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BISMARCK — Representatives of ag groups are used to going to shows and conventions, talking to farmers and consumers. Talking to farmers about the importance of various crops can be like preaching to the choir, while talking to consumers at big events can be hit or miss on whether the information sets in, said Brian Gion, marketing director for the Northern Crop Growers Association.
BISMARCK — North Dakota stands alone in the region for its wide-open laws concerning who can go onto private property. Outdoors groups credit the law, which considers all private property open for anyone to enter unless otherwise posted, with keeping the state’s hunting traditions vibrant. But the positive note for hunters has long been a problem for many landowners, particularly farmers and ranchers who want to control who enters their land.
BISMARCK — Proposals to move the Agricultural Products Utilization Committee and authority over grain buyers to the North Dakota Agriculture Department remain alive in the North Dakota Legislature. The Legislature already rejected proposals that would have moved the state Milk Marketing Board and the North Dakota Trade Office to the Ag Department. Those agencies will stay with the state auditor’s office and the Department of Commerce, respectively.
BISMARCK — To get distilled water in North Dakota State University’s Harris Hall, one must first make sure no one is using the men’s bathroom. Then, the water has to be hauled from the distillation system — housed awkwardly in the bathroom — to wherever it is needed. The process, besides being inefficient and uncomfortable, exposes the water to contaminants.
BISMARCK— North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill to define meat and prohibit deceptive marketing of cell-cultured products that mimic meat. House Bill 1400 had passed both chambers of the North Dakota Legislature, with only one dissenting vote in each chamber. The Legislature also passed a companion to the bill, House Concurrent Resolution 3024, which urges Congress to take similar actions to differentiate meat from lab-produced, meat-like products.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — When the North Dakota Farmers Union wanted to commission Paul Jr. Designs to build a custom motorcycle celebrating family farming, President Mark Watne called the company and left a voicemail describing the potential project. He hadn’t heard back about 15 days later and assumed it probably had been a long shot that wouldn’t go anywhere. Watne was near Tower City, N.D., en route to the airport in Fargo when he got a call from a “strange number” and a person identifying himself as “Paul.”
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota House on Wednesday, Feb. 20, agreed to expand the kinship requirement of the state's anti-corporate farming law to include second cousins. House Bill 1388 passed in a 62-30 vote and now moves to the Senate. State law prevents corporations and limited liability companies from owning or leasing farm or ranch land and from “engaging in the business of farming or ranching,” with some exceptions. The bill would expand requirements that shareholders or members be related to each other to include second cousins.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 19, passed a bill that would update the state’s laws on entering private property — a top issue for the state’s agriculture groups. Sen. Larry Luick, R-Fairmount, introduced amendments to Senate Bill 2315 as well as the bill itself. Efforts to change the state’s posting requirements and strengthen private property rights have come up in at least the past eight legislative sessions, he said.
ST. ANTHONY, N.D. — Kelly Schaff had high expectations for SAV America 8018. But he had no idea the bull would end up being the record highest-selling beef bull of all time, nearly doubling the price of the previous high-selling bull. Schaff Angus Valley on Saturday, Feb. 9, sold SAV America 8018 to Herbster Angus Farms of Falls City, Neb., for $1.51 million.
BISMARCK — A bill passed by the North Dakota Senate would remove “the growing or processing of marijuana” from the definition of “farming or ranching,” which would mean growing marijuana would not be included under the state’s ban on corporate farming.