Farm Rescue Reaches Historic Landmark
Posted by KSJB News on 10/6/2017 11:03:00 AM.
LINTON, ND - The Farm Rescue nonprofit organization reached an historic landmark on Thursday in south central North Dakota.

Coats for Kids Distribution in Jamestown
Posted by KSJB News on 10/5/2017 10:52:00 AM.
JAMESTOWN - The Jamestown Salvation Army has announced the dates and times for this year's Coats for Kids distribution.

Landowners Asked to Help With Pollinator Survey
Posted by KSJB News on 10/5/2017 8:21:00 AM.


BISMARCK (Michelle Mielke) – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is asking North Dakota landowners for their help by allowing pollinator surveys to be conducted on their land. Surveys will provide data which may prevent future threatened and endangered species listings in North Dakota.

Arts Center Holding State-wide Textile Art Challange
Posted by KSJB News on 10/4/2017 11:31:00 AM.

JAMESTOWN, ND (Angela Martini) – The Arts Center in Jamestown is looking for artists, seamstresses, weavers and anyone interested in fiber or fabric to participate in a textile challenge.

Road Closure Begins Tuesday in NE Jamestown
Posted by KSJB News on 10/2/2017 4:12:00 PM.
JAMESTOWN, ND - The Jamestown City Engineer's Office announced on Monday afternoon that beginning tomorrow, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3,  - 5th St NE between 23rd Ave NE and 27TH Ave NE will be closed to through traffic due to road construction. 

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  • Peterson: Farm Bill Timeline
    After the tax bill, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson expects congressional leaders to look for a bill that can draw bipartisan support. In Peterson’s words, the farm bill would be the perfect legislation to tee-up next. “I had a meeting with the Chairman (Conaway). We agreed that we’re going to start marking this up in committee at the end of January or the first part of February. We need to move this sooner-rather-than-later.”  In an interview with the Red River Farm Network, Peterson said House Agriculture Committee members and staff members have offered input on the farm bill. "We've seen some of the language, but not all of it. My expectation is that we'll have a starting draft document that will be supported by myself the the Chairman. We'll go through regular order; people will be able to offer amendments and the public will be able to weigh in. That's the way things should be done and that's how they should have done the tax bill." After the farm bill moves through the Agriculture Committee, Peterson believes it hit the House floor in February or March. The Senate is moving at a slower pace. Peterson said there are Senate Democrats who want to drag their feet with hopes they will have the majority in 2019. Peterson described that as “a really bad idea.”
  • Conaway Confident Farm Bill Will Move in 1Q
    A spokesperson for House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway was unable to confirm the timing for mark-up of the farm bill, but said it will move in the first quarter. The statement said “the committee stands to be ready when the (Majority) Leader provides floor time.”
  • Not Enough Money Available for New Farm Bill Spending
    Informa Economics Group senior vice president Jim Wiesemeyer still believes the new farm bill will be completed in 2018. However, without new money, it will be tough sledding. “There’s just not enough money to go around. There will be changes in the dairy safety net to make it more effective. Cotton needs to come back into the fold of Title One. Then, you need significant changes to ARC program. Some of those changes could be costly.” Wiesemeyer spoke at the Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative annual meeting. Sugar policy will face attacks again during the farm bill debate, but the Capitol Hill veteran says the industry will be prepared.  
  • Funding Challenge
    A new farm bill is on the wish list for 2018, but that can be complicated by some of the actions being taken this fall in Congress. CHS Washington representative Sarah Gallo says is all comes down to money. “There’s been lots of concern about the cost of the tax bill and overall budget impact and what that means for writing a farm bill. We’re waiting to see what Congress decides to do with funding the government, how that overlaps with some of the tax discussion going on with some of the tax extenders and then, we’ll be able to evaluate its impact on the farm bill.” The farm community supports the investment in infrastructure, like roads and bridges. Gallo says an infrastructure package is expected to get attention within the next year. Funding will also be an issue for that legislation. “It’s a lesson we’ve been watching through the tax reform debate. When you start paying for things, it gets tricky. We don’t know what sources they’ll look to in providing pay-fors in an infrastructure package.” 2018 is also an election year, which will also have a significant influence on what moves through Congress next year.
  • Investing in Research
    When it comes to farm bill budget discussions, National Pork Producers Council chief veterinarian Liz Wagstrom says research needs to be a priority. "For every dollar of ag research invested, $20 is returned to the economy," says Wagstrom. "One of the big concerns is new facilities coming online. Money has to be appropriated to operate them. It's about ten percent of the cost each year of building the facility to do so." With a focus on research funding, Wagstrom says dollars need to be invested in facilities and maintenance. "Without out one, the other isn’t possible."
  • Finding a Compromise on Section 199
    The Section 199 provision, known to many as the Domestic Production Activities Deduction, will likely not be included in the final tax reform agreement. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President and CEO Chuck Conner says he’s working with the conference committee to find a compromise for co-ops. “Not that agriculture is that big of a number, but when you add in other industries, it was a very sizeable pay-for. The leadership of the House and Senate Ways and Means Committee don’t want to lose the pay-for. We have to look at alternatives for the Section 199. Hopefully, it will be something comparable and replicates that benefit. We don’t want to discourage investment in Rural America.” The outcome remains uncertain. “I think there’s still a chance. We will know the answer on this soon.”
  • Sugarbeet Growers Focus on Policy
    The Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association met this past week. Dan Younggren, who was reelected to another term as RRVSGA president, said the Section 199 provision was a focus of policy discussions. “That’s a huge loss for all cooperative members up and down the Red River Valley. It’s going to reflect in higher taxes for me. We are still working hard. The House and Senate still have to come to terms on this tax reform. We will be working on something to get back to shareholders.” Younggren says the upcoming farm bill is also top-of-mind. Sugarbeet growers want to keep what they have for the sugar program. “It’s a bill that works. It works for us. We have to keep crop insurance in there as it stands. We can’t lose any of that if we want to keep young farmers coming back to the industry.”
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