / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — A federal judge has ordered the North Dakota attorney general’s office to pay $175,000 in attorney fees to a farm group that sued over the state’s Depression-era anti-corporate farming law. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland also criticized the state’s “attempt to recast” his September 2018 ruling.
The super weed Palmer amaranth has been found in a seventh North Dakota county in a year's span and in south central North Dakota for a second time this summer. DNA testing of a sample that a crop scout submitted to North Dakota State University Extension officials confirmed the presence of Palmer amaranth in Emmons County, the state Department of Agriculture said Wednesday, Sept. 11, just a couple of weeks after announcing the discovery of the weed in Grant County, to the west of Emmons. Both discoveries were confirmed by the National Agricultural Genotyping Center in Fargo.
GRANT COUNTY, N.D. — A super weed that can devastate corn and soybean crops and is strong enough to stop combines has been confirmed in Grant County. It's the sixth North Dakota county that Palmer amaranth has been documented in since the aggressive pigweed species was first confirmed in soybeans in southeastern North Dakota's McIntosh County a year ago.
BISMARCK — Wildlife officials who have been transplanting sage grouse from Wyoming to North Dakota since 2017 have adjusted their tactics this summer to try to keep relocated birds from wandering back out of the state in search of better habitat. The fine-tuning of the nearly million-dollar effort comes after about a decade of planning and implementation, coinciding with other efforts to save the bird that some believe is on the brink of calamity.
BISMARCK — A charitable trust set up to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal government’s Obama-era discrimination settlement with American Indian farmers has formally honored the main plaintiffs in the case. The Native American Agriculture Fund board of trustees and staff presented eagle feathers to George and Marilyn Keepseagle, Porter Holder and Claryca Mandan. The ceremony was in conjunction with a board business meeting in Bismarck on Thursday.