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Valley Today Ag News – January 22


THING OF THE PAST UNDER LEGISLATION TO BE INTRODUCED BY SENATORS CHARLES GRASSLEY, OF IOWA, AND AL FRANKEN, OF MINNESOTA. SENATOR GRASSLEY EXPRESSED HIS DISAPPROVAL TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PROPOSAL TO INCREASE CAPITAL-GAINS TAXES AND ELIMINATE STEPPED-UP BASIS. THE U.S. SUPREME COURT RULED THE TAX ON CAPITAL GAINS REALIZED IN A POST-CHAPTER 12 SALE OF A TAXPAYER’S FARM IS TAXABLE. WEEDS THAT ARE RESISTANT TO HERBICIDES CONTINUE TO INCREASE ACROSS THE VALLEY. WATERHEMP. IS ALSO THE NUMBER ONE RESISTANT WEED IN MINN-DAK CO-OP’S SUGAR BEET GROWING AREA. . ALL OF THE RESEARCH INFORMATION PRESENTED THIS WEEK WILL BE AVAILABLE TO GROWERS AS HANDOUTS AT UPCOMING SEMINARS DURING FEBRUARY ON THE 5TH IN GRAFTON AT THE PARRISH CENTER,10TH AT THE ALERUS IN GRAND FORKS, 11TH AT THE HOLIDAY INN IN FARGO AND THE 12TH AT THE EAGLES CLUB IN WAHPETON. THE SEMINARS ARE SPONSORED BY THE NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION SERVICE AND UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION. TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY OR T P A IS STARTING TO SEE OPPOSITION. SEVERAL CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS ALONG WITH R CALF AND THE NATIONAL FARMERS UNION ARE OPPOSING THE GRANTING OF TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY, ALSO KNOWN AS FAST TRACK. R CALF CEO BILL BULLARD SAYS IF TPA IS ALLOWED, IT TAKES AWAY CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT AND LEAVES CITIZENS OUT OF THE PROCESS. A COW IN CALIFORNIA HAS GIVEN BIRTH TO AN EXTREMELY RARE SET OF TRIPLETS. EVEN MORE RARE THAN THE BIRTH, THE THREE ARE HEALTHY AND HAVE SURVIVED THE FIRST WEEK OF LIFE. THE ODDS OF A COW HAVING TRIPLETS ARE ONE IN 105,000. THE TRIPLETS, NAMED DAISY MAE, DAKOTA, AND DUKE ARE DOING WELL, BUT BECAUSE OF THE ONGOING DROUGHT IN THE AREA, IT IS UNCERTAIN HOW LONG THEY WILL STAY AT THE BORBA DAIRY. OWNER ERIC BORBA SAYS HE PLANS TO KEEP THE TRIPLETS AS LONG AS POSSIBLE BUT THE COST OF FEED IS HIGH AND PRICE OF MILK IS LOW. NEBRASKA LANDOWNERS ARE FIGHTING BACK AS TRANSCANADA TRIES TO GAIN MORE GROUND IN THE BATTLE FOR THE KEYSTONE X-L PIPELINE. THE COMPANY FILED PAPERS IN NINE NEBRASKA COUNTIES TO AQUIRE EMINENT DOMAIN. REPORTER KIM CUNG TALKS TO LANDOWNERS WHO ARE FIGHTING BACK TO PROTECT THEIR LAND. JIM TARNICK OWNS LAND IN FULLERTON… AND THE KEYSTONE X-L PIPELINE COULD RUN THROUGH HIS NANCE COUNTY PROPERTY AND BE 200 FEET FROM HIS FARMHOUSE. JIM TARNICK – FULLERTON LANDOWNER “IT RAISES A LOT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS.” TARNICK SAYS THE LAND HE OWNS HAS VERY POROUS SOIL AND SHALLOW WATER… AND HE SAYS BENZENE FROM THE PIPELINE COULD HAVE CATASTROPHIC EFFECTS. JIM TARNICK – FULLERTON LANDOWNER “YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT DESTROYING AN INFRASCTURE OF AGRICULTURE AROUND HERE THAT WOULDN’T ONLY AFFECT AND DESTROY MY OPERATION, BUT YOU’RE GOING TO AFFECT HUNDREDS OF AG BUSINESSES AROUND HERE.” ON TUESDAY, TRANSCANADA FILED EMINENT DOMAIN PAPERS IN NINE NEBRASKA COUNTIES TO ACQUIRE THE REMAINING 12 PERCENT OF EASEMENTS FROM LANDOWNERS. IF APPROVED, TRANSCANADA WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO USE THE LAND. ABBI KLEINSCHMIDT, A LAND OWNER IN YORK COUNTY IS ANOTHER PERSON WHO WOULD BE IMPACTED BY THE PIPELINE. SAYS SHE EXPECTED TRANSCANADA TO GO TO COURT. ABBI KLEINSCHMIDT – YORK COUNTY LANDOWNER “I WASN’T SURPRISED. I’M ACTUALLY KIND OF RELIEVED CAUSE IT KIND OF FALLS IN LINE WITH ROUTE WE’VE TAKEN, FILING SUITS AGAINST TRANSCANADA.” LAST WEEK, OPPONENTS FILED CHALLENGES IN YORK AND HOLT COUNTIES AGAINST TRANSCANADA. JANE KLEEB, BOLD NEBRASKA “WE WANT TO CHALLENGE THE RIGHT TO USE EMINENT DOMAIN THAT TRANSCANADA IS DOING NOW. AND THAT HAS TO START AT THE COUNTY LEVEL. WE WILL THEN TAKE THE OUTCOMES OF THOSE CASES DIRECTLY TO THE SUPREME COURT.” TRANSCANADA SAYS THEY HOPE TO HAVE LANDOWNERS COME ON BOARD VOLUNTARILY, RATHER THAN THROUGH THE COURT PROCESS. THEY EMPHASIZE THE LAND IS STILL OWNED BY THE LANDOWNER AND TRANSCANADA IS NOT TAKING IT. TRANSCANADA SAYS THEY SPENT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN EASEMENT PAYMENTS ALREADY, BUT THEY ALSO ACCEPT SOME LANDOWNERS WON’T BUDGE. FOR NOW, TARNICK IS HOPING NEBRASKANS WILL LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PIPELINE. HE SAYS AFTER EVERYTHING HE’S HEARD HE HAS A STEADFAST OPINION. JIM TARNICK – FULLERTON LANDOWNER IT’S A DIRTY FUEL THAT WE DON’T NEED, THAT’S NOT GOING TO HELP OUR COUNTRY.” A FINAL VOTE IN THE SENATE IS EXPECTED SOMETIME THIS MONTH… THOUGH THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID HE WOULD VETO THE BILL.

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