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Breaking: Freedom Militia Arrives at Bundy Ranch to Defend Farm Family (Video)

The militia has arrived in support of Cliven Bundy in his stand off against the Federal Government. The Bureau of Land Management has surrounded the Bundy ranch with snipers, helicopters and heavy equipment. The protesters are calling for more support … Continue reading ?

From The Left: Did The Farm Bureau Drop The Ball With Estenson?

Last weekend, the North Dakota Farm Bureau launched a challenge against sitting Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring at the NDGOP state convention in Bismarck.  It was a challenged that was primarily inspired by the Farm Bureau disagreeing with Goehriing’s actions on a variety off issues, however, was also linked to behavior that Goehring himself has admitted...

Uncertain Tax Policy Hurts Agriculture

In response to questions from Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman explains how uncertain tax policy creates greater risk for agriculture producers. From today’s Ways and Means Committee hearing on the benefits of permanent tax policy. -kg

Does The North Dakota Farm Bureau Have The Horsepower To Pull Off A Convention Upset?

The race for the NDGOP endorsement for Agriculture Commissioner took a turn for the ugly ahead of the party’s state convention in Minot this weekend. Judy Estenson, a candidate backed by the North Dakota Farm Bureau, has squared off against incumbent Doug Goehring. A company working on behalf of the Farm Bureau got caught this...

Mike Brandenburg Column: Not Every Farm Bureau Member Is Against Doug Goehring

I cannot begin to express how disappointed I am in the negative, mean-spirited and personal attacks the Estenson Campaign and a small group of Farm Bureau insiders led by Eric Aasmundstad have launched against North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture Doug Goehring. Not only do these perpetrators violate Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment of “Thou shalt not...

Penalty Possible For Robocalls In Agriculture Commissioner Race

According to Liz Brocker, spokeswoman for the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office, there may be civil penalties for a firm making robocalls on behalf of the North Dakota Farm Bureau. The Farm Bureau is backing Republican Judy Estenson in a nomination challenge to incumbent Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, also a Republican. “In response to a...

NRA, Farm Bureau Stand in Way of Progress

This week, as always, there are an extraordinary number of high-profile outcomes as well as continuing debate over the major issues The HSUS is engaged upon. Here are a few short takes: One of the pigs I met while visiting...        Related Stories The Disreputable Trade in Horse Meat Spring Forward -- for Wildlife Right to Farm or Right to Harm  

VA week in review: Soybean subsidies and the budget impasse

By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau SOYBEANS: Gov. Terry McAuliffe talks up agricultural exports at Montague Farms in Windsor. (Photo: Cain Madden — Tidewater News) This week, Virginia is subsidizing non-genetically modified soybeans for South Korean markets, while reaping little in return for Virginians. The budget impasse over the Medicaid expansion is costing the...

Soy subsidy stirs ‘Frankenfood’ debate in VA

HELPING HAND: Gov. Terry McAuliffe talks up agricultural exports at Montague Farms in Windsor. By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau WINDSOR, Va. — The state of Virginia is helping an agricultural giant sell non-genetically modified soybeans to South Korea — while reaping little value at home. Gov. Terry McAuliffe this week announced $14,100 in...

Farm Bureau Kicks Off ‘Our Food Link’ Program

Farmer and rancher members of Farm Bureau from around the country officially kicked off the organization’s new “Our Food Link” program in conjunction with a conference for state leaders of Women’s Leadership and Promotion & Education programs. “Our Food Link … Continue reading ?

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Monsanto Company announced that it has been named one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” by FORTUNE magazine. American Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President and Treasurer Julie Anna Potts and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl Shaffer presented Rep. Glenn … Continue reading ?

Farm industry ex-lobbyist in SC says he hasn’t crossed ethical line

By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve The South Carolina Farm Bureau, considered the state’s most influential farm organization, has not been secret about its opposition to state legislation that would regulate large water withdrawals by farmers. Show More Summary

Clean Water: The Solution, Not the Problem

Everyone has a right to clean water. Recently, 21 states -- many located hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away from the Chesapeake states -- joined the Farm Bureau's efforts to derail the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, a plan for restoring clean water in Chesapeake streams and rivers. Show More Summary

Senate Democrats offer drought legislation

New drought relief legislation in the U.S. Senate has garnered support from Western Growers Association and the California Farm Bureau Federation.

Trib Talk: Public access to Utah’s streams and rivers

2 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Moldy Chum

Here is your primer on all things related to the Utah stream access battle courtesy of Trib Talk. Kris Olson of Utah Stream Access Coalition, Randy Parker of the Utah Farm Bureau, and Tribune outdoor editor and environmental reporter Brett Prettyman join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss balancing public access with private property rights.

Judy Estenson: Goehring Needs To Decide For Himself Whether To Resign Over Office Complaints

Last week, shortly after news broke that he’d be getting a primary challenger, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring sent an email to members of the North Dakota Farm Bureau (the group backing his challenger) explaining some of his more controversial policy positions and admitting to some inappropriate conduct with staff. Show More Summary

Bootleggers and Baptists

Living in rural southwestern Missouri (God's Country) we happen to be members of the Missouri Farm Bureau. This organization produces a quarterly membership publication called "Show Me". An editorial by MFB president Blake Hurst in the Winter 2014 issue caught my eye and struck a chord that I feel is worth sharing. Show More Summary

Another Meaningless Non Farms Payroll Report!

Regular readers may recall that I’m not a big fan of this Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation data series, as it is unusually noisy and subject to further revisions and modeling adjustments. (See Ignore Today’s — and Most — Jobs Reports). As we discussed not too long ago, the Employment Situation report is “the...Read More

ND ag commissioner admits to inappropriate comment

By Rob Port | North Dakota Watchdog POLITICALLY INCORRECT: North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring admited in an email to members of the North Dakota Farm Bureau that he had made an inappropriate comment to staff. BISMARCK, N.D. Show More Summary

ND Ag Commissioner Admits To Inappropriate Office Conduct

Yesterday we got news that there would be a Republican challenger to incumbent Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring. Judy Estenson, who appears to have the backing of the North Dakota Farm Bureau, is set to announce her candidacy today. Early this morning I was forwarded an email sent out by Goehring to supporters in which he... Show More Summary

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