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FEBRUARY 12, 2014 THE PRESS PAGE 5 gg'cg V'ozc00 11 IfIflTll ND, America have a strong new Farm Bill By Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) WASHINGTON -- This week, Congress came together to pass a new, bipartisan five-year farm. bill for North Dakota and the American people. As a mem- ber of the farm bill conference committee, I worked with the conferees to craft a compro- mise bill that could gain support in both the House and the Sen- ate, 'as well as with Republicans and Democrats. I'm pleased to say our final version passed the House last week with a strong bipartisan majority of 251 to 166 and the Senate this week with a vote of 68 to 32. Our final bill retains a strong focus on enhanced crop insur- ance, a priority for North Dako- ta producers throughout the process. It also includes a new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), reinstitutes the Live- stock Indemnity Program (LIP), and provides new Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) to help producers through years of repet- itive losses or Price Loss Cov- erage (PLC), an enhanced count- er-cyclical option. It also con- tinues the sugar program, and importantly for our nation, our bill also includes $23 billion in savings to help reduce the deficit and debt. I want to thank my colleague Senator Heidi Heitkamp, who worked to secure Democratic support, and Congressman Kevin Cramer, who did heavy lifting in the House to build support for the bill among his Republican colleagues. In con- versations with House leader- ship, including Speaker John Boehner, as well as with Con- gressman Paul Ryan, they told me that Congressman Cramer worked to win support for this key legislation for North Dako- ta and our country. Our new farm bill is a win for the nation's agricultural pro- ducers, who now have the cer- tainty to plan for the future, and a win for the 16 million peo- ple working in the agriculture in- dustry to feed the nation and the world. Most importantly, it's a win for American consumers, who benefit every day from the work of our farmers and ranch- ers, who provide them with the highest quality, lowest cost food supply in the world. Editor's Note: Hoeven is a senator for the State of North Dakota Dangerous animal spotted recently in Park River By Jon Field PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Last Sunday at 3:00 pm,we were looking out the window and a huge male fisher ran across the street, right here in town! It went in a bush across the street and I fol- lowed. I didn't see him again but followed his tracks and he went under a shed. Big tracks and his leaps were four feet apart. So everyone, keep an eye on your cats, bark- ing little dogs and of course, chickens because these are aggressive hunters. Editor "s Note." FjeM is from Park River, N.D. Right: don Field's illustration of a fisher. A fisher, wheih Field recently spotted in Park River, is a a{lgressive hunter and can be especially dan- rger6uS Iohousehold pets.. F .... -  , 0 0 Newspapers: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow. 'Through with Chew Week' points to harms of smokeless tobacco GRAFTON, N.D. -- The annual Through with Chew Week (February 16-22) promotes a tobacco- free lifestyle by educating people about the harm- ful effects of smokeless tobacco. Walsh County Health District and the North Dakota Center for To- bacco Prevention and Control Policy (the Center) are using the occasion to educate the public, par- ticularly our youth, about the dangers of tobacco use and encourage them to live tobacco-free by never starting to use any tobacco product. The 2013 North Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Sur- vey (YRBS) shows that 13.8 percent of high school students use chewing tobacco, snuff or dip. That number is just slightly up from the 13.6 per- cent reported in 2011, but it illustrates the reasons that more needs to be done to prevent youth from using smokeless tobacco products. One of the reasons for the increase is that more tobacco companies are investing in smokeless to- bacco products (like chew or snus) that can be used in places where smoking is not allowed. Unlike cig- arettes, these products are easily concealed and can be used throughout the day. And, tobacco compa- nies are spending millions of dollars every year to market candy-flavored products to the younger gen- eration in an attempt to attract a new generation of tobacco users. "There are now more candy- and fruit-flavored   ,C? tobacco products on the market than ever before, in- cluding chew, dip and other smokeless products," said Jeanne Prom, executive director for the Cen- ter. "That's why the Center has been educating the public about tobacco marketing, so our youth aren't taken in by colorful packages or fruit-flavored tobacco." Tobacco companies also market smokeless products as safer alternatives to cigarettes. However, smokeless tobacco causes a number of health problems, including oral cancer, mouth sores, tooth decay and permanent discoloration of the teeth. Also, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smokeless tobacco is more addicting than cigarettes because it contains a higher concentration of nicotine. "Smokeless tobacco products are just as dan- gerous but more addictive than cigarettes," said Sta- cy Langen with Walsh County Health District. "It's essential that people understand the harmful effects caused by smokeless tobacco so they either don't start, or quit. That's what Through with Chew Week is all about." To learn more about smokeless tobacco and pre- venting tobacco use, contact Walsh County Health District at 701-352-5139, or go to www.brea- thend.com. Gas prices likely to peak lower than 2013 FARGO, N.D. -- Gas prices will likely rise this spring as re- fineries conduct seasonal main- tenance, but the annual peak may be lower than last year. Accord- ing toAAA, the national average price of gas could reach a daily av- erage high of $3.55-$3.75 per gal- lon in 2014, which compares to a peak of $3.79 in 2013. Prices generally rise in the spring as many refineries cut pro- duction to conduct seasonal main- tenance, which can limit gasoline supplies and cause market un- certainty. This maintenance gen- erally takes place between strong demand periods for heating oil in the winter and gasoline in the summer, and before the regulat- ed switchover to summer-blend gasoline. This switchover process itself can further limit supplies and increase pump prices. Last year the national average increased 49 cents per gallon over 41 days before peaking in late February. Gas prices similarly increased 56 cents per gallon in spring 2012 and 86 cents per gallon in 2011. For the year, the price for a gal- lon of gas in the United States av- eraged $3.49 in 2013. It could av- erage at least five cents per gallon less in 2014, says AAA. Many re- fineries have increased capacity to take advantage of the recent boom in North American crude oil pro- duction, which will help tame volatility. Gas prices in 2012 were the most expensive on record at $3.60 per gallon, fol- lowed by 2011 with an annual av- erage of $3.51 per gallon. Motorists in North Dakota will likely see a peak much lower than the record high of $4.24 set in May 2013. Benefiting from easy access to cheaper North American crude oil, prices in the central states could see prices trend be- low the national average. The av- erage price for gas in North Dakota last year was $3.54, five cents higher than the national average. Unexpected developments and events overseas could change AAA's price outlook considerably, but there is little doubt that gas will continue to cost more than most people would like, says AAA, which updates fuel price averages daily at www.Fuel- GaugeReport.AAA.com Call Dub Construction for local quality service/ Good drainage can improve field operation and production, reduce risk of crop loss, maxi- mize net returns, and much more. Now scheduling. 701-696-2591 or email Dub.Construction@gmail.com Don't miss an issue Excuse me... I mustache you a question. Have you subscribed to the Press? GET YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO THE PRESS[ 1N COUNTY OUT OF COUNTY OUT OF STATE $34 $38 $42 YOUR EVENTS ... YOUR COMMUNITY... 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