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Trade Talk: Bakers group has plan to aid industry

The American Bakers Association has proposed a three-point plan to address low wheat supplies and rising flour prices. The Washington, D.C.-based group, which represents the wholesale baking industry, wants the following: - Early release of non-e...

The American Bakers Association has proposed a three-point plan to address low wheat supplies and rising flour prices.

The Washington, D.C.-based group, which represents the wholesale baking industry, wants the following:

- Early release of non-environmentally sensitive acres from the Conservation Reserve Program

- Elimination of the ethanol import tariff and a temporary waiver of ethanol production limits

- A U.S. Department of Agriculture review of wheat export policies.

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The association, which earlier asked the Agriculture Department to "curtail wheat exports until bakers and other domestic users are guaranteed the supplies they need," says it is not calling for an export moratorium.

23 ideas selected for Innovate ND finals

The field of participants for the Innovate ND program has been trimmed from 84 to 23 teams.

The final round of oral presentations and judging will be May 19 in Fargo.

Some of the business concepts advancing to the final round range from new irrigation technology for landscaping and commercial agriculture to a collision avoidance product for unmanned aircraft systems.

Teams advancing to the finals are from Finley, LaMoure, Carpio, Tioga, Reynolds, Wilton, Cavalier, Grand Forks, Fargo, Wahpeton, West Fargo, Bismarck and Springfield, Va.

Awards and prizes will be presented at the Innovate ND awards banquet May 20 in Fargo.

For more information, call (701) 328-5300 or (701) 777-3970 or e-mail bschoenberg@nd.gov or rodrigo@innovators.net .

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Business bureau needs entrants

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is seeking candidates for its ninth annual Integrity Awards.

The awards recognize companies that display outstanding ethics in dealing with customers, employees, vendors and the community. All for-profit businesses owned or operated in both states are eligible.

Nominations can be made online at www.thefirstbbb.org/registration.html or by faxing information to (651) 699-7665. The deadline is April 30.

N.D. tax credit available for interns

North Dakota businesses can receive up to $3,000 in matching funds, plus additional tax credits, to hire college interns.

The 2007 Legislature allocated funds to provide incentives to businesses to hire interns in five targeted industries under "Operation Intern."

For more information, e-mail Kayla Effertz at keffertz@nd.gov or call (701) 328-5383.

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HGTV looking for Fargo-area family

The Home and Garden Television show "My House Is Worth What?" has extended its deadline for Fargo-area families to apply to be featured on the show.

"We got a strong response from Realtors, but we still need to find at least two homeowners," said Holly Schwartz, producer.

The show, hosted by Kendra Todd, Season 3 winner of NBC's "The Apprentice," deals with real estate and how improvements affect a home's value. The show will be in Fargo this spring.

Homeowners should apply by April 14 at www.pietown.tv and click on "Our shows," the icon "My House Is Worth What?" and then owners.

Readers can reach Business Editor Craig McEwen at (701) 241-5502 and business reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526

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