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Public News Service - ND: Rural/Farming

In 2016 and 2017, small refinery waivers wiped out about 2.2 billion gallons of biofuels obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Matt Dente/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Many farmers in North Dakota and nationwide say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is undercutting the Renewable Fuel Standard by granting too many exemptions for small oil refineries - hurting farmers in the process. The National Farmers Union says it's happy to see t

Some North Dakota farmers markets offer tips for how to cook fresh produce. (Lance Cheung/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota recipients of SNAP benefits have a chance to make those benefits go farther and toward healthy choices this summer. Farmers markets in Bismarck and Fargo offer matching incentives for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, meaning folks' EBT dollars go t

North Dakota farmers hope to find predictability in this year's Farm Bill. (Clairegran/Twenty20)

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota farmers are watching closely as the 2018 Farm Bill inches its way through Congress. The U.S. House could vote on its current version of the bill as soon as this week. President of the North Dakota Farmers Union Mark Watne said proposed cuts to the Supplemental N

A conservation group gave North Dakota's water systems an F. (Joe Pell/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – It's Drinking Water Week in North Dakota, and watchdogs are calling for transparency for the state's water systems. Scott Edwards, co-director of Food and Water Justice at Food and Water Watch, says the oil and gas industry and industrial agriculture are two of the biggest c

Many factors associated with farm stress are uncontrollable, such as weather, commodity markets and the isolated nature of farming. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr)

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakotans and other people around the country working on farms face unique pressures in their profession – and there's even a term for it. They're susceptible to what is called farm stress. Monica McConkey, director of business development at Prairie St. John's Hos

Two large-scale hog farm operations have already been proposed in North Dakota. (rygudguy/Pixabay)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Could large hog-farming operations be on the horizon for North Dakota? The state Department of Health is clearing the way for them, by deciding on changes to pollution-control rules from animal feeding operations. Two hog farms proposed for eastern North Dakota have local re

Women farm or co-farm more than 300 million acres across the country. (Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Increasingly, women are the landowners of farms, but they often lack access to conservation programs and resources. That's why the American Farmland Trust (AFT) is starting its Women for the Land initiative. AFT Midwest Director Jennifer Filipiak says the key is to get inform

Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, and other lawmakers want to revise a provision for farmer cooperatives that was hastily added to the new tax law. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

BISMARCK, N.D. – A late addition to the tax law passed in December could give North Dakota farmer cooperatives a boost, but will lawmakers keep it around? Known as Section 199A, it was added to the tax bill at the last minute, to preserve a deduction that allows farmers to deduct up to 20 pe

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