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WASHINGTON — Farm groups and officials and Upper Midwest members of Congress were quick to cheer the passage of a farm bill by the U.S. House on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The bill on Tuesday passed the U.S. Senate on a 87-13 vote, with a 369-47 vote the next day in the House. The bill now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.
A new, interactive online series beginning this week seeks to help women in agriculture “cultivate resiliency.” American Agri-Women, District 11 Agri-Women, University of Minnesota Extension and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center are putting on the Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture web series to provide tangible things to help people weather stress.
WASHINGTON — What will happen if there is no final version of the farm bill by the end of the week? Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., doesn’t want to worry about it. “My sincere hope is that we have something out here in the next day or so and certainly before next week,” Hoeven said on Tuesday, Nov. 27. In fact, Hoeven said getting the bill done is on the minds of many in Congress. “This is our first, second and third priority,” he said.
Are GMO crops less healthy than unmodified varieties? A group of Italian scientists decided to find out for themselves, conducting a meta-analysis of peer-reviewed studies on genetically engineered corn. The results, a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports says, show that the GMO varieties have definite advantages over their nonmodified brethren.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Attendees at any plot tour are likely to see plenty of green. But attendees at the Tailgate Tour through eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota saw green and gold. The North Dakota State University Tailgate Tour, featuring NDSU Director of Athletics Matt Larsen and select Bison coaches and former players, was held in conjunction with a series of DuPont Pioneer GrowingPoint agronomy plot events.
HEBRON, N.D. — When David Wanner's calves broke out of the wooden corrals at 4 a.m., he knew it was time to upgrade his operation. Cattle getting out of the Wanner ranch, adjacent to railroad tracks along the Interstate 94 corridor near Hebron, could spell disaster. Besides that, his family's herd had expanded from 100 to about 400, the old corrals tended to get too wet, and his son, Greg, was coming home to join the operation.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has written a letter asking new U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to keep the needs of North Dakota's farmers and ranchers in mind as the country moves forward in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Senate late last week confirmed Lighthizer to the post of trade representative. Lighthizer served as a deputy trade representative in the Reagan administration and was confirmed on an 82-14 vote.