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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says the farm bill passed by the House and sent to the Senate today has "both good results and areas of concern" for North Dakota producers.  The compromise measure was approved 251-166. Cramer voted for the bill.
     The North Dakota Republican says the bill provides certainty for farmers and lenders going into the planting season, saves taxpayers money and expands crop insurance. But he says he worries it will add burdensome regulations for farmers, and he has concerns about making conservation compliance a condition of participating in the crop insurance program.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The president of the North Dakota Farmers Union says a massive farm bill passed by the U.S. House today would give producers the certainty they need to make long-term planning decisions.  Mark Watne says the legislation contains several provisions that will help North Dakota farmers and ranchers, including crop insurance and the reauthorization of livestock disaster programs.
     Farm-state lawmakers have been working for more than two years to get a new five-year farm bill passed. Watne says he's confident that the compromise version of the Senate and House farm bills will be passed.  The North Dakota Farmers Union has about 40,000 members.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Dakota Gasification Co. is moving forward with plans to add a urea fertilizer production facility at its Great Plains Synfuels Plant in western North Dakota.  The Bismarck-based company says its board of directors approved the move this week.
     Urea is a granular fertilizer used by farmers. It requires anhydrous ammonia and carbon dioxide, both of which are produced at the synfuels plant, which makes natural gas from coal.  Urea will be the 10th co-product produced at the plant, which also makes two other fertilizers - ammonia and ammonium sulfate.
     The urea facility will cost about $402 million to build. It is scheduled to be finished in early 2017 and will produce 1,100 tons of urea daily.  Dakota Gasification is a subsidiary of Bismarck-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative.


     (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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