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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.
BISMARCK — Hundreds of people piled into a North Dakota Capitol hearing room to spend more than three hours discussing two portions of the state’s heritage: land ownership and hunting. Although the discussion on Senate Bill 2315 during a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Friday, Jan. 25, largely pitted agriculture groups against hunters, some farmers spoke out against the bill and some hunters spoke in favor of it.
WASHINGTON — Farm Service Agency offices nationwide will reopen Jan. 24 despite the ongoing government shutdown. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will recall all staff to offer more services than were available during a previous brief reopening.
FARGO — 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.
On a recent Monday, I found myself strolling across the street in downtown Fargo. 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.