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KHRT AGRICULTURE NEWS - 08/11/14

BISMARCK, N.D. - Ethanol production in North Dakota contributed nearly $1.9 billion to the state's agriculture retail industry in 2013, according to a study recently released by the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies at North Dakota State University.

The study, commissioned by the North Dakota Farmers Union, shows ethanol production in the state generated roughly $725 million a year in direct income for retail agricultural service and supply dealers in 2013. The indirect impact of ethanol production was $1.16 billion.

The four North Dakota ethanol plants produce nearly 400 million gallons of ethanol per year, which is more than a ten-fold increase since 2005. These plants use approximately 140 million bushels of corn annually with more than 80 percent of the corn purchased from North Dakota farmers. Forty to 60 percent of the state's total annual corn production is purchased by the four ethanol plants.

The study outlined four immediate impacts of ethanol production: increased commodity prices, increased net farm income, increased agricultural inputs and increased land prices.  The complete study can be viewed at www.ndfu.org.

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BISMARCK - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is inviting north central North Dakota farmers, ranchers and landowners to a town hall meeting Wednesday, Aug. 13, to discuss regulation, remediation and mediation in the oil field.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m., at the Outlaw Shack in Antler Memorial Park, 1 3/4 miles north of Antler.

North Dakota Department of Agriculture staff will present information on the services offered by the North Dakota Mediation Service.

Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, will discuss information on regulation and remediation in the oil field.

Question-and-answer sessions will follow each presentation.

A social and dinner, served by the Antler Outlaws, begins at 5 p.m. The dinner is sponsored by the Bottineau and Renville County chapters of the Farm Bureau and Farmers Union.

Formerly the North Dakota Agricultural Mediation Service, NDMS was created in 1984 to help financially distressed farmers and ranchers by providing assistance in credit and financial matters and resolving disputes.

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