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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is issuing an advisory to farmers who have conducted business with the Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator of Ashby, Minn. With the closure of the elevator, the MDA is encouraging anyone who has not received payment or who had grain stored at the elevator to submit a bond claim with the Department.
WASHINGTON - Today, the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board has named Jon Doggett as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Doggett is the fifth CEO in the organization’s 61-year history. The change is effective immediately. Doggett has served in the capacity of NCGA interim CEO since Aug.1 and as NCGA executive vice president since late 2014. Prior to that, he served as vice president of public policy, and has continuously managed the organization’s 11-person Washington, DC office and led its public policy efforts since joining NCGA in July 2002.
EAGAN, Minn. — Bob Zelenka, executive director of the Minnesota Grain and Feed Association, has announced his plan to retire on March 31, 2019. Zalenka began his career as executive director in 1981, when the association was known as the Farmers’ Elevator Association of Minnesota.
St. Paul, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has placed Wright County under an emergency quarantine, effective Thursday, Sept. 13, after emerald ash borer was found along the I-94 corridor in the city of Clearwater.
Marc Bauer has agreed to serve as interim head of North Dakota State University's Animal Sciences Department. Bauer, an associate professor in the department, will become interim head Sept. 16.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Palmer amaranth ( Amaranthus palmeri ), an aggressive pigweed species similar in appearance to waterhemp, is suspected in additional fields in McIntosh County near the first discovery. North Dakota State University Extension, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and others scouted and destroyed the plants from the fields and will continue to scout the area.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., says the first farm bill conference committee “was as expected, a lot of speeches.” The meeting, which featured the nine senators and 47 members of the U.S. House serving on the conference committee, was a chance for all members to air their priorities.
WASHINGTON — Tariffs enacted by the Trump Administration have brought in more than $3.5 billion so far, through Aug. 28. U.S. Customs and Border Protection provided the following information on tariffs to the office of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.: • Tariffs on washing machines, washing machine parts and solar panels had brought in $312,298,846.68. • The Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum had brought in $1,836,974,962.09 and $535,287,331.11, respectively. • The Section 301 tariffs on goods from China had brought in $845,850,746.44.
Today marks the first meeting of the farm bill conference committee, which features all of North Dakota's congressional delegation. To watch the meeting, click here.
ARLINGTON, Virginia — U.S. Wheat Associates is closing its office in Moscow, Russia, effective Oct. 30. The organization says the closure Is “part of an ongoing restructuring of overseas offices designed to refocus resources toward markets with the best potential to grow U.S. wheat exports and returns for the farmers USW represents.”