Agriculture

President Trump Signs Executive Order Reviving Pipeline

President Donald Trump has signed executive actions to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Donald Trump has signed executive actions to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Trump tells reporters in the Oval Office that the construction of the pipelines will be subject to the terms and conditions being renegotiated by the U.S. Former President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in…

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Deer in North Dakota

The Game and Fish Department says nine of the deer found in the southwestern part of the state have tested positive for CWD

  Two deer taken from southwestern North Dakota have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The state Game and Fish Department says the mule deer doe and mule deer buck were taken during the 2016 gun season. Since 2009, a total of nine deer from that part of the state have tested positive for CWD. After last fall’s hunt, more…

Illegal Use of Poison Puts Hundreds of Bison Under Quarantine in the Dakotas

The EPA investigation uncovered 40,000 pounds of poison had been distributed across 5,400 acres

  Hundreds of bison are under quarantine in North Dakota and South Dakota after an illegal poison was used to kill prairie dogs. An EPA investigation found 40,000 pounds of poison had been distributed across 5,400 acres. It was spread on the former Cannonball Ranch near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the Wilder Ranch. The EPA-led investigation began last year…

Proposed Bill in Minnesota Could Help Farmers’ Property Taxes

In a panel discussion held Friday Minnesota representatives met with local farmers to hear concerns and go over a proposed property tax credit

Minnesota farmers have been dealing with rising property taxes over the past ten years. Now, a proposed bill could help alleviate some of those costs. Property taxes for Minnesota farmers have increased by 114% in the last 10 years. Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith said a combination of rising property values, demand for school improvements and lowered commodity prices have…

Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor Responds to Inauguration

Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith says she has some concerns coming into the Trump era

We spoke with Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith about what her hopes are with Trump taking office. Lieutenant Governor Smith said regardless of who is being elected, she always appreciates seeing the American Democratic system demonstrate its most prestigious ceremony. She said they have different views on certain subjects including trade and she is concerned about what affect his actions…

How Ranchers Keep Livestock Warm in Winter Storms

Ranchers say livestock deaths are "minimal" so far this winter season

Despite recent winter storms, North Dakota Ag officials say most of the state’s livestock made it through. Cattle specialist Carl Dahlen says most cows are not taken inside during harsh winter storms. He says this can be dangerous to the animals. The excessive body heat and moisture could cause the spread of pneumonia or other sicknesses. Ranchers use tree lines, walls…

Sen. Hoeven Accuses Obama Administration of DAPL Delays

Senator John Hoeven says the Trump Administration should approve the final easement on DAPL immediately

  Senator Hoeven claims the Obama administration is again trying to delay the Dakota Access Pipeline project by changing the rules. He says a new environmental impact study will impose months and perhaps years of additional delay and difficulty on the people who live and work in the pipeline area. He says the company has complied with all federal and…

Cass Clay Food Commission Hoping to Open Accessibility to Fresh Local Produce

The Cass Clay Food Commission is also hoping to combat obesity and the high costs associated with healthy living

This spring you may find more farmers markets in your neighborhood. “We’re an intergovernmental board in Cass and Clay Counties that works to increase access to healthy, local, and affordable food,” said  Megan Myrdal, who is the Project Coordinator of the Cass Clay Food Commission. “Healthy options aren’t as easy as you would think,” said Mindy Grand, the Member at…

What do You Think of President-Elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet Nominees?

Senator Heidi Heitkamp says hearing from voters will help senators as they go through the confirmation process

Senator Heitkamp wants to hear your thoughts on President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. The senator has launched an online portal on her website that will allow people to leave their comments and questions. Heitkamp says the feedback will be important as senators go through the confirmation process. Trump has nominated nearly 20 people to head executive departments, and dozens of…

Record Snowfall Hits the Red River Valley

Fargo set a one-day snowfall record with more than nine inches of snow in a 24 hour period

Record snowfall in parts of North Dakota and Minnesota is mostly to blame for making travel difficult in the region. As much as 10 inches of new snow fell in the Red River Valley with Fargo setting a single-day record on Monday of 9.2 inches. Students in some school districts had an extended winter break because of the dangerous travel…