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The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) helped coordinate distribution of 100 bales of hay and 30 bales of oat straw that were donated to the hay lottery....

    BISMARCK, ND (NDDA) - The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) helped coordinate distribution of 100 bales of hay and 30 bales of oat straw that were donated to the hay lottery, a program started in 2017 to provide relief to livestock producers affected by drought. The bales were donated by the Antler Outlaws, a non-profit, community service group in Antler, N.D.

    "We are grateful to the Antler Outlaws for their contribution of hay for producers in need," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "The hay and straw were distributed in four semi-load lots."

    Drawings were held from the applications of livestock producers who previously applied. The drawings were held in two age categories: ages 35 and under, and ages 36 and above. The producers selected were (listed alphabetically):

Ethan Forbes
Bill Meyer
Bradley Rosenquist
Rodney Wolff

    Producers that were selected were responsible for arranging hay transportation from Antler. If additional donations continue to come in, more drawings will occur. The applications of producers who have applied but have not yet been selected will be kept on file should more hay become available.


    BISMARCK, N.D. (NDDA) - Truckers that haul agriculture commodities have a little more time until they need to comply with the electronic logging device (ELD) rule.

    The rule went into effect on Dec. 18 for most operators but the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) delayed the regulation for agricultural commodity transporters. The first extension would have ended March 18, but Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has announced an additional 90-day extension, bringing the compliance date to June 18, 2018. The delay will give the DOT additional time to issue guidance on parts of the rule that are troubling for agriculture, such as hours of service and other exemptions.

    The ELD rule requires most truckers in commercial motor vehicles who are required to keep records of duty status (RODS) to install ELDs on their trucks to log driving hours. Truckers may only drive for 11 hours per day, after 10 hours off duty. Truckers are also restricted to 14 consecutive hours of on-duty time, including non-driving time.

    "Truckers hauling livestock need to get to their destination as quickly as possible," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "It's a health and welfare issue for the animals."

    Goehring stated that other agriculture commodities are perishable and travel on strict timelines to avoid spoilage and to ensure coordination with other agricultural transporters such as rail.

    Agriculture haulers operating within 150 air miles of the source of their agriculture products or livestock do not have to comply with DOT's hours-of-service regulation. For more information on ELD hours-of-service and agriculture exemptions, visit


     CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) - An international defense and electronics company wants to launch crop-surveying drone from the Casselton Regional Airport. Airport Authority chairman Bob Miller tells KFGO the Israeli company, Elbit Systems, would gather crop information across the Upper Midwest that would be analyzed and sold to farmers.
     Elbit wants to lease hanger space for the large drone it flies, and install equipment it needs to fly it. The FAA requires a chase plane to provide visual supervision when the drone flied. Lease costs are still being negotiated. The company would have 9 employees based in Casselton during the months the flights are made.


   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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