Tag Archives: corporate farming

A sign for the Cannonball Ranch near the site of the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tom Stromme/Bismarck Tribune

One of North Dakota’s Biggest Proponents of the Corporate Farming Ban May Have Inadvertently Triggered Its Demise

One of North Dakota’s Biggest Proponents of the Corporate Farming Ban May Have Inadvertently Triggered Its Demise

Back in 2016, as political extremists demonstrated violently against the Dakota Access Pipeline the owner of the historic Cannonball Ranch – through which the pipeline was constructed – found himself fed up with the situation and sold the land to the company building the pipeline. He continues to ranch there, but the pipeline company now

Attorney General: North Dakota’s Ban on Corporate Farming Won’t Apply to Medical Marijuana Growers

As the State of North Dakota works toward implementing the legalization of medical marijuana voters approved on the 2016 ballot, one issue relating to our state’s ban on corporate farming cropped up. Is growing medical marijuana farming for the purposes of the corporate farming ban? That’s the question Mylynn Tufte, the State Health Officer, asked

Cases of milk wait to be loaded onto a truck at Hugo's in Grand Forks on Wednesday. (Photo by John Hageman)

Thank the Government for Protecting You From Low Milk Prices

A reader recently sent me a picture of this sign posted on the glass door of a refrigerated display at a convenience store in Bismarck. It warns customers that a coupon for milk won’t be honored because it lowered the price below what state regulations allow. That’s right. The state government is literally protecting you

A 440-pound, 6-foot-diameter bronze plaque of the Great Seal of North Dakota, created by Metal Arts Inc. of Mandan, hangs in Memorial Hall inside the Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Photo by Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service

Matt Evans: Does North Dakota Really Need To Change?

I did not grow up in North Dakota. I’ve lived many places in the US, all of them in suburbs of large cities. I came to North Dakota as a young adult, and it was here that my wife and I started our family. Until moving out to the country, Fargo was the smallest place

Mark Johnson kicks up some dust on the first day of soybean farming at M&M Farms at Tower City, N.D., on Aug. 23. Johnson farms with his son, Justin, and his brother-in-law, Matt Richman. Photo taken north of Tower City on Sept. 23, 2013. (Forum News Service/Agweek/Mikkel Pates)

John Andrist: Is Corporate Farming Really A Bogeyman?

There will be only one statewide measure on the June Primary Election ballot. It’s a measure passed by the legislature, to amend the state’s long-time prohibition on farming under a corporate ownership structure. It would allow corporations and LLCs to own up to 640 acres for a swine feeding or dairy operation. I doubt if

What Willie Nelson Gets Wrong On Measure 1: The Corporate Farming Ban Isn't Protecting Anything

“Each year in nearly every part of the country, swaths of farmland are turned over as yet another family farm is pushed out by tightening profit margins, rigged markets and the ever-constricting power of a few corporations,” reads the opening sentence of an op/ed written by musician Willie Nelson and former Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Sarah

Why North Dakota's Corporate Farming Ban Is Like A Gay Marriage Ban

Last week the North Dakota Farm Bureau announced that they would be filing a legal challenge to our state’s ban on non-familial corporate farming (currently corporations and LLC’s can organize to farm or ranch, but only if all involved are no more distantly related than first cousins). The announcement comes shortly before a June 14

Darly Lies, center, president of the North Dakota Farm Bureau, announces on Thursday in Bismarck the organization filing a federal lawsuit against North Dakota in relation to the state's anti-corporate farming law. Next to Lies is Wes Klein, left, district seven director, and Pete Hanebutt, director of public policy Mike McCleary/Bismarck Tribune

Daryl Lies: Why The Farm Bureau Challenging North Dakota's Corporate Farming Ban In Court

Today, North Dakota Farm Bureau filed suit in Federal Court to challenge North Dakota’s anti-corporate farming laws. NDFB is taking this step in Federal District Court to finally settle this matter on behalf of our state’s largest industry and economic driver – our farmers. The laws of our state, as they stand today, are forcing

Forum News Service photo by Mikkel Pates

It's Not Family Farms Versus Corporate Farming Because North Dakota Already Allows Corporate Farming

In a couple of weeks North Dakotans will go to the ballot box and, among other things, vote on a referendum of a law passed by the Legislature loosening North Dakota’s corporate farming ban. Currently state law prohibits farmers and ranchers from organizing a corporation for their business except among family members. The law passed

Photo taken May 5, 2016, at Streeter, N.D. (Forum News Service/Agweek/Mikkel Pates)

North Dakota's Corporate Farming Ban Hasn't Protected Family Farms

“It didn’t work, folks.” That’s what former Grand Forks Herald publisher Mike Jacobs writes in his column today of North Dakota’s corporate farming ban. Last year the Legislature passed a small reform to the ban to allow the ownership or leasing of up to 640 acres of land for the operation of a dairy farm or swine