CodeRED Test in Stutsman County on Friday
Posted by KSJB News on 2/16/2017 12:15:00 PM.

 

JAMESTOWN - Stutsman County Emergency Manager Jerry Berquist has announced that on Friday, February 17th Stutsman County Communications will be performing a county-wide test of the CodeRED mass notification system. The test will occur between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
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Britax Baby Strollers Recalled After Injuries
Posted by KSJB News on 2/16/2017 11:03:00 AM.
 
NEW YORK (AP) - Britax is recalling more than 700,000 strollers because the car seat component can unexpectedly disengage.

Further Public Comment Sought on Education Law
Posted by KSJB News on 2/16/2017 10:49:00 AM.

 

BISMARCK, N.D. (Dale Wetzel) – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is seeking public comment on North Dakota’s almost-completed plan for complying with the new Every Student Succeeds Act federal education law.
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Coalition Will Gather Items to Help the Homeless
Posted by KSJB News on 2/14/2017 10:54:00 AM.

 One out of 9 in ND are under 18.

 
JAMESTOWN, ND (Casie Dubray) - The North Dakota Region VI Homeless Coalition is partnering with Jamestown Ministerial Association, Triumph Inc, and Edgewood Senior Living to assemble “Blessing Bags” of donated essential care items for people experiencing homelessness and or other hardships. This second annual event establishes “Mercy Box” locations where people can donate new travel sized personal care items, small pre-packaged non-perishable snacks, socks, and small first aid supplies.
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Youth with Disabilities Encouraged to Plan Now for Summer Work
Posted by KSJB News on 2/14/2017 8:40:00 AM.

 

BISMARCK, N.D. – As spring approaches, students are reminded it’s not too early to think about a summer job and gaining valuable work experience. The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is offering job search assistance and other support to high school students with disabilities who want to work this summer.
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  • Emergency Loans Available for MN Farmers
    Minnesota Farm Service Agency Acting Administrator Chris Beyerhelm has announced that physical loss loans are available for Big Stone County in Minnesota. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by a tornado on June 13 may be eligible for emergency loans. Additionally, four Minnesota  counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation. The contiguous counties are Lac qui Parle, Stevens, Swift and Traverse. Producers in Grant and Roberts counties in South Dakota are also eligible because they are contiguous counties.
  • engAGe: a series for agribusiness women
    The Red River Farm Network has a new podcast called engAGe: a series for women in agribusiness. The latest podcast features Stewart-Peterson market analyst Naomi Blohm. Blohm says there are positive changes taking place in agriculture. “I think you have girls who are growing up now who have dads in their 30s, 40s and 50s. They say they want to come back to the farm. The girls come back to the farm with the mindset that they have a specific job. They are part of a family business. This is only going to continue and result in good things for family farms.” Blohm also says agriculture careers will be a hot commodity moving forward. Get the rest of the story. engAGe is sponsored, in part, by AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Dow Agrosciences, Thunder Seed, Black Gold Farms, North Dakota Soybean Growers Association, Peterson Farms Seed and the North Dakota Grain Growers Association.
  • Sugar Adjustments
    USDA has announced several fiscal year 2017 sugar program adjustments that are being made in order to ensure an adequate supply of raw sugar in the U.S. market. USDA is increasing the overall allotment quantity for domestic sugar, reassigning beet sugar marketing allotments among processors, reassigning a surplus cane sugar marketing allotment of 870,000 tons, and increasing the U.S. raw sugar tariff-rate quota by 270,000 tons. American Crystal Sugar Company’s marketing allocation is cut by nearly 130,000 tons, while Minn-Dak Farmers Co-op and Southern Minnesota Beef Sugar Co-op both saw slight increases. USDA has also requested that the Department of Commerce increase this year’s Mexico export limit by 104,000 tons and that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative reallocate the expected shortfall in the fiscal year 2017 raw sugar tariff-rate quota of 95,000 tons.
  • Excess Sugar in the Market Again?
    American Crystal Sugar Company’s Director of Government Affairs Kevin Price says the co-op is disappointed and concerned with USDA’s announcement. “We’re finally at a point where we might get out from under the problem with Mexico. Now, we have an announcement that could lead to excess sugar in the market again.” Price says American Crystal will watch the developments closely and hopes that it doesn’t lead to another depressed market.
  • Trade is Vital
    During Tuesday's Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp highlighted the importance of trade to agriculture. American Soybean Association board member Kevin Scott, who farms at Valley Springs, South Dakota, said trade is critically important. “For the soybean crop, we export 60 percent of what we grow. In North Dakota and South Dakota, it’s probably much higher percent than that. As far as value-added, we would love to put it on a hoof and export it that way.” National Association of Wheat Growers President Kevin Schemm wants the language in the trade agreements enforced. “We have some countries subsidizing the wheat producers to the point of almost $10/bushel. We need to enforce the trade agreements we do have. The other component, we need those trade agreements out there.” Today’s panel also advocated the need for Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development programs in the next farm bill.
  • Bye-Bye Black Bird
    The House and Senate appropriations bills include $250,000 to help prevent blackbird damage to crops in the Northern Plains. With this money, USDA will use fixed-wing aircraft to keep the birds away from cropland. The National Sunflower Association estimates North Dakota’s sunflower industry loses almost $11 million in direct costs associated with blackbird damage. These spending bills still need approval from the full House and Senate.
  • Aphids and IDC
    CHS-Devils Lake sales manager Jeremy Safranski says there have been lots of questions on aphids and iron deficiency chlorosis in the area. “We’ve seen aphids in plots right now. For the most part, our crop looks decent. South of the lake, it’s tougher area. The area has missed a few of the recent rains.” CHS-Devils Lake hosted a series of field tours this past week.
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