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New program meant to help North Dakota ag exports

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials are touting a new export program designed to help farmers increase sales and minimize their risk.

The program authorizes the Bank of North Dakota to provide insurance coverage of not less than 90 percent on bulk commodity sales as well as processed ag product transactions.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the timing of the program is ideal with planted acres for corn, soybeans and wheat at record-breaking or near-record levels. He says it should improve credit terms for qualified foreign buyers.

The minimum transaction for the program is $200,000.

The North Dakota Industrial Commission, which oversees the Bank of North Dakota, approved the program last month. The commission includes Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Goehring.

Flooded farmland deadline set for Nov. 1

Farmers with flooded production land must turn paperwork into their local assessor’s office by the start of November in order to qualify for a property tax break.

Land that doesn’t yield a crop for three consecutive years because it is too wet is eligible for the benefit. Applications must be submitted every year and require a current Farm Service Agency map. The paperwork must be dropped off at the assessor’s office or postmarked by Nov. 1.

Flooded farmland applications are available at county assessor’s offices.

NRCS State Technical Committee to meet Sept. 25 in Huron

Huron – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will hold the State Technical Committee (STC) meeting on Thursday, September 25, 2014, at the Crossroads Hotel and Event Center, located at 100 Fourth St., SW, in Huron. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. The STC serves as an advisor to the NRCS State Conservationist.

The tentative agenda for the meeting will include Wetland Compliance Action Plan, State Offsite Methods, and the Conservation Reserve Program.

Persons needing special accommodations should contact Jeff McGuire at (605) 352-1228 or jeffery.mcguire@sd.usda.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting date. For more information, go to www.sd.nrcs.usda.gov or call (605) 352-1200.

South Dakota State Fair exceeds attendance goal

HURON (AP) — Officials say attendance at the South Dakota State Fair topped 200,000 people.

The five-day fair was held Aug. 28 through Sept. 1 in Huron. The final attendance tally was 210,465, which was up 15 percent from last year’s event.

Fair officials say the number of campers was up 20 percent and the sale of grandstand tickets was up 26 percent over last year.

Fair manager Jerome Hertel says exceeding the goal of 200,000 people shows that the event is an “agricultural and entertainment destination.”

Open house to showcase University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s ag. science college

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – High school and transfer students are invited to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln event that will showcase the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

The “Power of Red Open House” is scheduled for Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. It will take place on UNL’s East Campus. Students will have a chance to hear about the college’s 30 academic and two pre-professional programs.

The event includes a chance to meet with students, faculty, and staff, academic sessions for parents and potential students, and a scholarship drawing. Optional tours of both UNL campuses start at 2 p.m.

Registration is available at casnr.unl.edu/openhouse.

Crop insurance claims being filed for wheat crop

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Crop insurance agents say they have begun receiving claims and expect more than the usual number to come in because a lot of wheat still unharvested.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that a snowy April and wet May delayed planting, even preventing it in some cases. These days wet, cool weather continues to delay harvest and crop quality is becoming an issue.

North Dakota’ wheat crop is struggling with the sprouting of grains, kernel and hail damages. These conditions are preventing farmers from getting a high enough price for the grain or even selling it at all. Crop insurance is kicking in to prevent revenue loss.

Carla Tausend with Farm Credit Services of Mandan says all crop insurance claims typically would’ve been submitted by this point in the year, but she expects more to come in 2014.