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Public News Service - ND: Sustainable Agriculture

A sustainable-agriculture advocacy group says the USDA's decision to rescind grass-fed labels is a step back for consumers and meat producers. (Morguefile.com/mensatic)

BISMARCK, N.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week announced that it will stop using labels for grass-fed and naturally raised livestock. The department's Agricultural Marketing Service said it is no longer using those labels because it never had the authority to enforce them in the first

Sustainable=agriculture advocates say the EPA's new renewable-fuel standards are good, but don't go far enough to spur new sources. Credit: JZlomek/morguefile.com

BISMARCK, N.D. - It took two years of delays, but this week the Environmental Protection Agency finally released new renewable-fuel standards for the country. The rules include upping the amount of renewable fuel, mostly corn-based ethanol, to more than 18 billion gallons by 2016. That will bring r

For the first time, produce farmers soon will have to comply with new federal food safety rules, and a sustainable ag advocate is mostly praising the move. Credit: KyleJones/morguefile.com

BISMARCK, N.D. - It took five years of debate, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally has approved new food safety rules. Late last week, the FDA set the official standards for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the first major reform in more than 70 years. Sophia Kruszewski, pol

PHOTO: A new USDA report shows many high skill jobs in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment sectors, but not enough college graduates to fill them. Photo credit: ackab1/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – New research shows a growing demand for highly skilled workers in agriculture, but not enough young people are choosing that field of study. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are nearly 60,000 high skill job openings in the nation's food, agriculture, re

PHOTO: North Dakota farmers and ranchers are being asked to weigh in on the enrollment process for this year's Conservation Stewardship Program. CREDIT: USDA

BISMARCK, N. D. - North Dakota farmers and ranchers can weigh in on the enrollment process for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). As this year's CSP contracts are being finalized, those who went through the process are being asked for their critiques. Traci Bruckner, assistant director for

PHOTO: It's becoming more common to see women operating farms and ranches in the region, and the Center for Rural Affairs is working to connect them with resources they may not otherwise know are available. Photo credit: Solly Markovitch

BISMARCK, N.D. - The number of women getting involved in agriculture continues to grow, and efforts are under way across the region to help them achieve success. During the past decade, said Kim Preston, a research assistant for the Center for Rural Affairs, there's been a roughly 30 percent increa

PHOTO: A new poll finds rural Americans feel the federal government could be targeting much more effective help for small-town economies. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff

BISMARCK, N.D. - As the U.S. House prepares for another try at passing a Farm Bill, a new survey has found that a majority of those in rural America want to see a greater focus on small business development and economic initiatives. The poll of rural Americans taken in almost 20 states was conducted

PHOTO: The Center for Rural Affairs says no-till planting is one way America's farmers can help battle climate change. CREDIT: NRCS Soil Health

BISMARCK, N.D. - America's agriculture industry contributes a relatively small amount of this country's greenhouse gases, but experts say various techniques that are growing in use can take a proactive approach to the issue - and farmers could play a key role in altering the path of climate change.

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