Burgum Orders Flags to Half-staff
Posted by KSJB News on 10/2/2017 1:24:00 PM.
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BISMARCK, ND - Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff until sunset Friday, October 6.

Mobile Food Pantry Scheduled for Valley City
Posted by KSJB News on 9/28/2017 7:38:00 AM.

 

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (Jared Slinde) – Trucks supplying fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, shelf-stable items and more will be in the community of Valley City on October 6 as part of the Great Plains Food Bank Pop-up Perishable Food Program.
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Property Development Assistance Available in Targeted Areas
Posted by KSJB News on 9/27/2017 11:03:00 AM.


BISMARCK, ND (Sarah Mudder) - North Dakota Housing Finance Agency is accepting applications for $460,000 through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3. The federal program supports the acquisition of foreclosed, abandoned or vacant properties in targeted areas for redevelopment into affordable rental housing.
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Wave of Light Provides Support for Those Who Have Lost a Child
Posted by KSJB News on 9/25/2017 10:45:00 AM.

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JAMESTOWN, ND (Katie Ryan-Anderson) — Wave of Light is a time for families who’ve experienced infant loss and miscarriage to share in their sorrow and support each other. Wave of Light is an international event, recognized in six countries.
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Dunham's Sports Plans Official Opening in Jamestown on Friday
Posted by KSJB News on 9/25/2017 8:33:00 AM.

 

TROY, MI (David Palmer, VP Marketing) - Dunham’s Sports, one of the nation’s largest sporting goods chains, is pleased to invite Jamestown, ND, and the surrounding communities to its grand opening weekend.
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  • Navigating a Difficult Market
    North Dakota State University Extension Crops Economist Frayne Olson expects soybeans to be more volatile when compared to wheat and corn. Olson says soybeans present better opportunities and will be easier to market, but this may be short-lived. "The supply chain is able to handle lots of product, but we’ll have these little bumps and bounces in the marketplace. I think we’ll also get an improvement in basis as we move through winter.” Olson believes corn will undoubtedly be difficult to market. " I don’t think we’ll have big lifts in the futures market for corn unless there’s a major problem in South America. The other problem we’ll run into is because of the large, local supplies, I don’t see a lot of improvement in basis. There may be better basis improvement on spring wheat as we move into winter months. Probably won’t be much of a lift in the futures market side of the equation, but I think there will be improvement on basis.”
  • NAFTA Frustration
    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is apparently frustrated with the lack of progress in the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations. “Frankly, I am disappointed by the resistance to change from our negotiating partners on both fronts.” When the fourth round of NAFTA negotiations ended this past week, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrysta Freeland said NAFTA needs to work for all three of the countries involved, "but, that cannot be achieved with a winner-take-all mindset.” Canadian and Mexican trade leaders said they would look at other options if these trade talks break down.
  • Keep an Eye on Grain Quality
    There is a lot of competition in the grain market and grain quality can impact competitive positions. U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight says quality concerns have developed a pattern over the past several years. “Generally, they are pleased with the quality, but every now and then, they do complain about quality. We want to remind folks your buyers are watching. Every farmer is proud of the product they produced. They are sometimes dismayed to hear when customers have problems because when the grain leaves their farms they believe it’s in pristine conditions. A little bit of attention really goes a long way with customers.” Sleight encourages farmers and elevators to slow down the drying process and be aware of foreign materials in their grains." By paying close attention to these things, Sleight says it will pay dividends in relationships with international buyers.  
  • GIPSA Decision Hinged on Possible Litigation
    USDA is dropping the proposed GIPSA rule. These new rules would have made it easier for livestock and poultry farmers to sue meatpackers for unfair trade practices. “The concern was this rule, as proposed, would lead to unnecessary and unproductive litigation in many ways," said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The USDA leader said farmers and ranchers will not be left without protection from unfair trade practices. “We need to make sure we treat one another fairly and not in a predatory fashion. These are moral actions I don’t believe regulations and litigation actually solve. I think it had the potential for harming the very people it was intended to protect.” The GIPSA rules have been batted around since the 2008 Farm Bill. At one point, the rules were blocked by Congress, but funding was eventually included in the 2016 appropriations bill.
  • Cattle Markets: The Good and Bad News
    With any market, there is good news and bad news. “They good news obviously is that prices are above last year on calves," said Tim Petry, livestock marketing economist, North Dakota State University Extension. "Last year, in October, it was the pits. The lowest we’ve had in many years. The bad news is the drought and a lot higher costs.” Speaking at the Outlook Conference for Ag Lenders, Petry said the price of corn is going to be the big thing to watch for next year. “These calf prices will probably go into a little more pressure as we head into the heavier market season. It’s just starting now, but still going to be much better than last year. Our long-term outlook for next year is down a little bit more with a bigger calf crop. If corn prices stay the same, we’ll have feeder cattle slightly lower. That’s the big unknown for next year.”
  • Ditch Dialogue
    The Minnesota Department of Transportation and a stakeholder group focused on the mowing and haying in ditches met for the third time Wednesday. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, which holds a seat in the group, wants the dates for mowing and haying expanded beyond the August 1-31 dates. “Not only for the quality of the forages in those roadsides for those who are making hay for livestock, but also for weed control," said Cole Rupprecht, associate director of public policy. "Across Minnesota, we have trouble with wild parsnip and Canada thistle and we’ve found more Palmer Amaranth in the state. We want to make sure we control the weeds in the ditches. If we can do that in a manner of mowing and haying even earlier in the cycle than August 1, it also reduces our need to use any type of pesticides or chemicals in the roadside to combat those noxious weeds."
  • Grain Bin Rescue Training
    Farmers took time from the harvest and gathered for grain bin rescue training in Fordville, North Dakota last week. The local fire department was one of six recipients of a rescue unit donated by AgCountry Farm Credit Services. Outstate Data’s Craig Berg has been conducting these types of trainings throughout much of the Midwest. He says unfortunately, grain bin accidents will continue to happen. "If they don’t have the education or training, they’ll almost be like the deer in the headlights and have no clue what to do, We just want them to get familiar with the product and give them some thought processes and procedures.” Not far from Fordville, AgCountry Farm Credit Services Director Dale Zahradka farms near Lankin. Zahradka said he realizes the importance of having a rescue unit like this in his community.
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