Red River Farm Network News

Conaway Touts Farm Bill — The House Agriculture Committee passed a farm bill on a party-line vote of 26-20. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway began the farm bill markup saying a farm bill extension is not a good idea. The Texas congressman went on to say he tried to work on a bipartisan basis with Ranking Member Collin Peterson to put together this farm bill. "I sincerely regret that ultimately our discussions did not bear fruit with respect to the nutrition title. On SNAP, we have some honest disagreements." Conaway emphasized he wants the spirit of bipartisanship to return to the agriculture committee.  RRFN's Farm Bill Focus is sponsored, in part, by NDFB and Associated Milk Producers, Incorporated. 

Farm Bill Flaws — Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway wants to bring the farm bill to the full House in the first week of May, emphasizing the need to get the bill done on a timely basis. During Wednesday's hearing, Ranking Member Collin Peterson called it a “flawed bill,” with most of the criticism centered on the proposed changes to the food stamp program. Peterson also made the case for increased funding in Title I to help offset low commodity prices. “If there is extra money, I’d like to suggest the money be put into the farm bill on a permanent basis to improve the safety net, in case we get into a continuing low price situation.” President Trump has promised support for farmers if U.S. agriculture is hurt by a trade war. Peterson said a long-term program makes more sense than ad-hoc assistance. “This is a self-inflicted wound we don’t need. If we get into this situation, we don’t need a one-time bailout.” Peterson said decent yields have been the only thing saving farmers in his district after three years of low prices. RRFN's Farm Bill Focus is sponsored, in part, by the National Farmers Union. 

Farm Groups React to House Farm Bill — The approval of the farm bill in the House Agriculture Committee received praise from many of the largest farm organizations. The bill’s passage was also an opportunity for these groups to highlight policy priorities. The National Association of Wheat Growers cited the crop insurance provisions and the funding for export market development programs. The National Corn Growers Association focused on crop insurance, reforms to the ARC-county programs and the trade promotion programs. The National Milk Producers Federation welcomed the improvements made in the dairy industry’s Margin Protection Program. Funding for a vaccine bank to deal with Foot and Mouth Disease and market development programs are supported by the National Pork Producers Council. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association also praised the FMD vaccine bank funding and the investments in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The American Soybean Association released a statement, saying it is concerned about the lack of bipartisan support for the current bill. Farm bill focus is sponsored, in part, by the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association. RRFN will report from Washington, D.C. this week for its Farm Bill Focus series. This coverage is sponsored, in part, by AgCountry Farm Credit Services.

Election Season and the Farm Bill — There's one big unknown with the farm bill, will there be enough votes to pass on the House floor? "I'm skeptical of that," said Dan Wogsland, executive director, North Dakota Grain Growers Association. "I don’t think they can get a farm bill passed in the House. I don’t think we’ll see anything, but an extension of the farm bill into 2019.” This is a very political season, which can provide a different challenge to the farm bill. “Right now, it’s getting even more intense. As we get deeper into the election season, it’s going to be more and more difficult to get folks to vote for a farm bill and get it done on time. I’m not optimistic." RRFN's Farm Bill Focus coverage is sponsored, in part, by AgCountry Farm Credit Services. 

A Familiar Dance — A new farm bill will face many hurdles and an extension remains a possibility. If the legislation goes into 2019, Cook Political Report House Editor David Wasserman says politics could be the reason. “There will be differences between the House and Senate. There will be differences regionally. From the last few farm bills, a number of stakeholders have learned to wait it out for the best deal. These factors make the 2018 Farm Bill difficult.” Wasserman sees the current farm bill discussion as a familiar dance. “In the farm bill debates we’ve seen, Republicans have proposals to update SNAP. Democrats have resisted. There is some horse trading going on. The parties come together and the leadership of the committees normally save the day. I think we’ll see a lot hashed out with neither party getting everything they want in the coming months or year.” RRFN's Farm Bill Focus is sponsored, in part, by the Northern Canola Growers Association and the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association.

NDCGA Looks to the Senate for Farm Bill Adjustments In the view of North Dakota Corn Growers Association Executive Director Dale Ihry, there are positive adjustments made to the ARC-county provisions in the House Agriculture Committee farm bill, including the use of RMA data. The reduction in base acres is a concern. “If the farmer doesn’t plant an annual crop for X number of years, their base will go away and not be eligible for payment. I’m concerned about how that would work for our farmers who grow more than corn, wheat and soybeans. We’ll be working to get this tweaked down the road.” RRFN's Farm Bill Focus coverage is sponsored, in part, by the North Dakota Corn Growers Association.

Diverting Research Funds Most of the programs related to specialty crops don’t have funding increases in the proposed House farm bill. Rather that status quo, National Potato Council Senior Director of Public Policy Kam Quarles says there are cuts in the specialty crop research program. “It won’t deliver the $80 million, it will only be $55 million. They’ll divert that money to the citrus industry for a disease they’re dealing with. The resources for specialty crop research are badly needed. It was designed to operate at a particular level and we want to see it deliver on that design.” Quarles says the potato industry wants to get a farm bill solution finalized before the current legislation expires at the end of September. RRFN's Farm Bill Focus coverage is sponsored, in part, by the National Potato Council.

A Desire to Get Something DoneSouth Dakota Senator Mike Rounds expressed disappointment in the partisanship seen in the House farm bill debate. Rounds says there’s a real desire in the Senate to get something done. “We could really do some good things in the farm bill, particularly the Conservation Reserve Program. Getting that to 30 million acres-plus that would be a real win for South Dakota farmers. We also need a strong crop insurance program in place.” Rounds says that trade piece is important. “I fully support trying to renegotiate (trade deals), but let’s try to do these things from a position of strength. Let’s make sure we have good domestic policy for farmers and ranchers so we can keep them in business during trade negotiations.”

Trump and TPP — President Donald Trump has reversed himself on a possible role for the U.S. in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In early April, Trump asked administration officials to look into a possible reentry into the TPP. That changed Tuesday. On Twitter, Trump said Japan and South Korea want the U.S. to go back into the TPP, but he doesn’t think it is a good deal for the United States. Trump said there are too many contingencies and there is no way to get out of the trade deal if it doesn’t work out. The Trump tweet also said bilateral trade agreements are a better option.

Senators Challenge EPA Waivers — A bipartisan group of farm-state senators has asked the EPA to stop issuing waivers that allow oil refiners to forego the biofuels mandate. The senators said the recent rash of waivers undermines the Renewable Fuel Standard. This effort is being led by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. The other lawmakers signing off on this letter include South Dakota Senator John Thune, Minnesota Senator Tina Smith and North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

Changes Sought in Livestock Indemnity Program — South Dakota Senator John Thune is asking USDA to make administrative changes to the Livestock Indemnity Program. Thune wants to allow veterinarians to certify livestock losses to expedite assistance to farmers and ranchers. With the calving season underway, higher-than-normal death losses have been reported.

Improvements Needed in Infrastructure Funding Process — A study commissioned by the Soy Transportation Coalition and conducted by Texas A&M University shows improvements can be made in how infrastructure repair money is spent. STCn Executive Director Mike Steenhoek says improvement can be made on the cost side of the equation. “Many times, the focus tends to center on providing more funding, the government writing a bigger check. We certainly would argue we need more funding for infrastructure. However, there’s a lot of room for improvement on the cost side of the equation, not just the revenue. We have a lot of waste and construction delays. Our research highlights this problem.”

MN House Rejects Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule — The Minnesota House has voted 69-56 on a bill that would prevent the Minnesota Department of Agriculture from implementing the proposed nitrogen fertilizer rule. The Senate is working on similar legislation at the committee level. This action has upset Governor Mark Dayton, who has promised to veto the bill.

Dayton Administration Revises Timeline — Legislative language that restricts the rule-making authority of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is advancing in multiple bills. If passed, it would prohibit implementation of the nitrogen fertilizer rule without approval from the Legislature. Agriculture Department Director of Legislative Affairs Whitney Place testified before the House Ag Finance Committee, saying the Dayton Administration is strongly opposed to this action. Place also outlined a revised timeline for the controversial rule. “Due to the governor’s expedited review, the actual rule will be released April 24 and will be published to the state register April 30 for official public comment. Because of this review process, we will be able to accommodate requests for an extended comment period for 60 days.”

ND Budget Reductions Sought — North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum is calling for state budget reductions of five-to-ten percent, depending on the size of the agency. Oil tax revenues are above previous forecasts and that is positive for the general fund. Burgum said reserve funds have diminished and options are being taken to find additional savings.

Retailer Rebate Programs Likely to Change with Mega Mergers — The mergers of Bayer-Monsanto, Dow-DuPont and ChemChina-Syngenta will have a bearing on ag retailers and farmers. CoBank economist Will Secor says a competitive market will ease any price concerns, but there could be a significant impact on the rebate structure used by ag retailers. Rather than a simplified process, this new CoBank report suggests the mergers in the seed and crop protection business will make rebate programs more complex. Incentives will likely be targeted toward larger volumes and tie discounts across seed, crop protection and data product lines.

Cautious May Forecast — DTN Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson remains cautious about the May weather forecast. The outlook continues to look cool and wet. “The dry soils much of North Dakota has had since last summer have been taken care of, but it’s not looking so good for spring fieldwork.” The remainder of the growing season looks better. “Once we get into summer, things are looking decent. The growing season overall will be pretty good. Getting started will be a slow go.”

There is Still Time for Spring Wheat — University of Minnesota Extension Small Grains Specialist Jochum Wiersma says the recommendation for increasing plant populations does not start until May 1. “We’re not entering the timeline yet where we have to start increasing. By the time we get to the first week in May, we could start looking at increasing seeding rates. At that time, we’re looking at one plant per square foot per week of delay. That’s roughly a three to five percent increase in seeding for each week we’re delayed.” Wiersma says the drop dead seeding date extends into June, but economics may dictate an earlier switch out of spring wheat.  

Much Needed Moisture Delays PlantingSnow on the ground is keeping farmers in the Onida, South Dakota area out of the field. Oahe Grain Manager Tim Luken says most farmers near Onida haven’t been able to start planting. “There are a few farmers who have spring wheat in around Pierre. That’s the only thing I’ve heard of, otherwise, there’s nothing in. It’s pretty wet, but we needed the moisture.” Some farmers are still on the fence on their acreage mix. "There could be a shift, but as of now, I think everything is going to stay the way it is.” RRFN's Crop Watch airs Tuesdays at 12:37 PM.  

Time Needed Before Planting — Roberts County, South Dakota farmer Bob Metz fortunately missed the recent storms, but more time is needed. “There is water standing everywhere. It will be the end of this week, at best, by the time the frost goes out and the ground dries up enough for planting.” Metz will stay with a corn/soybean rotation. “I know some farmers planting spring wheat who are a bit nervous. You get into May when planting spring wheat and it can catch the heat in the summer at the wrong time. There could be some acres from wheat going to soybeans, but other than that, I think the corn and soybean rotation will stay standard.”  

Minot Fieldwork Could Start Soon — Farmers continue to wait to begin spring field work in the Minot, North Dakota area. Dakota Agronomy Partners Minot Location Manager, Steve Erdman, thinks they could see some fertilizer being spread by mid-to-late week, depending on temperatures. “Right now, it’s muddy in the field. With warmer weather, it will come. It may come faster than some think. South of Minot there’s more snow. It will take extra days.” Erdman is expecting less corn in his area. “In our area, there’s a lot more wheat and soybeans. I don’t know if farmers can change their plans too much right now.”

Hurry Up and Wait — According to American Crystal Sugar Company General Agronomist Tyler Grove, farmers are waiting for dry ground. “Weatherwise, the forecast looks great. We dodged a lot of the snow a lot of the southern part of the Red River Valley received. We have seedbeds in great shape from last fall. Growers have tremendous planting capacity.” Grove says the goal this year is to get the beets out of the ground and growing as fast as possible. Crop Watch is sponsored, in part, by AgCountry Farm Credit Services.   

Managing Rhizoctonia — Managing rhizoctonia is important for sugarbeet growers. Extension Sugarbeet Pathologist Dr. Ashok Chandra says the delayed spring could increase rhizoctonia pressure because of rapidly warming soils. “Later into the season, a few things can change. Anytime we have warm soil temperatures, that’s good for rhizoctonia.” Seed treatments and variety selection are important to prevent seedling rhizoctonia.  

Wait Until Conditions Are Right — The planting schedule has been delayed, but WinField United Vice President of Agronomy and Product Development Kevin Eye is reminding farmers to wait until conditions are right. “Most areas had a decent fall, so fall tillage is done and fall fertilizer was applied. That’s the key, to make sure soil conditions are right so we don’t have compaction or have a poor stand.” The WinField United Answer Plot program began 20 years ago with two fields in Iowa. Today, this program can be found in 33 states, plus Canada, Mexico and South Africa. Tools are available to help the farmer make more predictive decisions. “We’re talking more about plant nutrition. It’s about timing. It’s about soil testing and tissue testing, having the crop tell us during the season if there are some issues or nutrient deficiencies so we can correct in season.”

Anxious for Warmer WeatherFarmers across the region are waiting for warmer weather. “Everyone is anxious for warmer weather and to get snow and ice off the ground, and get soils warmed up to get crops in the field,” said Michael Erickson, west region manager, Crary Industries. With a late start to the growing season, crops tend to be shorter. Erickson said it is important to have harvesting equipment that can handle those difficult conditions. Erickson, who is based at West Fargo, says equipment is moving. “Overall this winter, the attitudes are good. We’ve seen good early orders this year. People are replacing heads in different parts of the country, replacing air systems and getting ready. The last few years, everyone’s been down a bit. We hope we’re seeing the end of the tunnel.” RRFN's Crop Watch coverage is sponsored, in part, by Crary Industries.

Dry Bean Scene — Listen to the Dry Bean Scene every Friday at 12:37 PM on the Red River Farm Network. Planting season is getting closer. 

Gregg Recognized as Star FarmerFive South Dakota FFA members were recognized for their Supervised Agricultural Experience. The South Dakota Star Farmer is Justus Gregg, a member of the Winner FFA Chapter. Gregg raises cattle on his family farm and rents pasture land. “I plan to come back during summers and fix up a feedlot and when I’m done with school, come back and take over and start.” RRFN's coverage of the South Dakota FFA Convention is sponsored, in part, by the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

A Career as a Horse Trainer — The South Dakota FFA Star in Agribusiness is Landon Sivertsen. The Miller FFA member trains horses, which is part of his career goals. “I plan to attend school in Nebraska to get a degree in agriculture business. I want to operate my own large and successful horse training business.”

FFA Star Operates Custom Hay BusinessParker FFA member Travis Leber is the South Dakota Star in Placement. Leber operates a custom hay business, marketing to local dairy farms. After college, Leber wants to return to the family farm. The difficult weather was top-of-mind duirng the state convention. “This wintery mix has made calving rough. We’d like to be in the fields soon, but with more chances of snow in the next week, I don’t see that happening for some time.”  

SD FFA Recognizes Star in AgriScience — With a focus on equine science, Florence FFA member Callie Mueller is this year’s South Dakota FFA Star in AgriScience. This year, Mueller will  attend South Dakota State University to major in biology and equine science, eventually becoming an equine professor. “It takes a lot of hard work and patience to really work with a horse and have determination to not give up on a horse and sell it if it’s not understanding you.”  

Star Greenhand is Invested in Animal AgricultureSouth Dakota Star Greenhand Hadley Stiefvater, who is a member of the McCook Central FFA, keeps busy with her Supervised Agricultural Experience. “My SAE includes six head of beef cattle, 60 head of laying hens, show chickens, guineas, ducks and turkeys. I also own 20 head of sheep and have started a swine project of 43 sows and piglets. I also have a specialty animal project which includes pigeons and pheasants. I also work at our family vet clinic.”

SD Corn Comments — Social media is a vehicle used to connect farmers and the non-farming community. Listen to this update from the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council.

A New South Dakota FFA Officer Team The 2018-2019 South Dakota FFA Officer team includes President Colton Riley from Rapid City FFA, Vice-President Sarah Kroeger from the Lennox-Sundstrom FFA, Secretary Marie Robbins of the Elkton FFA, Treasurer Grady Gullickson of the Flandreau FFA, Reporter Carolyn Blatchford from Brookings and Sentinel T.J. Bigge from the Parkson FFA Chapter. “We’re getting the year planned out right away," Riley told RRFN. "We’re going big places, making a difference in South Dakota. It’s always been a dream of mine to be a state officer. I want people to remember to never give up or doubt yourself and keep your head high.” RRFN's coverage of the South Dakota FFA Convention is sponsored, in part, by the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council. 

You Don't Need a Title to LeadNational FFA Organization Eastern Vice-President Gracie Furnish met with the South Dakota State FFA Officer candidates during the interview process. Furnish also met with the new officer team. “You don’t need a title to be a leader," Furnish said. "You can still serve in agriculture and your community.”

Teams Advance in Quiz Bowl — Four FFA chapters are advancing to the finals in the South Dakota Farmers Union Farm Safety Quiz Bowl. The chapters include Hoeven, Parker, Tri-Valley and Wessington Springs. The finals will be held during the South Dakota State Fair. South Dakota Farmers Union Executive Director Karla Hofhenke says the teams will compete for a larger cash prize at the state fair. "I just love this time of the year. These are a great group of students. There’s been so many accidents. If we can keep one kid from getting hurt, this is all worth it.” RRFN's coverage of the South Dakota FFA Convention is sponsored, in part, by the South Dakota Farmers Union. 

The Future of South Dakota AgricultureSouth Dakota State University offers the first-in-the-nation precision agriculture bachelor's degree. A new precision agriculture building is being built on the north campus, across from the animal science building. SDSU President Barry Dunn addressed the FFA'ers, announcing the work has begun for the new animal research diagnostic research laboratory. “I think animal agriculture is a great investment for the future. We have a healthy cattle and swine industry. That’s a good thing for all of agriculture.” Dunn said the South Dakota FFA Organization plays an important role in the future of South Dakota agriculture. “It prepares young people, helps them mature and grow. With all of the technical information, the maturity it gives a young person is almost unmatched in youth programs in America.”

Lessons LearnedThis is season two of Lessons Learned. RRFN's weekly podcast provides educational tools to help growers throughout 2018. This week, we visit with University of Illinois Extension Weed Science Specialist Aaron Hager about defining success-versus-failure with dicamba in 2018. Lessons Learned is brought to you by BASF, the North Dakota Soybean Council and Peterson Farms Seed.

CRISPR Market to Grow — The CRISPR technology market is expected to grow to a $10 billion industry by 2027. A new market intelligence report from BIS Research said this gene editing technology is enjoying notable growth in the agriculture industry. CRISPR can reduce the turn-around time for innovation and is more cost-effective than other technologies.

EPA Approves New Wheat Herbicide — OpenSky herbicide has received federal registration for wheat and durum. This new weedkiller offers consistent control of grasses, like wild oats and cheatgrass; and broadleaf weeds, like kochia and wild buckwheat. The Dow AgroSciences product is available for the 2018 growing season and can be applied to spring wheat from the three-leaf stage until flag leaf emergence.

Fusilade DX Cleared as Tank Mix on RR 2 Xtend Soybeans — Syngenta has announced its Fusilade DX herbicide has been cleared for tank mixing with both XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology and Engenia herbicides. Fusilade DX offers post-emergence weed control for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans. The product efficiently controls volunteer corn, one of the most common weed escapes in soybeans.

Record Year for the Bank of North Dakota — The Bank of North Dakota has enjoyed 14 straight years of record profits. The state-owned bank reports net earnings of $145 million for 2017. The state’s return on its investment with the bank was 17 percent.

Expansion Approved for ND Mill — The North Dakota Industrial Commission has approved an expansion project for the North Dakota Mill. The project is valued at nearly $25 million and would be funded through mill profits. The state-owned mill will build four 250,000 bushel grain bins and add 18,000 feet of track to accommodate longer trains.

Cargill to Close ND Malt Plant — Cargill will close its malt barley plant near Spiritwood, North Dakota this fall. Grower contracts will be honored through the end of September. A total of 55 employees are being impacted.

New Senior Leadership Selected at USDA — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has added four individuals to his senior leadership team. Ken Isley is the new administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service. Most recently, Isley was a special advisor for the agriculture division at DowDuPont. Former National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre, who farms in Illinois, is the new administrator for the Risk Management Agency. Veteran real estate consultant Joel Baxley is leading the Rural Housing Authority. A longtime Georgia farmer and member of the Georgia State Senate, Tommie Williams, is the minister-counselor for agriculture for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture.  

CFTC Nomination on the Horizon — President Donald Trump plans to nominate Dan Berkovitz to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Berkovitz is a partner in a law firm and previously served as general counsel at the CFTC.

Kansan Expected to Join Fed Board of Governors — The Kansas state bank commissioner will get the nomination to join the board of governors for the Federal Reserve System. Michelle Bowman will represent community banks on the board. Previously, Bowman served on the staff of Kansas Senator Bob Dole.

Rural Forward Created to Promote Democratic Candidates — A new organization has been formed to promote the Democratic message in rural areas ahead of the midterm elections. Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota and former Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana are honorary chairs for Rural Forward. President Trump was received vast support in Rural America two years ago and this new nonprofit group hopes to attract voters for Democratic candidates this fall.

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D.C. Public Affairs Firm Adds Vetter — Former agriculture trade ambassador Darci Vetter has accepted a new job with a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. Vetter is Edelman’s vice chair for agriculture, food and trade and will manage the D.C. office. In 2017, Vetter was named diplomat in residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and left that post this winter. Vetter was deputy agriculture secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services from 2010-to-2014.

New Hires for NorthStar Genetics — NorthStar Genetics has hired two new district sales managers. Patrick Bukowski is based at Garretson, South Dakota and Dustin Mittleider is based in Jamestown, North Dakota.

Grisafi Opens Portland, ND Office — Tommy Grisafi, risk management advisor, Advance Trading, Inc., has opened a new North Dakota office. Grisafi has had a long-time presence in the region and now has an Advance Trading branch office at Portland, North Dakota. Grisafi has been trading at the CBOT since 1999 and his commentary can be heard frequently on the Red River Farm Network.

Two New Farmers Join ND Soybean Council — Mike Schlosser and Chris Brossart are newly elected farmer directors for the North Dakota Soybean Council. Schlosser will represent district three, which includes LaMoure and Dickey Counties. Brossart farms in Wolford and he will represent district eleven, which includes 13 counties in northwestern North Dakota. Casselton, North Dakota farmer Joe Morken was re-elected to district four and Levi Taylor from Ypsilanti was also re-elected to NDSC to represent Stutsman County.

engAGe: a series for women in agribusinessHave you had a chance to listen to the first season of engAGe: a series for women in agribusiness? Check it out.

MACA Announces Young Leader Scholarships — The Mid America CropLife Association has awarded its Young Leader Scholarship to 13 college students. The scholarship recipients include Abigail Diering from the University of Minnesota, Brady Schmoll of North Dakota State University and Jonathon Linke of South Dakota State University.

MFU Minute — Here's the latest update from Minnesota Farmers Union. This week, Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish shares some of the feedback in Rural Voices discussion. 

MFBF Update — Here's the latest from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. This week, MFBF President Kevin Paap talks buffers.

Canola Minute — Here's the latest Canola Minute from the Northern Canola Growers Association. This week, we start a series on clubroot research.

Corn Matters — In this week's Minnesota Corn Growers Association Corn Matters, Minnesota Corn Growers Association talks about water quality and the Minnesota legislative session.

MN Beef Update — Hear from the Minnesota Beef Council and the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association in the Minnesota Beef Update. We get an update from Mazeppa, Minnesota farmer Katie Brenny, who was recently elected to serve on the National Beef Checkoff Operating Committee. 

Last Week's TriviaIn the Peanuts comic strip, Snoopy is a beagle. Robert Byrnes of the University of Minnesota Extension Service came through first with the correct answer and is our weekly trivia winner. Crookston farmer Ron Lanctot, Evonne Wold of Vigen Construction, Morgan Dietrich of John Deere and Erin Nash of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting earned runner-up status. The 'first 20' responses round out with Pam Vilchis of Hutchinson High School, Brian Brandt of Rabo AgriFinance, Jim Dove of West-Con, Chandra Engel of South Dakota State University Extension, Juanita Reed-Boniface of Boeckenhauer Cattle, retired insurance executive Kent Olson, Rene Scheurer of Betaseed, Paul Sproule of Sproule Farms, Mark Bernard of Agro-Economics, retired NDSU Extension Dairy Specialist J.W. Schroeder, Steve Mercer of U.S. Wheat Associates, Mark Haugland of Bayer CropScience, Dan Durheim of Nationwide, Karlstad farmer Justin Dagen, and wheat breeder Mory Rugg.