Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
Washington – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that many Farm Service Agency offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, Jan. 17 and Friday, Jan. 18, in addition to Tuesday, Jan. 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 21.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — North Dakota Farm Bureau is accusing a Ramsey County township of going beyond its legal authority in trying to prevent the development of a pig farm. North Dakota Farm Bureau, along with Ramsey County Farm Bureau and the partners developing Grand Prairie Agriculture, on Friday, Jan. 11 filed a civil suit in Northeast District Court in Ramsey County against Grand Harbor Township and its board.
NEW ORLEANS — About a month ago, Val Wagner submitted some comments regarding trade, tariffs and the farm bill for the American Farm Bureau Federation's 100th anniversary convention. Her comments centered on how the fines, fees and permits that come with overregulation don't just affect a farm for today but also matter for its future profitability. "I submitted those comments, and last week they told me USDA Secretary (Sonny) Perdue could possibly use them to base his speech off of," Wagner explained in a phone conversation from New Orleans.
On a recent Monday, I found myself strolling across the street in downtown Fargo, N.D. Despite the fact that it was an early January day in one of the coldest regions in the country, I had ditched my coat earlier that morning on my way to interviews and was comfortable in just a bulky sweater. I returned home to central North Dakota that afternoon to find my husband and father-in-law scraping manure off concrete slabs, a chore that can almost never be done in the dead of winter.
FARGO, N.D. — At North Dakota State University, the budget for research extension centers took a 13 percent cut from the state during the past biennium. Federal funding has been stagnant for decades, says Greg Lardy, vice president for agriculture affairs. But still, work goes on at research centers across the state, where scientists breed new varieties, work on disease resistance, find new uses for products and look at methods for protecting and improving soil health, goes on.
MANDAN, N.D. — Farmers with Farm Service Agency loans and the ag lenders they work with are grappling with how to handle finances during the government shutdown. FSA, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, offers several loan programs to farmers and ranchers, including providing direct loans for things like operating. When a farmer or rancher gets a direct loan from FSA and sells products of the farm, FSA is listed on the check and has to sign off for the funds to be released, whether to be applied to a loan or for other purposes.
As we embark on 2019, I have no New Year's resolution. I know myself better than to think that I'll follow through with something just based on the day on the calendar. Instead, I'm continuing a journey I've been on for more than a decade now — a journey to match the knoephla soup served at Napoleon (N.D.) Livestock.
A major snowstorm is expected to begin moving across North Dakota and South Dakota, spreading east and possibly bringing more than a foot of snow and high winds to some places. While Montana and northwestern North Dakota are forecast to receive only a few inches at the most, much of the rest of the region could see 12 to 18 inches.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to move ahead with new restrictions for able-bodied adults without dependents on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Cattle producers and feedyards that sell directly to most packing plants soon will need to be Beef Quality Assurance certified. Packing plants announced the requirement some time ago, says Karl Hoppe, area extension specialist for livestock systems at North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center. It goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019.