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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 02/05/14

     WASHINGTON (AP) - The legislative fight is over, but North Dakota lawmakers say their work on the farm bill is hardly done.  The state's congressional delegation says it will quickly pivot to ensuring the massive new bill does what it says it will do and works best for the state.

    Among the key tasks going forward: maintaining oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ensuring that new conservation provisions and other elements of the bill are put in place as planned and pressing federal officials to give emergency relief to ranchers.
 
     The Senate approved the 5-year, $1 billion-a-year farm bill on Tuesday less than a week after the House did the same. President Barack Obama says he plans to sign the bill on Friday in Michigan.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota nurse and farmer has launched a campaign to oust the state's agriculture commissioner.  Warwick resident Judy Estenson on Tuesday announced she is seeking the GOP nomination for the job.
 
     Estenson says she's grown weary of a government that seems to have expanded its "regulatory authority."  The Bismarck Tribune reports Estenson refused to elaborate on her statement.
 
     The North Dakota Farm Bureau is supporting Estenson's campaign. A bureau representative during the event said the group has lost confidence in agriculture commissioner Doug Goehring.
 
     Goehring on Monday sent an email to farm bureau members defending his work. Goehring's email also addresses a complaint alleging misconduct incidents involving female staff. He says he has apologized to them.
 
     Estenson and her husband own a livestock and grain farm in Warwick.

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    Jamestown, N.D. - Farm Rescue is pleased to announce that DuPont Pioneer donated $5,000 towards 2014 efforts. Local account manager Matt Carlson sponsored this grant. The funds will be directed to support the efforts of Farm Rescue, a North Dakota-based non-profit that plants and harvests crops free of charge for family farmers who have suffered a major injury, illness or disaster.

    "We are proud to support the dedicated efforts of Farm Rescue and their volunteers who come to the aid of farm families in time of crisis in the Upper Midwest," said local account manager Matt Carlson.

    Farm Rescue was founded by Bill Gross in 2005 and has assisted more than 250 farm families in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana.

    "We want to thank DuPont Pioneer for their generous gift. Only with the assistance of businesses like this, organizations and individuals can we continue to provide this service," said Bill Gross, president and founder of Farm Rescue.
 
    Farm Rescue was founded in 2006 and has helped more than 200 families since its inception. The organization's mission is to help farmers who have experienced a major illness, injury, or natural disaster by providing the necessary equipment and manpower to plant or harvest their crop. Farm Rescue helps farm families in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, and Iowa. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014 planting season, which can be obtained at 701-252-2017 or farmrescue.org.
 

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

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