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Nearly Half of States File Suit over Gun Control Law
November 24

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Twenty-one states are asking a federal appeals court to overturn provisions of Maryland's gun-control law that ban 45 assault weapons and a limit gun magazines to 10 rounds.
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Drug Conviction in Jamestown
November 24

JAMESTOWN – It took jurors two and a half hours to convict a Wisconsin man of multiple felony drug charges in Southeast District Court in Jamestown on Saturday.

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Troopers Increasing Enforcement
November 24

BISMARCK, N.D. – On Wednesday, one of the busiest travel days of the year, the North Dakota Highway Patrol is increasing enforcement. This month, five people have died and many more were injured in ...(more)

Ground Beef Recall
November 23

VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. of Vadnais Heights is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination.<...(more)

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Giving Thanks
Sun, 23 Nov 2014

Thanksgiving Day is more than a big meal, football and the parade on TV. This tradition is really about relationships, a chance to gather with the family and friends. In our business, we are blessed to have connections with so many great people. The RRFN team was on the road this past week in Aberdeen, Minneapolis and Fargo. At each of these events, it was rewarding to see people come together for a common purpose. This past week, RRFN was also represented at the Grand Forks Chamber Agriculture Committee Farmer's Appreciation Banquet. It was an honor to have the most famous name in farm broadcasting, Orion Samuelson, on the program. Orion offered a tremendous message, highlighting this amazing agriculture industry. Thanks 'O' for serving as an amazing role model for everyone in the ag communications business. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.
Optimistic Spring Weather Outlook
Mon, 24 Nov 2014

The winter is just getting underway, but farmers are already looking ahead to the spring planting season. Leon Osborne, who is the director of the regional weather information center at the University of North Dakota, has an optimistic forecast. "We're looking pretty far out, but it does look like we have a better chance of getting into the field earlier," said Osborne, "It's looking more like the second half of April than the first half of May." Osborne, who spoke at the North Dakota Farmers Union convention, said the drought conditions in the west has significant implications for the Northern Plains. "While it may be as major for us in the coming growing season, if those drought conditions in the Southwest turn into the advertised 'mega-drought,' we could be looking at impacts locally that could be with us for many, many years."
Roberts Won't Re-open the Farm Bill
Wed, 19 Nov 2014

Incoming Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts sees regulatory reform as a top priority for the new Congress. Earlier this month, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson voiced concern to the Red River Farm Network about Roberts, saying they may an attempt to reopen the farm bill. In an interview with the Kansas Ag Network, Roberts downplayed that speculation. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re not going to open up the farm bill. We will conduct oversight. If there&rsquo;s something to be fixed, we&rsquo;ll fix it. I think farmers want consistency and predictability more than anything else and, they want all these dang-fool regulations taken off their backs.&rdquo;
FSA Staffing Issues Complicate Farm Bill Implementation
Mon, 24 Nov 2014

The new farm program may be one of the most complicated in history. During the North Dakota Farmers Union convention, Senator Heidi Heitkamp said the workload at the Farm Service Agency is becoming an issue. "FSA is transitioning to almost virtual advice, but many of our farmers still want to be able to walk down and deal wtih the people they've always dealt with," said Heitkamp, "It's hard though because our pay isn't keeping up with what we need to keep people in those FSA jobs, particularly in western North Dakota." In a tight budget environment, Heitkamp said FSA is being forced to implement the new farm bill with a smaller staff.&nbsp;
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