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APRIL 2014 THE PRESS PAGE 7 FARGO,N.D. -- North Dakota Agri- Women are pleased to honor North Dakota's 2014 Ag Day Baby. Owen Parvey, son of Shannon and Eric Parvey of Fargo, was born at 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25th at Sanford Health on Broadway in Fargo. There was lots of excitement with the birth of Owen. He is the first born to the Parveys, first grandchild on both sides of the family, and the first born baby in the NDAW Ag Day Baby contest. Calls were also received for arrivals at 3:09 a.m. from Altru in Grand Forks; 7:45 a.m. from Sanford Birth Cen- ter in Bismarck; & 8:03 a.m. at Essentia Birthing Center in Fargo. This contest has been part of North Dakota Agri-Women's ongoing National Ag Week events for 30 years. It was the first call received by the Chairperson which de- termined the winner as 2014 Ag Day Baby The other requirement is that the parents have a ND address Arrangements are made to present the family and newbom with Photo: Submitted Top: Eric & Shannon Parvey of Fargo with their newborn son, Owen. a special basket of gifts NDAW. celebrating the contribu- including products of Reaching Out and tion of agriculture in our North Dakota AgTicul- Working Together foreveryday lives. Each ture and a $50 donation Agriculture sums up the American farmer feeds provided by the Lakepurpose of NDAW. Themorethan 144people...a Region and NorthValley organization's theme is dramatic increase from Chapters of NDAW forKnowledge, Education, 25 people in the 1960's. the baby's savings ac- and Promotion and mem- As the world population count. This visit withthe bers join in with others soars, there is an even baby and his family across the state and na- greater demand for the members was made by tion in celebrating Na- food and fiber produced Janice Moen, Michigan, tional Ag Week in in the United States. The on Tuesday afternoonMarch. This is all a part theme for National Ag and she was also able to of telling our story to Day 2014 is "Agricul- share with them morethe public. Ag Day is ture: 365 Sunrises and 7 information aboutabout recognizing and Billion Mouths to Feed." WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom farmer, using the average farm size for the county as Vilsack has announced increased opportunity for pro- a qualifier instead of the median farm size. ducers as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill. A fact sheet Modification of the Joint Financing Direct outlining modifications to the U.S. Department of Farm Ownership Interest Rate to 2 percent less than Agriculture's COSDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) regular Direct Farm Ownership rate, with a floor of Farm Loan Programs is available here. 2.5 percent. Previously, the rate was established at "Our nation's farmers and ranchers are the engine 5 percent. of the rural economy. These improvements to our - Increase of the maximum loan amount for Di- Farm Loan Programs will help a new generation be- rect Farm Ownership down payments from $225,000 gin farming and grow existing farm operations," said to $300,000. Secretary Vilsack. "Today's announcement repre- Elimination of rural residency requirement for sentsjust one part of a series of investments the new Youth Loans, allowing urban youth to benefit. Farm Bill makes in the next generation of agricul- Debt forgiveness on Youth Loans, which will not tur e, which is critical to economic growth in com- prevent borrowers from obtaining additional loans munities across the country." from the federal government. The Farm Bill expands lending opportunities for Increase of the guarantee amount on Conser- thousands of farmers and ranchers to begin and con- vation Loans from 75 to 80 percent and 90 percent tinue operations, including greater flexibility in de- for socially disadvantaged borrowers and beginning termining eligibility, raising loan limits, and em- farmers. phasizing beginning and socially disadvantaged Microloans will not count toward loan term lim- producers, its for veterans and beginning farmers. Changes that will take effect immediately include: Additional modifications must be implemented Elimination of loan term limits for guaranteed through the rulemaking processes. Visit the FSA Farm operating loans. Bill website for detailed information and updates to Modification of the definition of beginning farm loan programs. [ii; ..... il 'i>. ii i i!i!+ i)i 900,000 barrels of oil 950,000 eyeballs on newspapers Yes, every day sonae 900,000 barrels ofoil are produced by North Dakota's 9,000-plus wells. That's more than Alaska, more than California, and naore than Oklaho~na. It's a figure surpassed by the number of eyeballs on our state's newspapers. Estimates are that more than 475,000 readers are looking through a newspaper. Ready for the slick part'? Most readers have two eyes. That means there are nlore than 950,000 eyeballs scanning the pages of North Dakota's finest dailies and weeklies. ;7"~ ............ If you're already a reader of North Dakota newspapers, good fbr y()u! And if you'rE a North Dakota advertiser,'~-ErnenabEr your best cuslOnlerS are keeping an Eye out fi:)r you. Both of them, in thct. Park River, North Dakota WAtSH COUNTY ;>Marketing Sour(-vg:. t.r,.r, .. )pHli,,. R~'sc~o','h l)c* 2012 .\'/~ 2~)12/~,r,u/.itir.J e )~ (~ ~V[~ P~q7 /~ ~ 545)20 z~ ~zr~z~z~cvzrzrzrn Z~Z~[~IAr Z~f~Z~ ~ " =~- =_3_=--------~_------_33~--_--- 3- _=_=--_:TS 3-=-- z~ ~m Senator Hoeven's staffers gave us a very informative tour of the Capitol. We also met with repre- sentatives from'the Dept. of Agri- culture who answered a number of questions from the group related to the Farm Bill. A small group of us also watched our Congressional dele- gation at work in the Senate Chambers. It was an inspiring ex- perience to watch as Senators from across the country cast their votes "yeah or nay" for various ju- dicial appointments. It became very apparent that significant par- ty lines continue to exist when these votes are cast. On Wednesday evening, Dan and Jim Lund of Quality Seed Ge- netics, LLC located in Alice, ND sponsored a social for the staff from all the offices oft_he ND Con- gressional delegation. This was a very fun filled evening as we got to know the young people who work and live in Washington, De. Many Of these young adults plan to come back to ND and pursue opportunities in our great state in the future. Thursday moming we met with Photos: Subm ed Top: Julie Gemmill and the Rural Leadership ND Class visit with Sen- ator Hoeven about the Farm Bill. Bottom: Senator Heidi Heitkamp was interested to hear what each one of the group hoped to take away from the RLND program and from the trip to Washington, DC. tysburg. We also experienced a There are many programs avail- cyclorama depicting a 360 degree able to pursue funding for projects 3D enactment of the battles which in small communities. For my left an impression on the viewer, project as a Class VI RLND mem- Following this re-enactment, ber, I plan to facilitate strategic we boarded the bus and went out planning meetings to help identi- to the battlefields which have fy the most prevalent needs in been preserved immaculately for Fordville. I plan to use my con- many years. Our tour guide shared nections and contacts to move in intricate details from many years a positive direction for our com- of researching flae ,battles. He munity. More information willbe the Environmental Protedion waJke J!ggugl .,gach o( theshargd in the future regarding., gency (EPA). We discqss d'/i: three; ays ba l ??i "hrlp us un- how you can help witlt this variety of topics including :Re- derstand what prompted our lead- vision. newable Fuels Standard and Wa- ers to make decisions and how Editor's Note: Gemmill from ters of the United States. We also those decisions impacted Ameri- Fordville, N.D., was selected from met with Rural Development can history. To cap the day at Get- a pool of candidates to participate where we learned about programs tysburg, we toured the home of the in the leadership program spon- that impact our state especially late President Dwight D. and sored by the Center for Commu- with the oil boom in western ND. Mamie Eisenhower's farm. The nity HtalitythroughtheNDSUEx- Thursday afternoon we visited home continues today just as it was tension Service. The 18-month the National League of Cities when they lived there with all the program, which started in No- where we learned about the pro- furnishings and memorabilia col- vember, consists ofseven in-state grams available to find city solu- lected as gifts to the Eisenhower's. seminars with experts on topics tions and influence federal policy. The government representa- such as leadership, economic de- In the evening we went on a guid- rives we met at the various meet- velopment, and agriculture; tours ed bus tour to view the monuments ings were open and willing to an- of agricultural and community and learn more about the history swer our questions and share in- businesses; trips to Washington, of our Capitol city. formation on their topics of ex- DC and Minneapolis to meet with On Friday, we boarded a bus pertise. North Dakota is on the agricultural, business and gov- and spent the day at Gettysburg. radar of many agencies in Wash- ernmental leaders, and an inter- We started our historical experi- ington De. Our congressional del- national seminar to learn about ence by watching a short docu- egation is working hard to ensure global agricultural and community mentary about the battles of Get- that our issues are addressed, issues. 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