John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved two Bank of North Dakota loan programs to help livestock producers hampered by this year's drought Wednesday, Sept. 13. The three-member commission, chaired by Gov. Doug Burgum, approved a program to provide financing to purchase and rebuild breeding stock along with another to help with the added costs of feeding livestock.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission will consider Bank of North Dakota loan programs for livestock producers affected by this year's drought Wednesday, Sept. 13. One program would provide financing for borrowers to purchase and rebuild breeding stock to pre-drought levels. The other would help with the added costs of feeding livestock, such as hauling hay and purchasing feed, according to a draft program outline provided by the commission's executive director Karlene Fine.
MANDAN, N.D. -- President Donald Trump struck a populist tone in his push for tax cuts and reform at an oil refinery here Wednesday, Sept. 6. Trump spoke at the Andeavor refinery in Mandan, where he was flanked by refinery workers in blue fire resistant clothing. A white plume of primarily water vapor emitted from a large stack in the background.
NEAR GOLDEN VALLEY, N.D.—Recent rains have helped green the land around Kim Entze's ranch in western North Dakota, but he lamented that the relief didn't come sooner. "A little earlier here ... it was getting pretty depressing. People were starting to panic and didn't know what to do," he said, calling this year "by far the worst" drought he has seen in his 43 years of ranching.
BISMARCK—A new North Dakota law being challenged by major farm equipment manufacturers won't be enforced for now, a federal judge ruled last week. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers and several big-name companies challenged Senate Bill 2289, which went into effect Aug. 1. The association said it would "impose unprecedented restrictions" on farm equipment manufacturers in their relationships with dealers.
BISMARCK — A trade group representing farm equipment manufacturers filed a federal lawsuit this week against a new law that it says may create "the most restrictive dealership law in the entire country." The Association of Equipment Manufacturers, along with several big-name companies like Deere & Co. and Kubota Tractor Corp., filed the lawsuit Monday, July 24, in U.S. District Court in North Dakota. It names Doug Burgum and Wayne Stenehjem as defendants in their official roles of governor and attorney general, respectively.
BISMARCK — Facing historically dry conditions affecting the state's farmers and ranchers, the president of the North Dakota Farmers Union called on Congress to provide emergency financial assistance Tuesday, July 11. "It's time for agriculture to once again get the federal support that it should have, because we provide the highest-quality, best food system in the world," Mark Watne said. "We're going to need help with a disaster bill."
BISMARCK—Citing an "escalating threat" to farmers and ranchers, Gov. Doug Burgum declared a drought emergency Thursday, June 22, that reactivates a water supply assistance program. Burgum signed an executive order declaring a drought emergency for 15 counties in an extreme drought and 11 counties adjacent to them, his office said Thursday night. Producers in those counties are eligible for the state's Drought Disaster Livestock Water Supply Project Assistance Program.
BISMARCK—Opponents of a hog farm near Buffalo, N.D., will take their case to the state's highest court Thursday, June 22. The case stems from the North Dakota Department of Health's August 2016 decision to grant a permit to Rolling Green Family Farms for a 9,000-swine factory farm to be built in rural Cass County, about 40 miles west of Fargo. A district court judge affirmed the agency's decision in March, prompting the appeal to the North Dakota Supreme Court. Arguments are set to begin at 2:45 p.m. Thursday.
BISMARCK—A North Dakota regulator expects a decision on the final state permit for a wind farm northeast of Valley City to come by the end of the summer. The Public Service Commission already issued a siting permit to Glacier Ridge Wind Farm, LLC for the first phase of the Barnes County project last year. The commission is now notifying the public on the opportunity to seek a hearing on the second phase, which would include 35 planned wind turbines. In total, the 300.15-megawatt project includes 87 planned turbines, according to documents posted on the PSC website.