Agriculture

American Crystal Ends Red River Valley Sugar Beet Harvest

The co-op has five processing plants in the Red River Valley.

MOORHEAD, Minn.–American Crystal Sugar has already ended its fall sugar beet harvest in the Red River Valley. The Moorhead-based cooperative ended its harvest on Saturday. American Crystal has not released the number of acres that were not harvested. The co-op has five processing plants in the Red River Valley. Melting water from an early snow last month has aggravated flooding…

Federal Help Approved for North Dakota Farmers, Ranchers

Gov. Doug Burgum requested the help last week.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota will receive federal help for farmers and ranchers who struggled with an early blizzard and wet harvest conditions. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the secretarial disaster designation on Friday. Gov. Doug Burgum requested the help last week to help make federal loans available to farmers and ranchers. To qualify for a secretarial designation, a county…

Farmers Asked To Wear Hunting Gear For Deer Opener

North Dakota's Opener is on Friday and Minnesota's is on Saturday

NORTH DAKOTA & MINNESOTA — Because of challenges with flooding and snow, farmers are being forced to work late into the season to harvest their crops. That leaves them directly in the firing zone as hunters sprawl across the fields of North Dakota and Minnesota for the deer hunting opener. “Understanding that those farmers are out there in their combine…

North Dakota Congressional Leaders Calling For Agriculture Disaster Relief

In the latest crop progress report farmers haven't been able to harvest any of their corn or sunflower acres and only half of potato acres.

FARGO N.D. —  After rainfall, flooding and a historic early winter storms North Dakota’s Congressional Delegation is calling on the U.S Agriculture department to approve a disaster designation. If approved the state could get funding from federal emergency programs. It would offset the losses farmers and ranchers have gotten from damaged or flooded crops. In the latest crop progress report…

Burgum Asks for Federal Help for Struggling Farmers

Burgum is asking for a secretarial disaster designation.

BISMARCK, N.D.–Gov. Doug Burgum is asking for federal help for North Dakota farmers and ranchers struggling with wet harvest conditions. State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says unusual and relentless wet weather has been overwhelming for agricultural producers. Excessive rain, an early October snowstorm, widespread flooding and high winds have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in commodity losses in North…

Gov. Walz declares emergency for conditions from snowstorm

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issues an executive order declaring an emergency to ease the strain on farmers in western Minnesota after a snowstorm hampered the harvest. It also lifts regulations on drivers carrying propane and liquid fuels. Farmers have wet conditions and damaged crops. The winter weather also slowed the processing and transportation of grain and…

Local Farmer Endures Difficult, Wet Harvest Season

He says this fall rain is unlike anything he's seen before

HOPE, N.D. — Tony Richards and his father have been farming for more than 50 years combined. He says the past few haven’t been the smoothest. “Margins are very, very tight, and one hiccup can turn you in from making a couple bucks to losing a lot.” Richards had to overcome more than just a hiccup recently. An unusual combination…

North Dakota Farmers Union Calls for Acceleration of MFP Payments

The NDFU President Mark Watne says farm families need the payments now.

JAMESTOWN, N.D.–The North Dakota Farmers Union called for acceleration of Market Facilitation Program payments to farmers impacted by the trade war with China on Wednesday. In August, farmers who enrolled in MFP received 50 percent of a calculated payment for crops covered under Title 1 of the Farm Bill. The USDA has said a second payment of 25 percent would…