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Missed payments: PSA shutdown delays $290M in ND checks

October 14, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO North Dakota impacts from the federal shutdown include nearly $290 million in Conservation Reserve Program and direct-payment checks that would have gone out to farmers and landowners in the first week of October but didn’t. Continue Reading

USDA authorizes emergency haying of CRP Acres for Minnesota counties

July 27, 2012 in West Central Tribune

ST. PAUL USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Linda Hennen has announced that in response to drought conditions, FSA has authorized emergency haying use of Conservation Reserve Program acres for 70 Minnesota counties. Continue Reading

Bob Wefald, Bismarck, column: Honor employers who support Guardsmen and reservists

June 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

As our nation recognized four decades ago, a strong all-volunteer military forever will rely on our employers’ support. Continue Reading

Fed: Economy growing moderately

April 25, 2012 in West Central Tribune

WASHINGTON Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke left open the possibility Wednesday of further Fed action to stimulate the economy. Continue Reading

Fed economist optimistic about Minn. economy

May 6, 2011 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR Employment is expected to increase in Minnesota this year, and that should contribute to a healthier economy, a Federal Reserve economist said Friday.
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Federal Reserve economist to speak in Willmar Friday

May 2, 2011 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR Toby Madden, a regional economist at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, will speak Friday in Willmar.
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CRP marks 25 years

January 6, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

County has 9,000-plus acres enrolled in conservation program
WORTHINGTON In an effort to stem the tide of dropping commodity prices in the early 1980s, the federal government adopted several key programs in the 1985 Farm Bill that helped change the course of agriculture in the latter part of the 20th century. Continue Reading

Walz to co-chair National Guard and Reserve Caucus

December 20, 2010 in Worthington Daily Globe

WASHINGTON U.S. Rep. Tim Walz announced Friday the support of Rep. Gene Taylor and strong support from the military and veterans community as he prepares to assume a leadership role in the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus in the next Congress. Continue Reading

Here’s a way for Guard members to thank employers

November 24, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

While Americans are reflecting on what they are thankful for, members of the Guard and Reserve and their families across Minnesota are encouraged to thank supportive employers this Thanksgiving by nominating them for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Continue Reading

Bernanke’s next tool for the economy may be power of persuasion

August 26, 2010 in West Central Tribune

WASHINGTON The economy appears to be stalling. Yet the Federal Reserve has run out of simple steps it can take to revive it.
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