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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 05/19/14

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Officials are trying to boost the number of dairy farms in North Dakota.  Members of the North Dakota Dairy Coalition recently met with representatives of crop commodity groups. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says rebuilding the state's dairy industry will give crop and forage producers more local markets. He says it also will ensure that North Dakota is not dependent on outside sources for its milk supply.  The number of dairy farms in North Dakota has fallen below 100.

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     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Midwest farm aid group that has grown even more than its founder dreamed possible is using the largest grant in its history to add staff and plan for the future.
 
     Farm Rescue helps farmers in need in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana plant crops and harvest crops and hay. The nonprofit is getting nearly half a million dollars from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
 
     Farm Rescue founder Bill Gross says the three-year grant will be used to fund a development officer position, and to hire a consultant to develop a strategic plan for the future.
 
     Gross started Farm Rescue in North Dakota in 2006 with just a handful of volunteers. It has since helped more than 250 farm families in the five states.
 
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     HARVEY, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota meatpacking plant that began as a facility to process beef according to Islamic law is going on the auction block.  Maas Companies of Rochester, Minnesota, is auctioning the 18,000-square-foot facility in Harvey on June 4.
 
     The $2.7 million plant began operations in 2001 as Dakota Halal Processing but went bankrupt in part because of a drop in sales after the 2001 terrorist attacks.  A cooperative of ranchers and farmers took over operations in 2003 but also failed. Two Burleigh County ranchers later took over the plant to supply their Bismarck beef store, but that venture also didn't work out.

 


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