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KHRT Agriculture News - 01/10/19

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring met with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue...

    BISMARCK, N.D. - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring met with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as well as Senator John Hoeven, Senator Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong on a recent trip to Washington to discuss a variety of issues related to agriculture.

    "I am grateful to Secretary Perdue for taking time to discuss topics of importance to our farmers and ranchers," Goehring said. "I thanked him for extending the deadline for agricultural producers to apply for payments under the Market Facilitation Program, as farmers have been unable to apply during the shutdown."

    Goehring said some other topics of discussion with Secretary Perdue were:

Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) loans

Farm Service Agency liens on commodities from the sale of livestock and grain

The importance of the United States Department of Agriculture's National Agriculture Statistics

Service (NASS) and the reports that provide timely information about exports and stocks

Implementation of the Farm Bill, including industrial hemp

Workforce development and farm labor

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and farm inspections

The importance of ratifying the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

    "Even with some of the USDA staff currently out, Secretary Perdue assured me that undersecretaries and key staff are putting together a framework for implementation of the Farm Bill," Goehring said. "When staff are back in, they will get the technical pieces put together to complete implementation."

    Goehring also met with Senators Hoeven and Cramer and Congressman Armstrong.

    "I thank our congressional delegation for their assistance on these priorities," Goehring said. "They've been working diligently on these issues and I appreciate all that they've done."


    BISMARCK, N.D. - A free workshop on farm food safety will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mayville State University in the Luckasen room in the Campus Center building. Parking is free and participants should park in Lot E.

    "This session is an opportunity for specialty crop producers to learn more about good agricultural practices for growing and harvesting food on the farm," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "This workshop will help producers create a farm food safety plan, which is often needed to sell to restaurants, school and other institutions."

    Topics to be covered include:

Why food safety on the farm is important

Identifying food safety risks

Good agricultural practices (GAPs) in the following areas: personal and worker hygiene, water, soil, animals, post production and harvest practices

Common mistakes growers make and how to prevent them

Tips for keeping records to assist in monitoring your efforts

Regulations - which ones you need to know

    To RSVP or ask questions, please contact Jamie Good, local foods specialist, at 701-328-2659 or


    FARGO, ND - The North Dakota Grain Dealers Association will hold its 107th Annual Convention & Industry Show at the Fargo Holiday Inn January 20-22, 2019.  Approximately 900 people are expected for the event, consisting of grain elevator managers, farmers, grain industry personnel, suppliers and spouses.  The meeting includes educational sessions, business meetings, and a trade show of 79 companies providing products and services to the grain industry.

    Program topics and speakers include:

    - State of the Elevator-2019 Grain Elevator Outlook - Will Secor, CoBank

    - Weather Trends-Recapping 2018 & Forecasting 2019 & Beyond - Daryl Ritchison, NDAWN

    - ND Soybean Checkoff Update - Stephanie Sinner & Molly Fern, ND Soybean Council

    - Board of Directors-Roles, Responsibilities & Liabilities? - Dave Barrett; Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth

    - Managing Risk-Internal Controls for the Grain CFO - Steve Rosvold, CFO University

    The convention program can be viewed at




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