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09Apr

What Carbon Capture Means for Ag Product Markets

April 9, 2024|Categories: News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, State Policy|

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April 15, 2024

What Carbon Capture Means for Ag Product Markets

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01Nov

Testimony in Support of HB 1546 Joint Policy Committee October 23, 2023

November 1, 2023|Categories: General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, State Policy|

Testimony

Testimony in Support of HB 1546
Joint Policy Committee
October 23, 2023

Chairman Thomas and members of the committee,

Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of House Bill No. 1546. My name is Matt Perdue; I am the Government Relations Director for North Dakota Farmers Union. I am delivering this testimony today on behalf of a coalition of nine agricultural organizations.

North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers use over 700,000 metric tons of fertilizer annually. Our state’s current nitrogen production capacity is only half that demand, leaving our state’s farmers to rely heavily on fertilizer produced outside the state. Moreover, nitrogen demand is growing.

From 1987 to 2017, nitrogen use in North Dakota increased by 143%. Global demand for ammonia is also expected to increase by 40% by 2050 to meet higher food demand for a growing world population. Our organizations support HB 1546, because it will strengthen the resilience of North Dakota agriculture. Over the last several years, global supply chain disruptions have caused fertilizer prices to skyrocket. From late 2021 through early 2023, nitrogen fertilizer prices were more than double the five-year average.

While the markets slowly calmed through much of 2023, they have recently spiked due to low water levels on the Mississippi River, challenges with rail delivery and global conflicts.

North Dakota is at the end of the fertilizer supply chain, which results in even greater price volatility, frequent supply shortages and higher prices for producers. In fact, the Northern Plains ammonia price is commonly 50% higher than the price in the U.S. Gulf. Increasing in-state fertilizer production will help ensure a more stable and more affordable fertilizer supply.

Finally, HB 1546 creates new synergies between our state’s two largest industries: agriculture and energy. The legislation would position us as a leader in emerging clean hydrogen markets and help farmers meet growing demand for lower carbon commodities. HB 1546 supports value-added agriculture and energy and enhances profitability for North Dakota farmers.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify. We respectfully request a “Do Pass“ recommendation
on HB 1546.

01Nov

NDCGA Special Session Report October 26, 2023

November 1, 2023|Categories: General Information, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, State Policy|

NDCGA Special Session Report
October 26, 2023

Special Session Wraps Up

North Dakota lawmakers adjourned the special session on Wednesday, Oct. 25, utilizing just three days to consider 14 reworked pieces of legislation from SB 2015, the appropriation package for the Office of Management and Budget bill, a Senate concurrent resolution in support of the nation of Israel, and a standalone bill to increase income tax relief. Governor Burgum signed all 14 bills approved by the Legislature.

The income tax relief bill was proposed by the Governor and introduced by a two-thirds vote by the House floor. The bill, HB 1549, modified income tax brackets to increase the amount of North Dakotans’ taxable income that is subject to the 0% tax rate. The bill brought a considerable amount of discussion but ultimately failed in a Senate 16-31 vote.

NDCGA legislative staff monitored the following bills during the special session:

HB 1541 – Legislative Assembly Appropriations
HB 1541 includes a provision requiring Budget Section approval for projects that utilize more than $10 million from the Flexible Transportation Fund unless there is a federal or private match and the amount utilized from the Fund is 50% or less of the total project costs. The Joint Appropriations Committee approved amendments of $425,000 for special session costs and $255,000 for Legislative Council costs due to the special session and passed the amended bill 34-1. The bill passed the House floor 77-14 and the Senate floor 42-5.

HB 1544 – Department of Commerce Appropriations

HB 1544 includes a $2 million appropriation to defray operating expenses for the newly created Office of Legal Immigration. The bill was passed by the Joint Appropriations Committee 35-2; it passed the House floor 72-17 and the Senate floor 87-2.

Governor Burgum partially vetoed HB 1544, specifically the provision requiring the North Dakota Development Fund to obtain a recommendation for approval from the Clean Sustainable Energy Authority before providing financing for projects that enhance production of clean sustainable energy in North Dakota.


HB 1546
– Fertilizer Development Policy

According to HB 1546, the Clean Sustainable Energy Authority (CSEA) shall develop a fertilizer development incentive program with funding limited to $125 million. An eligible fertilizer production facility must 1) be located in North Dakota, 2) be owned by an entity domiciled in the US or Canada, 3) borrow money under a program administered by the Bank of North Dakota, and 4) use hydrogen produced by the electrolysis of water. Upon completion of the construction of the fertilizer facility, the CSEA shall immediately forgive the loan using fertilizer development incentive funding.

NDCGA provided written testimony in favor of HB 1546 and co-signed testimony provided by the North Dakota Farmers Union on behalf of a coalition of agricultural organizations in support. After extensive discussion, the Joint Policy Committee passed HB 1546 in its original form 23-5. All proposed amendments were defeated. The bill then passed the House floor 60-30 and the Senate floor 40-7.

Fertilizer development is a topic to watch for the next regular session. Many legislators expressed interest in increasing fertilizer production capacity in North Dakota.

SB 2393 Office of Management and Budget Appropriations

SB 2393 includes a $30 million transfer to the North Dakota Development Fund. The bill was passed by the Joint Appropriations Committee 32-3; it passed the Senate floor 46-1 and the House floor 82-7.

SB 2394 – Office of the Governor and Adjutant General Appropriations

SB 2394 was amended to include an additional $106,000 for 2021-23 Snow Removal Grants. Any tribal governments, counties, townships, or cities that did not receive a snow removal grant during the 2021-23 biennium and submitted its application prior to Oct. 20 is eligible for this additional money. The amended bill was passed by the Joint Appropriations Committee 37-0; it passed the Senate floor 47-0 and the House floor 89-0.

SB 2397 – Water Policy

SB 2397 includes two provisions passed in SB 2015. The first provision removes the requirement that all counties must provide a mill levy to joint boards. SB 2372, passed in the 68th legislature, requires all water resource districts to join a joint board and required counties to contribute a mill levy to that joint board when the local board joined the joint board. SB 2015 made the mill levy optional instead of mandatory. The second provision in SB 2397 changes a section of SB 2020, the budget bill for the State Water Commission. In SB 2015, a transfer from the Bank of North Dakota for the Water Infrastructure Revolving Loan
fund was turned into a line of credit. SB 2397 passed without much discussion by the Joint Policy Committee 28-0; it passed the Senate floor 47-0 and the House floor 87-2.

Submitted By
Lesley Icenogle | Clearwater Communications
(701) 355-4458 |

10Aug

Members of Congress Head Home to Hear from Constituents During August Recess

August 10, 2023|Categories: Federal Policy, News Releases, North Dakota Corn Growers Association|

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Members of Congress Head Home to Hear from Constituents During August Recess
By Brooke S. Appleton
I still remember arriving in Washington, D.C., as a young congressional intern and quickly figuring out my favorite and not so favorite aspects of the city. The hot, sticky summers here were one of my least favorite parts of Washington. But the August recess, which originated because of the intense summer heat, was golden to me, as the city became quieter and staffers could go on much-needed vacations or, in my case, go home to see family and friends.
So, I’m thankful that August recess has arrived once again in the nation’s capital. And members of Congress are making the time-honored trip home this month to meet and talk with their constituents. This is an ideal time for our members to connect with their elected officials and raise issues that are important to corn growers.
The issue most top of mind right now is the farm bill, which is up for reauthorization this year. The National Corn Growers Association has launched a call-to-action that allows you to easily share your thoughts with members of Congress from the ease of your own home with only a few clicks. As part of this campaign, we are sharing videos featuring farmers talking about our top priorities for the farm bill.
As a farmer from Kansas says in one of the videos, it is all about “crop insurance, crop insurance, crop insurance.” As he explains, crop insurance not only provides protection for farmers during droughts, but it is also an important source of aid when crops are damaged by other adverse weather events, such as strong winds and hailstorms. He notes that crop insurance looks good to creditors as farmers secure operating loans and is crucial to protecting rural and small-town economies.
The videos also feature stories touching on NCGA’s other farm bill priorities: bolstering international development, strengthening the producer safety net and supporting voluntary conservation programs. You can view these videos on our website.
We need you and, indeed, all our members, to amplify the sentiments from these stories by sharing your own narrative with your U.S. representative and senators. You can do this very easily by clicking here. We also encourage you to share the videos and the link to the call-to-action on your social media platforms. Please use the hashtag #cornaction.
During this August recess, your members of Congress will likely be hosting town hall meetings with constituents this month. Please pay attention to local news outlets, which will most likely announce the date, time and place of these meetings. If you are available to do so, please attend one and politely bring up our farm bill priorities and ask your policymakers what their positions are. When members of Congress hear that the farm bill is a priority to constituents, it helps our team make the case for our priorities when we meet with members and their staff on Capitol Hill.
I know at the end of the day we are going to walk away with a farm bill that supports the needs of farmers. And we will look at August as a crucial month in our advocacy efforts.
Here’s to August recess. Here’s to the farm bill. Here’s to a cooler season ahead!
Appleton is vice president of public policy at the National Corn Growers Association.