May 17 Agriculture Briefs

Thursday, May 17, 2018

North Dakota farmers planting despite fertilizer shortage

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Fertilizer dealers say significant headway with spring planting is helping ease an anhydrous ammonia shortage that has inconvenienced North Dakota farmers. The Minot Daily News reports that agricultural fertilizer suppliers have had difficulty keeping up with a demand heavier than usual. The late spring has led to farmers from multiple states planting at the same time, overwhelming anhydrous truckers. Darrell Schieve is the plant manager at Dakota Agronomy in Minot. He says the run on anhydrous ammonia is slowing as spring seeding progresses. Schieve estimates local seeding should be far enough along to relieve the pressure on supplies by week's end.Gov. Doug Burgum signed a temporary order about a week ago easing restrictions on truckers to help with fertilizer deliveries. The order will remain in place through May


Jamestown oyster farm in wildlife refuge put on hold

SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) — Permitting for the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's proposed oyster farm at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is on hold until at least a November hearing after concerns were expressed over the impacts of the 50-acre, inner-tidal project. The Peninsula Daily News reported Wednesday the Clallam County Department of Community Development withdrew its environmental determination of nonsignificance last week. That was after the county hearing examiner granted the tribe's request for the six-month permitting-process delay to accommodate a change in permitting by the Army Corp of Engineers. Concerns were raised by the public, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and wildlife refuge officials. Tribal Chairman Ron Allen called the delay frustrating, saying the tribe has spent about $1 million over more than a decade to clean up septic-system degradation of Dungeness Bay to re-establish an oyster farm.

Northeast Livestock Expo draws record number of kids

WINDSOR, Maine (AP) — A livestock exposition in Maine is welcoming more students this year than any other time in its history. The 13th Northeast Livestock Expo begins on Thursday with its "Kid's Day" events and organizers expect more than 2,700 students from kindergarten to sixth grade. More than 50 agricultural events are scheduled to be put on by farmers and volunteers from the industry.Gov. Paul LePage says the event will be a "giant outdoor classroom" that illustrates the connection between local farms and consumers. Events will include demonstrations of draft horses, dairy cows, honey bees and other animals. Talks will cover everything from disease prevention to proper use of manure.

Judge fines Virginia couple who allowed tree-sitters on farm

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has found a Virginia couple who own a farm in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in contempt of court after protesters took to trees on their property. The Roanoke Times reports U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Dillon determined Tuesday that Carolyn and Ian Reilly took both passive and active steps to support the tree-sitters’ goal of blocking pipeline construction. The Reillys were fined $1,000 each. The newspaper reports it was not immediately clear whether the penalties would force the removal of a lone tree-sitter. Two other protesters came down voluntarily while the legal dispute played out. Terry Frank, an attorney for the Reillys, declined comment. Tree-sitters have popped up along the pipeline’s route in West Virginia and Virginia.