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Farm Bureau holds annual meeting

By Staff | Nov 2, 2012

The Pierce County Farm Bureau met for its annual meeting on Oct. 23, hearing from North Dakota Farm Bureau President Doyle Johannes, who focused his comments on the importance to farmers and ranchers of passing statewide Measure 3 in next month’s election.

The measure, which would establish a constitutional amendment in Section 29 of Article XI, gives farmers and ranchers the right to “engage in modern farming and ranching practices” and bans any laws that would restrict their ability “to employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production and ranching practices.”

Johannes, a farmer and rancher from Underwood, hailed the more than 200 petition carriers which gathered over 30,000 signatures.

“We need to be proactive,” he told those in attendance. “We need to do something to protect our way of life.”

“It guarantees farmers and ranchers the right to use modern technologies that are acceptable.”

Johannes said passing of the measure has been supported by the governor and state’s agricultural commissioner, but has been most notably opposed by the North Dakota Farmers Union.

According to the NDFU’s website, the “amendment is contrary to many NDFU policy positions, including those regarding stewardship, responsibility, a balance between conservation and agriculture interests, and others.”

Johannes said the measure boils down to the protection of choice.

The Pierce County Farm Bureau also announced at the meeting that membership has continued to rise and is now over the 500 member mark.

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