Officials Announce "Mary's Place", a Domestic Abuse Shelter
Posted by KSJB News on 12/1/2016 12:30:00 PM.
 
JAMESTOWN - Safe Shelter of Jamestown, in cooperation with the Anne Carlsen Center of Jamestown, announced a new project to provide short-term housing for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

High Risk Sex Offender Changes Address in Jamestown
Posted by KSJB News on 11/30/2016 8:00:00 PM.
 Michael Philip Kruk
 
JAMESTOWN - Jamestown Police are warning residents of a convicted high risk sex offender who has changed his address within the city.

James River Valley Library System Presents Annual Mitten Tree
Posted by KSJB News on 11/30/2016 9:08:00 AM.

 

JAMESTOWN – (Jennifer Senger, Assistant Director) - It’s the time of year again when the weather turns cold and we need to dig our hats, mittens, scarves and other warm clothes out of storage. To help those who may not have those necessary items during this cold weather season, the James River Valley Library System has placed a Mitten Tree in the Adult Section of the Alfred Dickey Library.
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Governor Calls Up Jamestown Guard Unit and Orders Evacuation of Protest Area
Posted by KSJB News on 11/28/2016 2:54:00 PM.
 
BISMARCK, ND - A statement from Gov. Jack Dalrymple's office says members of the Jamestown-based 817th Engineering Company (Sappers) have been called to serve at the Dakota Access oil pipeline protests. The unit was notified of activation in September.
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Ready-to-Eat Chicken Recall
Posted by KSJB News on 11/28/2016 11:48:00 AM.
 
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services says Wayne Farms of Oakwood, Georgia, has voluntarily recalled about 4,059 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may be undercooked.

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  • The Power of Rural America
    After the recent presidential election, both the Republican and Democratic parties are recognizing the power of Rural America. Sara Gallo, who is part of the CHS government affairs staff, says the election serves as a reminder for both parties. “So many agriculture issues aren’t partisan. Whether we’re talking farm support programs, the trade agenda, rural development programs or nutrition programs, both parties have that interest and have a stake in making sure those programs work efficiently and effectively," says Gallo. "I think we’ll see a lot more attention and certainly the ability to communicate and influence with both parties.” The more high-profile cabinet positions have been a priority for President-elect Donald Trump. Gallo expects the Agriculture Secretary decision to happen within the next two weeks. During this lame-duck session of Congress, lawmakers must pass legislation to fund the government. Originally, there was an expectation that a continuing resolution would be in place until the end of March.
  • Downplaying the Cabinet Buzz
    North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s meeting with President-elect Donald Trump Friday at the Trump Tower is fueling speculation that she may be in the running for a Cabinet position. But Heitkamp tried to downplay the buzz, saying she was not aware of the reason for Trump’s invitation. Heitkamp said she does plan to talk to Trump about the new farm bill, energy policy, the importance of rural America, and the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Some political analysts point out if Heitkamp leaves her Senate seat, North Dakota’s Governor would likely appoint a Republican to fill it, giving Republicans a greater majority in the Senate.
  • A New Reality
    Both agriculture and energy are commodity-based industries. CHS plays in both of those worlds and both sectors are being challenged. CHS President and CEO Carl Casale says that has impacted the cooperative with earnings almost half of what they were in at the peak. "We're not in a down cycle, I think this is our world for quite a while to come. It's not good or bad; we need to adjust to it. The thought that this will miraculously two-or-three years from now go back to where we were in the last five, I just don't see that being the reality." In an interview with RRFN, Casale also forecast a huge generational change in agriculture over the next five years. Casale anticipates a similar shift at the cooperative level. 
  • Take the Long View
    Cash flows are being stressed on the farm or in agribusiness; a tight farm economy is reality across the country. CHS vice president of farm supply Gary Halvorson says agriculture is challenged by low commodity prices, but the foundation of the business remains strong. "What we really need to do is take the longest view. The land is going to be farmed, the farmers need a retail network and CHS needs to be a supportive mechanism for those farmers and co-ops." Halvorson says this is the time to get lean, evaluate your business and strategically invest in capital and assets. "The downturn today is probably a healthy thing, even though that is hard to admit. When things are really good, every business goes through a cycle where perhaps you get a little lazy with the details. Now, we're back to what a lot of farms over time and what built co-ops like CHS. That's diligence, stewardship and management down to the smallest detail."
  • This Year's Beet Payment "Doesn't Cut It" for 2017
    American Crystal Sugar Company shareholders are facing a more challenging year ahead. In his speech at the Company’s annual meeting in Fargo, President and CEO Tom Astrup said the projected beet payment of $38 a ton does not cut it. “Growers are concerned at the low price of sugar, the low beet payment per ton. On top of that, everything else they are producing right now, the prices are down and they are financially challenged.” Astrup said the lower sugar content of this year’s crop, and lower sugar prices are the primary reason for the lower payment. Lower sugar prices are being caused by an excess of sugar in the market and problems with the Suspension Agreements with Mexico. “In the course of the last many months, the Department of Commerce has been reviewing the agreements. Tuesday the Department of Commerce issued their preliminary findings. Indicating there may be some issues with compliance in the agreements right now. We think that plays a part in what drives the price of sugar down.” Last year, American Crystal had net proceeds of $556 million. That's a 32 percent increase over the previous year. Shareholders have harvested back-to-back record sugarbeet crops.
  • Mexican Imports Pressure Sugar Market
    The joint annual meeting of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association and American Crystal Sugar Company were held this past week. The two hot topics were the $38 projected beet payment and the warm weather. RRVSGA executive director Duane Maatz says Mexican imports are still pressuring the sugar market. “Our suspension agreements aren’t doing what they intended to do. We are addressing that with the Department of Commerce. The USDA and our trade people have allowed 200,000 more tons of sugar to come in from Mexico at a time when we should have been managing that better. There’s a sense of urgency with this.”
  • Expect Colder Weather
    NDSU Extension meteorologist Daryl Ritchison told beet growers to expect colder weather. “It’s been as cold as -40 degrees in Alaska. That arctic area looks like it will work its way in the upper northern plains. The big question is areas without snow. Will they get snow beforehand? Snow cover can mean 25 degree temperature differences,” says Ritchison. “If we’re snow free in beet areas of the Valley, it’s going to be colder, but maybe not as cold as it could be if we have two to three inches of snow.” If the Red River Valley has average snowfall this winter, Ritchison says spring will be later than after the last two snow-free winters. For now, Ritchison thinks 2017 could drier than average in the area. 
  • Cuba Trade Potential Remains
    With the passing of Fidel Castro, the rhetoric about Cuba has cranked up. Lisa Zell is the executive vice president of CHS Business Solutions and participated in a trip to Havana just two weeks ago. Zell sees trade opportunities in Cuba. “When I was there, they were building a new port facility that’s about 45 kilometers from Havana," says Zell. "It’s going to be a container facility. They’ve got four cranes up and running right now. They hope to expand that to 24 cranes. They are investing in infrastructure to start importing more and bring more business to Cuba.” Zell was with a group of state coalitions that hope to do more business with Cuba and lift the embargo. A good trade opportunity is possible for U.S. agriculture.
  • Now's the Time to Work With Your Banker
    Todd Gudajtes, who is the president of Choice Financial in Grafton, North Dakota says there was tremendous diversity in yields this year, depending on which side of Highway 2 you farmed. Gudajtes’ advice for farmers is to get their numbers together now and address any losses with their banker right away. “You know where your bushels are, you know how many beets are in the pile. In the next ten days, sit down with your banker and make a plan. If it’s a big number, maybe you need to make some capitol purchases and retire some debt. If it’s a low number, start working on it. Keep open communication with bankers. The farmers that will survive this best will help themselves.”  Gudajtes says ag bankers are doing a lot more analysis of cash flow now. Some farmers have had four consecutive years of loss and have restructured debt and sold some assets.
  • Quality Crops Deliver a Premium
    It is unusual for wheat to be driving the market, especially, Minneapolis spring wheat futures. Russell Consulting Group marketing manager Kent Beadle says there is solid demand for high quality, high protein wheat. "The Canadian crop had some vomitoxin issues and the wheat that the world demands right now is mostly available right now from the U.S." This has been an unusual year. Due to quality problems in the Eastern Cornbelt, North Dakota corn has been sent to ethanol plants in Indiana. "The corn in North Dakota really doesn't work right now to the West Coast because the West Coast is pretty busy handling soybeans for export to China. We're seeing that corn flowing in different directions and the Eastern Cornbelt is one of those places." Vomitoxin has been the issue in Indiana and Ohio. That quality issue is a detriment to the production of the DDGS ethanol co-product.   
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