Governor Knew of Commissioner's Arrest Weeks Before Public Disclosure
Posted by KSJB News on 11/8/2017 5:57:00 PM.
ND Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum learned of the North Dakota tax commissioner's recent drunken driving arrest more than two weeks before it was publicly disclosed.
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Governor Seeking Applicants for Higher Education Task Force
Posted by KSJB News on 11/8/2017 7:34:00 AM.

 

BISMARCK, N.D. (Mike Nowatzki) – Gov. Doug Burgum has signed an executive order creating a task force to assess the existing governance structure for higher education in North Dakota and determine if changes are needed to ensure the system meets the state’s educational and workforce needs in the 21st century.
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PSC Schedules Hearing in Ellendale on Foxtail Windfarm Project
Posted by KSJB News on 11/7/2017 9:51:00 AM.

 

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 20, regarding a proposal to construct a wind farm in Dickey County.
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Hoeven Introduces Legislation to Allow Purchase of Jamestown Reservoir Lots
Posted by KSJB News on 11/7/2017 9:38:00 AM.

 

WASHINGTON – (Alex Finken) - Senator John Hoeven recently introduced legislation that would allow homeowners at the Jamestown Reservoir to purchase their lots from the federal government and transfer all remaining Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) lands around the reservoir to state and local public ownership.
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ND Department of Health Files Proposed Rules for Medical Marijuana
Posted by KSJB News on 11/6/2017 10:12:00 AM.

 State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte

 
BISMARCK, N.D. (Nicole Peske) – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has filed proposed rules to be adopted for the Medical Marijuana Program with the state’s Legislative Council.
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  • Mixed, But Improving
    In a new report on the rural economy, CoBank is predicting a mixed, but improving outlook. CoBank officials said the rural economy is uniquely impacted by what happens in the larger U.S. and global economy.  Rising interest rates and a volatile trade situation were cited. With low commodity prices, the CoBank report says farm debt is climbing.
  • An Analyst's Take on Soybeans
    There will be more soybeans planted in North Dakota this year. That's according to Zaner Ag Hedge Chief Marketing Strategist Ted Seifried. “In the I-states, you’d think there would be more beans planted there because of the soybean-corn price ratio,” says Seifried. “Some farmers feel like they’ll be planting as much corn than last year. That’s simply because they’ve gotten more comfortable with yields.” Seifried believes I-state farmers will get the yield. Therefore, a big a shift to soybeans may not be the case.  
  • Farm Futures Offers a Look at '18 Acreage
    According to a survey by Farm Futures magazine, farmers intend to plant more soybeans than corn this year. Just over 90 million acres will be devoted to both crops with soybeans just edging out corn in the total. This survey of 900-plus farmers puts spring wheat acreage at 11.8 million. That would be up nearly seven percent from last year. Durum was estimated at 2.4 million, up nearly five percent.
  • No Major Acreage Shifts Expected
    The Money Farm Market Analyst Allison Thompson does not expecting major swings in the acreage mix. "Going foward, I think corn just isn't cutting it with cash flows and breakevens. I think we'll see a little more soybeans, but farmers will stick to they're same rotations." Spring wheat acres could increase in the western Dakotas, but Thompson does not expect big changes in the eastern Dakotas and Minnesota. The Black Sea Region is a dominant player in the wheat trade. Thompson says that region has not had a weather problem for many years. Right now Russia is pushing ten years, so they're due. They've increased production by almost 80 percent and have played a huge role in the market shift."
  • Markets May Determine Swing Acres
    A lot of seed has already been booked, but Peterson Farms Seed Agronomy Manager Adam Spelhaug expects the markets to determine those swing acres. Spelhaug says there have been plenty of questions about the Xtend soybeans. "After the regulations changed, there wasn't a lot of order changes. It didn't really have an impact the amount of Xtend acres being planted," says Spelhaug. "Xtend seems to be planted in more pocketed areas where resistant weeds like kochia pop up. If you can spray early, you can control kochia well. There is less chance of volatility and will fit into the new requirements."  
  • Helping Variety Selection
    University of Minnesota Wheat Breeder Jim Anderson says very good yields in 2017 are helping with variety selection going into this year. “For 2018, we’re looking at what varieties did well in 2017 and which ones you should look at planting on your farm this next year.” Anderson says there is a wide variety of new genetics to choose from. “It’s interesting. The newer stuff is higher on the protein-not so much in the high yield group. Of those 16 new varieties, only Shelly is in the high yield group. The new crop varieties are focused more on protein and across the board for other traits, strength and disease resistance.”
  • Dry Bean Scene
    The Dry Bean Scene airs Fridays at 12:37 PM on the Red River Farm Network. This week, we talk dry bean demand and markets. 
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